United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)


About United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.

Description of task

The FGM Data Fellows Programme will be coordinated by the Chiefs of the Gender & Human Rights (GHRB) and Population Data (PDB) Branches which will provide leadership and overall guidance. Technical supervision and monitoring will be under the responsibility of FGM focal points at country/regional level and/or under the Technical Specialist at PDB and the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at HQ/FGM coordination level. The Fellow will be assigned to the following tasks:

Learn and apply statistical techniques to analyze data collected through complex survey designs, such as DHS and MICS;
Feed UNFPA’s global databases with indicators on FGM at the national and regional level;
Contribute to studies and research using a combination of survey and the Joint Programme data to provide new knowledge and evidence on FGM
Visualize analytical results, through maps, figures, and charts, and tables supporting annual reports, among others;
Contribute to the development of informational brochures and material to support evidence-based communication and advocacy for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM at a national and regional level;
Respond to data requests by national and regional entities, the Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation Focal Point of the Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM, as well as Headquarters;
Contribute to GBV knowledge, specifically the KnowVAW data
Perform any other related tasks as required or assigned by the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education – Additional Comments:
University undergraduate degree or equivalent in the quantitative and/or qualitative social sciences, such as demography, public health epidemiology, statistics, sociology, economics or related discipline (such as computer science), Master’s degree preferred.
Required experience: 24 Months

Experience remark:

Demonstrated interest and/or experience in applied statistics, public health, epidemiology, or demography;
Working knowledge of relevant statistical packages (particular in R, or related statistical tools/packages such as SAS, Stata or SPSS) and willingness to learn (or existing familiarity with) GitHub or version control systems;
Knowledge of gender-related studies, especially on harmful practice including female genital mutilation is an asset;
Demonstrated experience in the use of GIS software (such as ArcGIS or QGIS) is an asset;
Familiarity and experience in carrying out descriptive statistical analysis;
Familiarity with qualitative data collection and analysis;
Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others);
Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded
Open to work remotely and willing to travel to other countries.

Language skills: English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
Area of expertise: Statistics
Driving license: No
Competencies values:
Host Entity: UNFPA
Country: Nigeria
Duty Station: Abuja (NGA)
Language Skills: English
Start Date: Immediate
Duration: 18 months with the possibility of extension
Application Deadline: 14 August 2020

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

1. Please first register your profile at

2. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it.

3. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink

4. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

1. Please first update your profile at

2. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 14 August 2020



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