Statistical/Research Assistant

Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st December, 2020

Job Description

Main Purpose

  • The Statistical/Research Assistant performs a variety of routine technical, procedural and record-keeping support duties contributing to statistical data collection and presentation.
  • Supervision Received/Exercised
  • The Statistical/Research Assistant reports to a Senior Economist or Economist in EST. He / she acts independently in routine matters.  Supervision received provides for technical and procedural guidance and on-the-job learning opportunities.

Working Relationships

  • The Statistical/Research Assistant engages with colleagues from within the work unit and with immediate clients supported, providing routine and standard services in assistance of data collection, analysis and presentation.

Key Functions/Results

  • Compile data from source material such as questionnaires, publications, surveys, research projects, websites, reports, databases, etc.;
  • Verify completeness and accuracy of source data delivered to FAO by external stakeholder;
  • Review specific indicators and apply routine statistical methods to check the validity and to identify any statistical discrepancies;
  • Enter, retrieve and update data from existing databases;
  • Process/ compute statistical data according to formulae; assemble related outputs following prescribed procedures and instructions received; abstract and highlight specific features of data;
  • Prepare standard statistical reports, tables and diagrams to show evidence and comparison of statistical information to facilitate further review and analysis;
  • Prepare country notes on the availability and quality of national statistics and update internal metadata system;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Impact Of Work

  • The Statistical/Research Assistant participates as part of a team in the provision of statistical and research support services. Actions reflect on the immediate and wider work unit.

Minimum Requirements

  • Education: Secondary School Education
  • Experience: Two years of experience in administrative and/ or data processing support work
  • Languages: Working knowledge (Level C) of English and limited knowledge (Level B) of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


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