MCII G7 Internship

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    United Nations University’s Mission: The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. For more information, please visit

    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.

    In 2015, G7 leaders launched an initiative on climate risk insurance, called InsuResilience. Under the overall guidance of the German Federal Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and in cooperation with the German Development Bank (KfW) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), MCII supports the InsuResilience Secretariat to appropriately design and implement the initiative to reach up to 400 million vulnerable people with innovative direct and indirect insurance approaches in the context of comprehensive climate risk management. One of the key activities here will be to analyse potentials for reducing vulnerability/ enhancing resilience using insurance and to develop criteria to measure the pro-poor and resilience impact of InsuResilience. MCII will continue a constant dialogue and knowledge exchange with relevant stakeholder groups to ensure meaningful participation and buy-in and support the creation of a common vision.


    • Assist in the drafting and preparation of material related to projects of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative;
    • 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;
    • Provide administrative and organisational support for international conferences and workshops – such as writing invitation letters, updating participant databases, drafting the programme, etc.;
    • Assist with managing the MCII website;
    • Provide support with the development of research methodologies for case studies
    • Conduct background research on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to measuring resilience
    • Support with stakeholder engagement (e.g. meetings and subsequent outcome reports) where necessary
    • Support the strategical input to international policy processes and their bodies (e.g. the UNFCCC WIM ExCom, the G20, etc.), where necessary

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    Field of Study: Human Geography, 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,
    • 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;


    The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis (32 hours per week) for a contractual period ranging between 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

    Starting Date:

    ASAP (latest start date: 1 February 2017)

  • STAGE 1 (Application Submission)

    Interested Applicants must submit by email to :

    • A completed internship application form
    • Résumé/CV in English
    • Motivation/Cover letter: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • If applying to a specific internship posting, please quote the reference number in the email subject line

    Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

    STAGE 2 (Interviews)

    If your background matches the needs of the section, you will be shortlisted for the position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNU-EHS/ViE to schedule a date and time for the interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.

    In some cases, when a specific skill is required for a position, shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials so that this skill may be assessed. For example, testing translation skills.

    STAGE 3 (Acceptance)

    After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding their application status. Successful candidates will be offered an internship position and contract for the duration of 3 to 6 months.

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    Turning in an Application – What happens next?

    • 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.
      If you have applied to a specific opening with a deadline and several weeks have passed, it is most likely that the internship position has been filled and you were not contacted because you were not shortlisted for interview. If you sent a general application to UNU-EHS or UNU-ViE, you will only be contacted if your qualifications match with the need of the organization.

    If you have additional questions that are not answered in our FAQ section, please contact us by email.

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    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 nor returned.

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