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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 

Job Posting: Chief of Statistics, Human Development Report Office, UNDP, New York

The Mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunity, choice and freedom. HDRO works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development.

HDRO works with others to achieve change through research, data gathering, and communications and outreach work. The Human Development Report (HDR) is UNDP’s most visible global report. It receives wide acclaim and respect, and must adhere to the highest professional rigor and standards. The quality of its statistical content links directly to he HDR’s credibility and impact.

Through its work, the Chief of Statistics position will have a direct impact on the quality and timely production of the HDR that influences the international policy debates, decision-making and monitoring, as well as the innovative development of human development data and measurements. As a senior member of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO), the Chief of Statistics will lead and manage the Statistics Team to achieve the strategic goal of establishing and maintaining HDRO as a center of statistical excellence.

Working under the guidance of the Director, HDRO, and in close collaboration with other Units and members of the Office, the Chief of Statistic will lead new measurement development initiatives, oversee statistical research and innovative data presentation for the thematic analyses of the Report, manage the production of leading human development indicators and standard indicator tables, develop effective statistical outreach strategies and activities, represent UNDP and HDRO in international statistical community and build partnership with key data agencies and experts. While ensuring the statistical standards and rigor of the global HDR, the Chief of Statistics will also contribute to UNDP internal statistical capacity building and the efforts to improve statistical quality and credibility of national/regional HDRs. As a member of the HDRO Management Team, the Chief of Statistics will provide advice and support the HDRO management and operations.

Qualifications:

° The incumbent should have a post graduate university degree (or higher) and at least 10 years of commensurate experience in statistics, economics or other related social sciences with a strong training in human development issues and applied quantitative analysis.

° Outstanding proven writing and communications skills for outreach and representation; fluency in English a must; Spanish and French, very desirable.

A detailed job description for this position can be found at http://stone.undp.org/undpweb/ohr/ohrjbview.cfm?jaf_uid_c=1955
(REG2006/0549).

Interested and qualified parties are urged to apply on-line by the closing date of 3 May 2006. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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