Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Chief Executive of Pension Administration, D2
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 05 March 2020 - 24 April 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNJSPF-133002-D-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UNJSPF is an inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 15 currencies to more than 78,000 beneficiaries who reside in 190 countries, and services more than 128,000 participants who work in the 24 Member Organizations of the Pension Fund.

In accordance with the Regulations of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) (the “Pension Fund”), the Chief Executive of Pension Administration (CEPA) is responsible for the administration of the Fund, under the authority of the UNJSPF Board (the “Pension Board”).

The incumbent of the position reports to the CEPA and performs a critical role with strategic, cross-cutting and outreach functions. In the absence of CEPA, the Deputy Chief Executive of Pension Administration (DCEPA) performs the CEPA’s functions.

The DCEPA is an appointed position under a five-year fixed term contract with the opportunity, upon Pension Board approval, for one additional five-year contract.


The DCEPA assists the CEPA in the administration of the Fund, in servicing its organs and in the exercise of the CEPA function generally. Under the general guidance of the CEPA, the DCEPA serves as the internal focal point for the centralization and coordination of cross-cutting activities including :

-Performs outreach to various stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes on projects and initiatives.

-Coordinates the pension administration’s strategic planning process

-Develops and gives impetus to policies and strategies.

-Performs the functions of the Chief Executive of Pension Administration in the CEPA’s absence.

-Coordinates the efficient and effective management of the Fund’s core functions including performance reporting.

-Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.

On behalf of the Chief Executive of Pension Administration:

-Liaises with the Fund’s auditors and the United Nations Board of Auditors.

-Maintains effective lines of communication between the Fund’s secretariat and the Staff Pension Committees of the member organizations.

-Attends, as required, meetings of the Pension Board and its Standing Committee, the UN Staff Pension Committees (UNSPC), the Committee of Actuaries, the Audit Committee as well as of the Investments Committee. Also attends and represents the Fund during the sessions of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly when matters relating to the UN Pension System are taken up by those bodies.

-Performs other tasks as assigned by the Chief Executive of Pension Administration.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.

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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; ability to deliver presentations to senior audiences

Client Orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets time line for delivery of products or services to clients.

Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers 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; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation 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.

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 delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately


Advanced university degree in public or business administration, finance, economics, law or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in management roles is required, of which, at least ten years is in senior management positions.
Experience of change management in executing on objectives is required.
Experience in behavioral and culture change is required.
Experience in outreach, engagement, communications and developing networks in the United Nations system is highly desirable.
Experience in leading teams in a) a service environment; b) project management; c) strategic reporting and delivering presentations; d) research and analysis, and /or information management is desirable.
Previous work experience in a pension plan scheme would be an asset.


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


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 inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat.

Please use the United Nations INSPIRA e-Recruitment website at to apply for this UNJSPF position. The system provides instructions and support for online application procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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