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UN Announces Competitive Examinations for Young Statisticians

The young professionals programme examination in Statistics (deadline for applications is the 10th of September) covers a wide range of topics in the areas of probability theory, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, demographic and social statistics or economic statistics.

Typically, a successful candidate would be offered an Associate Statistician Officer job carrying the following key responsibilities:

• Participate in 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 the database;

• Participate in the development, implementation and management of the designed statistical database and outputs in given area of statistics;

• Contribute to the development and application of standards for data and metadata exchange for use in different areas of statistics;

• Research, analyze and present information gathered from various data sources on assigned topics;

• Participate in research with regard to develop and harmonize appropriate methods and standards for measuring the performance in different areas of statistics, including statistical concepts, definitions and classifications;

• Maintain close liaison and cooperation with relevant national and international institutions’ statistical experts;

• Assist in the implementation of activities for the development of indicators, including the millennium development goals and environmental indicators;

• Organize and participate in seminars, working groups and expert meetings and task teams, and other expert meetings 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.

Any applicant for Statistics is required to have a first-level university degree in the following fields:

• Statistics
• Mathematics
• Economics with a specialization in statistics and/or econometrics (‘specialization’ constitutes 30% of the courses taken towards an Economics degree should be on statistics)
• Social sciences with a specialization in statistics (‘specialization’ constitutes 30% of the courses taken towards a Social sciences degree should be on statistics)
• Demography

You can find out more about the programme here.