Organizational Unit: UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-EHS)
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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. The Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section – EMSVA– undertakes empirical research on social vulnerability and resilience as well as human mobility. The section also addresses climate change adaptation including a range of activities such as disaster risk reduction and insurance-related approaches to help vulnerable countries and communities.
is the leading innovation laboratory on climate change and insurance. It was launched in 2005 in response to the growing realization that insurance-related solutions can play a role in adaptation to climate change, as advocated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. MCII, through its unique set-up, provides a forum and gathering point for insurance-related expertise on climate change impacts. The Initiative 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, as well as sustainable approaches that create incentive structures for risk and poverty reduction. MCII is hosted at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).
From 2011 to 2014, MCII led and coordinated the Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean project to help target countries in the Caribbean address some of the challenges to sustainable development posed by a changing climate. Phase I developed and implemented two index-based insurance products to help vulnerable people in the low income segment of the population better recover from impacts of extreme weather events on their livelihoods. From 2017 to 2019, MCII will lead and coordinate Phase II of the project, with the aim to solidify the efforts of the first phase and to scale up into two additional countries to further develop, refine and enhance climate risk insurance products across the Caribbean region.
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-EHS and the overall guidance of the MCII Executive Director, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This is a full-time employment (40 hours per week) on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with the possibility of renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post and 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.
As soon as possible
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail (to email@example.com), and must include the following:
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