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14 Jul 2019

Full-Time Population Data Felllow @ The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (US)

United Nations Population Fund – Posted by rosilv New York, New York, United States

Job Description

General Information

Country of Assignment: United States

Host Institute: United Nations Population Fund 

Volunteer Category: International Specialist

Number of Volunteer: 1

Duration: until 14-08-2020

Expected Starting Date Duty Station: 01-09-2019
Assignment Place: New York [USA]

Assignment Place: Family Duty Station


Living Conditions

New York City is a cosmopolitan duty station that offers diversity in lifestyle and culture. The incumbent will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. Regarding accessibility of the city, see

United Nations Headquarters in New York were designed to address the real-life accessibility requirements of all persons, following the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, as well as international best practices. See SG Report A/71/344 “Towards the full realization of an inclusive and accessible United Nations for persons with disabilities for further details.

Reasonable accommodation:

The UN system is committed to creating an inclusive workplace, and commits to taking appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to access employment opportunities and benefit equally from employment-related opportunities by providing reasonable accommodation. In this context, “reasonable accommodation” means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Should applicants need reasonable accommodation arrangements to facilitate their interview and assessment during the recruitment and selection process, please submit your request with your application.

Assignment Details

Assignment Title Population Data Fellow, Vital Statistics Capacity Building (NY) Organizational Context & Project Description

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA is the United Nations Population Fund. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA supports:

  1. Reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries – which are home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s population
  2. The health of pregnant women, especially the 1 million who face life-threatening complications each month
  3. Reliable access to modern contraceptives sufficient to benefit 20 million women a year
  4. Training of thousands of health workers to help ensure at least 90 per cent of all childbirths are supervised by skilled attendants
  5. Prevention of gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women
  6. Abandonment of female genital mutilation, which harms 3 million girls annually
  7. Prevention of teen pregnancies, complications of which are the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 years old
  8. Efforts to end child marriage, which could affect an estimated 70 million girls over the next 5 years
  9. Delivery of safe birth supplies, dignity kits and other life-saving materials to survivors of conflict and natural disaster
  10. Censuses, data collection and analyses, which are essential for development planning

Data Fellows Programme

UNFPA will host its inaugural cohort of Population Data Fellows in its global headquarters (New York) and selected regional and country offices around the world in 2019-2020. Through this programme, Population Data Fellows will come together to design and deliver targeted projects that contribute to the overall population data work of UNFPA.

The inaugural cohort of 2019-2020 Population Data Fellows will contribute to UNFPA’s work on civil registration and vital statistics in the areas of

(1) qualitative population field research,
(2) data analytics of vital registration data, and
(3) capacity building in completeness assessment, demographic data quality assessment and vital statistics analysis.

The Fellowship programme will be residential for a period of up to 12-months (possible extension subject to available funding), with Fellows living at a specific UNFPA duty station and working in the associated UNFPA office under the direction of either the Country Office’s UNFPA Representative, the Regional Office’s Population and Development Regional Advisor, or the Population and Development Branch Chief at UNFPA Headquarters.

Qualitative Population Field Research

This program of work at UNFPA seeks to understand the proximate determinants of under-registration of vital events across the life course, including registration of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Through qualitative research – primarily through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews – UNFPA is seeking to understand why certain subpopulations are more likely to have their vital events registered than others. Further, this work seeks to understand the social, economic and political consequences for individuals of being invisible to the civil registration system. This work will be closely aligned with large-scale data analysis of civil registration, census and survey data.

Data Analytics of vital event registration data

In order to systematically strengthen CRVS systems, we need to understand how complete they are and the quality of the underlying data. This is important to identity which areas of the system need further improvement, and it is also is needed to make adjustments to civil registration data when producing representative and reliable vital statistics at national and subnational levels. Fellows engaged in this workstream will support analysis and assessment of civil registration data under the guidance of UNFPA technical staff.

Capacity building in completeness assessment, demographic data quality assessment and vital statistics analysis

UNFPA supports National Statistics Offices in low- and middle-income countries via technical capacity building. This workstream involves development of capacity building materials and support to training workshops for National Statistics Offices and Civil Registration authorities in the area of civil registration data assessment, vital statistics production, and vital statistics usage.

