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  • Posted on: 21 December, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    ARC Chief of Research & Development


    Job description


    ARC is now looking for a new Chief to lead the Research & Development Department. The Chief will be responsible for leading and executing the ARC agency’s research and development strategy and work programme, ensuring ARC remains on the cutting edge of global parametric risk management and modelling technology innovation. This programme includes the design and launch of new insurance products and associated country work programmes - including flood, cyclone and outbreak and epidemic (O&E) risk, the further refinement and development of Africa RiskView for drought and on-going technical ARC Agency activities, the design and deployment of new financing initiatives, such as the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), and the development of other special projects of the Director General. The ARC

    Chief of Research & Development will:

    Strategy and Management

    • Under the overall supervision of the Director General and the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, and in collaboration with other departments of the institution and staff, the ARC Ltd. team and the greater R&D team: spearhead the research and development (R&D) strategy of the African Risk Capacity, ensuring it is aligned with ARC’s growth goals and member state demand and is a solid and integral part of ARC agency’s operations and services.
    • Manage and further develop ARC’s innovative, multiple project, multiple partner and multi-disciplinary R&D work programme with a focus on long-term sustainability for ARC and knowledge transfer for the continent.
    • Lead, manage and further develop ARC’s R&D staff, a technically diverse team across several geographies, to ensure a strong, cohesive department with a high-performing team that delivers on ARC’s R&D objectives and provides effective support to other ARC agency operating units and ARC Ltd.
    • Develop the Africa RiskView software and risk models to improve existing ARC insurance products, and ensure ARC remains at the cutting-edge of global risk management and modelling technology.
    • Work with ARC Ltd. to design, develop and successfully deploy new ARC insurance products and programmes, including flood, tropical cyclone, O&E and XCF, and the specialist service providers working on these initiatives, to meet member states demand while meeting the highest standards of risk transfer best practice.
    • Identify and develop new initiatives, and supervise the R&D of other special projects with technical and strategic importance to the agency.
    • Ensure that evaluation, audit, intellectual property, quality control and assurance, sustainability and compliance recommendations are efficiently implemented within the R&D work processes, teams and outputs, including for Africa RiskView.
    • Organise and staff expert advisory panels to the Director General, for all R&D projects and ARC products.
    • Hold accountability for the standards, processes and outputs of the ARC’s R&D work programme and team members, defining and enabling best practice, efficiency, transparency, innovation and high performance and criteria, while ensuring the optimal use of financial resources for the achievement of ARC’s growth and continental risk management objectives.
    • Conceptualise and implement cutting-edge research, analysis and publications in order to generate greater and always current evidence for ARC’s value proposition to member states.
    • Identify, build and lead productive relationships with a broad range of partners on the continent, including regional technical institutions, and at the global level to promote ARC’s risk management activities, standards and products, transfer of knowledge and expertise, technological advancement and attract technical, operational and financial support for ARC activities.
    • Contribute to the consistent improvement in the quality, use and customisation of products, developed by the R&D department, by member states and ARC Ltd.
    • Implement any other assignment as requested by the Director General and/or the COO.



    Advanced university degree in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Finance, Risk Management or similar relevant quantitative discipline.


    • At least 11 years of postgraduate progressively responsible experience in: weather, commodity or financial risk management; insurance products; and programme development.
    • Expert knowledge of risk modelling, risk financing and/or insurance, particularly for natural disasters, sovereigns and parametric insurance applications.
    • Seasoned management and leadership skills and demonstrated ability to steer multidisciplinary, diverse, geographically disparate teams working on multiple projects in the same direction to effectively achieve ARC strategic goals.
    • Ability to take a strategic view across a large complex, multi-disciplinary programme.
    • Self-starter, with track record of successfully managing and launching new, innovative and complex technical projects, developed in-house and with technical partners.
    • Quantitative and technical, with solid knowledge of and ability in statistics, risk modelling and data analysis.
    • 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 and parametric applications.
    • Experience in managing software development and software development teams.
    • Expertise and experience in designing and deploying programmes for developing countries in particular in Africa; work experience and partnership building with African sovereigns is a plus.
    • Understanding of the international humanitarian aid, food security, donor and development communities in Africa is an advantage.
    • A working knowledge of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Africa and the international dialogues and debates on climate change and DRR is also a plus.
    • Excellent writer, communicator and team-worker.
    • Excellent skills in stakeholder management and negotiation.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Food Programme career website on career5.successfactors.eu to apply

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