Economic Statistics and Microdata Specialist

New Caledonia, Nouvelle-Calédonie

  • Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific region



The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our unique organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are renowned for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is based in SPC’s headquarter in Noumea, New Caledonia. The division employs approximately 19 staff all of whom are based in Noumea. SDD’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island and Territories (PICTs) national statistical systems by providing technical support through coordination with technical partners and donors. As part of SDD’s new role and functions, it has adopted a statistics system leadership and coordination role as well as strengthening its work on data analysis and dissemination. This new direction will be implemented as part of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) Phase 3 over the next three years and this role is a key position in driving this change.

The role – the Economic statistics & microdata specialist will provide technical support to PICTs conducting national statistical collections and supporting the development of new methods, instruments, systems and processes; curation, documentation, harmonization and dissemination of microdata sets; economic analysis and dissemination; project management, resource mobilization; and partnership engagement.


The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Day-to-day management of the Regional Statistics Partnership Program and the five (5) projects currently being implemented under this Program,
  • Management of staff recruited under Regional Statistics Partnership Program funded projects,
  • Provision of technical support to PICTs conducting national statistical collections and supporting the development of new methods, instruments, systems and processes,
  • Lead and coordinate the proper documentation of metadata; quality check; archive; analysed and package of all datasets held by SDD ready for access by users,
  • Provide technical papers and advice to Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB) on statistical issues related to statistical methods, systems and procedures, in consultation with the CSTS Team and relevant external experts in these areas,
  • Contributes to effective SDD Team Environment and SDD/SPC Corporate Activities and System Leader role .
  • For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.


    Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • Masters degree or above in applied economics or statistics,
    • Specialized training in census and survey methods, systems and procedures,
    • Specialized training in metadata documentation, anonymization, archive, analyzed and packaging.
  • Technical expertise
    • 10 years of progressive international experience in economic analysis, data dissemination and implementation of development projects,
    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills, including the use of CSPro, Stata and MS Excel,
    • Knowledge of econometric statistical software, such as Stata/CSPro,
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex tasks, including a track record of building partnerships and collaborations across institutional boundaries,
    • Demonstrated experience to influence and negotiate to achieve mutually agreeable outcomes.
  • Language skills
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English, with French being desirable.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
    • Excellent interpersonal skills,
    • A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting,
    • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments,
    • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.



    Salary, terms and conditions


    Required start date –as soon as possible.

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

    Remuneration – The Economic statistics & microdata specialist is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,580–5,629 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 675,802 – 830,549 (USD 6,320–7,767 ; EUR 5,663–6,960). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

    Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

    Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

    Child protection – SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.



    Application procedure


    Closing date: 4th of November 2018

    Job Reference: AL000114

    Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:

    Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

    For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

    • an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
    • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
    • responses to all screening questions

    Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

    All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.


    Screening questions

    • Given the confidentiality clauses in the Statistics legislation of most Pacific Island countries, can you explain what processes you think SPC would need to go through in order to be able to acquire microdata from any of the Pacific National Statistics Offices.
    • Given the increased demand for timely and accurate Pacific statistics and the increase cost for member countries of collecting statistics can you think of any strategies that would help to ensure support from development partners and donors is provided in the most cost effective and efficient way? What are some of the challenges with such a strategy and how do you think these can be overcome.
    • Household income and expenditure surveys (HIES) provide a wealth of data that can be used for estimating indicators for the SDGs. SDG Goal 1 focuses on poverty; what is your understanding of poverty in the Pacific region, and how do you think that the HIES data could be used to inform discussions about the nature and extent of poverty in the Pacific. JD_Economic stastistics & microdata specialist.docx

    Category: Statistics

    Reference ID: AL000114

    Date Posted: 04/10/2018