Job Opening

Posting Title: Investment Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: INVESTMENT ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund – Office of Investment Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 June 2020 - 21 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Investment Management-UNJSPF OIM-137463-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 heads the Office of Investment Management (OIM), which 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. For more information please visit OIM's website at https://oim.unjspf.org/.

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Director of Global Public Equities. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Investment Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Perform tasks related to management of investment portfolio including regional and sector allocation for global equities, research for investment strategies and global macro, portfolio monitoring, performance and risk analysis and reporting.
• Support the Global Equities section in implementing the Sustainable Investment Policy.
• Support the periodical update for quantitative research and provide the consistent and timely updates for all of the portfolio teams.
• Perform various administrative duties including, but not limited to, drafting reports and presentation materials for meeting with the Investment Committee, Pension Board, Fifth Committee, and internal committees such as Internal Investments Committee, Private Markets Committee, and Risk Committee or others as directed by the Deputy Director, organize meetings and conference calls with financial institutions and advisors, take notes and minutes and manage official documents.
• Supports the Deputy Director in coordinating the cross-sectional tasks with the Risk and Compliance, Fixed Income, and IT and Operations Sections
• Support the Portfolio teams in the Global Equities Section as directed by the Deputy Director. Coordinate human resources and recruitment related functions for teams in the Investment Section for Global Equities.
• Assistant with the preparation of periodical portfolio review as well as ad-hoc reports and slide presentations for the Investment Committee meetings, Pension Board meetings and any other reporting to the governing bodies.
• Gather data from various OIM portfolio managers and incorporate them into the total Fund, including evaluation of discretionary and non-discretionary managers.
• Compile and process economic and market data, prepare daily market review.
• Prepare orders and recommendations for transactions, monitor implementation of orders, monitor portfolio positions, compile and process economic, market and security specific data.
• Performance other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to analyze and interpret the outcomes from the various investment research tools, understand the portfolio performance and attribution reports for equity portfolios, and extract important information from financial markets and daily news sources. . Possesses an aptitude for numbers in order to be able to critically process trading and portfolio data, read through a large number in financial data, and detect anomalies and high level of accuracy. Ability to produce a high quality output under pressure and perform multiple tasks are required since the market environment may, at times, be under highly erratic. Knowledge of financial software systems, performance analytics and other related systems is required. 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent. Additional courses/training in finance, economics, business administration, or related subjects are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of administrative experience in financial markets or related area is required.
Experience in providing administrative support in an investment environment covering international equity or emerging markets in a financial institution is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.
• 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.
• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
• Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.
• 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.

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.

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