The [International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Microinsurance Innovation Facility](http://www.ilo.org/microinsurance), launched in 2008 with support from the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation](http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx), is now accepting applications for 6 new openings in its fellowship programme. The fellowships are aimed at giving insurance professionals the opportunity to develop in-depth microinsurance expertise over a 6 -12 month period with a host organisation. Participants receive support from the Facility and guidance from a mentor throughout the duration of the fellowship. **Deadline for applications is 31 March 2011.**
***Editor's Note: Deadline extended to April 14***
There is currently a shortage of qualified microinsurance professionals despite growing demand within the industry. The Facility’s fellowship programme aims to help fill this gap by providing insurance professionals with the opportunity to expand their expertise in the field of microinsurance. Fellows are expected to make a contribution to building the capacity of their host organisation and should be prepared to make a long-term commitment to using microinsurance as a tool to alleviate risk among the world’s poor.
Prior to applying for the fellowship, applicants should have worked for at least three years in a technical capacity in the insurance sector. Applications from young and mid-career professionals are welcome and under exceptional circumstances, university graduates from developing countries with less than three years of experience may be offered an intern fellowship. Such a posting is contingent on the applicant possessing a unique skill set fitting the needs of the host organisation.
There are several host organisations participating in this round of the fellowship programme. These include [the Pacific Island Inclusion Programme (PFIP)](http://www.pfip.org/) backed by UNCDF to increase access to financial services in the Pacific, [the Emmanuel Hospital Association](http://www.eha-health.org/index.php) backed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India, [Naya Jeevan](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/naya-jeevan), a Pakistan-based Microinsurance enterprise, [Aseguradora Rural](http://www.microinsurancefacility.org/grantee/ig/aseguradora-rural-sa-ru...), the insurance arm of Grupo Banrural in Guatemala and the [Sajida Foundation](http://www.sajidafoundation.org/), a Bangladesh-based microinsurance distributor.
Eamon Kelly, one of the Facility’s 2010 fellows, worked in Jordan with the Microfund for Women. Working with his host organisation, he considered that one of the key contributions Facility fellows can help their host organisations expand Microinsurance was by giving “an independent view of their current activities, where the gaps are and where they need help.” Another 2010 fellow, Paola Romero worked with Nicaragua’s INISER insurance provider and found that the experience “not only added value by boosting [her] knowledge in many ways, but also proved helpful when […] searching for a new job.”
Read more about the [available fellowships](http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/mifacility/activities/ccb/o...)
and the Facility’s [fellowship programme](http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/mifacility/activities/ccb/f...).