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UNU-EHS Internship (EMSVA section), MCII ‘Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus’



EMSVA section, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)
‘Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus’

Organizational Unit: United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Reference Number: UNU-EHS/EMSVA/MCII/ACRI/2017

Applications: By email to:

Application deadline: 3 March 2017

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.
The project “Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus” (ACRI+) is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative e.V. (MCII). The project aims to initiate a number of on-the-ground initiatives on integrated climate risk management, focusing on the development of risk transfer and insurance solutions. It engages at local, national and international levels through the following work packages:

• Designing ICRM concepts including implementation plans for selected sectors that include an insurance component;
• Gathering international experience of various organisations regarding ICRM applications within different contexts (e.g. urban, transport, energy, water or tourism sector);
• Feeding back lessons learned and best practice into international policy making processes to improve the knowledge on ICRM in the international debates around climate change and risk;


• 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;
• Analyse the databases or websites of international organisations that are relevant to the project and have active climate risk insurance projects, and draft a series of factsheet from the identified projects;
• Support the implementation of expert interviews with relevant contacts at international organizations working on insurance and climate change adaptation;
• Provide support to the creation of methodological flow charts and other illustrations for the project of concern;

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 for a contractual period ranging between 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

Starting Date: ASAP

Application Procedure:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Interested applicants should submit their application by e-mail and must include the following:

• 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:;
• Two letters of recommendation.

For the information about the application procedure, please visit

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNU - United Nations University
  • Location: Kerman
  • Grade: Junior - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-03

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