Economic Commission for Africa Statistician Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Statistician Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

  • The mission is guided by ECA's five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

  • This position is located in the African Centre for Statistics in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Statistician reports to the Chief, Statistical Development, Data Innovation and Outreach Section.


  • Within delegated authority, the Statistician will be responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the Training Component of the Action Plan for Africa of the Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics with the following duties:

    • Initiates and co-ordinates the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant data.

    • Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.

    • Plans and conducts analytical programmes of work in Agricultural and Rural Statistics. This may include: identifying projects, conducting analysis and participating in technical advisory activities for national capacity building.

    • Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data.

    • Undertakes methodological research with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development.

    • Develops new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections.

    • Provides guidance and advice to other departments, field experts, statistical training centres, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes and projects.

    • Plans and co-ordinates seminars, workshops, expert meetings, etc.

    • Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the section assigned.

    • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate complex data. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches with respect to
    statistical development. 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.

  • 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.

  • Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related fields 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

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required.

  • Demonstrated experience in planning, management and implementation of statistical capacity development programmes is desirable.

  • Experience with training in statistics, preferably in agricultural statistics is desirable.

  • Experience with agricultural statistics production at national level is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Statistician Jobs in Ethiopia

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