Project Associate (Climate Change Policy & Insurance)

UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Bonn, , DE


Under the guidance of the Executive Director of MCII, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the following tasks related to the work of MCII, including but not limited to the G7 InsuResilience project:

  • under the guidance of the MCII Executive Director and the Project Manager, coordinate relevant work-packages of the MCII InsuResilience project including publication packages (e.g., policy reports, factsheets, submissions, etc.), workshops, meetings with partners, project reporting etc.
  • prepare advisory materials for the G7 InsuResilience initiative
  • organise stakeholder workshops and prepare workshop reports
  • develop appropriate UNU/MCII policy documents and workshops related to climate risk management, risk transfer and adaptation, and loss and damage as well as UNU/MCII inputs, as requested, to climate policy-related processes (including UNFCCC, G7, G20, etc.) and bodies including the Executive Committee if the Warsaw International Mechanism, the Adaptation Committee, and others
  • contribute to strategic analysis, reporting, and outreach on relevant climate policy fora
  • prepare submissions, and organise side events and exhibits before and during international conferences including the UNFCCC climate negotiations and others
  • participate in and prepare input for relevant climate policy and insurance networks
  • contribute in all aspects of the research implementation, up to and including literature review and desk study, expert interviews, supporting preparation of fieldwork and data collection, and elaboration of the conceptual framework of the project for an impact evaluation of climate risk insurance products
  • prepare research reports, policy briefs, and factsheets
  • contribute to project proposals, develop research programmes, and write scientific articles as needed
  • perform further tasks as agreed to reduce the work-load of the MCII Executive Director and the MCII Initiative Coordinator

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • completed master’s degree with high academic standing in Political Science, Social Sciences, Geography, Economics, or other relevant field, with an emphasis on climate policy, adaptation to climate change, resilience, or related area
  • good understanding of climate risk insurance, community solidarity schemes, and disaster risk management
  • a minimum of two years of specific experience of working on climate change with a focus on climate risk management, risk transfer and adaptation, and loss and damage in an international organisation is required
  • demonstrated skills in use of social science and other relevant scientific methods to research questions related to adaptation, risk transfer, and loss and damage (in particular mapping, surveys, interviews)
  • excellent communication and writing skills with fluency in spoken and written English; an additional UN language is desired; German language skills are an asset
  • demonstrated ability to synthesise complex information, regulations, and policies and translate into impactful communications
  • strong ability to carry out work independently and in an international team
  • proven background and strong skills in participating in projects in multicultural settings, preferably related to climate change impacts, resilience, and climate policy
  • good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.


Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duration of contract

The position is offered as part of a maternity leave replacement. The successful candidate shall work under a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) for a fixed period of twelve (12) months.

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.

Starting date

As soon as possible (15th of March)