Chief Technical Adviser – UNFPA


The Position:

The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) post is located in Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Khartoum, Sudan, and is under the technical guidance of the Director General of Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS); and the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative. CTA will work with the Census Coordinator and Census Technical Team based in CBS and also to liaise with other national and international stakeholders, donors, and development partners, including UN Agencies.

Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Population Fund
Job TitleChief Technical Adviser, Census, Khartoum, Sudan P5
Job ID34117
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Post typeFixed term appointment
Duration One year (renewable) (*)
Closing date22/12/2020

Organizational Context:

Sudan is embarking on the process of undertaking its Sixth National Population & Housing Census (PHC) which was shifted from 2018 to 2021. Since, independence in 1956, Sudan adopted the population census solution to avail timely, relevant, comprehensive and integrated data on the population for overall national development planning, and had conducted so far five formal population censuses; in 1956, 1973, 1983, 1993 and in 2008.

The upcoming 6th Population and Housing Census is coming after major changes in the development landscape globally and at national level. The population census will provide direct or indirect data that measure and establish baseline indicators to monitor progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The next Population & Housing Census – which will be combined for the first time with the Agricultural Census – will be conducted using Computer-assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) technique using tables for data collection.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) jointly with UN agencies and other Development Partners is supporting the Government of Sudan to plan and implement a high quality 6th PHC in accordance with scientifically established and internationally recognized standards and procedures. The new transitional government in Sudan is expected to demonstrate a high political as well as financial commitments to the population census, which will be combined with the Agricultural census for the first time. With support from UNFPA and Development Partners, a number of initiatives will be implemented to ensure a quality, participatory and inclusive census conduct.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

In line with UN/UNFPA policies and guidelines, and in full harmonization with internationally established standards and recommendations for census undertaking, the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will perform various tasks and provide vital technical inputs to all activities pertaining to census operations throughout all stages of the process. In addition, the incumbent will provide support in implementing and documenting activities aimed at increasing stakeholder participations throughout the census process.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director General of Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and UNFPA Representative, the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will manage the census project and coordinate the activities that will take place during different phases of census undertaking. Specifically, the CTA’s tasks will include:

  • Assist CBS in the planning, organization, execution and overall management of the 2021 National Population & Housing Census of Sudan;
  • Advise the CBS in the formulation of approaches to the implementation of the 2021 Census considering technical soundness, feasibility, potential resource availability and cost implication
  • Lead and coordinate the planning, organization, execution and management of training activities for national counterparts, as needed;
  • Regularly review the Implementation Plan, Resource Mobilization Strategy, Quality Control Plan and other documents and make necessary amendments and revisions;
  • Advises CBS and UNFPA on equipment needs and assist with the acquisition of required equipment and materials;
  • Collaborate with the census cartography/GIS team on cartographic fieldwork and GIS outputs;
  • In consultation with stakeholders, assist in the review of the PHC and Post Enumeration Survey (PES) instruments and ensure efficient sampling for pre-tests, pilot census and PES;
  • Supervise the implementation of the pilot census activities and provide a report to guide the main census activities;
  • Assist CBS in the development of analysis and tabulation plans and in the preparation of coding and other manuals of instruction;
  • Collaborate with data processing staff of CBS to prepare data capture, transfer and data processing plans and in a timely implementation of data processing schedules;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of PES schedule of activities, analysis of the PES data and production of reports including documenting lessons learned and best practices;
  • Assist CBS to process and analyze pre-test, pilot census and census data and to produce preliminary, final and thematic analysis reports;
  • Guide CBS staff in designing, organizing and implementing short courses and workshops on the utilization of census data for development planning and policy formulation;
  • Monitor and evaluate progress and challenges, prepare and submit monthly progress reports on the 2021 PHC activities to the Government of Sudan and UNFPA, and consolidate quarterly progress reports for submission to stakeholders;
  • Provide overall administrative and financial supervision to the 2021 Census; 
  • Conduct field visits inside Sudan to monitor and validate quality of fieldwork of cartographic preparations and enumeration;
  • Supervise national and international experts in various aspects of the census undertaking;
  • Support CBS to coordinate census related activities, including all preparations for conducting 2021 Census;  
  • Lead, supervise and carry-out the work program and ensure that activities are carried out in a timely fashion as per the timelines specified in the Census Project Document (CPD).
  • Lead the completion of the 2021 census data analyses and prepare scientific reports of high professional standard; 
  • Based on population projections conducted at the national and locality levels, conduct projections at locality and administrative unit levels;
  • Advise CBS staff to prepare and conduct conferences, seminars and workshops to disseminate analyses and findings/results of 2021 Census;
  • Contribute to process of advocacy and resource mobilization for the 2021 Census;
  • Participate in meetings and negotiations with donors and other funding institutions;
  • Participate in meetings, conferences and working groups with the 2021 Census stakeholders (especially potential users of the census);
  • Encourage teamwork and communication among CBS staff;
  • Undertake any other tasks relevant to the 2021 census as may be required by the Census Controller and the Census Director in consultation with UNFPA Representative.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree in Demography, Statistics, Population Studies, Social Sciences, or other related subjects;

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 10 years of relevant, progressive experience in the field of population and housing censuses, particularly in a developing country.
  • Excellent experience in providing on-the-job training to local staff in data quality, analysis and report writing and use of Internet resources;
  • Experience in the dissemination of census data and socio-demographic analyses to broad audiences, as well as in motivating the utilization of data and results in development; planning and policy issues.
  • Knowledge and experience with census data processing software (IMPS, CSPro, REDATAM, etc.), demographic data analysis (MORTPAK, FERTPAK, PAS), statistical packages (SPSS, STATA) and population projection programs (People, Spectrum, RUP);
  • Communication skills especially for transfer of knowledge.
  • Extensive experience in Census analytical work, including drafting reports in appropriate language that can be understood by non-technical users;
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of methods of estimation for statistically underdeveloped areas;
  • Knowledge and experience in use of new technologies for data collection will be an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in population and housing censuses preparation phases; 


Fluency in oral and written English essential; ability to communicate in Arabic an advantage.

Required Competencies


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change

Core Competencies:

• Achieving Results  
• Being Accountable
• Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
• Thinking analytically and Strategically
• Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
• Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Results-based Programme development and management;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise.
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Reinforcement of the visibility of the UNFPA

Managerial competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus, Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders, 
  • Leading, developing and empowering people/creating a culture of performance, 
  • Making decisions and exercising sound judgment)

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.


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Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment.  Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.

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