Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Secretary-General is responsible for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Secretary-General has delegated this responsibility to the Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the UNJSPF (RSG). The RSG is, in turn, assisted in this function by the Office of Investment Management (OIM). OIM manages approximately $80+ billion multi-asset class, global investment portfolio, about 85% of which is actively managed in-house. Asset classes under management comprise of global equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, timber and commodities. OIM’s staff are all based in New York and come from over 30 countries. For more information please visit OIM’’s website at https://oim.unjspf.org/.
This position is located in the Private Markets Team of OIM. The incumbent reports to the Senior Investment Officer, Private Equity Investments.
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Investment Officer, Private Equity Investments, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Implements investment strategy and monitors portfolios.
a. Implements approved investment strategies in both fund and co-investments for the strategic and tactical asset allocation and portfolio rebalancing with careful review of the market environments.
b. Monitors portfolio to achieve the performance to meet the Funds investment objectives by reviewing both portfolio and benchmark performance on a regular basis.
c. Ensures that all of the investments are in compliance with OIM’’s investment and policy guidelines.
d. Conducts portfolio review periodically and presents in the Portfolio Review Meeting.
2. Conducts careful and thorough investment research.
a. Performs fundamental analysis through financial statements, corporate announcements, market news and other publicly available information.
b. Reviews investment research and discuss with strategists, economists, security analysts through brokerage community and the Advisors/Research providers.
c. Engages with senior members of corporate management to review their business and corporate strategies.
d. Attends investment conferences and seminars to access academia and industry experts
e. Conducts portfolio analysis using risk tools and analytical tools.
3. Makes specific investment recommendations.
a. Ensures the Fund’’s four investments criteria: i.e. safety, profitability, liquidity, and convertibility.
b. Makes specific investment recommendations to achieve optimum investment performance with careful review of the portfolio’’s investment objectives and risk tolerance.
c. Presents and discusses investment recommendations to the Senior Investment Officer of the relevant asset class/region
d. Participates in the discussions and development of investment recommendations for asset allocation for the Fund
a. Reports accurately and timely to the Representative of the Secretary-General for the Investments of the UNJSPF and Chief Investment Officer of OIM when requested.
b. Assists the Chief Investment Officer of Office of Investment Management in reporting on investment and related matters to governing bodies, including the UNJSPF Pension Board, the Fifth Committee, Board of Auditors, Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)
5. Maintains a high level of professional investment expertise by:
a. Participating in seminars and taking courses in investment topics.
b. Keeping abreast of rapidly changing techniques of portfolio management and exchanging view with colleagues and members of the investment community.
• Professionalism: Demonstrated ability and sound knowledge of alternative investments’ markets, private and public equity investment structures as well as portfolio management. Demonstrated ability and sound knowledge of applied macroeconomics, security analysis and portfolio management. Ability to work under pressure and provide accurate, efficient and effective results. Ability to utilize various portfolio management and data processing tools; such as Bloomberg and familiarity with the use of Internet applications and MS Office programmes. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, advisers and financial professionals, to achieve organizational goals and solicit input by genuinely valuing others’’ ideas and expertise; place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decision may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegation assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business and Administration (MBA), Finance, Economics or related field is required. A first degree level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience in investment management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible investment management experience as well as co-investment/direct investment experience in private equity is required.
Experience in other private markets strategies including infrastructure and/or private debt is desirable.
Working experience in pension funds, public funds, endowments, foundations or sovereign wealth funds is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• Funding for this position is subject to GA approval and therefore, the selection and onboarding of the successful candidate may be expected in early 2024.
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Appointment at the United Nations is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial disclosure Programme. An appointment to the Office of Investment Management (OIM) of the UNJSPF additionally requires compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to OIM’’s Code of Ethics, Personal Securities, Gift and Hospitality policies.
• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 Aug 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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