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Assistant Statistics & Data Analysis Officer at UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Akwajobs   (Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun)

Posted : 22 November, 2021
Category : Statistics & Data Analysis   Location : Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants. Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment. Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The UNHCR Data Transformation Strategy 2020-2025 envisions that by 2025 UNHCR becomes a trusted leader on data and information related to refugees and other persons of concern, thereby enabling actions to protect and to empower persons of concern. The Strategy stipulates investing in four complementary priority areas: data management and governance; information systems; capacities and skill development; and culture for evidence-informed decision-making. The strategy envisages data and information management functions in UNHCR carried out in a complementary and inter-linked manner between Headquarters Divisions and Services, Regional Bureaux, Country Operations and key external partners, including persons of concern.
Under the supervision of the Senior Information Management Officer, Information Management Officer, Statistics and Data Analysis Officer or other designated manager, the Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer is responsible for supporting statistical and data analysis activities in the relevant offices or service for evidence-informed planning, advocacy, and coordination.
As a member of the data and information management team within an office or a service, the incumbent supports statistical and data analysis activities and liaises with other UNHCR Offices, technical sectors and partners on related statistical and data issues. This includes programme and protection colleagues, technical units (e.g. health, livelihoods, shelter, energy, and education) as well as key external stakeholders and other agencies, including Government partners in the national statistical system.
The Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer will provide technical support for the design, data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination stages of the statistical process. In coordination with others in the DIMA, S/he will provide technical inputs to facilitate the necessary quality assurance and technical support for statistical and data analysis activities to Headquarters, the Regional Bureau, and operations; help ensure these processes are in accordance with technical and ethical statistical standards; and undertake regional or country-specific statistical and data analysis activities.
Relevant activities include coordination of or support to: the production of official statistics; statistical support for assessment, targeting, and monitoring activities; indicator development and reporting; application and evaluation of statistical and analytical methodologies and tools; statistical analysis and dissemination; sampling and survey design; statistical estimation and triangulation; data anonymization; and promotion and monitoring of ethical standards for statistics in UNHCR and partner activities. 
Together with others in the DIMA, s/He will provide support on statistical matters to the technical services, country and regional offices, depending on location; support liaison with relevant global, regional and national bodies on statistical matters; monitor the quality of statistics and application of statistical methods in country/regional offices or Headquarters; support the implementation of global, regional or country-based data and information management strategies and systems; and support capacity building of staff, partners and national authorities on statistics and data analysis; and communication of the status, value and importance of statistics and analysis.
S/he will support multi-stakeholder, multi-sector, and multi-country activities in relation to planning, funding and advocacy efforts, as well as internal and external assessments, regional and country-based planning and monitoring activities.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Support quality assurance and provision of technical advice on statistical analyses and indicators; take part in regional planning processes (regional RRP, regional migration response plans, etc.) and in those at the country level as appropriate and where support is needed.
- Contribute to the development or revision of statistical concepts, definition, standards and classifications used in UNHCR for research and decision-making.
- Contribute to the development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections on forced displacement and statelessness.
- Support implementation of coherence and compliance with organisational standards, methodologies, and support for data analysis activities such as surveys, secondary data reviews, targeting and vulnerability assessments, indicator definition, population estimation, statistical analysis, predictive analytics, big data, international recommendations, data visualisation, official statistics and other statistical and data analysis activities.
- For all data collection or statistical analysis activities, contribute to developing plans and monitor implementation to ensure statistics and analysis are of highest standards.
- Help to ensure that statistical and analytical products produced by UNHCR or with partners meet required standards and are compliant with relevant policies to uphold integrity, veracity, reliability and credibility.

- Compile, consolidate, validate and disseminate official statistics on populations of concern to UNHCR at country, region or global level, including annual statistics.
- Support the development or revision of methodological approaches and standards for statistical surveys conducted by UNHCR or partner organizations in support of monitoring, assessment, targeting, evaluation, operational plans and results reporting.
- Support the design and implementation of relevant statistical analytical products and input into their production, including quality assurance.
- Support data analysis activities, including on persons of concern derived from UNHCR¿s data systems such as, registration and identity management, results-based management, back office or other sectoral data systems.
- In coordination with sectoral and other data staff, apply statistical scenarios and models based on historical, recent and seasonal information to support comparative country, regional and global analysis, including political and sociodemographic trends.
- Advise on the appropriate methods and tools to be used in statistical and data analysis activities to be undertaken in region or country, or by other Headquarters units.
- In coordination with sectoral and other data staff, review indicators to be used to report on UNHCR¿s populations of concern and develop new ones in line with international standards (SMART).
- In close collaboration with relevant experts, support the analysis of technical and sectoral reports and recommend required follow-up actions with regard to the strengthening of statistics and data analysis.
- Draft statistical reports for UNHCR and/or with partners.
- Contribute to the preparation of analytical reports, manuals and web sites in the area of forced displacement and statelessness in the region, notably with regard to statistical methods.
- With information management staff, support consistency in the analytical approach at global, regional and/or country level, including for the purpose of cross-border analysis and response.

- Contribute to partnerships and activities relevant to statistics and data analysis in the country, region, or globally and engage with country operations, partners and Governments, as appropriate.
- Participate on behalf of UNHCR in meetings or conferences as needed.
- Where relevant, represent UNHCR¿s position in regard to refugee statistics and statistical methods with external bodies or provide technical inputs to this representation.

Capacity Building
- Support the implementation of capacity strengthening activities for UNHCR and other stakeholders, including national statistical partners on statistics.
- Support the organization of, and participate in, missions, workshops, seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a regional technical resource person, providing technical documents and drafting relevant reports.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Social Sciences; Statistics;         Demography; Geography/GIS
Epidemiology         Economics Physical Sciences Data Science
or related field
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Operational Data Management Learning Program
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
- 1 year in data or statistical field or relevant academic training.
- Knowledge of national and/or international statistical systems.
- Experience with data analysis, ideally in developmental or humanitarian contexts.
- Understanding of the principles and concepts of international protection and UNHCR.
- Experience with data collection and analysis, ideally in field situations.
- Ability to translate planning-specifications into technical briefs for data collection and analysis, and vice versa.
- Understanding of different data collection methodologies.

- Experience in international context and/or in humanitarian or development situation.
- Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR.
- Knowledge of international protection, human rights and international humanitarian law.
- Knowledge of UNHCR and interagency policies, standards, programmes and operations.
- Knowledge of GIS and geospatial systems and techniques.
- Understanding of civil registration and other national population registration systems.
- Experience working with or in national statistical offices.
- Familiarity with planning, programming, strategic planning, project development, budgeting and resource mobilization.
- Experience working with partners, including host and donor Governments, humanitarian and development partners.

Functional Skills

DM-Data collection methodologies
DM-Data Management
DM-Database Design & Development
MS-Data Collection Analysis
DM-Metadata Creation & Management
MS-Statistics Analysis
DM-Open Source Software & Data
DM-Population census and econometrics
DM-Protection Data Management Systems
PR-Cluster Information Management Tools, Resources and Approaches
PG-Needs Assessment and Response Analysis
Data governance, quality assurance and preservation
Data Interoperability
Data science methodologies
Development of and revision of data standards
Qualitative data analysis
Quantitative data analysis
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Fluency in English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Good knowledge of French and English Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an eliminatory written test followed by an interview.

Female Candidates are encourage. One-year Fixed-term Appointment. Closing date for submissions or applications is 3rd December 2021

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