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The Human Development (HD) Practice Group (PG)

The World Bank Group (WBG) is the largest provider of development finance and solutions for human development working with high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries to develop country-tailored solutions for human development (HD) under the themes of education, health, social protection, jobs and gender. The HD PG coordinates with other Practice Groups to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to development challenges, and through the World Bank Regional Units is expected to deliver the strongest and most pertinent support to our client countries.

The Human Development Vice Presidency (HDVP) at the World Bank Group is made up of the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and jobs; additionally, the HDVP houses the gender group.  As such, HD is central to the World Bank Group’s goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and raise shared prosperity.

The primary challenges of health development relate to health, nutrition, and demographic transitions, through an agile short-term response, and a sustainable and inclusive longer-term response that tackles inequitable opportunities and outcomes in the health sector globally, regionally and within countries.  The fundamental challenge is to preempt, prevent and mitigate the developmental impact of these challenges now and into the future.  Specific challenges include: providing equitable, efficient, accountable and sustainable financing of health coverage; providing equitable, quality, appropriate and scaled-up delivery of priority public health services according to need; mobilizing the appropriate quantity and quality of key health systems inputs related to health workers, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare technology and facilities; and strengthening models of governance for the health sector that recognize core functions for government, responsibilities/accountability of key actors and enhance competencies for governance across levels (local, national, regional and global) and sectors (public/private/civil society, as well as government sectors such as education, transport, social protection, etc.).

Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice  

The World Bank Group (WBG) supports countries’ efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to provide quality, affordable health services to everyone —regardless of their ability to pay — by strengthening primary health care systems and reducing the financial risks associated with ill health and increasing equity. For more information:

Unit Context

Global Financing Facility Context

The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) is a multi-stakeholder global partnership housed at the World Bank that is committed to ensuring all women, children and adolescents can survive and thrive. Launched in July 2015, the GFF supports 36 low and lower-middle income countries with catalytic financing and technical assistance to develop and implement prioritized national health plans to scale up access to affordable, quality care for women, children, and adolescents. The GFF also works with countries to maximize the use of domestic financing and external support for better, more sustainable health results. The GFF is squarely focused on prioritizing and scaling up evidence-driven investments to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition through targeted strengthening of primary health care systems – to save lives and as a critical first step toward accelerating progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GFF has pioneered a shift from traditional development approaches to a more sustainable way forward where governments lead and bring global partners together to support a prioritized, costed national plan. Through this partnership, the GFF aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding in of additional domestic and external resources. This approach has catalyzed high-impact investments for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in the world’s most vulnerable countries. The GFF works with multiple partners, primarily governments, but importantly, other UN agencies, civil society, the private sector, and other Global Health Institutions and partnerships (primarily Gavi, GFATM, Unitaid, PMNCH and many others). More information is available at:

Duties & Responsibilities:

The GFF governance lead/senior partnership specialist, together with the Head of the GFF Secretariat and the Lead for External Relations, are responsible for the effective functioning and management of GFF governing bodies, including supporting the management of meetings and activities of the GFF Investors Group (IG) and the Trust Fund Committee (TFC) members, and any ad hoc committees or working groups.

The specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Ensure day-to-day governance management, including preparation of documents for the Investors Group and Trust Fund Committee, leading the preparation of all governance events, including formal governance meetings and retreats.
• Coordinate the GFF governance plan and roadmap – build on the existing roadmap, update on an ongoing basis, adjust as needed, and monitor progress towards its achievement. This includes crafting work plans, agendas, minute taking, etc.
• Decision tracking – Track and evaluate progress on governance decisions and ensure appropriate follow-up actions in consultation with the head of secretariat and relevant Workstream leads; advise on actions needed for adequate implementation.
• Responsible for day-to-day management of GFF constituencies and related governance reviews including development of policies, procedures, and communication as well as ensuring onboarding for all governance officials, including the preparation of regular induction materials and briefings.
• Risk register – in coordination with the external relations lead maintain the risk register to be shared with governance bodies and ensure alignment.
• Provide support to the head of Secretariat and IG/TFC chairs and engage GFF cross sectorial teams, specifically:
o Brief colleagues on relevant governance and policy issues.
o Prepare speaking points and presentations.
o Ensure that the chairs and co-chairs are adequately supported and briefed in their preparation for governance meetings, working closely with any designated advisers as needed.
o Support the Head of the Secretariat in regular communication with the TFC and IG members, and others (e.g., regular updates, periodic check-ins, particularly in advance of key meetings).

Other duties that might be required – as a small, and agile Secretariat, all staff is expected to ‘pitch in’ during surge periods (i.e., replenishment and similar activities). 

Selection Criteria

-A Master’s degree (Public Health, International Relations/Public Policy/Public Administration or other related field) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience.
-Significant experience managing the governance processes of international organizations/ partnerships.
-Demonstrated experience engaging with high-level leadership in governance context, and stakeholder relationships with donors, multilateral and bilateral donors and agencies, as well as civil society and private sector representatives and constituency engagement required.  Experience engaging in the global health architecture would be a strong asset.
-Track record of effectively working across organizational boundaries, both within an organization and with key external partners.
-Experience leading teams “from behind” in order to produce high quality products in a timely manner.
-Demonstrated ability to communicate in writing and orally in a professional and timely manner with senior-level internal and external partners.
-Excellent planning and organizational skills, including in managing a high volume of tasks.
-Excellent English language skills. French language proficiency a strong advantage; other languages also advantageous.
-Demonstrated ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze diverse information from varied sources.
-Demonstrated ability and the necessary personal organization skills to take initiative, personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks at high quality under pressure, and achieve agreed-upon results.
-Demonstrated ability for teamwork in a multicultural environment.

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