Policy and Census Coordinator, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, P-4

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 18 Jan 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Vientiane

The Position:

The Policy and Census Coordinator will coordinate the work of UNFPA for the planning and organization of the forthcoming population and housing census (PHC) in Lao PDR and will work under the overall leadership of the UNFPA Country Office Representative. 

The Coordinator will be based in the UNFPA Office, be part of the Population and Development (P&D) team at the country office, and contribute to the UN Lao Data and M&E Group. 

S/he will work closely with the Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) to provide technical and managerial advice on the preparations for the Census. S/he will work with the Census Technical Team based in LSB and to advance the work on the census and the Lao Social Indicators Survey (LSIS III), will liaise with other national and international stakeholders and development partners, including United Nations agencies.  

S/he will regularly be advising and guiding the census process and ensuring that any challenges are anticipated/identified, in consultation with management and s/he will provide recommendations for measures required to ensure census process continues to move forward in a timely manner.

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 accelerating progress towards achieving three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 

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:

Lao PDR’s 5th Population and Housing Census is scheduled for 2025, while the LSIS III is expected to be completed in 2023. To ensure timely and high quality technical advice and preparation, a Policy and Census Coordinator will guide the planning and technical aspects starting from 2022 in line with UN/UNFPA policies and guidelines, and internationally established standards and recommendations for census and survey undertaking. The coordinator will provide vital technical inputs to all activities pertaining to census planning.  In addition, s/he will support in implementing and documenting activities aimed at increasing stakeholder participation throughout the census process.

Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in Demography, Statistics, Populations Studies, Social Sciences or other related discipline.  
Knowledge and Experience: 

- At least seven (7) years of relevant, progressive experience in the field of population and housing censuses, particularly:
           − Knowledge and experience in population and housing census preparation and implementation phases in developing countries;
           − 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;
           − Experience in providing on-the-job training to local staff on data quality, analysis and report writing
           − Knowledge of programming for using new technologies (especially with digital census operations) would be an asset;
           − Knowledge and experience with census data processing software (CSPro, REDATAM), demographic data analysis applications (Mortpak, Fertpak, PAS), statistical packages (SPSS, Stata) and projection programmes (e.g. Demdiv, People, Spectrum, RUP);
- Experience working with the United Nations System and demographic household surveys will be an asset;
- Communication skills especially for transfer of knowledge.

Fluency in English is required. 

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