STATISTICIAN (Chief of Section)
United Nations - New York, NY

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This position is located in the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section, Trade Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Chief of Section reports directly to the Chief of Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following duties:
• Implements the work programme of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) which includes (a) the update and maintenance of UN Comtrade, (b) the production of a large set of analytical outputs, (c) the methodological work in the area of IMTS and (d) international coordination and technical assistance in the area of IMTS. This requires to establish the concrete goals and priorities of the section and its work plan, to assign tasks and to ensure the accomplishment of the work plan by guiding, managing, supervising and further developing the staff of the section (including recruitment).
• Contributes to the methodological work on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) which includes the management of the drafting process for the new recommendations for IMTS, consultation with countries and members of the Expert Group and Inter-agency Task Force on IMTS via questionnaires and virtual meetings, the drafting and review of individual chapters and the finalization of the manuscript of the new recommendations. Guides and participates in the development of conversion tables fro the new edition of the Harmonized System classification. Starts work on the IMTS Compilers manual and follows-up on the research agenda for IMTS which covers issues that cannon or can only partially be included in the IMTS Compilers manual; conducts further methodological work on IMTS and in other areas as required.
• Supervise and contributes to data collection, data processing and data dissemination of UN Comtrade; provides overall guidelines as well as solutions and divisions whenever required; provides final review of data whenever required; ensures compliance with data quality procedures and further improve data quality; liaison with the UN Sales Section, important data users and international partners such as OECD, FAO and ITC; further improves data collection, processing and dissemination including multiple activities to update and further develop the UN Comtrade applications.
• Supervises and contributes to the production of all analytical outputs of the section including the International Trade Statistics Yearbook and the monthly and quarterly tables published in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and provides input to their production as required; in particular, implements a re-designed International Trade Statistics Yearbook; supervises and participates in the generation of all required estimations; participates in the production of the International Trade Statistics Newsletter as required; ensures regular updates of the IMTSS and UN Comtrade websites and further improves their contents.
• Participates in the task force on IMTS and other relevant meetings on IMTS; cooperates with other task force members; develops implementation plan for the new recommendations on IMTS; organizes and conducts workshops for developing countries to support the implementation of the international recommendations on IMTS; participates and conducts in other events on IMTS as required.
• Provides guidance and advice to other departments, field experts, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes and projects.
• Plans and co-ordinates seminars, workshops, expert meetings, etc.; plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the section assigned.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate complex data. Knowledge of and experience with large statistical databases. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches with respect to statistical development and database development. 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.
• 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.
• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology in the development of large statistical databases; understand the structure of relational databases; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
• 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 improvements; 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of international trade statistics or related field. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required, knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
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.
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