Operations Officer

World Bank Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Aug 02

Position description

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type:International

RecruitmentLocation:Washington, DC

Required Language(s):English

Preferred Language(s):French

Closing Date:8/16/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. The vision of the World Bank Group (WBG) is to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity by fostering sustainable and inclusive growth, building human capital, and strengthening the resilience of the countries it serves. To achieve that vision the WBG leverages the strengths of its global presence and partnerships to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world-class knowledge and convening services. It has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.

The Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, with a central mandate to enable the achievement of universal health coverage, is one of thirteen Global Practices working in concert with the WBG regions to design solutions to address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enabling the WBG to meet its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The Global Practices perform the following functions:

• Defining Strategic Direction: (i) define strategic priorities to deliver solutions and achieve results based on country and regional demands and interactions and global priorities; (ii) define/implement integrated resource strategies, (iii) engage in selected, high-priority partnerships, and (iv) establish robust monitoring and reporting systems.
• Developing and Deploying Expertise Globally: (i) lead the development and delivery of solutions to clients by deploying the right technical staff where and when needed; and (ii) invest in developing technical talent.
• Delivering Integrated Solutions: (i) deliver operations, while Regions ensure fit for purpose; (ii) develop public-private integrated solutions that draw on GPs, CCSAs, MIGA and IFC; and (iii) hold the “Concurrence” role in all project/AAA approval steps, ensuring that all technical quality, safeguard and fiduciary requirements (if applicable) are met.
• Capturing and Leveraging Knowledge Effectively: (i) ensure that knowledge is used effectively to deliver solutions to clients; (ii) assign staff roles and accountabilities in creating, capturing, sharing and using knowledge’ (iii) reward knowledge sharing and learning, in performance management and career development; and (iv) develop knowledge base around key development challenges and solutions sets.

Global Financing Facility Context

The global community has made considerable progress over the past 25 years in improving the health and well-being of women, children, and adolescents. Rates of preventable death have dropped significantly in many countries and improvements have been seen across a range of key measures of health and well-being. But the progress has not been enough: too many women, children, and adolescents have been left behind, dying and suffering from preventable conditions, in considerable part because of a large financing gap, estimated at US$33 billion annually.

The Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 as part of a global conversation about how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which requires a shift from thinking about billions of dollars to recognizing that we need trillions to achieve the ambitious targets that we have agreed upon. This shift is only possible through new approaches to financing that recognize that countries themselves are the engines of progress and that the role of external assistance is to support countries both to get more results from the existing resources and to increase the total volume of financing.

Over the past four years, the GFF has created a new model with countries in the driver’s seat that brings together multiple sources of financing in a synergistic way to support national priorities. A key element of this model is drawing on the other sectors that influence health and nutrition outcomes, such as education, water and sanitation, and social protection. The GFF supports countries to get on a trajectory to achieve the SDGs by:

• Strengthening dialogue among key stakeholders under the leadership of governments and supporting the identification of a clear set of priority results that all partners commit their resources to achieving;
• Getting more results from existing resources and increasing the total volume of financing from four sources: domestic government resources, financing from IDA and IBRD, aligned external financing, and private sector resources; and
• Strengthening systems to track progress, learn, and course-correct.

The GFF recently held a replenishment for the GFF Trust Fund to respond to the demand from countries that want to be part of the GFF. It mobilized US$1.05 billion as a first phase to begin expansion over the period 2018–23 to 50 countries facing the most significant needs.  

The GFF partnership is led by the GFF Director; the day-to-day management of the GFF team is the responsibility of the GFF Practice Manager. The GFF secretariat, which is based at the World Bank and is situated in the HNP Global Practice, works to deliver on the GFF objectives. This includes working with countries to develop quality investment cases, managing the GFF Trust Fund, technical assistance to regional teams, and support to the GFF Investors Group, the governance mechanism for the GFF. 

The GFF’s Country Programs team plays a key role in realizing the ambition of the GFF, which is empowering countries to tackle the greatest health and nutrition issues affecting women, children and adolescents. The GFF is seeking an experienced, talented, motivated operations professional to be part of this high-impact team, working to deliver on the goals of this dynamic partnership.

Duties and Accountabilities :

The operations officer will work under the direction and guidance of the GFF Secretariat’s Country Programs lead to support the delivery of GFF-financed programs in 36 countries, and will report to the GFF practice manager. 

The operations officer will have responsibilities that include, but not be limited to:

• Portfolio tracking and management:Track the overall performance of the Country portfolio and bring to the attention of the Cluster Leads any performance issues that require attention.
• Guideline development:Support the Cluster Lead in the development of operational guidelines relating to the implementation of GFF-financed country programs.
• Risk management:Support the Cluster Lead in identifying key risks in the country portfolio and implementing approaches to mitigate risks. 
• Grant preparation: Support the Cluster Lead in the quality assurance of the preparation of GFF Trust Fund co-financing for IDA and IBRD operations, including the reviews of the GFRs and the grant agreements.
• Reporting and communications:Contribute to the preparation of the bi-annual GFF Country Portfolio Update for the GFF partnership and donors and other reports/information requests on the GFF portfolio as needed.
• Budget management:Support the preparation of the annual budget for the Country Programs Cluster and track its utilization.
• Contracts management: Coordinate the overall management of the portfolio of contracts in the Country Programs Cluster, with a particular focus on the contracts relating to the 37 Liaison Officers.


• A Master’s degree (International Relations/Public Affairs, Political Science, 
• Economics or other related field) plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of relevant work experience.
• Knowledge of the World Bank systems for the development and implementation support of projects.
• Knowledge of World Bank procurement and financial management rules.
• Experience working on development projects, preferably financed by the World Bank, in developing countries.
• Experience working on World Bank trust funds desirable.
• 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, work under pressure, and achieve agreed-upon results.
• Attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability for teamwork in a multicultural environment.
• Proficiency in French desirable.

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