UN Women: Data Analyst and Database Coordinator

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Application Deadline :08-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

To support member states in implementing the 2030 Agenda, UN Women’s Flagship Programme “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” (MEWGC) aims to affect a radical shift in the availability, accessibility and use of data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Programme envisions a multi-year and multi-country programme of work, supported by global and regional activities linking normative and technical work on gender statistics at the global level to the regional and national levels through three interlinked areas of work:

  • Building a supportive policy and institutional environment for the localization and effective monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Increasing the quality, comparability and regularity of gender statistics to address national data gaps and meet reporting commitments under the SDGs; and
  • Ensuring that gender statistics are accessible to users in governments, civil society, academia and the private sector, to strengthen adequate demand for their production.

As part of UN Women’s role as the lead monitoring agency for a number of gender-related targets and indicators, one key outcome of MEWGC is the development of a gender data portal. The portal will be built around a database to consolidate gender indicators of the SDGs, as well as gender data across UN Women’s key thematic areas, and will be a key opportunity for UN Women’s positioning as a comprehensive gender data resource. The overarching goal of the gender data portal is to improve access to gender data to inform policy and advocacy, and to enhance UN Women’s standing in the international community as a knowledge hub on gender equality. The Data Analyst and Database coordinator is needed to help maintain the database, update the data where needed and support the outreach specialist in management of the gender data portal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief Statistician, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

Provide maintenance and technical support to Portal and Database management:

  • Maintain the assigned sections of the gender data portal, focusing specifically on the database;
  • Ensure the database is updated as per schedule, imports data to Excel and upload to the portal;
  • Develop data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality;
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources and maintain Gender Portal and Database;
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets;
  • Work with management to prioritize business and information needs of the portal and database;
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities;
  • Provide technical support in data collection, compilation and quality control;
  • Report technical/system issues to IST of UN Women and technical support providers, and monitor the status of these issues;
  • Regularly review, analyze and evaluate business and user needs and experience to improve the design, development and implementation of the database;
  • Provide administrative and coordination support to the outreach specialist in managing and assigning approval roles in IT systems of UN Women related to the portal, including playing super admin role in the database management system;
  • Collect and analyze feedback from users to assess the quality, relevance and usefulness of the portal and the data in particular;
  • Capture bugs and any technical issues in the issue tracker and follow up with the developers.

Provide database liaison support:

  • Serve as the data focal point with custodian agencies, to communicate regarding data updates and other developments;
  • Curate data and ensure data quality by researching, collecting and assessing sources of relevant data; including by regularly verifying data with data providers;
  • Work closely with IST colleagues and Portal development  team to coordinate the database and data requirements;
  • Communicate regularly with IST colleagues to provide updates on database maintenance, support, and other relevant issues.
  • Represent UN Women in inter-agency statistical forums as needed.

Country level support and data analysis:

  • Regularly review, update and enhance the content and relevance of country fact sheets;
  • Provide technical support to UN Women’s country offices in all Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)-related work;
  • Contribute to technical discussions related to SDMX and similar capacity building projects;
  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports;
  • Conduct data analysis as requested, based on data in the portal.

Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Information in databases are up to date and accurate;
  • Effective communication with custodian agency counterparts and other vendors and partners;
  • Quality data analysis that promotes the utilization of the portal.



Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:?http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of databases, and experience supporting projects involving databases;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team supporting databases, working with data and conducting data analysis, and in a cooperative and productive fashion both with internal and external colleagues;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of ICT and database development and practices
  • Familiarity with SDMX
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, familiarity with other statistical software is an asset;
  • Strong statistical analysis skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong communication skills, especially with respect to data;
  • Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Good knowledge and use of computer office tools;
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills, and ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments; ability to build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond;
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whilst maintaining quality and timeliness;
  • Knowledge of the mandate and work of UN Women;
  • Familiarity with relational databases and data warehouse;
  • Thorough knowledge of MS-Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access);
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills.



Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, economics, information systems, computer science, ICT, or other social science fields;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 2 years of experience as a data analyst or business data analyst;
  • Experience with SQL and BI tools (Tableau, Qlik, or similar tools);
  • Experience in Drupal content management system is a Plus;
  • Experience in statistical analysis and familiarity with SDMX.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is a strong asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from?http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment?Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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