Chief Technical Adviser, Population and Housing Census, P-5 Abuja, Nigeria

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 21 Jan 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Abuja


Job title:          Chief Technical Adviser, Census

Level:              P-5

Location:         Abuja, Nigeria

Fixed term/Temporary:  Fixed term

Duration: Two years (renewable)

Closing Date:  21 January 2022, 05:00 pm (New York)

This post is non-rotational.


The Position:

The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will coordinate the planning, organization, execution and manage the 2022 census to be conducted in Nigeria and will work under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative; in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC). He/She will also liaise with the NPC technical units and other national stakeholders including development partners, donors and the United Nations agencies. The CTA will report directly to the UNFPA Representative for Nigeria.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. UNFPA is the lead agency in supporting countries to conduct census and ensure availability of population data to guide countries in development policy and planning.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Nigeria is preparing to undertake its Population and Housing Census (PHC) in 2022. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) jointly with UN agencies is supporting the Government of Nigeria in conducting this PHC to enable national technical and management capacities to plan and implement high quality census in accordance with UN Principles and Recommendations for the 2020 Programme on World PHCs. 

The CTA will provide the technical assistance to support the Government of Nigeria through the NPC to implement countrywide PHC activities in order to; derive aggregated count of the population; obtain social demographic characteristics of every person; assess and monitor the structure and composition of population; obtain other much needed socio-economic information using relevant indicators on the socio-economic conditions prevalent both at the national and household level; and obtain data which can be readily used to evaluate the population trends and other related indicators.

The results of this PHC will be used for development planning with a view to raising the standard of living of the population of Nigeria, ensuring good governance and maintaining equity and equality among all subgroups. In general the PHC data will support the compilation of information for monitoring the implementation of national and global development goals, including ICPD plus 25, SDGs and Agenda 2063.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for: 


In collaboration with the NPC advise, coordinate and provide oversight in the planning, organization, execution and management of the 2022 Census;

Assist the NPC Census 2022 Management to co-ordinate the planning, organization, execution and management of training activities for national counterparts as needed.

Advise NPC procurement and logistics team on equipment needs and assist with the procurement of required equipment and materials;

Collaborate with the Census Cartography (GIS & Mapping) Team on cartographic fieldwork (Census Unit Framework) and GIS outputs (Updated CU boundaries and points);

In consultation with stakeholders (users), assist in the review of the 2022 Census and Post Enumeration Survey (PES) questionnaire and instructions and ensure efficient sampling for pre-tests, pilot census and PES;

Advise and assist with the implementation of the pre-tests activities and provide a report to guide the design and development of census questionnaire and data capture screen;

Advise and assist with the implementation of Pilot Census activities and provide the report to guide the main census activities.

Advise and assist on the development manual editing and coding, tabulation and analysis plans and other instruction manuals.

Assist NPC in the development and implementation of PES schedule of activities for data analysis and production of reports;

Support the implementation of a comprehensive advocacy and publicity strategy for the Census. 

B: Enumeration

Provide technical advise and oversight towards successful enumeration;

Coordinate and supervise national and international experts in various aspects of the PHC undertaking;

Support the implementation of advocacy and publicity activities;

Undertake any other tasks relevant to the 2022 PHC as may be required by the NPC Chairman in consultation with the UNFPA Representative.

C: Data Processing, Analysis and Dissemination

Advise and assist NPC Data Processing team in the development and implementation of Data Processing schedule of activities for data capture and processing;

Provide technical support to NPC Research and Development Team to process and analyze PHC data, produce preliminary, final and thematic analysis reports.

Advise and assist NPC Research and Development Team in designing, organizing and implementing short courses and workshops on the utilization of PHC data for development planning and policy formulation;

Provide technical advise and oversight on the implementation of an all-inclusive dissemination strategy to promote the utilization of the PHC results. 

D: Monitoring & Evaluation

Support the monitoring and evaluation of progress and challenges, prepare and submit monthly progress reports on the 2022 PHC activities to the Government of Nigeria and UNFPA, and consolidate quarterly progress reports for submission to stakeholders.

Conduct field visits to monitor and validate quality of implementation of PHC related field activities.

E. Administrative and Other Duties:

Provide overall administrative and financial supervision support to the 2022 PHC;

Supervise national and international experts in various aspects of the PHC undertaking;

Foster teamwork and technical communication among various teams;

Undertake any other tasks relevant to the 2022 PHC as may be required by the NPC Chairman in consultation with the UNFPA Representative.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree (Master’s Degree) in Demography, Social Sciences or related discipline; PhD is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

A minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience in the implementation of PHCs, especially in Africa, including:

  • experience in providing on-the-job training to local staff in data analysis, report writing and use of Internet resources;
  • experience in the dissemination of PHC data and socio-demographic analyses to broad audiences as well as in motivating the utilization of data and results in development planning and policy issues;
  • knowledge and experience in PHCs taking phases;
  • knowledge and experience with PHC data processing software (CSPro, REDATAM, etc.), demographic data analysis (MORTPAK, PAS), statistical packages (SPSS, STATA) and population projection programs (People, Spectrum, RUP);
  • Communication skills especially for transfer of knowledge;

Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English


Required Competencies


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change
Core Competencies:

• Achieving Results  
• Being Accountable
• Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
• Thinking analytically and Strategically
• Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
• Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise,

Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships,

Adaptation and application of knowledge/innovations in different context,

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise


Managerial Competencies:

Providing strategic focus,

Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders,

Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance

Making decisions and exercising judgment

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.



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