Chief of Section, Risk Management and Legal Service - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-03-2014

Posting Title:  Chief of Section, Risk Management and Legal Service, D1 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  4 March 2014-3 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-MPA-UNJSPF-32512-R-NEW YORK (R)

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.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The incumbent reports to the Chief Executive Officer.




Under the overall supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the leadership and management of the Risk Management and Legal Service (RMLS) and will provide advice and strategic guidance to the CEO and senior management on UNJSPF plan design issues, risk management, legal and compliance matters. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

1) assisting the CEO in the management of the technical aspects of the plan design of the Fund, including providing advice, direction and strategic planning on legal and compliance issues, actuarial processes and in all related matters of the Pension Board, as well as recommending appropriate strategic policy directions; ensuring that all plan design issues are appropriately and adequately dealt with;

2) liaising and representing the CEO in dealing with current issues and concerns made by the major stakeholders of the Fund, including representatives of intergovernmental bodies; ensuring senior level coordination and consistency in the application of Fund’s polices; establishing and maintaining good working relations with legislative bodies on matters related to the Plan design, risk management and the status of the Fund;

3) Developing, contributing and coordinating position papers, studies and documents for senior management and intergovernmental bodies. This will include providing briefings and preparing other documents requested by legislative bodies and others as well as liaising with oversight mechanisms; The incumbent will ensure that the outputs produced by the Service maintain high quality standards and are consistent with existing policies;

4) Directing and managing both the Risk Management and Technical Analysis Section, as well as the Legal and Compliance Section; supervising both Sections’ responsibilities, providing guidance, direction and supervision of staff, regularly liaising with the Consulting Actuary, the Committee of Actuaries and other advisors;

5) Overseeing the development and implementation of the Fund’s enterprise wide risk management structure and internal control framework; directing and managing the Fund’s centralized functions with regard to oversight mechanisms;

6) The incumbent performs other related duties as required.




• Demonstrated sound knowledge of pension/social security matters, sound knowledge of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Regulations, Rules and the Pension Adjustment System and policies, procedures and practice of the Fund;
• Ability to analyze and advise in the substantive formulation of policy and technical proposals in all pension related matters;
• Ability to work under pressure, accurately, efficiently and effectively; outstanding analytical and drafting skills.
• Demonstrated ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of policy documents and studies on multi-dimensional, complex and sensitive issues. Proven track record of excellent management skills.

• 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.

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.

• 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.

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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision;
• Makes tough decisions when necessary.




Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, human resources management, finance, accounting, social sciences or related area. Legal education is desirable. 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 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of pension/social security, human resources management, programme management or international law is required, including at least 5 years of pension experience in the public sector at the international level. Experience in working with designed benefit pension plans required. Managerial experience in supervising an office, unit or section is required. Experience in conducting liaison with Member States, institutions and individuals is desirable. United Nations experience, preferably in administration, social  security/ pension matters or human resources management is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. For this post, fluency (both oral and written) in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


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.
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