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Posting Title: Chief of Payments Unit (Deputy Chief Financial Officer)
Job Code Title: SENIOR FINANCE OFFICER
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS JOINT STAFF PENSION FUND
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 April 2016 - 11 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Finance-UNJSPF ECEO-58515-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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. On the basis of that MoU and in light of the status of the UNJSPF, it was decided that staff members applying to posts at the P-5 level in the UNJSPF are exceptionally not subject to the lateral move requirement for purposes of eligibility. However, selected candidates who do not meet the lateral move requirements will be granted appointments strictly limited to service with the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization.

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.

Appointment at the United Nations is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme.


UN Considerations:

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Payments Unit of the Financial Services Section of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF).

The Payments Unit is responsible for processing periodic pension payments for staff of the United Nations and the other organizations admitted to membership in the Fund.

The Chief of the Payments Unit reports to the Chief Financial Officer, UNJSPF.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Payments Unit will be responsible for the following:

Provides financial services to the UNJSPF retirees and beneficiaries in the area of management and processing of UNJSPF payments such as: application of the Rules and Regulations of the Fund to properly manage financial transactions related to more than 72,000 monthly periodic benefits, totaling approximately $175 million per month (over $2.1 billion per year), payable in 15 currencies throughout the world to more than 190 countries and territories, including countries with limited banking structures; monitoring of enhanced requirements of the financial services industry in order to ensure correct application of data used for payments execution; implementation of additional provisions of the rules and regulations of the Fund and the two-track pension adjustment system, which requires quarterly adjustments to more than a third of the overall periodic benefits payable .

Provides policy guidance to the Chief Financial Officer, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures.

Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Unit; ensures that mandated and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the FSS (Financial Services Section Operations) and with other sections of the Pension Fund, as appropriate.Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Unit under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Unit/Section; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.

Contributes to the preparation of reports for presentation to governing bodies such as the Pension Board and its Committees, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.Ensures that the operational activities undertaken and the outputs produced by the Payments Unit maintain high-quality standards; and comply with the relevant mandates and the UNJSPF Regulations, Rules and Pension Adjustment System.

Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Payments Unit, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.

Recruits staff for Unit taking due account needs of the Organization

Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries.

Ensures the necessary coordination and holds pension-related discussions with representatives of the Fund’s Member Organizations and other stakeholders.Represents the Fund at various meetings as required.

Performs duties and projects as required by the CFO; acts as an Officer in Charge during the periods of CFO absence.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Expert knowledge in administration of multicurrency pension payments. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues related to pension administration and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN and UNJSPF rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•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.

•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.

•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.

•JUDGEMENT/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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, finance, human resources management or related field. Experience in pension administration of international financial transactions related to multicurrency monthly periodic pension payments is desirable. Experience in administration of applicable pension adjustments and related global updates is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; working 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.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). 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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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