Job Opening

Posting Title: Investment Officer, Global Emerging Market (GEM) Equities, P4
Job Code Title: INVESTMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 31 October 2017 - 14 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Investment Management-UNJSPF-87286-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.

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.

An appointment to the Investment Management Division (IMD) of the UNJSPF additionally requires compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to IMD's Code of Ethics, Personal Securities, Gift and Hospitality policies.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Investment Management Division (IMD) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). IMD is responsible for the day-to-day management of the investments of the Fund. The Investment Officer reports to the Senior Investment Officer of Global Emerging markets which is approximately USD 4 billion with investments in 23 countries.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Investment Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Helps the Senior Investment Officer invest and manage assigned assets of the Fund in Global Emerging Markets to produce optimal investment returns that avoid undue risk, balances long term strategies effective over an investment cycle as well as short-term tactics to achieve results superior to the benchmarks.
• Assists in implementing investment strategies and monitors the portfolio to achieve the performance to meet the Fund's investment objectives.
• Conducts careful and thorough investment research and makes specific investment recommendations when appropriate by evaluating economic and markets conditions and working on analyses with support of research providers and any other resources available to the Investment Management Division (IMD).
• Conducts investment research, utilizing internal and external information sources, including primary research through conferences, country visits, one-on-one with company managements.
• Conducts Evaluation of the recommendations provided by external non-discretionary advisors and externally managed funds
• Analyze and summarize financial and economic reports in Chinese. Upon request, provide a translation of certain documents to the rest of the team
• Conduct company meetings in Chinese, including verbal discussion and note taking in Chinese or English
• Participates in the discussion and the development of investment recommendations for asset allocation.
• Provides ex-post analytics on how investments strategies were adopted and decisions taken have impacted the performance on both the portfolio and securities level and completes ad hoc requests and analytics for quarterly portfolio reviews, Investments Committee meetings, and Pension Board and General Assembly reports, etc.
• Assists in the preparation of analyses as well as files ad-hoc requests.
• Ensures that all of the investments comply with IMD's investment policy and guidelines.
• Attends investment conferences and seminars to access academia and industry experts.
• Presents and discusses investment recommendations with Senior Investment Officer.
• Keeps abreast of rapidly changing techniques of portfolio management and exchanges views with colleagues and members of the investment community.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
• Demonstrates ability, sound knowledge and understanding of Asian emerging markets.
• 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 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.
•Ability to understand and analyze economic data, currency flows and positioning

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.

Accountability:
• Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments;
• Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
• Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
• Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
• Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Business and Administration (MBA), Finance, Economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in investment analysis and investment management in equities. Experience in advising or managing Asian Emerging market equities, with focus in China with an investment manager or financial institution is required. Buy-side experience 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 Chinese is required.

Assessment

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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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