Sustainable Development Goals 17. Partnerships For the Goals Task description

Under the direct supervision of Chief, Population and Development Branch, the UN Volunteer will:

  • Learn contemporary technical methods of assessing data quality and completeness of civil registration data, adjusting civil registration data to account for coverage and content error, and producing vital statistics from civil registration data;
  • Support UNFPA staff in developing capacity building materials, technical tutorials, and worked examples to support staff from National Statistics Offices in assessing data quality and completeness of civil registration data, adjusting civil registration data to account for coverage and content error, and producing vital statistics from civil registration data;
  • Assist UNFPA technical staff in facilitating capacity building workshops and data laboratories for officials from National Statistics Offices and civil registration authorities;
  • Conduct statistical and demographic analysis, using standard statistical software packages (e.g. R, Stata or SPSS) to support data processing, assessment and analysis of civil registration data
  • Contribute to routine and ad-hoc discussions and meetings within UNFPA on civil registration, vital statistics and legal identity;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • Solid knowledge of demographic and statistical methods for assessing, processing and analyzing civil registration data in low-/middle-income countries;
  • Support to the production of capacity building resources on assessing data quality and completeness of civil registration data, adjusting civil registration data to account for coverage and content error, and producing vital statistics from civil registration data;
  • Contributions to assessments of completeness and quality of civil registration data, statistical adjustments on incomplete civil registration data, multivariate analyses of proximate determinants and social consequences of vital event under-registration, and production of vital statistics analysis outputs in collaboration with UNFPA staff, national statistics offices and civil registration authorities;
  • Successful support to facilitated workshops and data laboratories for national statistics offices and civil registry staff in the assessment, adjustment and analysis of civil registration data and production of vital statistics;

• The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);

• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed


Required Degree Level: Bachelor degree required, Masters degree preferred

Education – Additional Comments

  • university undergraduate degree or equivalent in the quantitative social sciences, such as demography, public health epidemiology, statistics, sociology, economics or related discipline (such as computer science).

Required experience 24 months

Experience Remark

Experience (2 years) in applied statistics, public health, epidemiology, and demography

Familiarity and experience in carrying out descriptive statistical analysis and multivariate regression analysis

  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  • Computer programming skills (particular in R, or related statistical programming language such as Stata or SPSS) and willingness to learn (or existing familiarity with) GitHub or version control systems;
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Language Skills

  • English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent
  • And One of these – Arabic, French, Spanish (Optional) , Level – Working Knowledge

Area of Expertise

  • Statistics Mandatory

Area of Expertise Requirement
Need Driving Licence: No

Competencies & Values

  • Accountability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Communication
  • Ethics and Values Integrity
  • Planning and Organizing Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity Working in Teams

Conditions of Service and other information

Condition of Service Click here to view Conditions of Service

Conditions of Service for International Specialist:

The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).

The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post- Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,631. The VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website

For UN Volunteer entitlements, kindly refer to the link

In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.

UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).

UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for periodic home visit and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.

Supervision, induction and duty of care of UN Volunteers

UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel. Host entity support to the UN Volunteer includes, but is not limited to:

– Introductory briefings about the organisation and office-related context including security, emergency procedures, good cultural practice and orientation to the local environment;

– Support with arrival administration including setting-up of bank accounts, residence permit applications and completion of other official processes as required by the host government or host entity;

– Structured guidance, mentoring and coaching by a supervisor including a clear workplan and performance appraisal;

– Access to office space, equipment, IT support and any other systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment including a host entity email address;

– Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning; – Inclusion of the volunteer in emergency procedures such as evacuations; – Leave management;
– DSA for official travel, when applicable;

– All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme.

How to Apply

Application Code USAR000036-4921 Application procedure * Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? 1. Please first register your profile at 2. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. 3. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink 4. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? 1. Please first update your profile at 2. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. NOTE: Special consideration will be given to indigenous people, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI candidates. Application deadline: 14 July 2019 Disclaimer United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

Job Categories: Data Scientist / Statistician. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Less than $100,000.

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