Researcher on Green Microfinance

Job Description & Qualification

Context
“Sustainable Finance“ is a GFRI project directed by Profs. J.Ch.Rochet and R.Gibson-Brandon. It is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under the NRP 73 “Sustainable Economy”. It consists of 4 subprojects, one of which is “Sustainable Microfinance” to which this vacancy relates.

Scale is key to the financial viability of green micro-finance, i.e. financial products designed to help low income households and microenterprises acquire solar panels and lamps, improved cook stoves and bio gas installations. This subproject seeks to determine the conditions for scaling up green microfinance. The subproject will look at constraints at the level of clients, microfinance institutions and Swiss asset managers specialized in microfinance investing (“Microfinance Investment Vehicles”) .

Responsibilities
Under the responsibility and supervision of Prof. B. Balkenhol the incumbent will assist in the preparation of questionnaire instruments for surveys of selected MFIs, their clients and relevant MIVs. The incumbent will participate in these surveys and related activities and help with the drafting of findings and conclusions.

Duration
The assignment will start in July 2019 and last for 18 months.

Qualifications
the candidate should have a Master degree in Economics, preferably in Development Economics
the candidate should have demonstrated a capacity for analysis and creativity
Interest in development issues
Perfect competence in English and French (Spanish language competence would be an asset)
Experience in research work (Master thesis)

Application Procedure

Cover letter and CV to be submitted by 23 April to :
Bernd.Balkenhol@unige.ch

About the Organization

The Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) is a multidisciplinary institute based at the University of Geneva that focuses on two main research topics in finance: “Portfolio Management” and “Finance and Society”.

Its research themes thus emphasize on the one hand, the role that Geneva, as a financial center, plays in Portfolio Management and on the other, the benefits and externalities that finance displays for society at large. The GFRI research is multidisciplinary and builds on synergies between the University of Geneva Faculties of Economy and Management, Law and Psychology and Educational Sciences. These collaborations have enabled GFRI to recently expand in two new research areas: neuro-finance and sustainable finance.

The GFRI faculty is a very diversified international team of professors who are primarily dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research in top–finance journals, but they also engage in high level education in finance as well as in knowledge transfer activities such as conferences, seminars and public debates on a broad range of finance topics.

For Additional Questions

Bernd.Balkenhol@unige.ch

Job ID

ID: J5006