Sub-Saharan Africa Statistics Manager


Paris, France

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The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Both the OECD and the IEA seek opportunities to work with an increasing number of non-members of growing importance to the world economy. The Agency aims to foster the contribution of the energy sector to economic development and environmental sustainability.

The IEA is working with partners to deliver a three-year work plan in Africa. The objectives are to (1) generate high-level political support in Africa for clean energy transitions and achievement of SDG 7, (2) improve the quality and availability of energy data on Africa, as well as enhance capacity for statistics and long-term energy planning in selected African countries, and (3) deliver analysis and develop tools to map cost-efficient, country-specific pathways for Africa’s energy system to deliver reliable, affordable and modern energy for all. The Action comprises two main activities:

- Activity 1: Energy data for tracking and monitoring of African energy transitions

- Activity 2: Energy modelling as a tool for long-term energy policy planning

The IEA seeks a Sub-Saharan Africa Statistics Manager to manage all aspects of Activity 1 of the Action.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Statistics Manager will be responsible for energy data on Africa which will include suggesting improvements in energy data in selected countries covered as part of the Action for Sub-Saharan African countries. He or she will be expected to work closely with the Action Analyst (responsible for Activity 2) on the strategic design of the training sessions. He or she will also coordinate the training sessions on statistics and data collection, coordinate and contribute to the preparation of the training materials and select training participants. He or she will support the Africa Programme Manager in preparing annual reporting and communications with the European Commission. He or she will collaborate with the Analyst and the Communications Officer in the creation and maintenance of a web data portal.

The selected candidate will report to the Head of the Non Member Countries section of the Energy Data Centre. Aditionally to ensure consistency of the project with the work performed on energy statistics, balances and indicators worldwide and for the Africa region they will also work closely with the Africa Programme Manager.

Main Responsibilities

Country co-ordination and outreach

  • Develop and maintain close relations with counterparts in government, international and regional multilateral organisations, national cooperation agencies, the private sector and research institutions in Africa that have an implication in Africa Energy Statistics; in particular, identify the decision makers that can enable national and regional engagement to this project as well as potential donors for data collection.
  • Manage consultants or external contractors where necessary to work with Africa Programme countries in areas that compliment data development but go beyond the scope of the project, including development of energy data survey.
  • Work with the Chief Statistician and the Heads of Section of the Energy Data Centre to ensure consistency of approach; as part of the wider EDC team, work collegially with other team members, to share knowledge and experience of this project with wider global outreach work.

Analysis and research

  • Lead the Activity 1 work, in coordination with the “Balances, Energy Efficiency and Prices” section and the “Non Member Countries” Section; in particular assess the current quality and gaps of focus countries energy statistics, balances and indicators, based on previous assessment made by those sections.
  • Be instrumental in suggesting and helping the countries implement improvements (whether in terms of timeliness, completeness, consistency, expansion) and monitor changes in data quality (in terms of timeliness, completeness, internal consistency and plausibility) of the data obtained throughout the project. Track energy data quality progress against agreed deliverables within the frameworks of the relevant programmes.
  • Lead the work on dissemination of statistical outputs of the programme published on the IEA website and the Africa Programme Energy Portal. Participate to the design of the online database and visuals accompanying the data and lead the project till it is live. Regularly update the content of the database during the lifespam of the project. Coordinate this dissemination work with broader dissemination of Africa energy data within the team.

Management and Co-ordination

  • Be accountable for the quality, timeliness, relevance and development of the Action’s outputs. Produce periodic and ad hoc progress reports to the Secretariat and Action leaders.
  • Work closely with all Sub-Saharan Africa project team members to successfully deliver the goals of the project, focusing on Activity 1 outputs, with the support of relevant topic experts within the Energy Data Centre as needed. Build a collegial and productive working atmosphere. Drive the team’s Activity 1 outputs through intellectual leadership.
  • Organise, lead and contribute to deliver in the necessary training on energy statistics in the region, whether online or classroom training through webinars, workshops, etc. Liaise with stakeholders and other IOs to ensure a good coordination of training events in the region and take care of the logistics to ensure full participation.
  • Travel to Action countries as needed, to work with, coordinate and motivate a network of statisticians from each country and to develop a close working relationship with country experts and key officials at the national statistics offices. Continuously encourage all key stakeholders in the Action countries to work on improving energy data and expanding the scope of data collection.

Candidate’s profile

Academic Background

  • A university degree in a topic relevant to working on energy statistics including mathematics, statistics, information technology, economics, engineering, environment.

Professional Background

  • At least three to five years experience in energy in a statistical administration/agency/industry, preferably in an international context with an exposure to developing countries. This experience should include leadership, development of statistics, data collection and verification, processing, analysis and dissemination of statistics.
  • Excellent knowledge of the sources and methods used for compiling energy statistics. Deep and keen understanding of the energy sector and of international recommendations on energy statistics; high familiarity with IEA statistics, indicators and balances.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a network of contacts in remote locations.
  • Ability to express thoughts clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing, with colleagues and with those outside the organisation.
  • Ability to make statistical insights accessible and understandable to a wide audience – clear and unambiguous presentations.
  • Experience in working in Sub-Saharan Africa or with Sub-Saharan Africa would be an asset.


  • IT skills necessary to work on the energy statistics databases developed at the IEA, and in particular VBA, R or similar programming skills.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Working knowledge of other languages spoken in Africa, in particular Arabic, would be an advantage.

Core Competencies

Contract Duration

  • Two year fixed term, with the possibility of one-year extension.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly base salary starts at 7,192 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries as well as nationals from the OECD member countries irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

Application Closing Date: 02-06-2019, 10:59:00 PM


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