The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and The Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy-oriented research and Analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), located in Chiba, Japan, was established in May 1970 as a centre for statistical training in Asia and the Pacific. SIAP is a subsidiary body of ESCAP with a Governing Council which reviews the Administration and financial status of the Institute and the implementation of its programme of work. SIAP's mission is to strengthen, through practically oriented training of official statisticians, the capability of the developing members and associate members and economics in transition of the region to collect, analyze and disseminate statistics as well as to produce timely and high quality statistics that can be utilized for economic and social development planning, and to assist those developing members and associate members and economies in transition in establishing or strengthening their statistical training capability and other related activities. The Institute supports the overall work programme of the ESCAP Statistics subprogramme.
This position is located in SIAP, Chiba, Japan. The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Director of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, and over supervision of the Director of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific, the Statistician/Lecturer will be responsible for the following duties:
(1)Conducts professional training (both face-to face and web-based training) in the field of statistical methods, sampling applications, demographic and social statistics as well as use of computer for collection, analysis and dissemination of data through lectures, workshops, tutorials, and practical sessions for official statisticians in the Asia/Pacific region. The courses will center on assisting governments in the Asia and Pacific region to enhance their capability to collect, analyze, disseminate and use data pertaining to the economic and social situation in their countries.
(2)Supervises statistical research programme and research related activities of SIAP, assists and supervises official statisticians in their efforts to conduct research relevant to development of social statistics.
(3)Undertakes in addition to above work at the Institute in Chiba, Japan, training missions to requesting member countries to conduct courses, workshops, on the job training, provides technical assistance and advice and other forms of support necessary to improve capability of national statistical offices.
(4)Prepares and updates training materials With particular focus on statistical techniques and modeling applied to measurement methods and data analysis of social statistics and indicators including handouts, practical exercises and case studies for courses, including web-based training, of the Institute.
(5)Provides professional counseling, including evaluating and reporting on course participants.
(6) Represents SIAP in international, regional and national intergovernmental forums, expert groups, and conferences relating to statistical development and training (7)Undertakes other related 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•COMMUNICATION: 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.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in statistics, mathematics, econometrics or related quantitative fields is required. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a national or international statistical organization in the field of social statistics is required.
Substantial experience in analyzing survey data and carrying out research in the field of official statistics using multivariate and other statistical techniques and modelling is required.
Proven experience in designing and conducting effective training and organizing and supervising trainings and related activities is required.
Experience in the use of learning Management Systems and designing web-based Training Courses is desirable.
Experience in analyses of economic and social development issues and the use of statistics in national development policy analysis and formulation in the developing countries of the Asian and Pacific region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.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.
This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of the funds up to a maximum of five years, as specified in Article 18 of the SIAP Statute. (http://unsiap.or.jp/about/statute.html) 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.
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.
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