Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer (Statelessness)

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Country: Denmark
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 6 Jan 2021

Title: Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer (Statelessness)

Duty station: Copenhagen, Denmark (Alternatively – home-based)

Section/Unit: Global Data Service, Statistics and Demographics Section

ICA Level: IICA-1

Duration: from 1 February until 31 December 2021, 50% part-time

1. General Background

In 2018, the Secretary-General of the United Nations called for improvements in data and estimates on stateless populations. In response, the UN Inter-agency Working Group on Statelessness set up a data sub-group, co-chaired by UNHCR and UNFPA, which recommended the initiation of two complementary workstreams: 1) a Member State led process to improve national capacity, harmonize definitions and methodology in official statistics and develop recommendations to mainstream statelessness into national statistical systems (called Expert Group for Statelessness Statistics - EGSS), and 2) an expert-driven process working on modelling and methods to improve global estimates. The Inter-agency Group on Statelessness Estimates (IGSE) with a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is mandated to implement the second, expert-driven workstream and will be supported by the Junior Consultant. It brings together around thirty experts in academia, civil society and international and regional organizations and is co-led by UNHCR and UNFPA to model and improve estimates using currently available data. The group will publish peer-reviewed methodological papers, data and estimates, and progress reports. The aim for the IGSE is to become a platform for technical collaboration and knowledge sharing on statelessness estimation. By operating in a collaborative, flexible, open and independent manner, the IGSE and the TAG will be able to develop methods that will lead to internationally comparable estimates of statelessness in the absence of an internationally agreed-upon framework.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

· Identify, obtain, clean, process and analyze existing data from censuses, surveys, administrative data sources and other data collection on statelessness to estimate the size of stateless populations.**

· Together with the Consultant on Estimation of Stateless Population and IGSE, develop a methodological framework to map statistical and demographic methods to situations of and pathways into statelessness

· Exploratively test and evaluate the estimation methods in the methodological framework matrix using available data. Contribute to further developing and updating the framework based on the application of estimation and imputation techniques to available data sources.

· Compare the resulting interval and point estimates for the stateless population sizes with the currently available figures on statelessness as reported to UNHCR. Assess reasons for differences with established opinions and evidence on the size of individual stateless populations.

· Solicit substantive inputs and feedback to the methodological framework from IGSE members as well as ensuring peer-review by the TAG.

· Contribute to a technical paper outlining the methodological framework and summarising findings from its application to case study countries.

· Conceptualise a website for the IGSE and develop content to share methodological papers, data and estimates and progress reports and to serve as an output database after the work of the group is finalized. Update content for the website throughout the remaining duration of the consultancy.

· Review data sources and apply the finalized methodological framework to obtain country-by-country interval and point estimates for the size of stateless populations for all countries.

· Document data and statistical code used in the estimation work to enable UNHCR, UNFPA and other agencies to compile annual estimates after the end of the consultancy, including uploading of anonymized microdata to microdata library where possible.

· Provide further support in processing, cleaning, analysis and dissemination of data and statistics on statelessness to the IGSE and EGSS as requested.

· Help draft a results-focused report on the estimated size of the global stateless population

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

as per regular performance appraisals with the supervisor as per the agreed work plan

4. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education

A successfully completed first university degree (Bachelor’s level, Master’s or PhD is a strong asset) in Statistics, Demography, Quantitative Social Sciences or any other relevant field with a strong analytical component required

b. Work Experience

· 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

· Previous working and/or teaching experience in statistics, quantitative research and/or demography in the fields of migration, statelessness, forced displacement or with other vulnerable and/or hard-to-reach populations and phenomena required

· Previous work experience in the statistical workflow, data cleaning, data processing, collaborative data analysis and metadata documentation required

· Previous work experience with statistical software or programmes such as R, SPSS or STATA required

· Previous publication of peer-reviewed papers is a strong asset

· Previous work experience with international organizations is an asset

c. Key Competencies

· Knowledge of quantitative social research, demographic estimation and/or statistical modeling techniques, especially for hard to reach populations and poor data quality and availability, required

· Web design skills are an asset

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

· Demonstrated organizational skills

· Excellent knowledge of English required. Working proficiency in another UN language is an asset.

How to apply:

All applications are received online through the MSRP portal with a Letter of Interest.

  • Job Opening ID 24189: Assistant Statistics and Data Analysis Officer (Statelessness), UNOPS IICA-1

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