Senior Statistician (Project Coordinator GSAR II), Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Friday, 28 May 2021


Senior Statistician (Project Coordinator GSAR II)

Job Posting: 07/May/2021

Closure Date: 28/May/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Statistics Division, ESS

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-5

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008485

CCOG Code : 1M02

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Organizational Setting The Statistics Division (ESS) develops, and advocates for the implementation of methodologies and standards for data collection, validation, processing and analysis of food and agriculture statistics. In these statistical domains, it also plays a vital role in the compilation, processing and dissemination of internationally comparable data, and provides essential capacity building support to member countries. In addition, the Division disseminates many publications, working papers and statistical yearbooks, that cover agricultural and food security relevant statistics (including prices, investments, production, trade and agri-environmental statistical data). The incumbent will be part of the Statistics Division (ESS), hosting the Secretariat of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) through a Global Office (GO). The GSARS, following a decision of the United Nations Statistical Commission, was designed as a 15-year, multi-phase process to provide a ‚framework for national and international statistical systems enabling developing countries to produce, and to apply, the basic data and information needed in the 21st Century‘. The second phase of the GSARS (GSARS II, 2020-2025), starting in 2021 is focusing on the applying methodologies and approaches developed in the framework of the first phase and on strengthening statistical capacities of countries through the provision of training and technical assistance at national, regional and global level. Support is mainly provided through the provision of training and technical assistance at national, regional and global level in the following areas: i) assistance in the design of strategic plans for agricultural statistics; ii) training in agricultural statistics and provision of scholarships; and iii) technical assistance and training on tools, methodologies for data collection, data analysis, dissemination and use. The work of the GSARS will be interlinked with the activities of the 50x2030 initiative to close the agricultural data gap, in particular the data production component managed by ESS. The incumbent will lead the implementation of GSARS II and will work in close coordination with ESS division, other FAO services, national counterparts, donors, other implementing agencies and stakeholders.

The post is located in Rome, Italy

Reporting Lines The Senior Statistician reports to the ESS Director.

Technical Focus As coordinator of the Global Office (GO) coordinates, manages and implements the GSARS II programme, ensuring that outputs and products are delivered as described in the programme’s result framework and engaging GSARS II team and other implementing partners in effective technical assistance and training at country and regional levels.

Key Results Leadership and conceptual thinking for the development and implementation of comprehensive technical, statistical and/or analytical frameworks to support the programme of work and related products, projects and services in accordance with the FAO’s Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

Leads and manages highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams and short term working groups, providing strategic vision and technical leadership; coordinates and/or participates in divisional teams, Organization-wide committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides leadership/secretariat services on international technical networks and or technical policy and standard setting bodies;
Analyses global and country specific requirements as well as agricultural, economic, social, environmental factors to provide critical input into the FAO’s Strategic Framework, Programme of Work as well as Detailed Work Plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
Designs, implements and monitors work programmes including the conception and development of comprehensive short, medium and long term plans and strategies for the development of statistics and/or analytical frameworks;
Leads the design development of edge tools, methods, systems and databases, the conception and implementation of critical indicators, and/or policy models;
Leads and reviews the research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative tools and methodologies to be used within the Organization or by external stakeholders;
Leads the production of a variety of technical reports and oversees the provision of inputs for flagship publications, technical documents, divisional publications and/or web pages;
Leads and provides response to requests and provides technical/policy advice, assistance and solutions to Regional, Subregional, and Country Offices including technical backstopping to field projects;
Leads, organizes and participates in the provision of capacity development services, which include the planning and organization of training workshops and seminars, and oversees the preparation of related information, materials, online tools and information kits;
Represents the Organization at international/inter-governmental meetings and conferences, advocates strategic partnerships, best practices, and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national partners;
Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with Corporate strategies and Divisional plans.

Specific Functions

Leads and coordinates the Global Office, as the operational coordinating unit of the project, responsible for providing strategic direction in operationalizing and implementing the programme objectives, serving the Global Steering Committee, engaging with countries, coordinating partnerships, mobilizing resources, ensuring the efficient management of resources monitoring the implementation of activities, communicating impact and knowledge from the project;
Acts as secretary of the GSC by (i) convening and organizing face-to-face or virtual meetings of the GSC or organizing written consultations; ii) drafting the Annual Work Plans/Budgets and project progress reports; (iii) drafting the GSARS II final narrative and financial reports as well as any other reports required by the GSC and iv) planning and organising the mid-term and final evaluations of the project.

Plans and organizes the specific drafting of work plans/budgets and progress reports for each donor according to the existing signed agreements with FAO;
Facilitates the setting-up and convening of Regional Technical Advisory Boards (RATB) as consultative boards providing technical advice to the GSC;
Ensures the overall technical coordination of all investments under the umbrella of the GSARS II: leading, coordinating, guiding and supervising all the methodological and technical activities carried out by FAO and other partner institutions;
Ensures the GSARS II contributes to build sustainable agricultural statistical systems and strengthen capacities at country level for responding to national policy needs and matching international requirements (SDG’s or other regional frameworks such as CAADP);
Establishes partnerships for implementing activities where there is a clear advantage to jointly deliver development results on the basis of jointly defined and shared objectives;
Establishes contacts and seeks collaboration with other initiatives and activities within and outside FAO that are relevant to the programme and its objectives, in particular with the 50x2030 initiative;
Develops and maintains effective working relationships with senior officials from national governments, development partners and donors, regional organizations, project partner institutions;
Represents the project at critical regional and international fora and at specific coordinating bodies put in place by GSARS II donors for their other related investments;
Mobilises additional resources to support and expand the activities of the project, particularly in relation to building and institutionalization of capacity in regions not yet covered by the programme;
Develops and implements an advocacy, outreach and communications strategy for GSARS II to build awareness of the activities and impacts of the GSARS II using innovative and engaging approaches, giving room to outreach, dissemination, visibility and partnership efforts;
Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in statistics, mathematics, economics, agricultural economics, or a related field;
Ten years of relevant experience in the management of large-scale statistical coordination projects in national or international organizations;
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Results Focus

Leading, Engaging and Empowering Others


Partnering and Advocating

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;
Strong command of statistical methods including: data presentation, analysis and descriptive statistics; main continuous and discrete random variables (binomial, normal, standard normal, log-normal) and their properties; probability distributions; conditional probability, probabilities of intersections of events, Bayes‘ theorem; correlation and rank correlation; sampling and sample size: simple, stratified, and multistage random sampling; Inference, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and significance; linear regression (single and multiple) comparison of population means and variances, ANOVA; Chi-square and goodness of fit tests; nonlinear models: maximum likelihood estimation; elements of survey and questionnaire design;
Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of agricultural statistics and national agricultural systems;
Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of programmes related to capacity development in agricultural statistics;
Track record of experience in effective coordination of activities in a multiframework environment with various stakeholders, partners and donors and ability to collaborate across institutions and organizations;
Track record of ability to mobilise resources;
Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses.

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Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

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