Digital Economy Statistics Specialist

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    December 12, 2022


Job Description

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The increased use of technology over the past decades has driven new means of transformation in many economic products and services to be influenced, partially or fully, by digital inputs and outputs. This has created a digital economy that is interconnected to many sectors and activities within the Saudi economy. To fully understand the extent of this economy and measure its contribution in the GDP of the Kingdom, GASTAT has established a digital economy department that is leading this measurement along with other surveys that focus on the access and usage of ICT. The main focus of this project is to provide GASTAT with the required expertise in ICT statistics, with a special focus on the measurement of the Kingdom’s digital economy. This project aims to build the whole statistical cycle of a digital economy survey and data pipeline, from the scope to the management of the statistical methodology, and cover all the technical aspects required to measure the digital economy contribution to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
Duties and Responsibilities

The digital economy statistics expert will provide technical expertise and assistance in the fields of information and communication technology statistics and indicators that lies under the digital economy definition (currently based on the OECD definition of digital economy). He/She will work in the digital economy department, under the supervision of the department director, and will oversee 3 statistical survey; two of them are existing and one is new. The digital economy expert will also implement capacity strengthening activities, including training and mentoring,  for the digital economy statistics team. The technical support and capacity strengthening expected from the expert under this assignment include the following:

Technical  support

  1. Review the status quo of ICT data in the Kingdom through the study of the available and required indicators to measure the digital economy, and the latest updates globally on the methodology for measuring this economy, and identify the ICT data owned by different entities in the Kingdom and could be of use to produce ICT indicators.
  2. Identify indicators related to the digital economy that cannot be provided through admin data, and to develop a methodology for producing such data either through existing surveys, such as structural business survey or ICT business survey, and/or through the independent digital economy survey.
  3. Design a digital economy survey questionnare to cover the narrow and broad levels.
  4. Develop a mechanism for integrating data related to the digital economy, which is likely to gathered through admin data and several surveys, a mechanism to calculate the contribution of the digital economy to the GDP, and develop the current access and usage ICT surveys (households and businesses) questionnaire and assist with their yearly statistical cycle.
  5. Identify the most important indicators related to the digital economy that need to be disseminated, prepare charts, graphs, and other outputs for reporting and presentation of various data, and respond to internal/external requests on questions related to digital economy statistics and the operations.

Capacity Development

  1. Assist with the development of a digital economy framework, which is most likely would be based on e-commerce businesses.
  2. Provide expertise on principle and best practices methodologies  (including households and businesses samples) and frameworks, provide statistical and ICT training to the digital economy statistics teams and provide coaching and on-the-job training for team as needed.

Institutional Arrangement

  1. The duty station for the Digital Economy Statistics Expert is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He/She will be embedded within the Digital Economy Statistics Department within the Economic Statistics General Department at GASTAT
  2. Reporting and follow-up Mechanism: The Expert will report on a monthly basis to his/her supervisor and to the Chief Technial Advisor. The Specialist will submit monthly reports to his/her supervisor including activities, outputs, performance indicators, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.
Core Competencies:
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity=
Functional Competencies 
Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction and Stratetgy Strategic Thinking Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
Business Direction and Stratetgy System Thinking Ability to useobjective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Business Direction and Stratetgy Negotiation and Influence Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win to win’ situations
Business Development   Knowledge Generation Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
Business Management Results Based Management Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
Business Management Working with Evidence and Data Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making
Business Management Monitoring Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education
  •  Master’s degree in statistics or economics with an emphasis on ICT sector.
Min. years of relevant Work experience
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience, preferably with national statistics or economic offices, international organisation, or government in applying statistical and economic theories and techniques.
Required  skills and competencies
  • Ability to provide statistical technical advice on different sectors/theme.
  •  Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials.
  • Ability to work on any of the statistical packages to analyze data.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.
Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates  professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
  • Excellent command of Arabic and English
Professional Certificates
  • Master degree or PhD (preferred PhD)
  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of ICT.
  • Proof of experience


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