Partnership Specialist -GPE at World Bank Group (Washington DC)

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Partnership Specialist -GPE

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World Bank



Term Duration:
3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:
International Recruitment

Washington, DC,United States

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Closing Date:
5/11/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Are you a passionate advocate for education? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in the world's poorest countries? The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat (GPE) would like to hear from you.

Who we are

GPE is a shared commitment to end the world's learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world.

We bring together governments, teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses and private foundations to achieve our shared vision that every child deserves to learn.

What we do

GPE currently supports 76 low- and lower-middle-income countries to transform their education systems so that all children can get the education they need to thrive. We work where the needs are greatest and focus on reaching the children who are the most vulnerable, including girls, children with disabilities and those who live in countries characterized by extreme poverty or conflict.

How we work

Transforming education is about creating lasting changes and achieving impact at scale. GPE's new strategic plan, GPE 2025, sets out to deliver this transformative change by convening partners, mobilizing funds and catalyzing reforms to help partner countries get more girls and boys in school, improve teaching and learning, and build equitable, inclusive and resilient education systems fit for the 21st century.

Our unique approach works. Since 2002, 160 million more children in GPE partner countries have set foot in classrooms for the first time, more than half of them girls. In 2020, GPE was also the largest provider of education grants in the global COVID-19 response, rapidly providing partner countries with vital resources to ensure that learning could safely continue.

Raise Your Hand

In July 2021, the Global Education Summit raised a record US$4 billion from donors for GPE's Raise Your Hand campaign. This put GPE firmly on the path to achieving its fundraising target of at least $5 billion over the next five years to transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories. At the Summit, Heads of State and Government from partner countries made historic commitments to domestic education financing and GPE also mobilized an unprecedented number of pledges from businesses, private foundations and development banks.

A fully funded GPE would enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in GPE partner countries, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect 2 million girls from early marriage.

Governance and organizational arrangements

The GPE Board of Directors includes ministerial-level board members and alternates representing 20 constituencies that reflect the Partnership's breadth. The Board Chair is HE President Jakaya Kikwete and the Board Vice Chair is Dr Susan Liautaud. The Board of Directors, with its three standing committees, provides policy and strategic oversight and approves or delegates funding decisions.

The GPE Secretariat, with over 120 employees and hosted by the World Bank, is responsible for translating the policies and strategies set by the Board into practical support for partner countries, coordinating with diverse stakeholders and galvanizing global support for SDG4. The Secretariat's headquarters are in the World Bank's offices in Washington, D.C. and the European office is in Paris with a satellite office in Brussels. This is an international recruitment subject to compensation on the local pay scale for the selected duty station, and global mobility benefits may apply as per World Bank Group policy.

Job Description

The Secretariat is looking to fill a role within the External Relations Team (EXR). This team is responsible for donor relations, communications, advocacy, civil society outreach, private sector and private foundation engagement. The position is unique, and will also work closely with the Partnerships Team (PT), which develops and facilitates partnerships, and coordinates across the Secretariat to support them. The successful candidate will support the Donor Relations Team within EXR and the effective partnership workstream within the PT, with specific responsibility for supporting donor-facing effective partnership work. The candidate also be expected to coordinate relevant cross-team activities and represent the Donor Team and Partnerships Team (as relevant).

Duties and Accountabilities
• Supports the Donor Team, including support to donor country leads advocacy strategies, drafting briefings for leadership meetings with external clients, drafting letters to external partners, etc.• Supports donor-facing effective partnership workstream, with particular focus on supporting the planning process and implementation of partner engagement workshops, consultations, trainings and webinars.• Supports the Partnerships Team, including coordinating cross-team meetings.

Knowledge Management• Drafts and disseminates notes/reports from select donor partner meetings and calls, with support provided across the Donor Team.• Drafts notes and/or reports from effective partnership webinars, and develop effective means of disseminating information/observations to relevant cross-Secretariat teams.• Supports Secretariat-wide knowledge management efforts.• Collaborates closely with team members supporting civil society, advocacy and private-sector engagement to ensure consistency of messaging and effective cross-communication of stakeholder issues and priorities.

External client engagement• Supports the organization of donor and/or partnership consultation events and trips.• Drafts follow-up communications with external partners, from donor visits/communications and/or effective partnership engagements.• Assembles briefing books for senior staff upon request.

Selection Criteria
• Master's degree in a relevant field with at least six years relevant experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience);• Relevant partnership development experience, including at least 6 years working within in an international organization or partnership• Knowledge management experience: ability to organize information using shared platforms such as MSTeams, OneDrive, intranet etc.• Proven communication, interpersonal, relationship management and influencing skills; able to relate to people at all levels of an organization.• Is a team-player, and able to work flexibly and effectively with considerable autonomy under pressure to deliver in a timely manner.• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to apply these in carrying out research and operational tasks.• Proficiency in English.• Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deadlines.• Knowledge of and experience with GPE will be considered an asset.

• Appropriately involves others in decision making and communicates with key stakeholders. • Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches displaying a sense of mutuality and respect. • Integrates GPE perspective into work.

Our benefits

Staff Mobility:

Staff appointments include, but are not limited to,medical benefits, including dental and vision, Staff Retirement Plan, financialassistance program, life & disability insurance, comprehensive leave policy(minimum 26 days/annum) and parental leave policy (50-100 days).

Diversity and inclusion statement

Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds from around the globe. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from under-represented regions are equally encouraged to apply. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, creed, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.

GPE has a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment inline with its PSEAH policy..

Individuals with disabilities may be provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential functions of the role and support in receiving other workplace accommodations. Please contact the DAF-Disability Accommodation Fund at [email protected] for further information and support.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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