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Volunteer Opportunity - Technical Advisor/Micro-insurance Regulatory Expert Philippines



WHERE: Manila, The Philippines
WHEN:  January 2018
DURATION: A two-week mission to The Philippines plus design work/correspondence from Canada
REPORTING TO: PREMIUM Project Manager (and Executive Director - RIMANSI in the Philippines)
November 24, 2017

NOTE: This is a voluntary assignment. Domestic and international airfare, ground transport, visa, travel insurance, out of country accommodation, and a meal/incidental allowance will be covered by CDF Canada.


Through the PREMIUM project, Global Affairs Canada, The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) and four partner organizations in The Philippines are working in partnership to improve the lives of low-income micro-entrepreneurs through two complementary activity streams. The first stream is to provide 1,600 sari-sari store owners with applied training in Business Management, Product Diversification & Expansion, and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) to improve business performance and increase store resiliency in the event of a future calamity.

The second stream is on the research, development and launch of affordable micro-insurance products that aim to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters. Through skills building, contingency planning, private and public sector partnerships, and the development of micro insurance products, PREMIUM intends to play an integral role in improving the sustainability of livelihoods of micro-entrepreneurs impacted by Typhoon Yolanda (locally known as 'Haiyan') by 2019.


We are seeking a volunteer Technical Advisor/Micro-Insurance Regulatory Expert to assist our field partner (RIMANSI Organization for Asia and the Pacific) with the second stream of the project (outlined above), particularly in providing technical advice to the Insurance Commission in the Philippines on

policies and processes for review, approval and periodic review of bundled calamity non-life insurance product with life insurance products.


Working primarily with the PREMIUM Project Manager and RIMANSI's Executive Director and in close consultation with relevant officers of the Insurance Commission, the Technical Advisor/Micro-insurance Regulatory Expert will:

In Canada (5 days):

  • Discuss with Philippines counterparts the expectations, scope and outputs of the assignment.
  • Review related Philippines circulars and regulations in other jurisdictions related to the engagement.
  • Research Canadian experience and practices in the insurance industry with respect to the development of non-life insurance and the bundling of insurance products to suit customer needs and preferences including cooperative and mutual insurance providers.
  • Propose a design for field interviews and workshops in the Philippines to deliver the required output.


In the Philippines (15 days):

  • Interview key stakeholders in product bundling including regulators and insurance industry associations.
  • Design and conduct workshops with regulators and microinsurance providers to present Canadian experience and practice in the development, bundling, licensing and supervision of non-life and life insurance products and facilitate discussion on factors underlying sound development, marketing, regulation and supervision of bundled insurance products
  • Determine issues and recommendations in improving processes for the development, regulation and supervision of bundled insurance products.
  • Draft guidance notes for the adoption and implementation by regulators and microinsurance providers of improvements in the development, regulation and supervision of bundled insurance products.
  • Long-distance consultation/communication by email and skype immediately before and after assignments are also expected.


The successful applicant must possess the following skills, experiences and personal characteristics:

  • Preferably with at least 5 years work experience with insurance regulatory bodies.
  • Familiar with regulatory product licensing in different countries.
  • Excellent group facilitation and technical writing skills.
  • Previous experience working in Asia is an asset.



Deliverable Deadline
1. Proposed field work design December 8
2. Proposed workshop design for regulators and microinsurance providers December 22
3. Draft product bundling guidance notes for regulators and microinsurance providers January 19



Please submit a resume and letter of intent no later than the close of business on 24 November 2017 to Volunteer Manager, Laurie Tennian, at Applicants must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and will be required to obtain a police records check.

All applicants are thanked for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) is an international development charity that helps improve the lives of women, men, children and their communities through co- operatives. We envision a world where self-reliant communities flourish. CDF Canada is working with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in Eastern Europe to establish and grow community- owned co-operatives that help people achieve more prosperous, self-reliant lives.

For over 70 years, CDF has been mobilizing financial resources, volunteers and knowledge — mostly from Canadian co-ops and credit unions — to make the world a better place. For much of that time, CDF Canada worked with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and other partners to help communities move toward prosperity and create more secure lives through community-owned co- operatives.  CDF and CCA amalgamated in 2017 under the CDF Canada brand and is at work with partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Canada.

For more information about CDF Canada, visit

CDF Canada is an equal opportunity employer.


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