United Nations 2015 Young Professionals Programme (YPP) examination in Statistics

Deadline for application: 2 August 2015.
Candidates with expertise in Demography who are interested in positions as Associate Population Affairs Officers are encouraged to apply for the YPP examinations in Statistics or Social Affairs.
 For more details and to apply: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCED&OID=STT.
• The purpose of the present Job Opening is to invite applications from external candidates who wish to take the 2015 Young Professionals Programme examination in the job family of Statistics.  UN Secretariat staff members who are eligible to apply through the “G to P” or “G to N” track must not apply through this Job Opening.
• The eligibility requirements of the examination are:
1.      At least a three-year first level university degree in the field of study listed in the Education Section of this Job Opening;
2.      Born on or after 1 January 1983;
3.      Fluent in either English or French; and
4.      A national of a participating member state. The participating member states are Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Dominica, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea (Republic of ), Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Turkey,  Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zambia.
• Applying to more than one job family will result in automatic disqualification.
• Incomplete applications and applications that are received after the above deadline (11:59 pm New York HQ local time) will not be accepted under any circumstances.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid problems due to heavy last-minute internet traffic.
• Upon selection, candidates successful in the Young Professionals Programme examinations will be initially appointed at the P-1 or P-2 level depending on their qualifications.  Those appointed at the P-1 level shall be promoted to a position at the P-2 level following a minimum of two years of satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of posts. After two years on their initial assignment, candidates may apply for other positions through the staff selection system so long as they meet the qualification requirements.
• Candidates should monitor the UN careers page careers.un.org frequently for updates. All important notifications and updates will be posted there.

Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located primarily in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Regional Commissions. The young professionals programme examination in Statistics covers a wide range of topics in the areas of probability theory, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, demographic and social statistics or economic statistics. The incumbent typically reports to the head of a unit or to a senior Officer.
If you are successful, you will be considered for YPP positions as they become available throughout the Secretariat including field offices. Initially you may be appointed for two years and then be reviewed for a continuing appointment. The Organization promotes mobility within and across duty stations and job families.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:  (These duties are generic and may not all be applicable.)
• Participate in the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data from Member States by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for validating collected data, and selecting and implementing appropriate methods for data processing for incorporation into statistical database(s);
• Participate in the development, implementation and management of statistical database(s) and outputs in a particular area of statistics such as economic statistics and national accounts, trade statistics, environment, energy and industrial statistics, demographic and social statistics, etc.;
• Assists in developing and maintaining databases on demographic indicators, population and development indicators, population policy information and indicators or information on other population-related issues.
• Participate in the design and delivery of statistical capacity development activities, including technical assistance and training;
• Contribute to the development and application of standards for data and metadata exchange for use in different areas of statistics;
• Conduct methodological research, analyze and present information gathered from various data sources on assigned topics;
• Prepares population estimates and projections and applies methodologies for demographic analysis. This task includes the application of techniques of demographic analysis to estimate demographic indicators and to evaluate population data for completeness and accuracy so as to adjust the data as needed. It also includes the application of techniques or methods of population projection, and the provision of input to the periodic revisions of assumptions underlying the population projections.
• Participate in the development and harmonization of appropriate methods and standards for measuring the performance in different areas of statistics, including development and revision of statistical concepts, definitions and classifications;
• Maintain close liaison and cooperation with relevant national and international institutions’ statistical experts;
• Organize and participate in seminars, working groups, expert meetings and task teams as a technical resource person;
• Contribute to the preparation of draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and other relevant reports; 
• Guide, train and supervise general service staff;
• Performs other related duties as required. 

Professionalism: ability to identify, extract, process (estimations and aggregations, quality checks), analyze and disseminate statistical data and interpret results of statistics in various contexts, 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.
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.

At least a first-level university degree in one of the following fields of study:
1. Fields of study: Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Logic, Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Operations Research, Statistics (These fields of studies can be found under the main course of study “Mathematics and Statistics”.)
2. Fields of study: Demography, Econometrics, Economics, Sociology (These fields of studies can be found under the main course of study “Social and Behavioural Science”.)

Work Experience
No experience is required.

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French (both oral and written) is required: knowledge of the other is desirable.  Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
 Assessment Method
Applications will be screened on the basis of the eligibility criteria. Only up to the 40 most qualified applicants per job family and per nationality/member state will be convoked for the written examination. The cost of traveling to the examination centre is to be covered by the examinee.
The written examination shall consist of:
 (i) a general paper, which tests drafting and analytical skills; and
(ii) a specialized paper, which tests the substantive knowledge of the particular job family for which the examinee is being tested.
All examinees in all job families shall complete the same general paper.  The general paper and/or specialized paper shall be eliminatory. The paper that is going to be marked first shall be eliminatory, and only examinees successful in that paper of the examination shall have the other paper marked. Each part of the specialized paper may be eliminatory. The Specialised Boards of Examiners shall decide on the part(s) of the specialised paper that will be eliminatory.
Only examinees who are successful in the written examination will be invited to the oral examination. The oral examination will be conducted via online video conference.

United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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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Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application.  In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills.  Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.  Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted.   Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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