Statistical Information System Officer

United Nations Industrial Development Organization , Austria

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th March, 2021

Job Description

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Statistical activities are mainly composed of providing statistical, analytical and data services to the member-states; monitoring of progress towards SDG through compiling internationally agreed indicators and extending technical assistance to build national statistical capacity of the member-states.

The Department of Policy Research and Statistics (EPR/PRS) is responsible for increasing understanding of development policies and programmes by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to UNIDO and the wider development community. The Department develops and provides policy advice to Member States, based on evidence emerging from thematic, regional, country and sectoral analyses of industrial development and processes of structural change. In close cooperation with other relevant organizational entities and knowledge institutions around the world, the Department develops UNIDO’s research programme, advocates ISID as the main approach to create employment, reduce poverty and combat climate change, forges strategic partnerships to enhance UNIDO’s own expertise, and strengthens the capacity of Member States in related areas, including statistics. The Department is also responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics. The Department comprises the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division and the Statistics Division.

The Statistics Division (EPR/PRS/STA) is responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics that are internationally comparable in terms of data quality and statistical definition.

  • The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her supervisor and colleagues, in the country as well as in the region and in headquarters.
  • Staff -members are subject to the authority of the Director-General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.
  • The UNIDO Performance Management System reinforces collaboration within one’s team as well as among cross-functional teams. The incumbent will collaborate with colleagues within as well as outside the Department and as applicable with UNIDO colleagues worldwide, and backup team members as needed.
  • Staff members are subject to the authority of the Director General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Department of Policy Research and Statistics and the direct supervision of the Chief Statistician, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical leadership and supervision in the areas of data management and data processing systems relating to the statistical programme of UNIDO. This includes the following functions:

  •  Analyse, design, develop and maintain data processing applications supporting the collection, storage and dissemination of global industrial statistics. Coordinate and support the statistical business process for production of the regular statistical products and publications.
  •  Provide continuous development and improvement of statistical database systems and related software with the objective of increasing the functionality, reliability, timeliness and efficiency of data services provided by the Statistics Division; this involves exploring and implementing state-of-the-art methods for data exchange and storage, and coordinating the statistical database with work carried out by other major partners.
  •  Develop and maintain UNIDO Statistics Data Portal (, UNIDO’s online statistical dissemination tool, and provide support to internal and external users.
  •  Supervise and provide technical leadership in areas related to data management and processing; provide technical advice on the adaptability and applicability of solutions related to data retrieval and storage, and the use of operating systems and relevant software; provide technical assistance for carrying out the Division’s daily tasks related to data production, processing, storage and dissemination.
  • Participate in capacity development activities with member States and manage technical cooperation projects in the fields of industrial statistics and data analysis systems.
  • Contribute to the development of international standards and classifications in statistics, data improvement and inter-agency coordination with OECD, UNSD, the World Bank and other partners on statistical data and metadata exchange activities, development of enhanced data collection and dissemination methods; participate in various international expert groups and task forces.
  •  Assign responsibilities to staff under her/his supervision and ensure that expectations of results and performance are clear; motivate staff under her/his supervision and hold them accountable.
  • Support projects and programmes conducted at the Departmental level.
  •  Collaborate with other units within the Organization as well as other international statistical programmes.



  • Advanced university degree in computer science, information management, engineering, statistics or related field.


  • Fluency in English required.
  • Working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations would be an asset.


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