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Separation

Here you will find all related information about separation (either retiring or leaving the Fund).

Please see which scenario below meets your situation to find out your separation options. You might need to know your early retirement age and/or normal retirement age in order to identify your scenario, so please check this page.

We also recommend you run an estimate inside your Member Self- Service account before making a decision.

Separation options

1.

Separating with LESS THAN 5 YEARS of contributory service

  1. Article 31 - Withdrawal settlement→ one-time payment in an amount equivalent to your own contributions plus interest, which extinguishes all other rights to any other future benefits.
  2. Article 32 - Deferment of choice or benefit for 36 months → Defer/Delay payment of your withdrawal settlement for up to 36 months. Should you re-join the Fund within the 36-month deferment period from your date of separation from service, your participation will be deemed to have been continuous (provided that no benefit has been paid to you). The period in between your date of separation and of re-entry into Fund participation will be considered a period of break in service, which cannot be made pensionable. However, if you do not re-join the Fund, you must submit your benefit election and payment instructions on the according form to the Fund at the latest by the end of the 36 months deferment period. 

2.

Separating with 5 OR MORE YEARS of contributory service PRIOR TO REACHING EARLY RETIREMENT AGE

  1. Article 30 - Deferred retirement benefit→ payable when you reach normal retirement age or when you become eligible for early retirement, with the applicable reduction factors. No child benefit is payable.
  2. Article 31 - Withdrawal settlement→ one-time payment in an amount equivalent to your own contributions plus interest, which extinguishes all other rights to any other future benefits.
  3. Article 32 - Deferment of choice or benefit for 36 months → Defer/Delay your benefit election (i.e. a withdrawal settlement or a deferred retirement benefit) for up to 36 months. Should you re-join the Fund within the 36-month deferment period from your date of separation from service, your participation will be deemed to have been continuous (provided that no benefit has been paid to you). The period in between your date of separation and of re-entry into Fund participation will be considered a period of break in service, which cannot be made pensionable. However, if you do not re-join the Fund, you must submit your benefit election and payment instructions on the according form to the Fund at the latest by the end of the 36 months deferment period. If you fail to submit your benefit election and payment instructions to the Fund within the 36-month deferment period, the Fund will automatically deem you to have elected a deferred retirement benefit.

3.

Separating with 5 OR MORE YEARS of contributory service AFTER REACHING EARLY RETIREMENT AGE but PRIOR TO REACHING NORMAL RETIREMENT AGE

  1. Article 29 - Early retirement benefit, with or without commutation of up to one-third of the benefit into a lump sum.
  2. Article 30 - Deferred retirement benefit→ payable when you reach normal retirement age or when you become eligible for an early retirement, with the applicable reduction factors. No child benefit is payable.
  3. Article 31 - Withdrawal settlement→ one-time payment in an amount equivalent to your own contributions plus interest, which extinguishes all other rights to any other future benefits.
  4. Article 32 - Deferment of choice or benefit for 36 months → Defer/Delay your benefit election for up to 36 months → Should you re-join the Fund within the 36-month deferment period from your date of separation from service, your participation will be deemed to have been continuous (provided that no benefit has been paid to you). The period in between your date of separation and of re-entry into Fund participation will be considered a period of break in service, which cannot be made pensionable. However, if you do not re-join the Fund, you must submit your benefit election and payment instructions on the according form to the Fund at the latest by the end of the 36 months deferment period. If you fail to submit your benefit election and payment instructions to the Fund within the 36-month deferment period, the Fund will automatically deem you to have elected a deferred retirement benefit.

4.

Separating with 5 OR MORE YEARS of contributory service AT NORMAL RETIREMENT AGE

  1. Article 28 - Normal retirement benefit, with or without commutation of up to one-third of the benefit into a lump sum.

Steps and requirements for separation

You should begin the separation process in advance, at least two months before your separation date. It is recommended that you contact the UNJSPF for an estimate of your benefit options within six months of your anticipated separation date or use the interactive Benefit Estimate tool through the Member Self-Service.

To review, calculate and process your benefit, the Fund must receive the mandatory separation documents below. Discrepancies will delay payments, so if you do not receive your payment promptly, inquire first with your member organization before contacting the Fund.

1. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS FORM

Your original Payment Instruction (PI) on the correct form (PENS.E/6 for less than 5 years of contributory service or PENS.E/7 for more than 5 years of service) indicating the benefit option you have selected, the complete bank account information or voided check indicating the account at which you wish to receive payments, the currency of payment, and your email and mailing address with your original ink signature. The Fund must receive the original Payment Instructions form with your original ink signature.

2. SEPARATION NOTIFICATION FORM (PF4)

The original and duly completed, dated and signed Separation Notification form PF4 (financial clearance) issued and submitted to the Fund by the Payroll Office of your employing organization and signed by an authorized payroll or finance officer, detailing your pensionable remuneration and contributions since the end of the previous year.

3. SEPARATION PERSONAL ACTION FORM (SEPPA)

The Separation Personal Action form (SEPPA) issued and submitted to the Fund by your employing organization, and indicating your official date of separation. Discrepancies will delay payments, so if you do not receive your payment promptly, inquire first with your member organization before contacting the Fund.

4. OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

If you elect a periodic benefit, the Fund must receive also the following supporting documents (as applicable in your case) at the latest at the time of separation, in order for the Fund to set up all entitlements correctly:

  • a copy of your Birth Certificate or valid passport;
  • a copy of your valid photo ID document (e.g. Passport or other valid official, government issued photo ID, carrying your names, date of birth and signature – the “UN Laissez-passer” is NOT a valid ID document);
  • a copy of your marriage certificate/s;
  • a copy of your divorce decree/s;
  • a copy of the birth certificate/s or valid passport of your current and/or former spouse/s (or copy of his/her valid passport or other official, government issued photo ID);
  • a copy of the spouse’s official, government issued photo ID;
  • a copy of the birth certificate(s) of your dependent child(ren) under 21 years of age;
  • a copy of death certificate(s) for spouse(s), ex-spouse(s), child(ren), if applicable; and
  • ORIGINAL Designation of Beneficiary form A/2

Separation FAQ

When can I retire?

You may retire from your employing organization and receive a monthly benefit at any time after your 55th birthday, provided that you have had five years or more of contributory service in the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). Please check the scenarios above to see which options apply to your case.

If you have had less than five years of contributory service you can, irrespective of your age, only take a withdrawal settlement.

Supposing I separate from service and wish to transfer my pension rights to the pension plan of my new employer, how may I do so?

The transfer of pension rights is possible only on the basis of a formal transfer agreement between the UNJSPF and the pension plan of an international organization or national government. Please check the Transfer Agreements page for more information.

What is Normal Retirement Age, Early Retirement age and Mandatory Age of Separation?

Check this page.

What happens if I don't submit the payment instructions form?

For beneficiaries who failed to submit payment instructions or accept payment: 

  • Their right to a Withdrawal Settlement shall be forfeited two (2) years after payment has been due.
  • Their right to a periodic benefit shall be forfeited five (5) years after the first payment has been due.