SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER REGIONAL STATISTICS

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Closing Date: June 4, 2022

Type of Vacancy: /

Details of the Post

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community to fill the abovementioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Guyana.

2.         FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

This position documents and compiles relevant statistical methodologies, based on international, national and regional standards, to assist the Secretariat in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data to be used in decision making or to support research theories for the several programs of the Secretariat as well as for the wider use by Member States.  The functions of the position span: data collection and analysis using various sampling techniques and analytical methods, preparation of a range of statistics and indicators ensuring harmonization of methodologies used by countries production and dissemination of statistical publications, and preparation of technical papers to guide and assist the statistical development of the region.  The incumbent is also required to contribute to the development of proposals to obtain funding for the building of statistical capacities in the community. This position also organizes technical workshops and seminars and provides technical assistance to national statistical offices in the region.

This job is deemed to be performing satisfactorily when:

  • Reliable and relevant statistics required to support policy and the work of the Community and also available and accessible to users in a timely manner.
  • Statistics that are compiled are of a high quality, harmonised and in accordance with international statistical standards;
  • Effective mechanisms and protocols, procedural and user manuals and methodological guidelines are prepared and used in statistical data collection, compilation, dissemination, interpretation and utilization; and
  • Adequate technical assistance is provided by the Secretariat to Member States/Associate Members for the purposes of statistical capacity building and in statistical support services.

3.         QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A Master’s Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Demography or any equivalent qualification that includes strong quantitative/statistical content, plus at least five (5) years relevant and equivalent professional level experience working in one of the following institutions:

  • National Statistical Office/statistical agencies
  • Central Bank. (Statistical Department)
  • The Statistical Unit of an International Organisation
  • Other related agencies engaged in statistical work 

The candidate should possess specialized training and good working knowledge in:

  • Applied Statistics and relevant theoretical knowledge over a wide range of areas in Statistics, Mathematics, Sampling and Survey Design, International/national statistical methodologies.
  • Analytical capabilities.
  • Communication – oral and written.
  • Project Management.
  • IT applications for a range of statistic and methods (SPSS etc.).
  • Human relations/people skills/ability to work as part of a team.
  • Knowledge/acumen with respect to protocols in interfacing with personnel and at meetings at the national, regional and international levels.

In addition to the above, the following are required:

  • Analytical capabilities.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Project Management skills.
  • Supervisory capabilities.
  • Language skills/use of English and basic usage of Spanish and French.

4.         DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Result 1:  Provides technical support to the Regional Statistical Programme in the  Collection, complication, analysis and dissemination of data.

Activities

1.1       CONTRIBUTES to the development of the work programme and budget;

1.2       DEVELOPS statistical methodologies to assist the Regional Statistical Programme in the collection, compilation analysis and dissemination of data to be used in decision making in the Community;

1.3       UNDERTAKES activities to harmonise and build the statistical infrastructure in the region in specific areas of statistics such as Economic, Social, Environment and Information Communication Technology;

1.4       GUIDES the collection, compilation and analysis of the data as required using up- to-date data collection procedures, sampling techniques, and analytical methods;

1.5       PREPARES technical papers to guide and assist the statistical development of the Secretariat and the national statistical offices and agencies and for presentations at relevant meetings and workshops;

1.6       ASSISTS with the development of proposals/strategies for funding/ technical assistance for statistical development of the Community;

1.7       CONTRIBUTES to the development of technical guidelines/ manuals for use of the statistical tables in the work programs of the Secretariat;

1.8       SUPPORTS the development and implementation of classification systems in use in the various areas of statistics in the Community;

1.9       UNDERTAKES training of the Staff of the Secretariat as well as PROVIDES technical assistance and advice to countries to enhance the quality of the statistics;

1.10     CONDUCTS analysis and assessment as required to determine statistical requirements and responses including baseline assessments of the methodologies, standards and guidelines in use in Member States; and

1.11     UNDERTAKES and COORDINATES the analysis, publication and dissemination of statistical data.

Key Result 2:  Coordinates and participates in activities for the advancement of the Regional Statistical programme.

