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Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer - Survey Coordinator


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level

H (no hardship)

Family Type


Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)



Staff Member / Affiliate Type



Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

February 16, 2023

Standard Job Description

Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The UNHCR Data Transformation Strategy 2020-2025 envisions that by 2025 UNHCR becomes a trusted leader on data and information related to refugees and other persons of concern, thereby enabling actions to protect and to empower persons of concern. The Strategy stipulates investing in four complementary priority areas: data management and governance; information systems; capacities and skill development; and culture for evidence-informed decision-making. The strategy envisages data and information management functions in UNHCR carried out in a complementary and inter-linked manner between Headquarters Divisions and Services, Regional Bureaux, Country Operations and key external partners, including persons of concern. Under the supervision of the Snr DIMA Coordinator/Head of Service/ Deputy Director or Deputy Representative or other designated manager, the Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer is responsible for supporting statistical and data analysis activities in the relevant offices or service for evidence-informed planning, advocacy, and coordination. As a member of the data and information management team within an Office or a Service, his/her primary functions are to coordinate and support statistical and data analysis activities, provide relevant technical expertise and advice, and serve as a liaison with other UNHCR offices, technical sectors and partners on related statistical and data issues. This includes programme and protection colleagues, technical units (e.g. health, livelihoods, shelter, energy, and education) as well as key external stakeholders and other agencies, including Government partners in the national statistical system. The Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer ensures that technical support is provided for the design, data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination stages of the statistical process. S/he also ensures that the necessary quality assurance and technical support is provided for statistical and data analysis activities to Headquarters, the Regional Bureau, and operations; and that these processes are in accordance with technical and ethical statistical standards. Relevant activities include coordination of or support to: the production of official statistics; statistical support for assessment, targeting, and monitoring activities; indicator development and reporting; application and evaluation of statistical and analytical methodologies and tools; statistical analysis and dissemination; sampling and survey design; statistical estimation and triangulation; data anonymisation; and promotion and monitoring of ethical standards for statistics in UNHCR and partner activities. S/He is responsible for providing support on statistical matters to the technical services, country and regional offices, depending on location; for liaising with relevant global, regional and national bodies on statistical matters; monitoring the quality of statistics and application of statistical methods in country/regional offices or Headquarters; supporting the implementation of global, regional or country-based data and information management strategies and systems; capacity building of staff, partners and national authorities on statistics and data analysis; and to communicate the status, value and importance of statistics and analysis. S/he will support multi-stakeholder, multi-sector, and multi-country activities in relation to planning, funding and advocacy efforts, as well as internal and external assessments, regional and country-based planning and monitoring activities. Where relevant, s/he will lead a team of statisticians, data analysts and related staff. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties Strategy/Standards/Policy - Contribute to data, information management and registration strategies with statistical and data analysis elements with a vision on the use of statistics and analytical data products, particularly in planning, programming and advocacy, at the country, regional and HQ levels as appropriate. - Input into the processes establishing or implementing UNHCR's policies and procedures on planning and reporting on UNHCR's operational activities (results-based management and planning figures). - Ensure quality assurance and provide technical advice on statistical analyses and indicators; take part in regional planning processes (regional RRP, regional migration response plans, etc.) and in those at the country level as appropriate and where support is needed. - Contribute to the development or revision of statistical concepts, definition, standards and classifications used in UNHCR for research and decision-making. - Contribute to the development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections on forced displacement and statelessness. - Ensure coherence and compliance with organisational standards, methodologies, and support for data analysis activities such as surveys, secondary data reviews, targeting and vulnerability assessments, indicator definition, population estimation, statistical analysis, predictive analytics, big data, international recommendations, data visualisation, official statistics and other statistical and data analysis activities. - For all data collection or statistical analysis activities, lead in developing plans and monitor implementation