Local recruitment: Project Assistant (Economics of Climate Adaptation Facility)

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Bonn, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Established in December 2003, UNU-EHS 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. www.climate-insurance.org

Economics of Climate Adaptation Facility (ECAF): UNU-EHS and MCII intend to share their knowledge and expertise in supporting the development of developing countries adaptation strategy via the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) Facility. MCII/UNU-EHS will be tasked with the implementation of ECA methodology in developing countries in order to highlight climate adaptation measures including risk transfer. The Economics of Climate Adaption (ECA) Framework, originally developed by SwissRe and ETH, provides a unique and flexible approach to quantify costs for preventive measures and insurance products in order to assist facilitated decision-making. ECA bridges a gap between traditional cost benefit analysis, vulnerability assessment and impact assessment, as it fully integrates all three of them. ECA is open-source and integrates a probabilistic tool that offers a comprehensive risk analysis of selected hazards, assets and spatial scales. In case of successful funding, the project is expected to start in July 2019.


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:

  • coordinate with and effectively support the MCII project lead in the successful implementation of related project tasks
  • prepare project-related activities as required under the supervision of the project lead
  • prepare and actively support tendering and contracts of consultants in close collaboration with MCII and UNU-EHS finance department
  • ensure the timely preparation and submission of inputs to meet reporting requirements
  • support the project team in handling logistics for field missions and workshops
  • support academic sections with planning, budgeting, organisation, and preparation of events such as meetings, workshops, field research, and other support as required
  • prepare and participate in field missions, including workshops in target countries
  • establish a network of relevant stakeholders, including private sector actors, public sector decision makers, NGOs, community-based groups, research institutions as well as UN organisations in the region
  • prepare and participate in field missions

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • a master’s degree in Geography, Development Economics, Sustainability Studies, Risk Management, Insurance, or a related field with a background in insurance and/or climate adaptation
  • one (1) year of proven professional experience, in the context of climate change adaptation, climate insurance, or similar experience
  • strong report writing skills and excellent oral communication
  • work experience in developing countries would be an asset
  • initial experience in project management in the context of development cooperation and in coordinating with a broad range of actors would be preferred
  • a good understanding and/or experience in technical and organisational disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation
  • initiative taker with the interest to professionally expand into new ways of applying insurance-related solutions
  • existing professional networks consisting of contacts to private insurers, government officials (e.g. insurance supervisors, disaster risk management authorities and related), relevant development actors, and/or UN organisations would be preferred
  • excellent presentation and communication skills with fluency in spoken and written English; additional languages such as Spanish and Portuguese are an asset
  • strong team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • This position entails a high degree of travel.

UNU is an inclusive employer and endeavors to create a culture of inclusiveness. Applications from suitably qualified female candidates or underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.


Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duration of contract

The successful candidate shall work under a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) for a fixed period of twelve (12) months with the prospect of renewal. The combined duration of appointments under a PSA shall not exceed six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The duty station will be Bonn, Germany. 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.

Starting date

As soon as possible (preferably by 02 September 2019).