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Deputy Director of Research and Development - Apply by 10 September 2017

Deputy Director of Research and Development - Apply by 10 September 2017

Title: Deputy Director
Org. Unit: ARC, Research & Development Department
Contract Type: Senior Consultancy
Duration: 11 months, with possibility of extension
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa


ARC is seeking a Deputy Director to join Research & Development (R&D) Department. The candidate will work closely with the R&D Director in the role of Deputy and will support the Director in ensuring that R&D is an integrated component of ARC Agency operations and capacity building and knowledge transfer services in Africa, developing products and new initiatives that respond to the needs of ARC Member States and their vulnerable populations.

Under the direction and guidance of the ARC Director of Research & Development (R&D), the Deputy Director will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Director in conducting the day-to-day operations of the R&D Department and ensuring that the Department’s objectives, with respect to all components, are met in an efficient, effective and financially prudent manner.
  • Assisting the R&D Director in formulating and implementing the research and development (R&D) strategy of the African Risk Capacity, ensuring that integrated work plans are aligned with ARC’s growth goals and mandate.
  • Conceptualizing and implementing cutting-edge research and analysis in order to generate greater and always current evidence for ARC’s value proposition to Member States and to identify opportunities and methods for realizing ARC’s transformative potential for those most vulnerable to natural disasters in Africa.
  • Maintaining oversight of all R&D work-streams, including XCF and O&E, and working closely with the out-posted research teams and research firms on contract with ARC.
  • Managing, on-boarding and coordinating specialised teams that work on development aspects of ARC’s R&D programme, including the Africa RiskView development team, and specialised staff, consultants and service providers and partner collaborations to ensure work is completed on time and with high quality to ARC’s specifications.
  • Defining, managing and contributing to the work programme to develop and improve existing ARC insurance products, the Africa RiskView software and risk models to ensure ARC remains at the cutting-edge of global risk management and modeling technology, with appropriate quality assurance and control.
  • Managing and contributing to the development, successful deployment and integration of new ARC insurance products, including flood and tropical cyclone, into Africa RiskView and ARC’s country programmes.
  • Supporting the XCF and O&E teams where necessary, maintaining oversight as these products are developed and managing and supervising the integration of these new products into Africa RiskView.
  • Based on the identified research priorities, developing and managing technical research partnerships and collaborations, in Africa and beyond, including with US-based partners (e.g. UN, World Bank).
  • Assisting the R&D Director in dialogues and interactions with risk market counterparties and engaging with ARC Ltd on new product development.
  • Working with the Manager for Development to ensure that evaluation, audit, intellectual property, sustainability and compliance recommendations are efficiently implemented within the R&D work processes and teams, including for Africa RiskView.
  • Contributing to improvements in, and capitalising on synergies across, ARC operations and policies through ARC’s R&D programme, in order to streamline and improve the delivery of products and services to Member States by all ARC operating units to better achieve the objectives of ARC’s Establishment Treaty.
  • Working with the Manager for Development, deploying R&D resources to develop and enhance ARC training programmes for Member States, with a particular focus on R&D elements.
  • Contributing to donor reporting on R&D activities and providing technical support to other ARC units and staff, including travel to ARC Member States, as necessary.
  • Supporting Africa RiskView Expert Advisory Panel meetings and other panels for R&D projects and ARC products as needed.
  • Participating in conferences, continental and global forums and dialogues on relevant technical and research topics to ensure ARC messages are promoted and that ARC delivers on its broader mandate to catalyze a more effective risk management system for Africa for those most vulnerable.
  • Performing any other duties as necessary.

Desired Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Climate Change, Food Security, Risk Management or similar relevant quantitative discipline.
  • Self-starter, with strong experience of working on and managing new, complex and developing technical projects in-house and with technical partners.
  • Eight years or more of progressively responsible professional experience in risk analysis, risk modelling, insurance product design and/or risk management of natural disasters, agriculture, food insecurity or other relevant sectors.
  • Good understanding of the (re)insurance and risk transfer markets, particularly with respect to the design of insurance products for agriculture, climate and/or weather related risks.
  • Expertise and experience in capacity building and designing and deploying programmes for developing countries with work experience and partnership building with African sovereigns a plus.
  • A working knowledge of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Africa and/or the international dialogues and debates on climate change and DRR.
  • Excellent writer, communicator and team-worker.
  • Excellent skills in stakeholder management, negotiation, communication, report-writing, IT, Excel, MIS and delivering quality products on time.
  • Quantitative with solid knowledge of statistics.
  • Fluent in English and French

Duty Station

The selected candidate will be based in ARC Headquarters (Johannesburg) with frequent travels to New York and the Netherlands.

Deadline for applications: 10 September 2017

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