Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Information Systems Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 21 January 2019 - 06 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Information Management Systems-UNJSPF-109389-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of Investment Management of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. The incumbent will serve as the Head of the Information Systems Section, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and the Director.

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) of the UNJSPF. OIM manages a $60+ billion multi-asset class, global investment portfolio, about 85% of which is actively managed in-house. Asset classes under management comprise global equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, timber and commodities. OIM’s staff are all based in New York, but come from over 30 countries.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Information Systems Officer will lead a team of six Information Systems Officers, several Business Analysts, as well as other IT staff to deliver on the following team objectives:
•Oversees the implementation of a multi-year program of projects to successfully achieve the Target Operating Model for the Office of Investment Management (OIM).
•Conceptualizes, develops strategy for and oversees the design and implementation of OIM's ICT systems initiatives; manages/oversees multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that often involve innovative applications, dissimilar systems, as well as databases and highly complex system integration and linkages.
•Provides authoritative technical and policy advice to senior managers on systems selection, development and implementation in a changing business environment and is able to communicate the implications of various alternatives to senior managers on business applications and other related issues; identifies and plans for future needs; develops and disseminates best practices.
•Leads and directs a team of information systems officers; oversees activities for a discrete work section or equivalent; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
•Manages procurements, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing bid documents and arranging contracts; supervises, coordinates and negotiates the services required to enable the management and operation of interdependent administrative, financial, human resources and other information systems.
•Manages multiple vendor relationships with the appropriate focus on service levels and key performance metrics.
•Develops and monitors performance measures; ensures that projects meet established time and cost parameters and standards of technical quality.
•Sets up, controls and oversees Helpdesk support services.
•Ensures timely preparation and submission of the Strategic Framework and prepares and monitors the budget, work program, and spending plan.
• Develops innovative solutions to resolve intricate problems that impact a critical area of the organization's work and maintains the disaster recovery plan (DRP) and ensures that the ICT disaster recovery technical solutions are implemented and tested, ensures that the DRP supports adequately the business continuity plan (BCP) of the Organization; and facilitates the implementation of business continuity management system (BCMS).
•Ensures the development of standards, procedures and practices to ensure a stable and effective systems environment.
•Ensures that the ICT Service Desk is comprehensive, tailored to respond to the user's ICT needs and operates as per agreed key performance indicators; facilitates the establishment of the ICT Service Desk key performance indicators.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of systems design, and development, management, implementation and maintenance of complex information systems. Ability to develop and oversee large centralized or decentralized institutional systems; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information system and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters. Knowledge of a range of computer languages and development paradigms, knowledge of organization's information infrastructure and IT strategy as it relates to user area(s). Ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives. Ability to advise senior management on complex systems development and related matters of significant importance to the institution; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information system and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters. Ability to improve processes and approaches; demonstrates adaptability to changing priorities. Knowledge of organization's information infrastructure and IT strategy as it relates to user area(s); strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. 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.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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 delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
•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 improvements; 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.
•Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of computer information systems or related area is required. Experience with the management of in-house investments related IT systems is required. At least 5 years’ experience in working in a global, multi-asset class investment management organization is required. Experience in implementing IT systems related to front, middle, and back-office aspects of a global, multi-asset class investment organization with multi-year capital investments is required. At least 3 years’ experience in a senior leadership or managerial position within a global, multi-asset class investment management organization is desirable. Relevant experience in a post-employment benefit scheme with in-house investment management is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) is an independent interagency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. 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 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. Appointment at the United Nations is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme. An appointment with 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 polices. 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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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