Ghana Statistical Service Is Recruiting For The 2020 Census. Here’s All You Need To Know

Ghana will organise its decennial Population and Housing Census (PHC) in the year 2020, which is the most extensive field operation in its national data collection effort. The primary goal of the PHC is to count each person in the geographical space of Ghana. By so doing, every person’s characteristics would feed into the development planning process hence no one is left behind.

In order to organise a successful census, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is recruiting personnel to help them with the 2020 Population and Housing Census. According to the GSS, the applicants must be goal-oriented, be results-driven and possess leadership qualities.

Here’s all you need to know if you are interested:


The District Census Officer shall, under the direct supervision of the Regional Statistician, perform the following functions in the assigned districts:

A. Management of the 2020 Population and Housing Census:

1. Take full responsibility for executing and reporting on the 2020 PHC.

2. Develop a comprehensive district implementation plan for the 2020 PHC exercise.

3. Provide administrative and technical direction of the census operations.

4. Direct and manage census working teams.

5. Manage the schedules for the implementation of the 2020 PHC.

6. Control cost during the planning and implementation of the 2020 PHC using appropriate verification techniques.

7. Ensure that all activities are delivered on-time and quality-assured.

B. Coordination of all activities related to the Census:

1. Coordinate the district census activities and programmes.

2. Maintain strong coordination and networking among stakeholders.

3. Identify key players for the conduct of successful PHC and in consultation with the Regional Statistician harness the resourcefulness of all important stakeholders in the District.

4. Coordinate and oversee the activities of field supervisors and enumerators.

5. Schedule, facilitate and act on recommendations of meetings of the District Census Implementation Committee and the District Technical Committee.

C. Operational guidelines (including Field Activities):

1. Update/develop the district profile of localities, with respect to characteristics of institutions, hard to reach areas, mobile data connectivity spots, availability of electricity and other essential facilities which will support the operation of the census.

2. Profile the district based on a computed hard-to-count index for the localities and develop a road-map for a response chase approach.

3. Secure storage and office facilities, including venues for training for the conduct of the census.

4. Develop and implement an inventory management system for handling logistics.

5. Identify and facilitate modes of transport for hard to reach areas within the District.

6. Document relevant information on all enumerations areas (EAs).

7. Sample 10% of EAs (biased in favour of type three EAs) for validation of demarcation exercise.

8. Review EA maps and localities, and validate the size and description of all enumeration areas in the district.

9. Assist in recruiting field personnel for the 2020 Population and Housing Census in the district.

10. Facilitate training workshop for the 2020 Population and Housing Census in the district, and submit a report of the workshop.

11. Identify service providers in the District for the conduct of the 2020 PHC.

12. Validate all field expenditure/receipts and submit same to Regional Statisticians.

13. Set up monitoring guidelines to track the work performance of field staff.

14. Liaise with supervisors to ensure that field data collected by enumerators is synchronised daily to the server at Regional Office or Head Office.

15. Obtain information on count and characteristics of outdoor sleepers and institutions

E. Publicity Education and Advocacy:

1. Determine appropriate modes for publicity, education and advocacy on all aspects of the census.

2. Identify the different languages spoken in the district and persons to assist with translation.

3. Mobilise the support of Civil Society Organizations, religious bodies, community leaders and traditional authorities, schools.


1. At least a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Demography, Population Studies, Economics, Social Sciences and related disciplines.

2. A minimum of eight (8) years’ experience, with progressively higher responsibility in a Management position, or at least five (5) years post-graduate experience in a Management position in an organisation offering statistical services, research, policy development, monitoring and evaluation.

3. Knowledge of the selected district, however, an applicant residing in the district is an added advantage.

4. Knowledge and skills in people management, negotiation, advocacy and financial management.

5. Knowledge in census or survey operations.


1. Proficiency in the use of android devices.

2. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software applications including Excel, Power-point, Word.

3. Ability to use and navigate smart mobile device screens and items.


The eligible candidates should demonstrate the abilities to speak, read or write the local language(s) of the district and fluency in English. Writing of the local language is an added advantage.


1. Critical thinking and problem solving

2. Excellent decision-making and leadership capabilities

3. Conflict resolution experience

4. Team Player

5. Ability to tolerate stress


The DCO would operate from the district in which he/she resides. The appointment is for eight months and involves a considerable amount of travelling within the district. The contract is renewable every three months. The basis for renewal would be the volume of work outstanding, achievements of key performance indicators and continuous fitness to travel across the district over the period of engagement.


Interested applicants are to submit the following set of documents via Email to [email protected]:

a. Application letter.

b. Detailed curriculum vitae with contact telephone numbers, email address and three referees, including contact details.

c. A brief statement of job responsibilities in current/past positions related to this post.

d. List of three references (two institutional and one personal).

e. Any other relevant information.

NB: Qualified applicants must indicate the District in which they reside.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be sent by 4th September 2019

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