to ensure statistics and analysis are of highest standards. - Ensure statistical and analytical products produced by UNHCR or with partners meet required standards and are compliant with relevant policies to uphold integrity, veracity, reliability and credibility. Implementation/Delivery/Support - Compile, consolidate, validate and disseminate official statistics on populations of concern to UNHCR at country, region or global level, including annual statistics. - Lead in the development or revision of methodological approaches and standards for statistical surveys conducted by UNHCR or partner organizations in support of monitoring, assessment, targeting, evaluation, operational plans and results reporting. - Lead in the design and implementation of relevant statistical analytical products and oversee their production, including quality assurance. - Undertake data analysis activities, including on persons of concern derived from UNHCR¿s data systems such as, registration and identity management, results-based management, back office or other sectoral data systems. - In coordination with sectoral and other data staff, apply statistical scenarios and models based on historical, recent and seasonal information to support comparative country, regional and global analysis, including political and sociodemographic trends. - Advise on the appropriate methods and tools to be used in statistical and data analysis activities to be undertaken in region or country, or by other Headquarters units. - In coordination with sectoral and other data staff, review indicators to be used to report on UNHCR¿s populations of concern and develop new ones in line with international standards (SMART). - In close collaboration with relevant experts, analyse technical and sectoral reports and recommend required follow-up actions with regard to the strengthening of statistics and data analysis. - Draft statistical reports for UNHCR and/or with partners. - Contribute to the preparation of analytical reports, manuals and web sites in the area of forced displacement and statelessness in the region, notably with regard to statistical methods. - With information management staff, ensure consistency in the analytical approach at global, regional and/or country level, including for the purpose of cross-border analysis and response. Partnerships/Coordination - Contribute to partnerships and activities relevant to statistics and data analysis in the country, region, or globally and engage with country operations, partners and Governments, as appropriate. - Participate on behalf of UNHCR in meetings or conferences. - Represent UNHCR¿s position in regard to refugee statistics and statistical methods with external bodies. ¿ Capacity Building - Design and implement capacity strengthening activities for UNHCR and other stakeholders, including national statistical partners on statistics. - Design and update training strategies for statistics and data analysis in UNHCR; plan, manage, and implement training events for UNHCR staff involved in statistics and data analysis. - Organize and participate in missions, workshops, seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a regional technical resource person, providing technical documents and drafting relevant reports. - Perform functional clearance, support recruitment processes and perform induction training in relation to statistical functions as applicable for the position. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Social Sciences; Statistics; Demography; Geography/GIS Epidemiology Economics; Physical Sciences; Data Science or related field (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Operational Data Management Learning Program (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential: - 5 years in data or statistical field, 5 years in international context, 3 years in humanitarian or development situation. - Experience with national and/or international statistical systems. - Experience with data analysis in developmental or humanitarian contexts. - Strong understanding of the principles and concepts of international protection and UNHCR. - Experience in data collection and analysis in field situations. - Ability to translate planning-specifications into technical briefs for data collection and analysis, and vice versa. - Demonstrated understanding of different data collection methodologies. - Familiarity with planning, programming, strategic planning, project development, budgeting and resource mobilization. - Experience working with partners, including host and donor Governments, humanitarian and development partners. Desirable: - Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR. - Knowledge of international protection, human rights and international humanitarian law. - Demonstrated knowledge of UNHCR and interagency policies, standards, programmes and operations. - Knowledge of GIS and geospatial systems and techniques. - Demonstrated understanding of civil registration and other national population registration systems. - Experience working with or in national statistical offices. Functional Skills DM-Data collection methodologies DM-Data Management DM-Database Design & Development DM-Data Collection and Analysis DM-Metadata Creation & Management IM-Statistics Analysis DM-Open Source Software & Data DM-Population census and econometrics DM-Protection Data Management Systems CL-Cluster Information Management Tools, Resources and Approaches PG-Needs Assessment and Response Analysis DM-Data Interoperability DM-Data governance, quality assurance and preservation DM-Data science methodologies DM-Qualitative data analysis DM-Quantitative data analysis (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Fluency in English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

