CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER (CFO)

$191,372 - $235,758 / YEAR Expired 1 month ago
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund was established in 1949 by the United Nations General Assembly to provide retirement, death, disability, and related benefits for staff of the United Nations and other member organizations of the Fund. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 17 currencies to more than 80,000 beneficiaries who reside in 190 countries, and services more than 140,000 participants who work in the 24 member organizations of the Pension Fund. The Fund has offices in New York (United States) and Geneva (Switzerland) and two liaison offices in Nairobi (Kenya) and Bangkok (Thailand), respectively. The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund-Pension Administration (UNJSPF-PA) comprises about 250 staff from diverse countries and cultures, based across four prominent duty stations (New York, Geneva, Bangkok, and Nairobi). We are a career employer offering unique opportunities for growth within the United Nations system. We offer staff competitive benefits, including up to six weeks of annual leave per year, a defined benefit pension plan (not subject to variation of capital markets), parental leave, a comprehensive insurance plan, and flexible working arrangements subject to operational requirements. Our office is located in the heart of Manhattan, within walking distance from the Grand Central Station hub, in a state-of-the-art facility (the One Dag Hammarskjöld building). Visit www.unjspf.org for more details. The position of Chief of Financial Service (CFO) holds financial management, investment reporting and budget responsibilities across the whole of the UNJSPF. The position is in the Pension Administration, which is part of the UNJSPF, with responsibilities for the OIM and PBS. The Chief of Financial Services (CFO) has a dual reporting line to the UNJSPF Chief Executive of Pension Administration (CEPA) and the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) of OIM. The CFO provides technical, operational, regulatory, budgetary, resource management and strategic advice on UNJSPF financial matters.
Responsibilities
The CFO is responsible for formulating financial policy for the Fund, for reviewing budgetary, financial and accounting operations of the Pension Fund and for ensuring that an adequate financial control environment of the UNJSPF is in place to protect the Fund’s resources and guarantees the quality and reliability of financial reporting, timely feedback on the achievement of operational and strategic goals and compliance with the Fund’s Regulations and Rules. The CFO is also responsible for setting the rules for the collection from the different information systems and areas of the Fund the financial and accounting data necessary for the preparation of the Fund’s financial statements and for the preparation of the Budget and the corresponding performance reports. S/he will have full access to such systems and data. The CFO ensures that the financial statements are in compliance with the Fund’s Regulations and Rules, the accounting standards adopted by the Fund (IPSAS/IFRS) as well as the decisions of the Pension Board and UN General Assembly and certifies, together with the CEPA and the RSG, the Fund’s financial statements. The CFO provides authoritative advice to staff as well as the Fund’s governing bodies, on the preparation of the budget proposals and financial statements. The CFO specific accountabilities include but are not limited to: 1. Establishing in coordination with senior management rules and procedures for the collection of information necessary for the preparation of the Fund’s financial statements. Coordinating the complete financial statement preparation process, including the integration of the additional information and tables required by the accounting standards adopted by the Fund or requested by the Fund’s governing bodies. Ensuring that the financial statements are prepared in a timely manner and are available to the CEPA and RSG for their respective review; 2. Leading the implementation of the new accounting standards adopted by the Fund (International Public Sector Accounting Standards, IPSAS), and guiding project staff or consulting resources working in the implementation of these standards. 3. Ensuring the proper application, in accounting and financial aspects, of the Fund’s Regulations and Rules (including the Pension Adjustment System and its Two-Track provisions) as well as the decisions of the Pension Board and General Assembly. The CFO certifies the Fund’s financial statement together with the CEPA and RSG; 4. Reviewing all financial and accounting operations of the Pension Fund and ensuring that an adequate financial control environment is in place to protect the Fund’s resources, both physical and intangible (including financial assets, furniture, equipment, reputation, knowledge and information) and that guarantees the reliability of financial reporting, timely feedback on the achievement of operational and strategic goals, the compliance with the Fund’ s Regulations and Rules, and the reduction in potential process variation leading to morepredictable outcomes. 5. Providing authoritative advice to UNJSPF staff as well as the Fund’s governing bodies on the preparation of the budget proposals, financial statements, and on policies concerning accounting, financial controls and risk management. 6. Participating in the inter-agency and inter-secretariat discussions and meetings in respect of financial arrangements, systems and procedures which affect the operations of the Fund; 7. Responding to observations of the Fund’s Internal and External Auditors which relate to the preparation of the financial statements as well as other accounting and financial matters. 8. Presenting the financial statements to the Audit Committee and the Pension Board and provides additional information, as requested. 9. Establishing in coordination with senior management rules, procedures and methodology concerning preparation of the Fund’s Budget and corresponding performance reports. Issuing the budget guidelines and coordinates the complete budget preparation process, including the integration of the additional information and tables required by senior management or requested by the Fund’s governing bodies. Ensuring that the Budget is prepared in a timely manner and is available to the CEPA and RSG for their respective review.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work of a CFO, including financial and budgetary strategy and policy formulation, the production of the statutory accounts, cash management, as well as financial change management and related project implementation. Expertise in financial reporting preferably of Retirement Benefit Plans, preferably under IPSAS and IFRS investment (and sustainability) reporting, internal control and risk management. Ability to write reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently. Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and quickly comes to the heart of the problem. Gather relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Propose a course of action or recommend based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, or accounting. A professional accounting qualification (current or prior membership) is desirable. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in financial management under IPSAS/IFRS or similar accrual accounting standards is required. Experience overseeing accounting, budgeting, reporting, and treasury is required. Experience as a Chief Finance Officer or senior finance manager in a financial institution, pension fund or large complex organization is required. Experience in an international and multisite organization at a senior level is required. Experience in sustainability reporting is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; working knowledge of another official UN language would be an asset.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
• The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat. Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization. • Staff members are subject to the authority of the head of the entity 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 Joint Staff Pension Fund is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. • For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 Nov 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, Hungary, 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. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
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New York, United States
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