National Specialist in Agriculture Statistics.

Vacancy Number: UN21/02220

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 07 May 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:N/A
Starting date: 25 Oct 2021
Reference to the project: Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations
Expected Duration of Assignment:120 days WAE until November 30th, 2021
Supporting Documents:
VA_TCP_MOL_3703_NC_Agriculture Statistics.docx


Organizational Setting

FAO in partnership with the Government of Moldova is implementing the TCP/MOL/3703 “Support to improvement of agriculture statistics”.  The main objective is to increase capacities of the National Bureau of Statistics in collection, processing and dissemination of agriculture statistics.


Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under technical supervision of the REU Statistician (Lead Technical officer), International Expert and in cooperation with FAO office in Moldova.


Tasks and responsibilities

The National Consultant in Agriculture Statistics will assist National Bureau of Statistics of Moldova (NBS) in implementation of the various outputs of the project. Particularly, the consultant will:

1.Conduct an assessment of the current state of agriculture statistics:

  • Provide the International Expert in charge of the assessment of the agricultural statistics system with all necessary materials
  • Assist the International Expert in charge of the assessment of the agricultural statistics system in liaising with the relevant national stakeholders
  • Assist the International Expert in charge of the assessment of the agricultural statistics in preparation of the assessment document

2. Improve producer price statistics:

  • Assist the International Expert in activities related to transition from Paasche formula to Laspeyres formula in calculation of agricultural price indices, in developing methodology, solution of problematic methodological issues;
    • Perform pilot calculation and, in case of need, retrospective calculation of the indices
    • Revise existing questionnaires of price surveys (both complete and sample enumeration) and develop recommendations on their improvement;                   
    • Analyze sampling frames for sample surveys and prepare recommendation for their update;
    • Participate in preparation of TORs on transition of data entering and processing to the CIS-2 platform (for the questionnaires being currently processed using other platforms);
    • Prepare an updated catalogue of commodities and services to be included in the price surveys;
    • Prepare materials for local statistical units related to implementation of the updated surveys;

3. Develop typology of agricultural holdings:

  • Liaise with the Institute of the Economic Research on behalf of the NBS
  • Prepare materials related to household farms (covered by sample agricultural surveys) necessary for calculation of the standard output coefficients
  • Assist the Institute of the Economic Research and NBS in developing typology of agricultural holdings

4. Methodological assistance in implementing SDG Indicators 2.3.1-2.3.2:

  • Assist the International Expert in getting acquainted with current agricultural surveys conducted by NBS
  • Prepare for International Expert the materials necessary for developing the modules to be added to the current questionnaires for data collection for SDG indicators 2.3.1-2.3.2
  • Assist NBS and International Expert in pilot testing the developed modules

5. Carry out any other tasks relevant to this assignment as requested by the LTO