Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), has grown and evolved to become the premier partnership focused on basic education in developing countries by bringing together 65 of the world's poorest developing countries, over 20 donor nations regional, and multilateral agencies; development banks; the private sector; civil society groups; and teachers’ organizations to fund and support education and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. The GPE governance structure includes the Board of Directors and its Chair, and 5 Board committees. The Board of Directors sets GPE’s policies and strategies and approves all funding.
With over 100 staff and hosted by the World Bank, the GPE Secretariat is responsible for translating the policies and strategies set by the Board into practical support for its developing country partners. Secretariat staff are primarily located in the World Bank offices in Washington DC with a small number in Brussels. The Secretariat is led by the Chief Executive Officer, Alice Albright. For a deeper understanding of the organization’s history, structure, performance, and go-forward strategy, please visit the GPE website.
Overview of the Role
GPE’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) is expected to be one of the foremost thought leaders in the global education sector. The CTO will serve as the key external and internal champion for GPE’s philosophy, strategy, and model, and will serve as the spokesperson for GPE on all relevant technical, policy, and thematic matters. The CTO will be GPE’s primary liaison with its l partners, institutions and academia.
The CTO will be instrumental in driving GPE’s strategy. Working closely with GPE’s country facing teams and technical partners, the CTO’s role will be to harness the partnership’s vast intellectual network and assets to help country partners strengthen their education systems – with a particular focus on improving quality and equity. This will involve maximizing the impact of GPE’s finance, business model and tools such as its new windows for Knowledge and Innovation Exchange and Social Advocacy and Accountability. Further particular opportunities include GPE’s Results Framework and new M&E strategy, its recently-launched data roundtable and its focus on investing in data and learning assessment. The CTO will play a key internal role building consensus and working closely with GPE’s partners and country-facing teams to assure that best practices are integrated into GPE’s core work.
The CTO will serve on GPE’s Management Team and will also lead and manage a team of professionals currently composed of three elements: results and performance, quality assurance, and education policy and learning.
Key, role-specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: balanced thought and executive leadership to manage GPE’s mission to tangible results; strategy development and implementation through collaboration and coordination throughout GPE to ensure consistency of thinking.
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