Job Opening

Posting Title: Compliance Assistant, G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 January 2019 - 03 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Investment Management-UNJSPF-110988-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Risk and Compliance Section of the Office of Investment Management within the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance.

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.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Compliance Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Undertakes research and provides support to the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance in the evaluation of the compliance risks associated with the Fund's investment activities and assessment of the adequacy of OIM compliance procedures and guidelines, based on representative testing carried out during periodic compliance reviews of investment operations.

• Analyzes complex and/or unusual investment operations and helps determine which OIM transactions are not compliant with OIM Investment Policies and Procedures.

• Recommends to the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance and Compliance Officer appropriate follow-up procedures and assists Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance in coordinating with internal and external auditors on investment audit assignments by exploring front, back and middle office activities, control objectives and internal control best practices.

• Prepares drafts required for compliance reports for senior management and/or Investments Committee on OIM transactions. Prepares draft reports and/or letters in relation to the findings.

• Researches compliance issues as required by the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance in the provision of independent advice to senior management and the Investments Committee.

• Assists in the finalization of reviews of OIM compliance and internal control policies to assure their adequacy and effectiveness.

• Coordinates and requests, at the direction of the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance, information or other materials necessary for reviews of adviser and other contracts concluded by OIM to ensure adherence with its provisions.

• Ensures proper filing and archiving of documentation.

• Maintenance of Compliance rules on Bloomberg.

• Performs other ad hoc duties as maybe requested by the Deputy Director, Risk and Compliance and assists in updating the website.


Professionalism: Ability to conduct research and retrieve materials from various sources. Ability to maintain accurate records, process a wide variety of data. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies; good analytical and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of the United Nations financial rules and regulations, including ability to apply relevant procedures in the audit area. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Teamwork:* Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals* Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others* Places team agenda before personal agenda* Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position* Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Post secondary courses in Compliance, Finance, Mathematics or a correlated field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years experience in an investment management environment is required. Experience in investment compliance and operational risk concepts is desirable. Experience working with auditors is desirable.


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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of applicants, an assessment exercise and/or a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• DURATION: This position is available for seven months, with the possibility of extension. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. All posts are subject to availability of funds.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 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.

• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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.

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