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Statement April 8, 2019

Selection of Expert Risk Modeling Engagement for PEF 2.0

The World Bank Group is seeking to hire a modeling agent to work on the development of the next phase of the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF 2.0).

The PEF was set up in 2016 as an innovative, insurance-based financing mechanism to finance response efforts in IDA-eligible countries to tackle rare, high-severity disease outbreaks, with the aim of preventing such outbreaks from becoming pandemics.

The PEF financial structure includes complementary insurance and cash windows. The insurance window provides, under the inaugural PEF transaction (PEF 1.0) completed in June 2017, coverage over a three-year period against outbreaks of six viruses with pandemic potential. The coverage for the risk transfer window of PEF 1.0 was obtained in both catastrophe bond (US$320 million) and swap (US$105 million) form through the intermediation of the World Bank. 

In advance of the scheduled maturity of the PEF 1.0 parametric insurance coverage in July 2020, the World Bank, with the help of selected re/insurance brokers (“Structurers”), is reviewing all aspects of the PEF 1.0 structure in order to improve the program, where necessary, for the anticipated commencement of marketing the PEF 2.0 risk transfer mechanism in or about May 2020. As such, the World Bank is seeking the services of an expert risk modeling firm (“Modeling Agent”) to conduct a series of iterative risk modeling exercises and, as needed, build a risk model which will underpin the risk transfer window for PEF 2.0.

Proposals are due by 5:00pm (Washington DC time) on April 26, 2019.

If interested, please contact Michael Bennett, Head of Derivatives & Structured Finance at and/or Rebecca Godoy, Senior Financial Officer at