MCII Internship

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    MCII Internship
    Bonn, Germany
    UTC +1

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    UNU-EHS : established  in  December  2003,  addresses  the  risk  and  vulnerability  aspects  of human  security  and  the  consequences  of  complex  environmental  hazards  for  sustainable development.  The  work  of  UNU‐EHS  helps  to  improve  the  in‐depth  understanding  of  the cause  effect  relationships  to  find  ways  to  reduce  risks  and  vulnerabilities.  The Institute supports policymakers and decision makers with evidence‐based research and information.

    The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative e.V. (MCII) was launched by Munich Re in April 2005 in response to the growing realization that insurance-related solutions can play a role in adaptation to climate change, as advocated in the Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. To achieve this, MCII brings together insurers, experts on climate change and adaptation, NGOs, and researchers intent on finding effective and fair solutions to the risks posed by climate change. MCII, through its unique set-up, provides a forum and gathering point for insurance-related expertise on climate change impacts and explores ways how to create sustainable approaches that create incentive structures for risk and poverty reduction.

    The Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean (CRAIC) project seeks to address climate change, adaptation and vulnerability by promoting weather-index based insurance as a risk management instrument in the Caribbean. The project has developed a parametric weather- index based risk insurance product aimed at low-income and vulnerable persons exposed to climate stressors. Currently in its second phase, CRAIC is continuing in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Belize, and Trinidad & Tobago, and intends to serve all interested countries in the Caribbean. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The overall approach of the project includes:

    • Working with policymakers, regulators, and ministries to create an enabling environment to foster the growth of climate risk insurance
    • Refining, developing, and upscaling an insurance product that provides individuals with access to innovative solutions that pay out quickly, without claims-handling procedures, by applying digital solutions
    • Linking insurance to disaster risk management, as insurance is one part of an integrated disaster risk management strategy
    • CRAIC, in partnership with regional and national disaster management agencies, is thus focusing on educating potential LPP holders about other necessary steps that should be taken before and after a natural hazard strikes.


    • Assist in the drafting and preparation of material related the CRAIC project;
    • Assist in drafting and editing English documents;
    • Conduct literature reviews and reference searches on the use of climate risk insurance for low income populations through relevant reports, journals, and grey literature;
    • Conduct literature reviews, reference searches and analyses on the use of market-based instruments to address climate risks and human rights implications to support the development of discussion papers;
    • Analyse the insurance markets and social protection schemes for national and city governments in the Caribbean and Pacific;
    • Provide administrative and organisational support for international conferences and workshops – such as writing invitation letters, updating participant databases, drafting the programme, preparing presentations etc.;
    • Facilitate project related reporting documents, prepare group meetings, taking notes, and other project management related tasks;
    • Assist with managing the MCII website;
    • Assist with and contribute to the creation of knowledge management products for CRAIC and other projects;
    • Support the implementation of expert interviews with relevant contacts at international organizations working on insurance and climate change adaptation;
    • Research on upcoming climate (risk insurance) related conferences and events that are of relevance for the MCII projects;
    • Provide support to the creation of methodological flow charts and other illustrations for the project of concern;
    • Contribute to planning and organizing workshops and meetings in MCII projects;
    • Further tasks as agreed to reduce the work-load of the MCII Team.

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    Field of Study: Geography, Environmental Sciences, Economics, Risk Management, International (Affairs, Development, Relations, Policy), Political Science, or related field.

    Essential Skills and attributes:

    • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred),
    • Excellent command of English and experience writing various documents in English (German, French, and Spanish an asset)
    • Previous experience in risk management and/or insurance-related fields,
    • Experience in developing countries and preferably also in international organizations,
    • Strong computer skills, good knowledge of MS Office programs,
    • A willingness to learn new technology skills and methods,
    • Ability to be flexible and multitask,
    • Ability to work in an international team.

    Desired Skills:

    • Strong interest in knowledge sharing and capacity development,
    • High motivated and team oriented person,
    • Some practical work experience in a professional office setting would be an asset,
    • An interest in scientific research and science-policy-interaction,
    • Language skills in German would be an asset.

    Teaching/learning objectives:

    • Understanding of the research work and related activities of UNU and the UN System;
    • Gain work experience within UN international working environment;
    • Understanding of MCII’s field of work including its different projects;
    • Learn how to interact in a multi-stakeholder work environment, incl. working with policy makers, insurance practitioners, NGOs and the UN system;
    • Find insight into science-policy-practice;
    • Further develop personal portfolio through active participation in research activities on insurance and risk management.

    Duration: The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis for a contractual period ranging between 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

    Starting Date:           February 10th, 2020

  • Application Procedure:

    Interested applicants must submit their application via e-mail before the deadline including the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae in English;
    • Cover letter in English: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals;
    • Completed UNU-EHS application form (downloadable at: Click here to download the application form).

    For more information about the UNU-EHS internship programme, please visit the website:

    Workforce diversity is essential to UNU. Suitably qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds including minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be handled with the strictest confidence.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged.

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    • If I was not shortlisted for the position that I applied for, do I need to re-apply for other openings?
      All internship applications are listed as active based on the availability that the candidates have provided in their application forms. If your qualifications match another opening, you might be contacted for a position that you did not originally apply for. It is also possible to notify us via email that you would like to add your name to the pool of candidates applying to the new opening. Your records will then be updated accordingly.
    • I turned in my application XX days ago, but I have not received any information.
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