Org. Setting and Reporting

The Chief of the Statistics Division of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), based in Geneva, Switzerland, leads the work of the Statistics sub-programme of ECE, as well as the Population Unit (housed within the Statistics Division). The incumbent is reports directly to the Executive Secretary and Under-Secretary-General (USG) of ECE.

The incumbent provides the strategic vision and leadership for the ECE Statistics sub-programme and the Population Unit from within the Housing, Land Management and Population sub-programme. The incumbent ensures high quality servicing of the Conference of European Statisticians and the Standing Working Group on Ageing (SWGA), and ensures the implementation of the related mandated programmes of work. The incumbent is responsible for the preparation of methodological guidance and reports; the collection and processing of statistical data; and the maintaining of ECE statistical databases. The Chief of Service also oversees the technical cooperation and capacity development activities of the Division and is responsible for the management and supervision of Division staff and related deliverables.Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the ECE Executive Secretary and the relevant intergovernmental bodies, the Chief of Division, within delegated authority, will perform the following duties:
  • – Provides vision and leadership for the ECE Statistical programme and the Population Unit. Advises the ECE Executive Secretary on all aspects of statistical work and on population issues in the region.
  • – Formulates, leads and implements the substantive work programme of the Statistical Division and ensures that programmed activities are demand driven and carried out in a timely fashion to a high standard of quality, maintaining relevance and visibility.
  • – Keeps abreast of major statistical developments in the ECE region with a view to identifying implications and opportunities for international cooperation.
  • – Supervises the servicing of the ECE intergovernmental body on statistics, the Conference of European Statisticians (CES), the Standing Working Group on Ageing (SWGA), and their subsidiary bodies and expert groups.
  • – Collaborates closely on statistical matters with Heads of national statistical offices and relevant national Ministries dealing with population development in the ECE region as well as with the United Nations agencies and other international organizations active in the region.
  • – Supervises the development of methodological guidance, recommendations, norms, standards and publications, and ensures their endorsement by the relevant ECE intergovernmental bodies.
  • – Oversees the collection, processing and appraisal of statistical data, the maintenance of ECE statistical database, and the preparation of relevant reports for the ECE regional forums and sessions.
  • – Ensures timely reporting to the ECE Executive Committee and the ECE Commission Sessions.
  • – Supervises the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (Budget Section 23) and the Regional Adviser in statistics and oversees technical cooperation projects in statistics and population.
  • – Mobilizes resources for technical assistance activities in response to priority needs of countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia, and coordinates work closely with donors.
  • – Promotes complementarities between the operational activities of ECE and those of other international organisations active in the region.
  • – Manages and guides staff of the Division to ensure the smooth implementation of the programmes of work, and the efficient and effective use of the resources.
  • – Manages the performance of staff, encourages staff development. Recruits staff for the Division taking into account geographical and gender balance and other institutional priorities.
  • – Contributes to the achievement of ECE budgetary and HR management goals contained in the Executive Secretary’s Compact with the Secretary-General.
  • – Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division.Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated expertise and competence in the field of official statistics. In-depth understanding of the substantive issues, main problems and challenges related to statistical development. Very good knowledge of statistical methods and methodologies and ability to provide technical and policy advice to national statistical offices and other national government institutions. Very good understanding of the organisation of intergovernmental and expert meetings and technical cooperation activities. Understanding of the ECE mandate. Ability to produce reports and papers on statistical and population issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in statistics, econometrics, economics, or a related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in statistics is required.

At least seven (7) years of relevant experience at national, government or international level is required.

At least five (5) years of experience developing and applying statistical methodologies is required.

At least five (5) years of experience in supervisory functions is required.

Experience in managing and supporting inter-governmental processes is desirable.

Relevant work experience with countries of Eastern, South-Eastern Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia is desirable.Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.Assessment

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

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs.

The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

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

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Candidate Profile (CP) and motivation statement.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.No Fee


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