Statistician – Economic, Social and Development, Statistics

  • United Nations
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Europe
  • 3 weeks remaining

The post is located in the Statistical Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) based in Geneva. The Statistician reports to the Chief of the Environment and Multi-domain Statistics Section.


Under the guidance of the Chief of the Environment and Multi-domain Statistics Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Coordinates the preparation of the annual CES plenary sessions and the CES Bureau meetings, serving as a back-up to the CES Secretary, and contributes to the substantive preparations for the meetings and their follow-up:
a. Drafts secretariat papers including meetings’ reports, follows up on meeting preparation and submission of documents;
b. Assists the secretary of CES in servicing the meetings;
c. Follows up on implementation of decisions of the meetings, coordinates the work of relevant teams of specialists, drafts reports on the work of the Conference to the ECE Executive Committee and other stakeholders.

2. Implements the CES work programme in the areas of environment and climate change related statistics, statistical legislation and institutional arrangements:
a. Coordinates work in the above mentioned areas, including organization of expert meetings and workshops, and preparation of statistical guidelines and recommendations; ensures that the work progresses according to plans;
b. Serves as the secretary of the related teams of specialists, maintains the wiki platforms;
c. Contributes to the work in substance, drafts secretariat papers and contributes to methodological recommendations, guidelines and publications;
d. Organizes statistical capacity building through workshops and projects for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

3. Provides general support to the work of the Section and the Division:
a. Prepares papers on varying substantive topics for various meetings or global processes;
b. Assists in reporting on the work of the Division to the relevant bodies: ECE Executive Office, EXCOM, ECE, UN, UN Statistical Commission, etc;
c. Participates in other tasks as assigned by the Division Director and the Chief of Section.



Knowledge of national and international statistical principles and practices in the areas of environment and climate change related statistics and institutional arrangements of official statistics. Very good knowledge of the programmes and priorities of the main international organisations active in these fields. Ability to formulate new strategies and approaches with respect to statistical development in the areas under the responsibility of the post. 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.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


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.


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.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in official statistics produced by national or international statistical offices and other agencies with emphasis on environmental, economic or climate change statistics or related area is required. Experience with participating in and coordinating statistical activities undertaken by international organisations is required. Experience in different statistical areas, including with legal and institutional arrangements of statistical work at national and international levels is desirable. Experience with statistical capacity building activities and projects is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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.

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