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 Fixed Income Team of OIM. The incumbent reports to the Investment Officer.
Under the overall supervision of the Investment Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Assists the Deputy Director, Fixed Income and the Investment Officer(s) (IO) to manage and invest the assets of the Fund in US Fixed income structured securities.
a. Balances long-term strategic goals with short-term performance objectives to outperform return benchmarks.
b. Monitors the various portfolio holdings and conduct appropriate security analysis at the direction of the Deputy director, Fixed income and the IO(s).
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. Integrates Principles of Responsible Investments into investment analysis and monitors both internally and externally managed holdings, subject to OIM’s standards of fiduciary responsibility to the Fund.
e. Conducts portfolio review periodically and presents in the Portfolio Review Meeting.
f. Conducts portfolio analysis using risk tools and analytical tools.
2. Conducts careful and thorough investment research:
a. Performs fundamental fixed income structured securities analysis using models, stress testing, academic and street research, and sector related performance data.
b. Reviews investment research and discuss with strategists, economists, security analysts through brokerage community and the Advisors/Research Providers.
c. Engages with ABS and CMBS issuers and securities structurers to review their business, corporate strategies, and outlooks.
d. Attends investment conferences and seminars to access academia and industry experts.
e. Assists in evaluating the quality of the advice of recommendations submitted by the Fund’s research provider and appraise performance of external managers employed in the region.
3. 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 Deputy Director of Fixed income and IO(s) of fixed income.
d. Participates in the discussions and development of investment recommendations for asset allocation for the Fund.
a. Assists 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 Director of OIM in reporting on investments and related matters to governing bodies.
Competencies•Professionalism: Demonstrated ability and sound knowledge of investing in US Fixed Income Structured Securities; must have through understanding and professional experience in managing agency MBS, CMBS, ABS; must have experience in managing a large investment portfolio; have demonstrated understanding of the intricacies of mortgage backed securities and market; 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 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.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business and Administration (MBA), Finance, Economics or related field is required. A first-degree level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience in investment management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of five years professional experience in US fixed income structured securities markets, specifically in agency MBS, CMBS, and ABS is required.
Experience in managing and trading US securitized portfolio exposures, with a minimum $10 billion assets under management at a large pension fund, investment manager or insurance company, is required.
Buy-side portfolio management experience is required.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice• This position is proposed to be funded by General Temporary Assistance funding in 2021 and is subject to approval by the General Assembly. If approved, this position is for an initial period of one year, with possibility of extension, which is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- 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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