Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
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UNU-EHS, established in December 2003, is part of the UNU system, a worldwide network of research and training institutes. Its mission is to advance human security through knowledge-based approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks. For more information, please visit www.ehs.unu.edu.
Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII): MCII was initiated as a charitable organisation by representatives of insurers, research institutes, and NGOs in April 2005 in response to the growing realisation that insurance solutions can play a role in adaptation to climate change, as suggested in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. This initiative is hosted at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). As a leading think tank on climate change and insurance, MCII is focused on developing solutions for the risks posed by climate change for the poorest and most vulnerable people in developing countries.
CLIMAFRI: The German-African inter- and trans-disciplinary CLIMAFRI project will co-develop adaptation strategies in the transboundary Lower Mono river catchment of Togo and Benin through integrating science-based facts with information and knowledge from local stakeholders and communities in order to reduce the current and future flood risk considering climate change. The partnership with the environmental ministries in Togo and Benin will ensure that the project results are implemented in a sustainable manner. The river basin information system to be developed in the project will be implemented at the responsible local authority and the Competence Center of the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), making the data and tools available locally and regionally in West Africa. The use of project results in CLIMAFRI is ensured by a proactive engagement of sector-spanning actors and the formation of future employees within the framework of the WASCAL Graduate Program. CLIMAFRI was initiated by Togo and Benin with the concrete demand to reduce the negative impacts of flood and non-regulation of water resources.
UNU-EHS coordinates the CLIMAFRI project, assesses the vulnerability and risk of the socio-ecological system through floods, trains instructors on the developed technologies, coordinates the implementation of the river basin information system, and investigates whether insurance is a possible way of closing gaps in the risk management strategy.
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the guidance of the MCII Executive Director, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
The unique nature of this assignment offers the opportunity to
Required qualifications and experience include:
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
Remuneration will be 1,450 EUR per month, under PhD Researcher category of the PSA pay scheme applied by UNU in Bonn.
The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis under a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of annual extension — up to 36 months or as required — based on a review of the state of progress every 12 months.
This is a locally recruited post; no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
1 May 2019
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