STATISTICIAN - United Nations, Ethiopia, Deadline: May-03-2014

Posting Title:  STATISTICIAN, P4 
Job Code Title:  STATISTICIAN 
Department/ Office:  Economic Commission for Africa 
Duty Station:  ADDIS ABABA 
Posting Period:  4 March 2014-3 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-STT-ECA-33202-F-ADDIS ABABA (R)

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the African Centre for Statistics (ACS), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.  The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Chief of Section.




Within delegated authority, the Statisticians will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Ensures the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
• Initiates and coordinates the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant data.
• Conducts research on and plans, organizes the collection, processing, compilation, evaluation, analysis and dissemination of data for ECA database and other external users.
• Provides support in building capacity of national statistical offices in the production and dissemination of quality and timely statistics through adaptation of international standards and methods.
• Plans and conducts analytical programmes of work in relevant areas of statistics.  This may include: identifying projects, conducting analysis and participating in technical advisory activities for national capacity building.
• Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data.
• Undertakes methodological research with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development.
• Coordinates with partners in the implementation of action plans in the regional programme.
• Works with partners in mobilizing resources for the programmes.
• Performs other duties as assigned.




• Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate complex data. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches with respect to statistical development.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Planning& Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.




Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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