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United Nations | Posted 12-01-2021

New York (Banking and Insurance)

This position is located in the Business Transformation and Accountability Unit of the Pension Administration of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (“UNJPSF” or “the Fund”).

Under the supervision of the Risk Management Officer P-4, the Programme Management Officer (Risk Management) P-3 will facilitate the identification of risks that impact the delivery of mandates and strategic objectives; provide support to senior management and staff on risk management matters; facilitate the alignment of risk management with internal control measures; collect and develop cross-cutting risk management, audit response and internal control information and training for the various Sections and Units in the Pension Administration.

Responsibilities Within limits of delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer (Risk Management) will be responsible for the following duties:
Participates in the implementation of the risk management processes in accordance with the Fund's Enterprise-wide Risk Management (EWRM) Policy. To that extent:
  • Conducts research, collates and disseminates data on risks related to the implementation of all aspects of the mandate and support functions.
  • Supports the work of the risk management function, ensuring that identified risks are recorded, assessed and prioritized and appropriate action taken;
  • Develops and maintains training on risk management policy and methodology and works in collaboration with stakeholders to promote risk ownership, accountability and improved risk mitigation.

Ensures audit response and compliance. To that extent:
  • Works collaborative with colleagues to provide relevant information and clarify requirements to ensure the timely implementation of audit recommendations of oversight bodies;
  • Monitors the implementation of accepted recommendations, arranges for the verification of evidence and provides regular updates as required;
  • Assists in monitoring the implementation of recommendations of oversight bodies;

Provides support on EWRM, audit response and internal control matters. To that extent:
  • Supports the implementation of the annual work plan for risk management ensuring work priorities and objectives;
  • Participates in the preparations of presentations for Senior Management on risk management, audit response and internal control matters.
  • Collects internal information and supporting evidence from other Sections or Units to support in the Statement of Internal Control (SIC) process and the annual testing of internal controls;
  • To support the internal control system, monitors the execution of key controls, investigates identified exceptions and ensures resolutions;
  • Prepares training materials to raise awareness regarding internal control processes within the Fund;
  • Ensures that risk management and process documentation are maintained and updated, if required due to any structural or other changes in the Fund or to processes;
  • Monitors the Fund’ remediation plan, timeline and implementation actions for the control gaps identified in the Risk Control Matrix to ensure timely closure;
  • Maintains information repositories for risk management, internal control and audit records, for analysis and reporting.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge of risk management, and/or internal control frameworks, theories, concepts and related implementation issues. Ability to identify issues and risks, analyze and participate in the resolution of risks/issues/problems. Ability to conduct follow-ups and data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the risk assessment, control evaluation and information gathering. 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.
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.


Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Management, Risk Management, Finance, Accounting, or related field.
A first-level university degree with two years of relevant professional work experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years' work experience in research, public administration, organizational development, operations management, project management or related fields is required.
Experience of at least two years in performing or coordinating risk and control assessments is desirable.
Experience with process mapping; and experience with document management and collaboration tools such as SharePoint is desirable.
Experience working with auditors is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The UNJSPF is an inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1949. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 15 currencies to more than 80,000 beneficiaries who reside in 190 countries, and services more than 130,000 participants who work in the 24 Member Organizations of the Pension Fund.
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 these posts 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.
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.

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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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