Statistics Research Assistant, Consultant

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Location : Homebased, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :18-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :28 September – 31 December 2020

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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 global gender data programme, “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” (Women Count), is affecting 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 is implementing 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:

  • Creating an enabling environment: Promoting a supportive policy environment to address institutional and financial constraints and to strengthen policies and practices governing the production and use of gender statistics; 
  • Increasing data production: Supporting efforts to improve the regular production of gender statistics, including building the technical capacity of the national statistical systems (NSSs) and providing financial support for data collection to monitor the SDGs and other national and international commitments; and 
  • Improving data accessibility and use: Promoting greater access to and analysis of data by users, including open access, dissemination tools, user-producer dialogues and strengthened the capacity of all relevant actors to use gender statistics in policy, programmes and advocacy. 

Located in the Research and Data Section of UN Women (R&D), the Statistics Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Statistics Specialist of the Women Count programme to provide technical support to the latter in the implementation of statistical activities and delivery of statistical outputs related to the Global Toolkit on the Generation of More Disaggregated Gender Data Using Existing Household Surveys (Gender Data Work project), specifically and assist  in delivery of activities and outputs of other Women Count global projects, generally.

The Toolkit on Gender Data Work will be a collection of good practices as well as learnings of a number of country studies, each focusing on a particular aspect of the statistical process of producing more disaggregated gender statistics from existing household surveys.  That is, strengthening the commitment of the leadership of national statistical systems (NSSs) on producing more and better gender statistics, identifying national priority gender equality indicators, developing methodologies and producing select priority indicators, and disseminating, advocacy and use of gender statistics produced.  The Toolkit on Gender Data Work will thus provide key actors in NSSs not only guidance on planning, organizing and implementing each key stage of the process but also on institutional arrangements and mechanisms, communications, collaboration and coordination. 

Ultimately, the Toolkit on Gender Data Work is meant to expand the support of the Women Count programme to countries beyond the seven pilot countries by providing a compilation of tools strengthening statistical capacities of key actors in NSSs to produce more and better gender statistics. The Toolkit on Gender Data Work will be launched on the Women Count Data Hub to ensure wide access of target users.  A summary report on the Toolkit on Gender Data Work will be submitted to the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys (ISWGHS) to serve as a background document for the 52nd Session of the UN Statistical Commission in 2021. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Based in the Data and Statistics Team of the Women Count programme in UN Women HQ, the Statistics Research Assistant will provide statistical support and assistance on the implementation of the global project on the Global Toolkit on the Generation of More Disaggregated Gender Data Using Existing Household Survey (Gender Data Work project), specifically; and  assist in delivery of activities and outputs of other Women Count global projects, generally.  The tasks will include, among others:


1/ Implementation of the Gender Data Work project

  • Provide technical assistance and support for the development of the Global Toolkit
    • Support with the collection of background and related research and data work, including pilot country case studies
    • Support the preparation of figures, tables, and annexes using STATA, Excel, Tableau, and other software
    • Fact-check the data and statistical information included in the Global Toolkit
    • Develop a repository of all data, materials, resources and literature related to or used for the development of the Global Toolkit
  • Assist in the coordination of the Gender Data Work project within UN Women, with Consultant(s), and other partners
    • Assist in the organization and participate in meetings/discussions among the Consultant(s), UN Women Regional Offices (ROs) and Country Offices (COs), or partners
    • Liaise with ROs and COs as well as the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Households Surveys as partner of the Gender Data Work project
  • Assist in the outreach and dissemination of the Global Toolkit
    • Support the organization and implementation of webinars
    • Support the production and coordination of knowledge products
    • Support preparation of statistical information needed for outreach and advocacy, including drafting messages and highlights; preparation of tables, figures, or presentations; and liaising with Global Toolkit copyeditor(s) and designer(s)
    • Assist in the production of the Women Count Data Hub version of the Global Toolkit
    • Contribute to content development to be posted on the Women Count Data Hub, including graphs and other data visualization
  • Support in the administrative and logistics needs of the Gender Data Work project

2/ Implementation of Women Count global projects

  • Assist Women Count Team HQ in the implementation of activities and delivery of outputs of the Women Count global projects
  • Perform other related duties as required


Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree OR bachelor’s degree with additional years of relevant work experience (in lieu of the former) in statistics, economics, gender, or other related development or social science fields


  • Background in gender statistics, economics, or development studies with a focus on gender equality
  • Experience in carrying out and supporting statistical research on gender and development, in the context of national statistical systems
  • Experience with STATA
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Willingness to work as part of a team, to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work


Excellent command of English (oral and written). Other UN languages an asset.


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