Statistician

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Summary

The incumbent will Support methodological development for obtaining relevant data, Contribute to the Common Country Analysis in the context of the UN Development System Reform, Develop new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analysis and projections, conduct analysis and provide guidance and advice to other departments, and field experts, and representation in statistical expert groups.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This position is located in UNEP’s Science Division which is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

Under the overall direction of the Chief of the Capacity Development and Innovation Branch and direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer, SDGs and Environment Statistics Unit. The incumbent will Support methodological development for obtaining relevant data, Contribute to the Common Country Analysis in the context of the UN Development System Reform, Develop new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analysis and projections, conduct analysis and provide guidance and advice to other departments, and field experts, and representation in statistical expert groups.


Responsibilities

• Enhance the development of methods for obtaining relevant data for 26 SDG indicators for which UNEP is the Custodian Agency, mainly related to water, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, biodiversity, and chemicals and waste in cooperation with Partner Organisations.
• Compile and report data on the 26 SDG indicators for which UNEP is the Custodian Agency to the to the UN SDG global database. Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability. Ensure that reporting data are validated by the countries. Provide metadata and indicator methodology guidance to countries.
• Provide analysis on the progress of SDG targets related to the evnvironmental dimension of the SDGs for the Secretary General's Report on progress towards the goals and targets of the 2030 SD agenda at the global level. Provide analysis of progress on the environment dimension to UN Environment Assembly. Develop new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analysis and projections. Plan and conduct analytical programmes of work in relevant areas related to disaggregation of statistics, including gender environment statistics.
• Contribute to the Common Country Analysis in the context of the UN Development System Reform. Identify and prepare projects, conduct analysis and participate in technical advisory activities for national capacity building. Implement projects on capacity building of environment statistics in countries.
• Supervise and contribute to the development and maintenace of the World Environment Situation Room Global Database, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data; guidelines on environment statistics, and on-line training modules for capacity development on environment statistics.
• Undertake methodological research with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development with regard to the Framework on Environment Statistics (FDES) and the System for Environmental and Economic Acounting (SEEA).
• Represent UNEP in the Committee of Chief Statisticians of the UN System. Provide guidance and advice to other departments, regional offices, field experts, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes and projects.
• Plan and co-ordinate seminars, workshops, expert meetings, side events, etc.
• 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. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ensure that divisional and project outputs maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of project management; 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:

Demonstrated team building and team leadership skills. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, in order to achieve organizational goals; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; places team agenda before personal agenda; shares credit for team accomplishments and
accepts join responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING:
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.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required.
Experience with international negotiations related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Global Indicator Framework, and the Statistical Commission is desirable.
Experience with capacity development on Environment Statistics is desirable.
Experience in developing and implementing statistical methodologies is desirable.


Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Assessment

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


Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "need Help" link.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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