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[Paris] PhD Position in Economy and Development studies at PlaNet Guarantee
Filed under: PhD, Scholarships in Europe, Scholarships in Germany, Scholarships in France

Planet Guarantee (PG) is a social-minded company, part of the PlaNet Finance group, which goal is to
fight precariousness and vulnerability by developing and implementing sustainable microinsurance
solutions adapted to the low-income population’s needs and financial capacity. PlaNet Guarantee
contributes to the creation of an insurance sector accessible to all.

We offer a - Early Stage Researcher position for three years (September 2011 – October 2014) as
part of the Training and Mobility Network For the Economic Analysis of Conflict project (TAMNEAC)
funded by the European Union under the FP7 Marie-Curie programme .
TAMNEAC is designed to train a young generation of professionals and researchers in tackling the
challenges associated with conflicts in developing countries. TAMNEAC is carried out under the lead
of the DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) and involves 8 other organizations.
Its aim is to improve the understanding of the drivers, the forms and the social consequences of
conflict, as well as the risk management strategies that individuals and households can use to cope
with conflict.
The PhD position offered by Planet Guarantee will focus on exposing the links between
microinsurance and risk management strategies of low-income households, especially in post-conflict

Planet Guarantee’s activities. PG currently runs microinsurance projects in different Western African
countries aiming to develop credit life, stock, accident, crop insurance. PG is also about to start a sub-
regional project with the aim of improving the capacity of farming communities to mitigate crop
production risks through the provision of crop insurance. The project is carried out with the Global
Insurance Index Fund and will focus on building an index-based crop microinsurance scheme to
protect farmers against the losses caused by natural disasters in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Côte
d’Ivoire. PG will cooperate with local microfinance institutions for the implementation of the
microinsurance project.

Field work / field research activities

The PhD student will be integrated into the Planet Guarantee’s team and will participate at field
work. PG has already been working in Mali on a crop insurance project with a team of University
experts from the universities of Namur and California Davies. Those experts have set up an initiative,
called Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4), in collaboration with USAID, Oxfam, ILO, FAO and
different universities throughout the world. I4 runs insurance projects for small farmers in different
countries. Therefore, the PhD student could conduct a comparative empirical study. At the
beginning of the contract, the PhD student will be associated to the I4 research team in Mali and will
participate at the field data collection to evaluate the impact of the insurance product designed by I4
and to understand the nature of the demand for insurance in the area. This data collection will take
place right after the first attempt to distribute the product in Mali. The practical tasks of the
researcher will include: testing the questionnaires, accompanying enumerators in villages,

supervising the data collection and managing the data entry process. This collaboration will enable
the researcher to participate at a pioneer insurance project, to get familiar with microinsurance field
operations and to prepare his/her field study. He/she will then carry on the study in other(s)
countries, in particular post conflict countries.

Research scope & Involvement with TAMNEAC

Applicants are invited to propose a research project. Research questions could include: is
microinsurance a tool that allows farmers to stabilize their revenues and opens low income people’s
access to financial services? How and to what degree do microinsurance products affect existing risk
management strategies used before the introduction of insurance products? Does microinsurance
have an impact of the financing of low income activities in post-conflict areas? Are there some
particular constraints in offering microinsurance products in a post-conflict country? Does
microinsurance provide a useful risk-sharing device when informal insurance mechanisms are
weakened by conflicts?

On top of his/her research, the PhD student will have to comply with the obligations of the Marie
Curie Initial Training Networks project including to participate to individual and group trainings (2 or
3 trainings per year ranging from rigorous research methods to knowledge-based policy responses
and program implementation in conflict-affected countries), to write 3 working papers and to
propose 3 policy briefs.

Profile & Requirements
In line with the Marie Curie eligibility requirement for Early Stage Researchers, candidates must have
no PhD and less than 4 years' research experience. The applicants must not have spent more than 12
months in France in the 3 years prior to selection.
Candidates shall be prepared to carry out a period of field research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further
requirements are a Master’s degree in Economy and Development studies or a neighboring
discipline, preferably with a strong quantitative background in household survey analysis and micro-
econometrics. Knowledge of English and French is required.

Applications should include a CV, academic certificates, a research proposal of 10-15 pages (including
research abstract, hypothesis, literature review...) and two references.

Applications are to be sent in digital forms until June, 10th to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(title “TAMNEAC – PhD Position PG”). Please be advised, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
Applications of women with equivalent qualifications are strongly encouraged.

Deadline: 10 June 2011, 12.00 pm (interviews scheduled in July 2011)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 May 2011 14:21 )

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