Job Opening

Posting Title: BENEFITS ASSISTANT(Two Positions), G6
Job Code Title: BENEFITS ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund - Pension Administration
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 February 2021 - 03 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNJSPF PA-149177-R-New York (O)
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 Operations, Coordination and Liaison Unit (OCLU) of the Operations Support Section (OSS), within the Operations Service of the Pension Administration / United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

OCLU ensures the liaison between the Fund and the Member Organizations at the operational level, provides regular training to Member Organizations’ Pension Focal Points and Staff Pension Committee Secretariats on the Fund’s processes. OCLU administers the participation process as it relates to electronic data exchanges between the Fund and its Member Organizations, including Human Resources interfaces, data quality assurance, interaction with the employing offices on missing separation documentation, management and follow-up of the non-actionable and Human Resources data feed workflows.

The incumbent reports to the Chief of Operations, Coordination and Liaison Unit under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Operations Support Section.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Benefits Assistant is responsible for the following duties:

•Provides assistance in support of planning, implementation activities/processes and preparation of operations support activities for a large and highly complex programme of work of the Operations, Coordination and Liaison Unit (OCLU) to ensure a smooth and rapid processing of pension benefits.
•Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of OCLU project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with internal organisational units and Member Organizations to initiate requests, prepare standard terms of reference against project objectives, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, analyse data related to projects and resolve issues related to project implementation.
•Collaborates with operations managers and provides assistance on establishing standard operating procedures for the separation process, with guidelines to be followed by all Member Organizations for the submission of separation documents.
•Participates in the training activities related to the OSS work, including the preparation of training material, and compilation of relevant information.
•Audits administrative actions and analyzes data entry for completeness, accuracy, consistency and applies the necessary quality control checks relating to Fund participation taken in the context of development/enhancement of Human Resources and Financial interfaces with Member Organizations which includes automation of the information exchange between the Fund and the Member Organizations and updating of workflow status in Integrated Pension Administration System.
•Researches, compiles, analyses, summarizes, and presents data on specific enhancements to the current Human Resources as well as future financial interfaces such as validation of data and automatic voiding of redundant workflows.
•Establishes automated follow-up measures through the Business Intelligence tool of the Fund and assists in maintaining reports to the Staff Pension Committee Secretaries (SPCs) aimed at following-up on missing documents and pending cases to speed up their processing and to reduce the number of workflows that are waiting for receipt of documents.
•Prepares, maintains and updates files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designs and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, graphic content, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
•Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund or that of a similar international organization’s Regulations, Rules and Pension Adjustment system. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of pension and staff benefits administration. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
•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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; 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 or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project support, administration or a related area, is required.
Experience in collecting and compiling complex statistical data using ERP system and Business Intelligence tools is desirable.
Experience in analyzing and presenting data using MS Excel and MS Office is desirable.
Experience within a post-employment benefit scheme is desirable.
Experience within the UN common system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable. 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 UNJSPF is an inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1949. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 15 currencies to more than 80,000 beneficiaries who reside in 190 countries, and services more than 130,000 participants who work in the 25 Member Organizations of the Pension Fund.
These positions are 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. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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