Country Coordinator - Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme

Closing Date: 15 December 2021

Category: Finance & Business Support

Develop your Career in International Development!
The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries.  UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty, support local economic development, and promote maximum impact towards internationally agreed development goals. 

The Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme (the Programme) is a new initiative of the UNDF, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nation University Institute for Environment and Human Security.  The focus for the Programme is on developing innovative, inclusive insurance and climate disaster risk financing instruments in the Pacific.   

VSA is currently recruiting for a degree qualified Country Coordinator to support the development and implementation of the Programme.  The purpose of the role is to engage, coordinate, project manage, monitor, and evaluate relationships with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Programme’s benefits for all stakeholders.  
Terms of the Appointment
You will commence the assignment initially as an E-Volunteer, working remotely in New Zealand, for a few months, until confirmation that all visa requirements have been met.  At that point, you will join the team in Port Vila, Vanuatu.  The minimum term of the assignment is 12 months, with the option of choosing a 24 month assignment, if you prefer.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
You will bring the following qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience to the table: 
  • Finance background (retail, commercial, business banking).  Preferably a minimum of three to five years of work experience. 
  • A finance degree is preferred.  However, VSA will consider all degree qualified candidates who demonstrate a desire to develop a career in international development. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial services, or a keen desire to learn about the financial services industry.
  • Project management and coordination skills.
Why should you apply for this role? 
This work is pioneering for Vanuatu as at present, there are no climate disaster risk financing (CDRF) instruments offered in Vanuatu or in the Pacific by insurers or service providers that targets individuals, households, micro, small and medium enterprises, or cooperatives at the micro to meso level.  You will want to apply for this role for two reasons.  Firstly, you seek to take advantage of a great opportunity to develop your skills in finance, within the international development sector.  Secondly, you will want to be want to be at the forefront of building relationships with key stakeholders who will benefit greatly from a financial product that will create a significant impact in the Pacific. 

About volunteering with VSA
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. 

For in-country volunteers, VSA will pay various grants for establishment, respite and resettlement, as well as a monthly living allowance, and costs towards accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.
For E-volunteers, VSA will pay a monthly honorarium.

Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

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