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Frankfurt am Main, 01.10.2018 12:00:00

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between the United Nations Environment (formerly United Nations Environment Programme / UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. It is committed to facilitating essential structural changes in climate mitigation and adaptation, including various topics within the scope of climate and sustainable finance, most prominently energy supply and use as well as climate change resilience and disaster risk management

Finance is at the core of all our activities, and while we have a reputation for unbiased analysis and applying a mix of economic and financial assessments, we always consider the larger economic and political context in our work. Creative and unorthodox thinking combined with strong considerations of the realities on the ground are part of our daily work, as we aim to provide conceptually sound yet still practicable recommendations. Indeed, as a “think-and-do” tank combining research, education and project implementation, the Centre is in a position to combine academic know-how with practical project experience. This maximises lessons learnt, allowing developing countries to leapfrog from their current status to leading global solutions.

In our project business we combine responsive and proactive approaches. We often co-operate with donor institutions such as development banks supporting them in the structuring and implementation of projects that they have designed but also develop programs on our own. We find ourselves in an ongoing dialogue with governments and international institutions. We also engage in a great deal of targeted training activities, which is informed by our on-ground project work and findings from our research team.

We offer an international team and a stimulating environment with all the opportunities of a dynamic private business school engaged in world class research, with close ties to commercial banks and the financial industry on the one hand, and the distinctiveness of a think-and-do tank aiming to contribute to combatting climate change on the other.

We are currently seeking one additional Junior/Senior Disaster Risk Finance Expert to strengthen our existing team. The successful candidate will be based at the FS-UNEP Centre’s Head Office in Frankfurt, Germany.

The tasks include:
  • Analysis of the technical, financial, operational, and institutional gaps of existing disaster risk finance mechanisms and schemes
  • Analysis of challenges and opportunities for strengthening financial preparedness for disaster response on a national/ regional level
  • Development and assessment of disaster risk finance strategies and schemes, including an enabling regulatory environment
  • Development and assessment of public sector interventions to attract private sector financing and analysis of the impact of public support instruments and financing mechanisms from a private sector perspective
  • (Support of) financial modeling to assess financial and economic viability of innovative disaster risk insurance solutions, calculating financial indicators as well as other key performance indicators relevant to public and private sector-funded projects
  • Conducting capacity building measures for different kinds of audiences (e.g. provision of trainings, moderation of workshops, one to one coaching)
  • Support and advise to multilateral donor funds in the context of disaster risk finance
  • Technical writing for different kinds of audiences, incl. other experts, donors and the public at large
  • Contributions to academic research activities and programs (e.g. E-Learning course and Summer Academy)
  • Project management, reporting, coordination of external experts, and business development
  • International travel will be required on a regular basis
  • University degree in finance, (re-)insurance, banking, economics or public policy
  • At least 2-3/5 years of relevant work experience for junior/senior disaster risk finance experts, experience in emerging markets is a plus
  • Familiar with the broader scope of climate adaptation and resilience in particular in a developing countries context, combined with an understanding of the climate finance landscape
  • Sound knowledge of ex ante and ex post disaster risk financing instruments within an integrated approach to Disaster Risk Management, especially (climate risk) insurance, preferably based on applied experience
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills; ability to conduct in-depth research; strong writing skills
  • Knowledge in Public Financial Management or practical experience in any relevant type of insurance or reinsurance is a plus
  • Training and moderation experience is a plus
  • Independent thinker with pragmatic problem solving skills; proactive attitude on assignments/projects
  • Strong communication skills within and outside the team, commitment, sociability, flexibility, intercultural sensitivity
  • Fluent in English and at least one other language both oral and in writing. Spanish and/or French are an advantage.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, incl. financial modeling experience in Excel, and advanced Word and PowerPoint skills

Please submit your application, including CV and a letter of motivation, which highlights your specific area(s) of expertise but also your particular interests in the Centre’s work by e-mail to Ms. Ausilia Pasqua.

Frankfurt School is an equal opportunity employer.