Risk Officer, P4

New York City, New York (US)
Grade: P-4
Feb 02, 2023
Mar 04, 2023
JO 200490
Job Function
Risk Management
Industry Sector
Employment Type
Full Time

Duty Station: New York, US

Closing Period: 15 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 200490


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 is, in turn, assisted in this function by the Office of Investment Management (OIM). OIM manages approximately $70+ 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 Risk and Compliance Team of OIM. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Market Risk.



Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Market Risk, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  1. Contributing to Asset-Liability management within a pension fund context and strategic asset allocation exercises.
  2. Assisting with decisions on tactical asset allocation and risk allocation to various internal investment teams and external asset managers using a robust risk budgeting process.
  3. Analysis of risk for public market asset classes (fixed income, equities, currencies).
  4. Create, prepare on a regular basis and analyze risk reports.
  5. Monitor and identify risk, interpret reports and formulate risk reduction in accordance with OIM goals.
  6. Perform risk-related due diligence and monitoring of external asset managers in public asset classes.
  7. Model and integrate risk statistics by conducting research on macroeconomic factors and risk metrics reports to provide quantitative inputs on various investment proposals and existing portfolios of investments.
  8. Conduct quantitative analysis of the Fund's assets for the effectiveness and use of indexed tools and derivatives instruments for hedging equity, currency, duration, interest rate, and other risks.
  9. Functional owner of the risk data management database and conduct independent risk calculations.
  10. Develop and deliver an assessment of portfolio risks of both internally and externally managed investments.
  11. Monitor market and liquidity risks.
  12. Represent the Fund at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive­ relative issues as instructed by Senior risk officer or the Chief, Risk and Compliance. Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on Portfolio Risk Analysis and Attribution, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  13. Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  14. Carries out other tasks as may be assigned by Senior risk officer or Chief Risk and Compliance Officer.



  • Professionalism: Knowledge and experience of investment/market risk measurement, risk budgeting and asset-liability management. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to this field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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 in Finance, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Sciences or related field. A first level university degree in combination with academic qualifications and experience in investment/risk management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree. Additional relevant professional qualifications (e.g CFA, CAIA, CQF, CIPM, FRM, PRM) is desirable.


Work Experience

At least seven (7) years of professional and relevant experience working in an investment institution, in an investment or risk related function, is required.

Experience in investment performance analytics and market risk management, including scenario analysis, is desirable.

Experience in multi-period factor-based optimal risk allocation in a pension fund or long-term institutional investor context is desirable.

Experience in open-group pension fund asset liability studies in public pension funds in the context of factor allocation or strategic asset allocation is desirable.

Two years or more of experience in data analytics or related area 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 desirable.


For more information on how to apply, please follow: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=200490&Lang=en-US

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