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 Information Systems Team of OIM. The incumbent reports to the Senior Information Systems Officer.
Within limits of delegated authority the Information Systems Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
• Manages data-driven projects involving feasibility studies, systems Analysis, design, and implementation of new, moderately complex data delivery solutions, and/or, participates as a member of a development team with responsibility for major components of the more complex solutions.
• Develops data strategy and a data governance programme for the organization as well as detailed system and other functional specifications and user documentation for major systems and data dictionaries.
• Provides specialized advice to users, analyzing users’ requirements and works side by side with domain experts in business groups to frame the business problem, integrate the needed data, and determine the best way to provision that data on demand.
• Maintains, upgrades or enhances existing user systems; troubleshoots and provides continuing user support, assists integrating diverse data sets for data management and modeling.
• Develops and drives automation by working with analytical tools (and alongside business and analysts) to automate repeatable and error-prone data integration and data preparation flows.
• Organizes and performs unit and integrated testing, designing and utilizing test bases; assists users in acceptance testing.
• Develops training and educates subject matter experts and the business on data understanding and use, as well as IT resources on new data integration and data ingestion techniques.
• Develops disaster recovery plans and ensures appropriate planning and training of those responsible.
• Researches and collaborates across business and IT to promote better understanding of data and analytics.
• Facilitates communications between OIM and its clients for good client relations. Serves as coordinator in the development of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) between the client and OIM, for either specific IT services or general technology support, including any charge back mechanisms.
• Handles all aspects of contract Administration including establishment of service level agreements with vendors and chargeback policy for users.
• Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff, consultants, etc.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of information technology/information management related to data management and data governance, particularly in data analysis, managing large data sets within a cloud environment and programming. Knowledge of several high-level programming languages and significant exposure to and demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of programming and analysis, including data warehouse cloud environments, relational systems, scripting and query languages, document design and management. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, to include proficiency in the development and implementation of data Management Systems of moderate size/complexity. Knowledge of transforming and normalizing data utilizing streamlined tagging features within a data model cloud environment. 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.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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 degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related field. 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 financial analytics certification, such as FRM, CAIA, CFA or equivalent is desirable. Familiarity with Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and neural network concepts is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of financial computer information systems or related area is required.
Experience with data management solutions supporting the investment management cycle, in fixed income, equity, private equity and derivative asset classes, is required.
At least three years of experience programming (utilizing a combination of Python, SQL, R Studio, and Tableau/Power BI) to manage large data sets, within a financial data warehouse cloud environment (Oracle, Microsoft Data server and Bloomberg CDE) is required.
Experience with transforming and normalizing data utilizing streamlined tagging features within a data model cloud environment and managing secure feeds and API’s is desirable.
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 an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• 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.
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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