Statistician, Vienna, Austria At UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Title: Statistician

​​Requisition ID: 2268

Grade: ISA-Specialist

Country: Austria

Duty Station: Vienna

Category: International Consultant Type of Job Posting: Internal and External

Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular Contract Duration: 12 months Application Deadline: 25-May-2023

Vacancy Announcement TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, 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. 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. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS) oversees the Organization’s development of capacities for industrial development as well as industrial policy advice, statistics and research activities and the Organization’s normative contribution to Member States and global development community in achieving the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions for sustainable industrial development related to environment, energy, SMEs, competitiveness and job creation, as well as digitalization and artificial intelligence. Through coordination in-house and with Member States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areas contribute toward effective and appropriate technical, business and policy solutions and are focused on results and on realizing any potential for scaling up and positioning UNIDO as a leading platform for industrial development in developing countries and global fora.

Within the Directorate, the Division of Capacity Development, Industrial Policy Advice and Statistics (TCS/CPS) is responsible for delivering the Organization’s learning and capacity development and statistics programme on industrial development. It also is responsible for supporting industrial policy-making efforts in Member States. It is further responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics and reporting on the industrial statistics indicators of SDG 9. Finally, it is responsible for analysing trends in industrial development and trade. The Division’s activities in collaboration with and reaching out to other organizational entities ensure that capacities built, policy advice provided, statistical data and research conducted are directly fed into the Organizations’ technical cooperation programmes and projects. The outputs of the Division concerning capacity building, policy advice, statistics and research conducted are disseminated and promoted in the form of policy briefs and other publications to Member States and the wider industrial development community, complying as such with the Organization’s normative function with regard to industrial development. The Division comprises the Units of Capacity Development and Policy Advice (CDA), Industrial Statistics and SDG 9 Reporting (ISR), and Industrial Policy Research (IPR).

This position is located under the Industrial Statistics and SDG 9 Reporting Unit (TCS/CPS/ISR), responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics and reporting on SDG9, as well as providing analyses of such data to other entities in the Organization, considering observed trends, requests from Member States and demand from the Organization’s technical entities. In doing so, it also ensures that statistical data collected are directly fed into the Organization’s technical cooperation programmes and projects.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief Statistician and in close cooperation with other staff member of the Division, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following tasks:

  •  Develop and apply appropriate statistical methods for SDG data collection, compilation and dissemination, based on recent recommendations and best practices. This includes (a) providing quality assurance of statistics produced by the Unit in terms of coherence and international comparability; (b) enhancing the scope of statistical indicators of industrial performance including composite indices; and (c) preparing analytical publication relevant to SDG progress and trends on industrial development.
  •  Contribute to the development, analysis and formulation of new statistical indicators, methodologies and approaches in the context of industrial development.
  •  Contribute to the Unit’s statistical data production, to deliver on UNIDO’s global mandate in collecting and disseminating international industrial statistics. This includes (a) continuous improvement of statistical products and databases produced by the Unit; and (b) preparing working papers, reports, articles and other types of statistical products.
  •  Conceptualize, explore funding possibilities and implement technical assistance projects for advice and capacity building in the field of industrial statistics and SDG monitoring within the scope of UNIDO’s mandate.
  •  Prepare statistical, economic and policy relevant concept papers and training materials in response to the needs of recipient governments.
  •  Represent UNIDO in working groups, task teams and other coordination mechanisms in the context of SDG indicators and global SDG reporting.
  •  Organize and prepare relevant material for global forums (co-)organized by UNIDO, such as conferences, seminars, workshops, training courses or expert meetings, related to the statistical programmes of the Unit.
  •  Collaborate with other staff members from the Division and other parts of UNIDO to implement activities and projects that overlap with the SDG monitoring work of the Unit.
  •  Prepare communication material, including news articles, blog articles, social media posts and others, covering the work of the Unit.
  •  Performs other related duties and ad-hoc assignments required for the final delivery of the work programmes, as assigned by the Unit Chief.



Advanced university degree in mathematics, statistics, econometrics or data science is required.

Technical and Functional Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data are required. At least two (2) years of experience working with official statistics at the international level, including exposure to the situation and needs in developing countries, are desirable. Experience and familiarity with the international recommendations on official statistics, particularly in the area of industrial statistics and SDG indicators, are also desirable. Proficiency in statistical computing software (R, Python) is required, including proven record of using the software to work with complex data and create clear and engaging visualizations.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


Core values: WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key competencies: WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal. Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level. Notice to applicants: UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact:


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