Statistician

United Nations

Beirut

Ref: 104476-R-Beirut

This position is located in the Demographic and Social Statistics Section, Statistics Division (SD), of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Statistician will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Section and the general guidance of the Director of SD.

Responsibilities

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

  1. Organizes, designs, plans and carries out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of demographic and social statistical data by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for checking collected data, and selecting and implementing appropriate methods for data processing for incorporation into databases;
  2. Participates in the development, implementation and management of database(s) on demographic and social statistics;
  3. Provides training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information within the area of expertise in demographic and social statistics;
  4. Participates in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications by performing methodological research;
  5. Prepares draft technical documents on issues of demographic and social statistics for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports;
  6. Organizes and participates in seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a technical resource person;
  7. Guides trains and supervises general service staff;
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM - Knowledge of statistical principles and practices; ability to conduct independent research and analysis; ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations; 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An advanced university degree in statistics and/or demography is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area. Experience in processing and analysing statistical microdata and data pertaining to demographic and social characteristics is desirable. Experience in research is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in verbal and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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