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Information Systems Officer - Business Applications and Data

Information Systems Officer - Business Applications and Data

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 heads the Office of Investment Management (OIM), which manages a $86+ billion multi-asset class, global investment portfolio, about 85% of which is actively managed in-house. Asset classes under management comprise of global equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, timber, and commodities. OIM’s staff are all based in New York and come from over 30 countries. For more information, please visit OIM's website at https://oim.unjspf.org/.

This position is in the Information Systems Section of the Office of Investment Management (OIM) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Incumbent reports to Head of Applications and Data.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Information Systems Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Plans and directs major systems projects of significant importance to the institution, or major components of these complex systems which typically impact critical operations and large or multiple user groups.
• Provides expert advice on complex systems analysis and design; identifies the need for new systems (or modifications to existing systems) or respond to requests from users; develops plans for feasibility assessment, requirements specification, design, development and implementation, including project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates, metrics and performance measures.
• Develops cost proposals for contractual services, oversees the technical evaluation of proposals received and manages the contract service.
• Tracks and monitors project progress against plan, requirements, quality measures, standard processes; liaises with users on all aspects and during all phases of development and implementation.
• Provides professional leadership and work direction to assigned project team, and/or mentor and supervises the work of new/junior officers, contract staff, etc.
• Is actively involved in the execution of the most complex aspects of the project (e.g. systems analysis, development, programming, etc.); oversees development of document and database structures, ensuring that all design aspects are addressed and control and security mechanisms are established.
• Develops, implements and monitors information standards and guidelines, including testing paradigms.
• Prepares technical and user documentation for entire systems and interdependent applications; prepares training materials and detailed technical presentations.
• Keeps abreast of developments in the field and determines the need for testing and evaluating new products and technologies; provides leadership on introducing technological changes; prepares various technical reports.
• Assists in the evolution of the way OIM operates (on-premises and remotely). During implementation the incumbent modifies digital workflows and configurations for each of the investment asset classes and newly authorized instruments, for each one of the existing systems (i.e., portfolio management, trading, compliance, risk, performance, middle and back office, accounting, and various market data feeds) and the new ones (alternatives platforms, ESG and risk/performance solutions).
• Along with these updated workflows and configurations, the incumbent oversees the integration of multiple systems to a consolidated data architecture.
• Participates in planning and preparation of the budget, work program and spending plan.

Education

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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems or related area, is required.

At least seven years of hands-on IT experience in an investment asset management environment, demonstrating high dexterity with various financial instruments from different asset classes (fixed income, real estate, public and private equities) and the technology supporting the investment of these asset classes is required.

At least seven years migrating or transforming workflows of investment related financial systems is required.

At least seven years of experience supporting derivatives (cross-currency hedging, bond futures, securities lending, foreign exchange forwards, mortgage-backed securities and TBAs) is desirable.

Languages

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.

Assessment 

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