Intern - Statistics

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo, Japan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st July, 2021

Job Description

The United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) internship is for at least two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, if required by the institute. During the COVID-19 pandemic when travel is restricted and working from home is recommended/required, the intern will work from home. During the internship if international travel becomes possible and staff members are recommended/required to work from the office, the intern may be requested to work from the office, which is based in Chiba, Japan.

SIAP is a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is guided by the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, and by the work programme and membership of ESCAP, including through the Governing Council of the institute. SIAP’s mandates arise from a number of General Assembly, ECOSOC and ESCAP resolutions.

SIAP provides practical training to official statisticians with the aim to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems to produce, analyse and disseminate statistics that meet the needs of a wide range of users, as well as the statistical training capability of the former. SIAP works closely with ESCAP’s Statistics Division in implementing the statistics subprogramme of the commission, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, other United Nations entities, and numerous subregional, regional and international organizations.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research into and assist in the design and development of modern approaches to statistics training and adult learning
  • Review, update as necessary, and organize existing training material
  • Assist in developing and designing new training material
  • Assist in the delivery of instructor-led and online training courses
  • Assist in the further development of the institute’s learning management system
  • Review country strategies for the development of statistics, indicator frameworks, data availability to track progress to internationally agreed development goals, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as indicator data sources and compilation / disaggregation methods
  • Participate in the substantive servicing of sessions of the institute’s Governing Council and meetings of the Network for the Coordination of Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.



  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


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