The successful incumbent is expected to adhere to and practice the three main core values of the UN system (integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity) and in particular possess the following competencies:
Professionalism. In general: a) Shows pride in work and achievements; b) demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter (as described above); c) is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; d) is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; e) shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; d) remains calm in stressful situations. In particular DESA is looking for staff with the following technical competence: 1) a strong commitment to high-level technical expertise in the statistical training and capacity building; 2) proven ability in preparing robust project proposals; 3) familiarity with potential donors’ policies (member states, UN funds and programmes, global funds, International Financial Institutions etc.); 4) familiarity with concepts and approaches related to capacity development and conversant with RBB/RBM approaches and M&E approaches; 5) proven ability to be a broker of knowledge (not only provider of knowledge, brokering issues close to DESA normative analytical mandates; 6) proven ability in building partnerships with national institutions and other organizations involved in the development process; 7) proven ability in mobilizing resources; 8) taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
a) Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; b) solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; c) places team agenda before personal agenda; d) supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; e) shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing:
a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; b) identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e) monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.
Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics or related field.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience within the UN development system and / or related to operational activities for development of the UN system in statistical capacity building. At least five years of the professional experience should be advisory work in developing countries (including transition countries), preferably in more than one region.
Experience in the organisation and management of statistical capacity building programmes at national and/or international level is required; experience in producing written reports on the issues of statistical training and capacity building is required; participation in any high level national, regional or international meetings that have discussed statistical capacity building matters is desirable. Experience in the UN development system and/or operational activity related to UN development work is desirable. Experience with development programmes related to data and indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is desirable.