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Registers Development Specialist IPSA 11

saudi arabia

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: saudi arabia
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
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  • Closing Date: Closed
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Saudi Arabia has made remarkable progress along the socio-economic development path. As a result of this, the Kingdom has been able to move to a high-income country. The ongoing transformation of Saudi Arabia beneath the Vision 2030 plan is unlocking new possibilities at an extraordinary pace. The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) is the statistical reference for Saudi Arabia's socio-economic development. GASTAT provides comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date statistics and value-added services in line with international standards and takes the lead in developing a modern statistical sector in order to support decision-making. GASTAT is working on building an economic database platform, which aims to provide and develop a unified national economic database at the kingdom level. Showing through it the statistical data in the fields of commerce and industry, and that is through linking the data sources relevant to these fields, either from governmental entities or statistical products which are issued by GASTAT.

Population and housing census and Establishment Census play a significant role in any statistical office. However, there are different ways to conduct them, one is through a traditional way, by sending a huge number of field researchers to interview respondents, and the other is through the administrative register. Keeping in mind the fast development in the e-governance sector, Saudi Arabia has planned its 2030 Census to be register-based. Therefore, a new Register department was established with a focus on building three registers (1) Population register (2) Housing Register and (3) Business register

The first two registers are currently in their very early stages. However, the business register is getting close to being mature and in fact been used to draw a sample for some business surveys.

Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work

The Registers Development Specialist will provide technical assistance related to building the three registers. The Registers Development Specialist will also implement capacity strengthening activities, including training and mentoring, He/ She will work under the supervision of the Manager for Register. Specifically, the responsibilities under this assignment include the following:      

  1. Technical support:
  1. Review and present the status of all registers and define the scope of work to bring each of the registers to the internationally accepted standards.
  2. Review the high-level conceptual data model for the registers and propose changes if necessary and review the variables and define a suitable definition per variable of each register.
  3. Support in transforming administrative registers into statistical registers and develop a maintenance plan per each register 
  4. Review the methodology of linking data, proposes changes if necessary, and support in filling Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with the relevant counterparts.
  5. Develop conceptual Quality assessments methodology and support GSTAT on the implementation of the Quality assessments for all registers.


  1. Capacity Development

In addition to delivering the abovementioned technical support, the Registers Development Specialist will advise on principles and best practices in relation to the registers’ methodologies and frameworks through:

  1. Delivering training to the registers department staff in building and maintaining Registers databases
  2. Providing coaching and on-the-job-training as needed


Institutional Arrangement

  1. The duty station for the Registers Development Specialist is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  2. Reporting and follow-up Mechanism:

The Registers Development Specialist will be supervised by the Director of the Register department in GSTAT and the UNDP’s Chief Technical Advisor. The Registers Development Specialist will submit monthly reports to his/her supervisor including activities, outputs, performance indicators, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity


People Management:

Address conflict in a timely manner, not allow conflicts in teams linger.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction and Stratetgy

Strategic Thinking

Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Business Direction and Stratetgy

System Thinking

Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Direction and Stratetgy

Negotiation and Influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win to win’ situations

Business Development 

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management

Results Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Working with Evidence and Data

Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced degree, preferably PhD level in statistics, or data management with an emphasis on official statistics

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • A proven 7 years of direct experience registers/related statistics at national statistics offices, international organisations, or governments in applying statistical theories and techniques.
  • At least participated in one register-based census. Or developed at least one statistical register.
  • Professional experience in Data management/ data processing
  • Working experience in Registers Development with  National Statistics Authority (s).

Required  skills and competencies

  • Ability to provide statistical technical advice on different sectors/themes.
  •  Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials.
  • Ability to work on any of the statistical packages to analyze data.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge & experience of working with constituents in the Arab States, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religious, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Excellent command of Arabic and English

Professional Certificates

  • Master’s degree or PhD (preferred PhD)
  • Certification of Training courses/workshops related to the field of registers.
  • Proof of experience
  • Data Management /DBA
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