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Senior Statistician (Establishment surveys)


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: TEMP/CALL/P/2021/02
Publication date: 15 March 2021
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva time): 11 April 2021


Job ID: 5642 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Location: Bangkok   
Contract type: Short Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 8 months. Only to be confirmed once funds are available.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:




The Department of Statistics (STATISTICS) is responsible for compiling and making available in a timely manner ILO statistics related to the world of work. It coordinates statistical activities and oversees the quality control. STATISTICS supports the development of international statistical standards in the field of labour through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), the UN Statistical Commission and the UN Statistical Division and other international fora. As a priority, it provides ILO constituents with technical assistance to improve their ability to produce primary data in accordance with agreed standards, particularly in developing surveys, administrative registries and in using adequate international statistical standards and classifications, etc.


The temporary position will be located in the Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit (RESA) of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP). RESA/ROAP is responsible for multi-country and multi-disciplinary analyses of labour market issues, supporting country offices in collecting labour market data through labour force and other surveys, supporting country-related analysis of the national context for decent work, SDGs and the recent future of work agenda. The position will report to the Regional Labour Statistician under RESA. The position will also have technical links to the head of the Statistical Coordination and Special Topics Unit of STATISTICS in Geneva, responsible for following important initiatives on multinational enterprises, cooperatives, skills mismatch and other statistical standards related to economic statistical units, the substantive inputs to the International Conference of Labour Statisticians and the technical assistance to countries, particularly in establishment surveys.


This position will focus on providing support to constituents on establishment surveys in Viet Nam. The country’s 2021-2030 Socio Economic Development Strategy establishes enterprise development as a top priority for Viet Nam to reach the upper middle-income status by 2030. In this context, the Incumbent will assist the country’s General Statistics Office (hereafter GSO) in strengthening their two national demand-side surveys, by revising their strategy and enhancing the surveys’ ability to capture labour-related evidence, with a view to improving the measurement of labour productivity, including at enterprise level.


Description of Duties


Specific duties


  1. Support constituents in Viet Nam through technical assistance to the General Statistics Office (GSO), MOLISA, and workers’ and employers’ organizations and regional and international ILO partners on the generation of labour market and work related statistics through establishment surveys and economic censuses, covering topics including earnings/wages, hours of work, labour productivity and the use of business registers, administrative data and international classifications in the generation of these statistics. The support provided can cover any stage of the statistical production cycle including specification of needs, user liaison, survey design and testing, sampling, organization and management of field operations/data collection, data entry and validation, estimation, analysis, dissemination of results including preparation of publications and microdata files.
  2. Support tripartite constituents, in relation to the production of decent work and Sustainable Development Goal indicators typically derived from establishment surveys, particularly those related to labour productivity, labour demand and employment services both for the global and national reporting by generating necessary data from existing data sources (whether survey, administrative or other) or identifying necessary developments to fill data gaps. The incumbent will work proactively with tripartite constituents in this regard.
  3. Compile existing international experience in the collection of statistics from establishment surveys and economic census, and assess how such experience is in line with statistical standards decided by the ICLS in relation to labour statistics typically generated from establishment surveys; liaise with other relevant international organizations dealing with the System of National Accounts and other international frameworks dealing with economic statistics in order to gather the latest tools/ questionnaires and manuals. Develop a knowledge repository on demand-side survey questionnaires and strategies in relevant countries, to advise ILO Viet Nam, the Regional Office, and STATISTICS.
  4. Develop materials to support Viet Nam and other countries, and to enhance comparability of statistics including manuals, technical guides and any other materials needed to support the implementation of sound establishment surveys used to generate decent work and SDG indicators. In developing these materials ensure guidance also covers the use of alternative sources including administrative source highlighting international practices and key considerations ensuring the statistics generated are fit for purpose.
  5. Participate actively in the training programmes and other capacity building activities to be carried out by the Department of Statistics, liaising actively with the ILO regional structure and the Global Technical Team, particularly focusing on the SDG indicators related to labour and work typically derived from establishment surveys.
  6. Support constituents in Viet Nam in the processing and analysis of data from enterprises surveys and economic census, including providing relevant assistance to the GSO on using both LFS data and enterprise census data to complement each other in labour market analyses.
  7. Provide assistance to GSO on how enterprise surveys can capture gender inequalities more effectively, and deliver information on women’s barriers to decent work in enterprises.
  8. Contribute to the development of technical cooperation projects to boost the work area and increase possibilities to support member states in their statistical development, particularly in developing the basic grounds to report the SDG indicators globally and nationally, as well as the possible use of “big data” for statistical purposes.



Advanced university degree in the field of economics or statistics. Mastery of statistical software for applied work is essential (Stata, SAS, SPSS or similar).




Eight years of proven professional experience in leading establishment surveys at a national statistical office or any other national entity in charge of establishment surveys (Ministries of labour, finance, development or central banks, etc.), or five years at the international level.




Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of another language of the Organization (French or Spanish) is desirable.






In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


Technical competencies:


The capacity to coordinate statistical activities with other units within the Department, other Departments and with the field structures. Ability to negotiate and work with national statistical offices, ministries of labour and other entities in charge of economic statistics, as well as with other international and national organizations. Good communication, presentation and negotiation skills, and awareness of the ILO tripartite structure and ILO procedures. Ability to work productively in technically sensitive work areas. Ability to produce statistical reports and factual reports of high technical quality.


Ability to: conceptualize statistical problems and find solutions; negotiate and agree on the transfer/exchange of information and to ensure the relevance and validity of statistical information for dissemination; initiate and execute projects; synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related topics; formulate new concepts and methodologies, training materials, alternative courses of action and project proposals; prepare technical reports and  advice, recommendations and standards; to evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects and supervise the work of junior staff. 


Behavioural competencies:   A high standards of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality. Client orientation. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 2 to 4 weeks following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


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