Posted Jan 17


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full Time

Closing date: Friday, 3 February 2017

Posting Title: STATISTICIAN, P3


Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 5 January 2017-3 February 2017

Job Opening number: 17-STT-ECA-72350-R-ADDIS ABABA (X)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. This vacancy is subject to availability of post.

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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the African Centre for Statistics, Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Demographic and Social Statistics Section under the Centre.


Under the overall guidance of the Director of ACS and the direct supervision of the Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Section, the statistician is expected to:

  • Support the coordination of the work on Africa Programme on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS);
  • Assist in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions, and classifications by performing methodological research, particularly, in the area of CRVS
  • Draft and review technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and draft relevant reports
  • Organize training and provide technical support to member states on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information particularly in area of Census, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and Social Statistics
  • Provide support to the Regional Core Group of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS);
  • Coordinate and assist mobilize technical missions
  • Organize, design, planning and manage the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data particularly in the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS);
  • Assist in preparing tools for legislative, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics form
  • Evaluate suitability of data and adjustments as required; check validity and perform statistical calculations; making estimates for missing data; ensuring transfer of data to database and recording the appropriate technical notes.
  • Extracting data and deciding on formats for outputs for dissemination
  • Support the development the development and maintenance of a CRVS databases and oversee the input by statistical support staff
  • Monitor country practices and perform analyses for inclusion in methodological and technical studies
  • Respond to inquiries from users concerning the information disseminated and the availability of data
  • Assist in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions, and classifications by performing methodological research, particularly, in the area of CRVS
  • Draft and review technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and draft relevant reports
  • Organize seminars, working groups and expert meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in statistics, demography, operations research or other specific areas such as social statistics. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of demography and social statistics Experience in the area of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) will be an advantage. 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 another UN official language is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.

Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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