STATISTICIAN -- DESA, NEW YORK

Posting Title:     STATISTICIAN
Job Code Title:     STATISTICIAN
Department/Office:     DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:     NEW YORK
Posting Period:     30 December 2016 - 27 February 2017
Job Opening Number:     16-Statistics-DESA-71225-R-New York (G)

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
The position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Statistics Division (SD), Environment and Energy Statistics Branch (EESB), Industrial and Energy Statistics Section (IESS). The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. The Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. Further information is available on the following website: http://unstats.un.org. The Statistician reports to Chief of the Section.
 
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Statistician will be responsible for the following duties:

•Organizes, designs, plans and carries out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of energy statistics 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.
•Participates in the development, implementation and management of statistical databases for energy statistics.
•Provides training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information.
•Participates in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications related to energy statistics by performing methodological research.
•Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports related to energy statistics.
•Organizes and participates in seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a technical resource person.
•Guides, trains and supervises general service staff in the area of energy statistics.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Competencies
• Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical principles and practices. Proven conceptual skills in statistics including in-depth technical knowledge of the conceptual frameworks for energy statistics. Knowledge of the relevant international recommendations. 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: Solid computer skills and ability to apply them in statistical work, including proficiency in word and data processing and knowledge of relevant software packages. 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 degree) in statistics, mathematics, economics or related field is required. 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 years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required. Experience in the use of computerized databases is required. Experience in the area of energy statistics is desirable.
 
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
 
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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