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  • Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Closing date: Friday, 16 December 2016

Posting Title: Senior Statistics Assistant, G7

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Job Code Title: SENIOR STATISTICS ASSISTANT

Department/ Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 17 November 2016-16 December 2016

Job Opening number: 16-STT-DESA-69497-R-NEW YORK (O)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Global Economic Monitoring Unit of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The division is mandated to provide research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and long-term development issues to the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, in order to support Member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More information is available on the following website: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/index.shtml. The Senior Statistics Assistant reports to the Chief of the Unit.

Database Management Development Policy Economic Trends Gender perspective Human Resources Human Rights Humanitarian Law Statistical Data Sustainable Development Sustainable Development Goals Western Asia

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Statistics Assistants will be responsible for the following duties:

Collects, evaluates, processes, and analyzes statistical data from a variety of sources.

Processes, classifies and ensures internal consistency of data; reconciles discrepancies in data series.

Builds special data sets for specific research needs or for reports.

Prepares charts, graphs and other outputs for reporting and presenting various data.

Applies, tests and executes programs for specific statistical applications on the basis of specifications provided.

Maintains relevant computerized databases, using customized programmes for data extraction and management.

Responds to internal/external requests on questions related to specific programme(s).

Assists in liaising with United Nations system organizations to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.

Prepares data sets upon request, responds to queries/requests and maintains/updates web pages.

Supervises and guides other general service staff in the function, as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Familiarity with major statistical resources for economic data; Familiarity with national accounting systems; Ability to identify relevant data sources and provide independent evaluations and analysis of statistical data. Ability to prepare reports. 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.

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.

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