MCII Internship

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Bonn, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative e.V. (MCII) MCII was initiated as a charitable organisation by representatives of insurers, research institutes and NGOs in April 2005 in response to the growing realization 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 (

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 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, preparing presentations etc.;
  • Facilitate project related reporting documents, prepare group meetings and other project management related tasks;
  • Assist with managing the MCII website;
  • Assist and contribute to the creation of knowledge management products for CRAIC and other projects;
  • Analyse the insurance markets and social protection schemes for national and city governments in the Caribbean and in Africa;
  • 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;
  • 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 mission, 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 a science-policy-practice nexus;
  • 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: