Statistics and Data Analysis Associate

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UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Temporary > Temporary Assignment/ Appointment

Hardship Level

A (least hardship)

Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)

Target Start Date


Target End Date


Job Posting End Date

July 2, 2024

Standard Job Description

Statistics and Data Analysis Associate

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 (Senior) Statistics and Data Analysis Officer, (Senior) Statistician, (Senior) DIMA Coordinator or other designated manager, the Statistics and Data Analysis Associate assists in coordinating and supporting statistical and data analysis activities in the relevant Office(s) or Service for evidence-informed planning, advocacy, and coordination. This includes liaising on related statistical and data issues with other UNHCR Offices, 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 Statistics and Data Analysis Associate provides technical support for the design, data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination stages of the statistical process. S/he will provide the necessary quality assurance and technical support for statistical and data analysis activities to Headquarters, the Regional Bureaux, and Operations; helps ensure these processes are in accordance with technical and ethical statistical standards; and undertakes global, regional or country-specific statistical and data analysis activities.
The incumbent 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.

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.
– Implement UNHCR’s policies and procedures on planning and reporting on UNHCR’s operational activities (results-based management and planning figures).
– Support quality assurance and provide technical advice on statistical analyses and indicators; take part in relevant planning processes as appropriate and where support is needed.
– Contribute to the development or revision of statistical concepts, definition, standards and classifications used in UNHCR for research and decision-making.
– Contribute to the development or improvement of statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections on forced displacement and statelessness.
– Support implementation of 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, contribute to 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.
– Support 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.
– Support 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 regional or country, or by other Headquarters units.
– In coordination with sectoral and other data staff, provide administrative support to the review and development of indicators to be used to report on UNHCR’s populations of concern.
– Contribute to technical and sectoral reports and to recommendations for follow-up actions with regard to the strengthening of statistics and data analysis.
– Provide input to statistical and analytical reports for UNHCR and/or with partners, manuals and websites within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
– With information management staff, support consistency in the analytical approach at 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 within the AoR.
– If required, participate on behalf of UNHCR in meetings or conferences.
– Provide administrative support to capacity strengthening activities for UNHCR and other stakeholders, including national statistical partners on statistics.
– Organize and participate in missions, workshops, seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a technical resource person, providing technical documents and drafting relevant reports.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses
Social Sciences; Statistics; Demography; Geography/GIS;
Epidemiology; Economics; Data Management; Operational Data Management Learning Program; or related field.
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

2 years in data or statistical field. Experience with national and/or international statistical systems. Ability to translate planning-specifications into technical briefs for data collection and analysis, and vice versa. 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.
Experience with data analysis in developmental or humanitarian contexts. Understanding of the principles and concepts of international protection and UNHCR. Experience in data collection and analysis in field situations preferably in the context of UNHCR.
Knowledge of international protection, human rights and international humanitarian law. Knowledge of UNHCR and interagency policies, standards, programmes and operations. Knowledge of GIS and geospatial systems and techniques. Understanding of civil registration and other national population registration systems. Experience working with or in national statistical offices.

Functional Skills
DM-Data collection methodologies
DM-Data Management
DM-Open Source Software & Data
DM-Population census and econometrics
DM-Protection Data Management Systems
DM-Qualitative data analysis
DM-Quantitative data analysis
IM-Statistics Analysis
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Fluency in English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

– Previous experience in data management activities, such as surveys, secondary data reviews, targeting and vulnerability assessments, population data, profiling, analysis, data visualisation, data analysis, maps, statistics and other data an information management activities. Experience in KOBO platform is essential.
– Support production of UNHCR protection monitoring and trends reports.
– Experience writing technical reports
– Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and writing) as incumbent will be requested to process the data and produce information products in relevant languages. Knowledge of Armenian
– Previous experience in the humanitarian context(s) is an asset.
– The incumbent will be requested to provide training support, including to partners and UNHCR staff.
– May be required to undertake field trips to project sites.
– Proficient in R software
– Python knowledge is an asset
– Strong quantitative background in statistics, economics
– Solid understanding of forced displacement-related issues
– Previous experience in working with government (Armstat, MCS…)

Functional Clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level)



Desired languages



Additional Qualifications


DM-Data collection methodologies, DM-Data Management, DM-Open Source Software & Data, DM-Population census and econometrics, DM-Protection Data Management Systems, DM-Qualitative data analysis, DM-Quantitative data analysis, IM-Statistics Analysis



Data Management – Other, Demographics – Other, Economics – Other, Epidemiology – Other, Geographic Information Systems – Other, Geography – Other, HCR Operational Data Management Learning Program – UNHCR, Social Sciences – Other, Statistics – Other

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and be invited to comptency based interview and written test

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