Chief Technical Adviser, Population and Housing Census, Post Moresby, Papua New Guinea Country Office, P-5

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 10 May 2019 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Post Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The Position:

The Technical Advisor will coordinate the planning, organization, execution and management of the 2020 census to be conducted in Papua New Guinea and will work under the overall guidance of the Census Director of National Statistics Office (NSO); in collaboration with the National Statistician and with direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative. You will also liaise with the NSO technical units and other national stakeholders including development partners, donors and the United Nations agencies.

You will report directly to the UNFPA Representative for Papua New Guinea.

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 (2018-2021), 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:

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in the process of undertaking its Population and Housing Census in 2020. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) jointly with UN agencies is supporting the Government of PNG in conducting this census to enable national technical and management capacities to plan and implement high quality census in accordance with scientifically established and internationally recognized standards and procedures.

The CTA will provide the technical assistance to support the Government of PNG through the National Statistical Office (NSO) to conduct countrywide census 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 census will be used for development planning with a view to raising the standard of living of the population of PNG, ensuring good governance and maintaining equity and equality among all subgroups.


Qualifications and Experience


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

Knowledge and Experience:

10 years relevant experience in the field of population censuses, particularly:

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 census 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 population and housing censuses taking phases;

knowledge and experience with census 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


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