Job description

Data analyst
Job Posting: 11/May/2022
Closure Date: 01/Jun/2022, 4:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: OCS
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Italy-Rome
Duration: 11 months
Post Number: N/A
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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Office of Chief Statistician (OCS) is mandated to strengthen the coordination of FAO statistical activities and to oversee the Implementation of the organization’s responsibilities in global SDG reporting. Furthermore, OCS sets statistical standards for all data collection and dissemination activities of the organization, monitors its implementation across the statistical units, provides quality assurance to all FAO statistical processes and statistical outputs and promotes the modernization and integration of the FAO statistical system. Within this context, in particular, OCS is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the CapEX funded Statistical Data Warehouse project.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant/PSA will work under the general supervision of the Chief Statistician and in close collaboration with the project manager and statistical team leader of the Statistical Data Warehouse project.

Technical Focus

Statistical support to the implementation of the Statistical Data Warehouse project, by contributing to build an integrated and harmonized data dissemination platform across a selection of statistical domains.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Model multidimensional statistical datasets according to data warehouse standards.
  • Implement of all the necessary steps for the dissemination of statistical datasets.
  • Customize the User Interface dissemination platform through HTML and CSS software.
  • Create of multiple modalities of user experience for the statistical data warehouse, in close consultation with the FAO data owners and the front-end development team.
  • Translate statistical datasets into information and knowledge using data visualizations and data analysis tools.
  • Assess the quality of statistical outputs and reporting their quality status in the metadata documentation.
  • Develop automatic data transfer tools from the statistical data warehouse to the UN data portal and other external platforms.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Statistics, Data Science, Data Management or related disciplines.
  • At least three years of relevant experience in the development of relational and multidimensional data models for the integration of complex databases.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of either French or Spanish. For PSA.SBS working knowledge of only one language.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in data exploration and visualization of statistical databases.
  • Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in User Experience Design, with an emphasis in the design and implementation of customer-oriented user interfaces for digital products.
  • Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in disseminating data and statistics through Statistical Data Warehouse platforms
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to translate data into informative reports and visualizations
  • Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision
  • Knowledge of the .StatSuite software and other SDMX based tools will be an asset
  • Familiarity with the FAO Statistical Quality Assurance Framework and Statistical Standards will be an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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