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Department/Office: Multiple D/S
Posting Period: 7 June 2010 – 19 September 2010
Job number: N/A

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Organization Setting and Reporting

These positions are located primarily in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Regional Commissions. The Associate Statistician typically reports to the head of a unit or to a senior Statistician.


The duties of an Associate Statistician are likely to include, but not limited to:
(These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Associate Statisticians.)

• Preparing and designing questionnaires or other research instruments for the collection of statistical data from Member States for the statistical yearbooks and other publications giving comparative world-wide statistics;
• More generally: collecting, processing and disseminating data from Member States;
• Providing technical assistance to developing countries to assist them in strengthening their national statistical capacity;
• Assisting Member States in developing standardized statistical classifications, definitions and methods in such areas as economic statistics, like industrial, energy and trade statistics and national accounts and environment, social statistics, demography;
• Developing statistical methods for data validation and estimation;
• Conducting research in the area of index calculation and seasonal adjustments;
• Performs other duties as required.


(These competencies are generic and may not apply to the same extent to all positions.)

Professionalism: Ability to identify, extract, analyze and disseminate statistical data. 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.
Planning & 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.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
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.


A first-level university degree in statistics, mathematics, economics with a specialization in statistics and/or econometrics, social sciences with a specialization in statistics, demography.

Work Experience

No minimum work experience is required.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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 (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

Applications will be screened and carefully assessed on the basis of the eligibility criteria, and only those applicants who are deemed qualified will be convoked for the written examination. Only examinees who are successful in the written examination will be invited to the oral examination.

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