Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Technical Analysis Unit (Senior Statistician, P-5), P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR STATISTICIAN
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund - Pension Administration
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 June 2020 - 07 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Statistics-UNJSPF PA-136319-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Technical Analysis Unit of the Risk Management and Legal Services Section (RMLS), United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Chief of Technical Analysis Unit reports through the Chief of the Section to the Chief Executive of Pension Administration.

The Risk Management and Legal Services Section is responsible for monitoring and advising on the Fund’s long-term funding, solvency and sustainability by responding to the challenges of the interdependency of assets and liabilities. The Section brings together in an integrated manner legal, actuarial, operational and risk management expertise. It advises on the implementation of pension policy issues, the interpretation of regulations and rules and the management of various types of risks and strengthening of the internal control framework.

The Technical Analysis Unit (TAU) is responsible for the UNJSPF’s centralized data collection, analysis and reporting structure and acts as the Fund’s Center of Excellence on every data related matter including reviewing and communicating actuarial valuation and ALM study results. The Unit focuses on enhancing data accuracy and consistency, as well as facilitating collection, analysis and communication of data. The Unit ensures that the Fund identifies important trends, makes data driven decisions and embraces new technology.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Technical Analysis Unit will be responsible for the following duties:

•Plans and directs the unit’s work programme on statistical analysis and methodological work, providing both technical and managerial supervision of all activities.
•Initiates, plans and directs preparation of Fund-wide data reports, publications, and other communications; Manages all communications related to Fund’s solvency and other actuarial issues.
•Plans and directs technical advisory activities and supports the Chief Executive of Pension Administration and the Chief of Section in managing the solvency risk of the Fund; represents the Pension Administration in ALM studies and otherwise liaises with the Office of Investment Management as needed.
•Supervises and undertakes the development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projects.
•Prepares progress reports and other technical documentation regarding the work programme for presentation to the Pension Board, Fund’s Solvency and Assets and Liabilities Committee (ALM Committee) and the Committee of Actuaries.
•Represents the organization at international and regional meetings and inter-agency activities; acts as the Secretary to the Committee of Actuaries and manages the Fund’s relationship with the Consulting Actuary
•Advises senior management on data trends and developments, advises on effects of potential changes, and recommends appropriate courses of action.
•Plans, organizes and manages staff; plans and discusses individual work programmes with staff and evaluates their performance.
•Performs other related duties, as assigned

Competencies

•Professionalism: Ability to provide technical advice in the development and implementation of programs, methodologies and policies with a view to improving statistical capabilities and standards of broad applicability. Ability to review, understand and interpret actuarial valuation and Asset Liability Management study results and manage communications related to the Fund’s solvency issues. Knowledge of defined benefit pension plan funding concepts, including development of actuarial assumptions, calculation of cost of plan design changes, and financial statement reporting. Ability to analyze and interpret data and to present the result to a wide audience. 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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in actuarial science, statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology 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 level in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data is required
At least seven (7) years of experience of management and leadership, including statistical/trend analysis and strategy development is required
Experience in embedding statistical perspective into organization’s decision-making, as well as designing and delivering innovative communications on data analysis is required
Experience providing advice to senior leadership, including in supporting business process improvements, is desirable
Experience in the pension actuarial consulting field or managing outside actuarial consultants is desirable.
Experience in public sector and/or multi-employer pension plans is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat and the UNJSPF. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official 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 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. Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for these posts is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization. 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. 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.

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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