Terms of Reference
The World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) was inaugurated in October 2019. The JDC’s mission is to enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that can improve the lives of affected people. The JDC is located in Copenhagen and staffed equally by the World Bank and UNHCR. The JDC team is made up of 14 persons at present, including 7 senior technical personnel (4 senior economists, 2 senior data scientists, 1 senior statistician).
JDC’s senior technical personnel are allocated activities under the JDC’s work program (covering over 50 activities in 2021) and are accountable for their delivery. They manage the resources (human, technical and financial) required for the successful completion of assigned activities. They are responsible for ensuring regular and constructive collaboration with relevant teams in UNHCR and the World Bank, which will be implementing or co-implementing some of the assigned activities. Finally, they are responsible for scoping, conceptualizing, and attracting new activities to the JDC’s work program that relate to their specialization.
The Snr Statistics & Data Analysis Officer will be overseeing and delivering existing activities, and scoping new activities, mostly in three areas. Applicants will be expected to have prior expertise and practical experience in all three areas:
- Activities that relate to capacity building and technical assistance to national statistical offices and national statistical systems
- Activities that relate to the development and refinement of international statistical standards and methodologies
- Activities relating to large-scale / nationally representative data collection and analysis, including via household surveys, censuses, and/or administrative records.
Given the Snr Statistics and Data Analysis Officer’s responsibilities for delivery of a broad and varied range of activities, it will be crucial for the selected candidate to have solid project management skills and a process optimization mindset and a (thought) leadership acumen to complement the relevant technical skills.
The Snr Statistics and Data Analysis Officer will report to the JDC Deputy Head.
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 Snr DIMA Coordinator/Head of Service/ Deputy Director or Deputy Representative or other designated manager, the Senior 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, his/her primary functions are to coordinate and support statistical and data analysis activities, provide relevant technical expertise and advice, and serve as a liaison 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 Senior Statistics and Data Analysis Officer ensures that technical support is provided for the design, data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination stages of the statistical process. S/he also ensures that the necessary quality assurance and technical support is provided for statistical and data analysis activities to Headquarters, the Regional Bureau, and operations; and that these processes are in accordance with technical and ethical statistical standards.
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 anonymisation; and promotion and monitoring of ethical standards for statistics in UNHCR and partner activities.
S/He is responsible for providing support on statistical matters to the technical services, country and regional offices, depending on location; for liaising with relevant global, regional and national bodies on statistical matters; monitoring the quality of statistics and application of statistical methods in country/regional offices or Headquarters; supporting the implementation of global, regional or country-based data and information management strategies and systems; capacity building of staff, partners and national authorities on statistics and data analysis; and to communicate 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. Where relevant, s/he will lead a team of statisticians, data analysts and related staff.
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.
- Contribute to data, information management and registration strategies with statistical and data analysis elements with a vision on the use of statistics and analytical data products, particularly in planning, programming and advocacy, at the country, regional and HQ levels as appropriate.
- Input into the processes establishing or implementing UNHCR’s policies and procedures on planning and reporting on UNHCR’s operational activities (results-based management and planning figures).
- Ensure quality assurance and provide 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, definitions, 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.
- Ensure 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, lead in developing plans and monitor implementation to ensure statistics and analysis are of highest standards.
- Ensure 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.
- Lead in 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.
- Lead in the design and implementation of relevant statistical analytical products and oversee their production, including quality assurance.
- Undertake 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, analyse 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 websites in the area of forced displacement and statelessness in the region, notably with regard to statistical methods.
- With information management staff, ensure consistency in the analytical approach at the 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.
- Represent UNHCR’s position in regard to refugee statistics and statistical methods with external bodies.Capacity Building
- Design and implement capacity strengthening activities for UNHCR and other stakeholders, including national statistical partners on statistics.
- Design and update training strategies for statistics and data analysis in UNHCR; plan, manage and implement training events for UNHCR staff involved in statistics and data analysis.
- Organize and participate in missions, workshops, seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a regional technical resource person, providing technical documents and drafting relevant reports.
- Perform functional clearance, support recruitment processes and perform induction training in relation to statistical functions as applicable for the position.
Education and Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant 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
- 5 years in data or statistical field, 5 years in international context, 3 years in humanitarian or development situation.
- Experience with national and/or international statistical systems.
- Experience with data analysis in developmental or humanitarian contexts.
- Strong understanding of the principles and concepts of international protection and UNHCR.
- Experience in data collection and analysis in field situations.
- Ability to translate planning-specifications into technical briefs for data collection and analysis, and vice versa.
- Demonstrated understanding of different data collection methodologies.
- 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.
- Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR.
- Knowledge of international protection, human rights and international humanitarian law.
- Demonstrated knowledge of UNHCR and interagency policies, standards, programmes and operations.
- Knowledge of GIS and geospatial systems and techniques.
- Demonstrated understanding of civil registration and other national population registration systems.
- Experience working with or in national statistical offices.
How to apply
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Closing date 26 January 2022 (midnight Geneva time).