Job Opening

Posting Title: Investment Officer (Real Assets), P3
Job Code Title: INVESTMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund – Office of Investment Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 20 July 2020 - 02 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Investment Management-UNJSPF OIM-138704-R-New York (R)
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 is, in turn, assisted in this function by the Office of Investment Management (OIM). 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. For more information please visit OIM's website at https://oim.unjspf.org/.

This position is located in the Real Assets Team of OIM. The real assets portfolio of the UNJSPF covers investments in infrastructure, timber, agriculture and commodities. The incumbent reports to the Head of the Real Assets Team.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Team Head, the Investment Officer will be responsible for the following functions:
1.Assists the Team Head (TH) to manage and invest the assets of the Fund in private markets (infrastructure, timber, agriculture and commodities).
a.Balances long-term strategic goals with short-term performance objectives to outperform return benchmarks.
b.Monitors the various portfolio holdings and conducts appropriate investment analysis at the direction of the TH
c.Complies with risk control parameters as delineated in the investments Policy and Procedures Manual with a goal to produce the optimal investment return that avoids undue risk.
d.Adheres to OIM’s sustainable investment approach
e.Assists in conducting portfolio review periodically and presenting-s in the Portfolio Review Meeting.
f.Conducts portfolio analysis using risk tools and analytical tools.

2.Conducts careful and thorough investment due diligence of funds or other real assets vehicles:
a.Performs due diligence of real assets fund offerings through review of fund documentation, meetings with fund managers, and research into specific real assets sub-sectors. Conducts further due diligence of underlying fund investments (e.g., company holdings) through fundamental analysis, reviewing financial statements, corporate announcements, market news, ESG matters, and other publicly available information.
b.Reviews investment research and discusses with strategists, economists, and Advisors/Research Providers.
c.Attends investment conferences and seminars to access academia and industry experts.
d.Assists in evaluating the quality of the advice of recommendations submitted by the Fund's Real Assets Advisor and appraises performance of fund managers.

3.In coordination with Real Assets team efforts, makes specific investment recommendations.
a.Ensures Fund’s four investments criteria; i.e. safety, profitability, liquidity, and convertibility,
b.Makes specific investment recommendations to achieve optimum investment performance with careful review of the portfolio’s investment objectives and risk tolerance,
c.Presents and discusses investment recommendations to TH of the relevant asset class,

4.Reporting
a.Assists the TH in the preparation of reports accurately and timely to the Representative of the Secretary-General for the Investments of the UNJSPF and Director of OIM when requested.
b.Assists the TH in reporting to the Director of the Office of Investment Management on Real Assets investments and related matters to governing bodies.

Competencies

Professionalism:
• Demonstrated ability and sound knowledge of investing in Real Assets markets, applied macroeconomics and excel spreadsheet modeling; Demonstrated ability in meeting clearly defined investment objectives and risk management of portfolio; Ability to work under pressure accurately, efficiently and effectively; Having the highest level of integrity; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of relevant 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 and 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.

Teamwork:
• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Build consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; 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 and 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

Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent degree) in Business Admin. (MBA), Finance, Economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) certificate is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in investment analysis or investing is required.
A minimum of five years of experience investing in commercial real assets is desirable.
A minimum of three years of direct investing in infrastructure assets is desirable. (Infrastructure sub-sectors may include: transportation, energy, renewables, communications, or utilities sectors).
Experience investing in infrastructure public equities or project finance investments at a private firm 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 desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

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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