The candidate will be a Survey Methodology expert with substantial years of experience in planning, conducting and managing survey programmes which are in line with international statistical standards. S/he will have an extensive network of survey practitioners and specialists and in-depth knowledge of household survey programmes managed by other international organizations. Proven expertise in developing or refining internationally-recognized statistical standards for survey instruments and applicable quality control mechanisms is essential. Prior experience managing a team of survey specialists including field teams implementing surveys in low- and middle-income countries is a must. The incumbent should have experience working on surveys in the forced displacement context and its associated challenges related to sampling and hard-to-reach populations.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

Located in the Statistics and Demographics Section and working under supervision of the Chief Statistician, the incumbent’s primary functions are to coordinate and support survey-related activities, provide relevant technical expertise and advice, and serve as a liaison with other UNHCR offices, technical sectors and government partners in the national statistical system implementing surveys. In doing so, the Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer – Survey Coordinator will communicate the status, value and importance of surveys adhering to international statistical standards in evidence generation and lead a team of survey specialists, statisticians and data analysts. Among others, the incumbent will also oversee the implementation of UNHCR’s new survey programme, the Forced Displacement Survey (FDS) and provide technical support to the Results-Monitoring-Surveys.

The incumbent of this position will:

  • Coordinate the design and implementation of surveys as the main source for the production of official statistics as well as for programming, targeting, and monitoring activities.
  • Improve existing and develop new survey instruments according to international statistical standards and survey best practices with a strong respondent focus.
  • Develop and implement strong quality assurance protocols at all stages of the survey and processing cycle.
  • Improve, design and generate new sampling frames for hard-to-reach populations.
  • Establish strong linkages between survey measurement and analytical and statistical work and by doing so improve data documentation, collection and storage of metadata (including survey paradata) in support of data archiving and dissemination.
  • Manage survey activities including budgets, procurement, coordination and management of survey partner firms and promote ethical standards for statistics in UNHCR and partner activities.
  • Lead on questionnaire design, evaluation and testing including cognitive interviews and related methods for various surveys across the organization. In this process ensure that the questionnaires are in line with international statistical standards and survey best practices.
  • Lead the development of new survey quality standards in line with UNHCR’s Statistical Quality Assurance Framework and of quality indicators to measure data quality, sample completion, survey process and interviewer performance.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners at global, regional and national levels on survey work with particular emphasis on survey integration, comparability and standardization.
  • Design and implement capacity strengthening activities for UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders, including national statistical partners on survey methods and survey management in relation to forced displacement and statelessness.

Living and Working Conditions:

Copenhagen is classified as a Category H duty station with all amenities and excellent infrastructure.

Because of Denmark 's northern location in Europe, the number of daylight hours varies significantly. During winter, the sun rises at about 08:00 and sets at about 15:30, whereas in summer the sun rises at about 03:30 and sets as late as 23:00.

Denmark is located in a temperate climate zone. Average daytime temperatures range from 2 °C (35.6 °F) in January to 20 °C (68 °F) in August. The average wind speed is 7.6 m/s, which explains why Denmark is one of the world's largest exporters of wind turbines. Rainy days are likely all year round, while snowfall happens once in a while during winter.

The UN City is located at one of Copenhagen's newest harbor side developments, and is just a 30 minute walk from the city centre. We are also close to Copenhagen's ferry terminal and only minutes away from the Copenhagen 's main public transport system; with bus 26 located approximately 10 minutes away from the office and Nordhavn train station located approximately 800m from the office. Our address is, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen.

Security Considerations
No specific security conditions pertain to this post. Copenhagen is a safe environment.
Copenhagen is relatively safe, however as in any other big city you should watch out for pickpockets when using public transport, and pay attention to wallets, jewelry and purses when walking alone. Also be aware that some areas are not as safe as others.

Additional Qualifications


DM-Data interpretation, reporting and presentation, DM-Development of and revision of data standards, EC-Firm and household surveys



HCR Operational Data Management Learning Program - UNHCR

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Innovation & creativity, Judgement & decision making, Leadership, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Strategic planning & visions, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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