Activities

2.1       COORDINATES and ASSISTS in the functioning of technical working groups and in the organization and conduct of key statistical for a such as the CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics (AGS) and the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS);

2.2       ASSISTS in the execution, supervision and evaluation of technical assistance projects in statistics in which the Secretariat participates;

2.3       REPRESENTS the Secretariat at meetings and conferences as required;

2.4       ASSISTS in the smooth flow of work in the unit in the absence of the manager and other senior staff; and

2.5       CONTRIBUTES to a positive and professional image of the CARICOM Secretariat, at all times, in keeping with its Core Values.

In addition to the activities outlined above, the incumbent is expected to perform other related duties as assigned.

5.         EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS

An attractive remuneration package will be offered.

6.         EDUCATION GRANT

The Officer shall be eligible for the payment of an education grant in respect of children (including step-children and legally-adopted children) who require reasonable education facilities that are not available at the assigned duty station or whose education the Officer would not want to disrupt in relocating to take up this appointment.

The grant shall apply to children under the age of twenty-three (23) years and shall not exceed seventy-five per cent (75%) of the cost of tuition (including textbooks), room and board up to a maximum total of EC$16,200.00 per year per child for a maximum of two (2) children at any one time. The grant is payable for a maximum of five (5) years.

7.         SETTLEMENT GRANT

On assumption of duty in Guyana, the Officer shall be paid a settlement grant in respect of the staff member, his or her spouse and each eligible child or other approved dependent.  The number of dependents eligible for Settlement Grant shall not exceed six (6) persons.

8.         RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

Appointment may be on permanent establishment or on secondment from a Public Service or a statutory body of a Member State or approved regional organisation. It will be subject to such regulations, rules, orders and instructions as exist and as may be introduced from time to time in respect of service with the Secretariat.

An Officer recruited from outside the assigned duty station, on first appointment, will be provided economy class air passages by the most direct route for the Officer, spouse and children (provided they are below the age of eighteen (18) years, unmarried and dependent on the Officer) and for such other dependents not exceeding two as may be approved by the    Secretary-General, provided that the number of children and other dependents does not exceed six (6) in all.

In addition to passages, the Officer will be granted the following transportation allowances:

(i)         ocean freight charges, including insurance, for shipping personal and household effects to Guyana, not exceeding 45.3 cubic meters, plus a motor car (if the Officer already owns one);

(ii)        the cost of transporting baggage, personal and household effects from the home of the Officer to the place of embarkation and from the port of disembarkation to the place of residence in Guyana; and the cost of packing and crating personal and household effects.

9.         LEAVE

The Officer will be eligible for the grant of vacation leave at the rate of twenty (20) working days a year and a leave grant after every twelve (12) months of service in respect of the Officer, spouse and up to two dependent children.

10.       PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES

The Officer will be granted the privileges and immunities extended to officials of the Caribbean Community in accordance with Article 8 of the Community’s Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Guyana.

11.       GROUP HEALTH AND LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Subject to your acceptance by the Secretariat’s insurance carrier, Sagicor Life Inc., the Officer will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s group health, life and accident insurance schemes. With respect to the health insurance, the Officer will contribute fifty per cent (50%) of the premium.  The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.

12.       SUPERANNUATION

An Officer appointed to this post will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s Defined Contribution Pension Plan and contribute 7 per cent of basic salary per month, while the Secretariat will contribute 13 percent of the Officer’s basic salary to the pension plan. Where the appointment is on secondment, the Secretariat will pay to the Officer’s substantive employer, over the period of secondment, a contribution not exceeding twenty-five per cent (25%) of the pensionable salary normally payable to the Officer by that employer so as to maintain the pensionable status of the Officer in the substantive employment.

13.       APPLICATIONS

Interested candidates must create a job profile and apply for the position via the CARICOM Secretariat’s Employment Portal. The link can be accessed at – https://caricom.org/opportunities_category/caricom-secretariat-vacancies/ .

14.       The deadline for the submission of applications is 4 June 2022.

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Saturday June 4th, 2022

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