Statistician(s) – Paris 299 views

Role: Statistician
Employment Type: Fixed Term, Renewable
Location: Paris



Job Overview

The OECD is launching a recruitment campaign for Statistician(s) to cover the full cycle of statistical activities from data collection, data management and analysis, to data dissemination for specific statistical subject matters. The selected person(s) will work under the supervision of the Directorate in which s/he will be assigned and will be responsible for a specific set of activities amongst those outlined below.
Please note that selected candidates will be required to pass the OECD’s corporate statistics test and may additionally be required to undertake further tests in connection with specific openings.
Shortlisted candidates who are successful further to a panel interview will be placed in a pool of candidates and put forward to directorates, who are seeking to hire statisticians to carry out functions similar to those indicated in the job opening. Successful candidates will be considered for vacancies during a period of two years.
Given that the recruitment process for this vacancy occurs on an on-going basis, only those candidates selected for testing/interview will be contacted.

Main Responsibilities

 Data collection and dataset management
  • Gather data from OECD member and non-member countries, including accession countries(Columbia, Latvia)and key partner countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa). This work involves improving the methods for data collection in countries by building on current collection methods, such as online data transfer, or by the use of secondary sources in order to ensure regular and timely collection and transmission of data.
  • Convert national data collected from countries into specific OECD formats. Tasks in this conversion process include data manipulation and various other analytical calculations.
  • Verify the accuracy, coherence, quality and internal consistency of the data and metadata.
  • Manage statistical databases covering either the range of statistical activities (e.g. social statistics) depending on the work area the candidate is assigned to.
  • Update and maintain the international comparability of data including methodological changes (e.g. when new international definitions are introduced), and research new data and data sources to expand the database coverage.
  • Build and maintain contacts with statistical staff in national and other international statistical agencies, with a view to improving data coverage, relevance and availability of methodological information, data transfer and timeliness.
  • Keep abreast of the work of other international and national organisations (e.g. UN, Eurostat, the World Bank, etc.) on topics relevant to the statistician’s work.
 Analysis, methodology, drafting and documentation
  • Carry out analysis of data in the relevant database with the objective of reporting on the main findings. Carry out multivariate analysis, using individual country level and aggregate data.
  • Participate in the drafting and production of statistical and analytical publications and/or reports.
  • Contribute to improving the design of questionnaires in order to extend data coverage, enhance its relevance and improve the availability of methodological information, data transfer and timeliness. Implement, as appropriate, recommendations made following an OECD Quality Review.
  • Respond to the changing needs of users by contributing to statistical development work.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on work procedures covering all aspects of the production cycle and all aspects of the national data (e.g. methodologies).
 IT work and other tasks
  • Develop and adapt computer programmes and procedures in a variety of statistical packages, for example SAS, VBA, EVIEWS, etc.
  • Assist in the preparation of data files used in the dissemination of data (e.g. OECD.Stat, CSV, etc.) and in establishing the layout of documents and publications.
  • Carry out statistical work in support of the wider analytical work of the directorate.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background
  • Advanced university degree or equivalent, preferably in statistics, economics, mathematics, engineering or a scientific field and a good knowledge of statistical databases and information technology (including basic programming).
Professional Background
  • Experience in the production and/or use of statistics including documentation on sources, definitions, coverage, methodology, reliability and comparability gained in an international or national statistical office.
  • Experience in the analysis of complex macro-and micro-level data and/or knowledge of other key areas of work such as trade, health, energy, education, environment, national accounts, transport, or other key areas of OECD work would be an advantage.
  • Experience in statistical concepts and applied econometric techniques.
  • Experience of presenting statistical analysis to non-technical audiences, would be an asset.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office software, especially Excel(including macros and pivot tables) and Access.
  • Good command of STATA, SAS and Visual Basic programming is highly desirable. Knowledge of other programming languages would also be useful.
  • Good knowledge of large statistical databases and practical experience with statistical software to manage those databases. Solid experience working with private-sector databases(e.g. Thomson Reuters) and database design would be an advantage.
  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Client focus.
  • Please refer to the OECD Core Competencies and the level 2 indicators.

Contract duration

Fixed term renewable


What the OECD offers

Monthly base salary starting from 4 425 EUR plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note, the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.
The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates [who are nationals of OECD member countries], irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.
The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.


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