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Posting Title: INTER-REGIONAL ADVISER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 January 2023 – 09 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-ECE-200611-J-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Statistical Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Statistical Subprogramme aims to improve the quality of official statistics for evidence-based economic, social and environmental policy making, and for assessing progress towards international development goals. This is achieved by servicing the work of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and its Bureau, developing methodological and practical recommendations, guidelines and standards to enhance international comparability of statistics, providing support to countries in the implementation of international statistical standards. The focus of the statistical work programme is on the following main areas: a) population and migration; b) national accounting and globalisation; c) modernisation of statistical production; d) environment and sustainable development; e) legal and institutional framework for national statistical systems in transition economies.

The P5, Regional Adviser on Statistics, reports directly to the D1, Chief of the Statistical Division, and coordinates their activities with the Programme Management Unit of UNECE.

This position is temporarily available for an initial period of six months with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.


The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring the provision of regional advisory services (advisory missions, capacity building, and field projects) upon requests of countries. In accordance with the Technical Cooperation Strategy adopted by the Executive Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in 2021, Regional Advisers provide a linkage for the UNECE operational activities in the programme countries in the UNECE region with its normative work. The Regional Advisers are placed in respective Divisions to ensure a more direct link with normative and analytical activities carried out within the core programme of work. They also have a cross-sectoral role to represent UNECE activities in their interactions with the Resident Coordinators and to identify potential areas for developing technical cooperation projects and activities in the UN programme countries in UNECE region.

More precisely, the selected candidate, in close cooperation with the rest of the Statistical Division will:

• Plan, direct, and monitor the Division’s work programme on technical assistance and capacity building activities in a variety of statistical areas, such as economic statistics, social and demographic statistics, modernisation of statistical production, environment statistics, the monitoring of progress towards the 2030 Agenda, and the integration of statistical and geospatial information in the UN programme countries;
• Undertake resource mobilization, to leverage additional funding for regional advisory services and to support the statistical activities of countries;
• Coordinate and ensure compatibility of the activities of technical assistance carried out by other professional staff of the Division;
• Manage the Technical Cooperation budget (RPTC) of the UNECE subprogramme on Statistics and its budget as well as extra-budgetary projects.
• Provide advice and expertise to governments of UN programme countries on institutional and structural aspects of their statistical system, statistical methodology and practices, programmes and policies;
• Undertake missions and capacity-building activities (seminars, workshops and training courses) to assist beneficiary countries and promote the implementation of commonly agreed
international standards for use in national official statistics, taking into account the particular circumstances and needs of the countries in the UNECE region;
• Prepare progress reports and other technical documentation regarding the Division’s work programme on technical cooperation activities for presentation to relevant bodies, including
reports to the Economic Commission for Europe and the Conference of European Statisticians and its Bureau;
• Maintain regular linkages with the Conference of European Statisticians; Assist governments in formulating and implementing field projects including those of multisectoral and/or transboundary nature;
• Facilitate and supports the development of institutional frameworks in support of regional/subregional cooperation among UNECE member States;
• Promote sharing of experience and identifying of best practices;
• Advise the Chief of Division and other senior managers on trends and technical cooperation needs of countries in the UNECE region;
• Establish linkages between operational work of the Division under RPTC and normative and analytical work of the Division under the relevant subprogramme of the core UNECE programme “Economic development in Europe”;
• Establish and maintain regular contacts with relevant counterparts active in the field of statistics, such as the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), UNDP, EFTA, The World Bank, the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS, the UN Statistics Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN-GGIM and its subsidiary bodies, particularly UN-GGIM: Europe and the UN Geospatial Network;
• Coordinate technical cooperation activities with other Regional Advisers through the Working Group on Technical Cooperation (WGTC) at the secretariat level;
• Undertakes cross-sectoral role for 3-4 countries of the 17 programme countries (countries within the Resident Coordinator System which are in the ECE region of work) working closely with the Resident Coordinators (RCs) and United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs), including working on new programmatic opportunities and proposing new joint project initiatives with resident UN agencies.
• Represent the organisation in discussions with UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams, with cross-cutting responsibilities for selected UNECE programme countries;
• Contribute to the UNSDCF (United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework) processes at the country level.


Professionalism: In depth knowledge of technical and policy-level issues and challenges in official statistics. Familiarity with the work of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes. Solid knowledge of the broad range of statistical subject matter areas, and in particular the challenges on cross-cutting issues such as modernization of statistical production, monitoring of progress towards the 2030 agenda and its institutional framework. Ability to provide technical advice in the development and implementation of programs, methodologies and policies with a view to improving statistical capabilities and standards of broad applicability. Knowledge of statistical challenges specific to countries in transition. Good knowledge of the UNECE region. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

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 improvement; 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.

Vison: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, statistics, or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in national or international official statistics is required.

Five years of experience in all aspects of project/programme management is required.

Three years of experience in all aspects of resource mobilization is required.

Three years of experience in advising government bodies and agencies in statistical issues is required.

Experience in capacity building and developing field projects is required.

Experience with the work of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes is desirable.

Experience with current initiatives and issues in the area of data management, and/or geospatial information management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of Russian is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for an initial period of six (6) months with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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