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Senior Donor Relations Specialist Asia-GPE

Job #: req13333
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Education
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 2 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States or Paris, France
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Japanese
Closing Date: 10/22/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Are you a hardworking 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 (GPE) Secretariat would like to hear from you.

Who we are

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the learning crisis. It is the only global partnership fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get quality education, to unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world. With nearly 20 years’ experience helping partner countries to get more children in school and learning, we convene teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses and philanthropists behind partner country leadership to finance and support solutions so that no child is left behind.

What we do

GPE convenes partners and mobilizes funds to help governments in 76 lower-income countries build and finance strong and sustainable education systems that deliver quality learning to more children, especially those who are marginalized by poverty, gender, disability, or displacement. GPE focuses on driving transformation at scale to get the most vulnerable children in school, improve teaching and learning, and build resilient education systems capable of withstanding shocks and adapting to new challenges. GPE’s approach achieves lasting impact by convening partners behind country leadership. We support government efforts to advance teaching and learning for the 21st century, mobilize more and better financing, and scale up proven solutions for the poorest and hardest-to-reach children.

GPE recently approved a new strategy and operating model, GPE 2025, which is grounded in a “system transformation” approach and seeks to support and sustain education reforms with the potential for impact at scale. Within this framework, it was agreed to work with developing country partners to catalyze progress in four system transformation enabling factors: Equity, efficiency, and the volume of domestic financing of education; Gender responsive sector planning, policy, and monitoring; Use of data and evidence; and Sector coordination.

Raise Your Hand

GPE is currently calling on world leaders to “Raise Your Hand” and pledge at least US$5 billion to help GPE transform education in up to 87 countries, which are home to more than 1 billion children. Over the next five years, this funding will help ensure that 175 million children can learn and enroll 88 million more. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in the developing world, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect two million girls from early marriage.


With over 100 staff, the GPE secretariat is hosted by the World Bank and has headquarters in Washington D.C and Paris plus an office in Brussels. The preferred location for this position is Paris but may be based in Washington, D.C..  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.

Duties and Accountabilities

We are seeking a Sr. Donor Relations Specialist, with responsibility for Asia, to be part of our Donor Team.   The Donor Team sits within the External Relations Team and works to build and manage GPE’s donor relationships and advocate for increased financing for education.  This position will report to the Head of the Donor Team. Key responsibilities include the following:

• Build and maintain relationships and act as communication focal point with key Asian donors and partners including in Japan and South Korea.
• Develop and implement strategy for scaling up significantly resource mobilization in the region.
• Develop and implement strategy for engaging new donors in the region including China, private sector and foundations and regional development banks.
• Manage consultants and firms supporting GPE’s work in the region.
• Coordinate visits to the region including visits of leadership and champions.
• Provide support to high-level meetings with GPE principles during key moments such as UN General Assembly and World Bank Annual meetings. 
• Additional support to the Donor Relations Team and EXR as needed.
• Other activities, as required

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in education or related field and at least 8 years relevant professional experience in a similar function within an international development organization or partnership, with a strong understanding of country-level education sector-wide policy dialogue and program management and reporting.
• Experience with cross-cultural dynamics, political sensitivity, strong negotiation skills.
• Ability to communicate and write competently in English. The ability to communicate professionally in Japanese will be considered an asset.
• Knowledge and experience with or in the Asia-Pacific region will be considered an asset, as will knowledge and experience with the Global Partnership for Education.


• Demonstrated abilities to steer projects to completion and contribute positively to team-based work. 
• Commitment to learn and take on new challenges.
• Well-developed skills in interpersonal communication, time management, problem-solving, and presentations.
• Ability to persuade and influence.
• Commitment to teamwork and sharing knowledge.
• Ability to operate effectively in a changing environment and work well alone and in a team. 
• Enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of the Global Partnership for Education.


• Strong partnership/project coordination, communications (internal and external) and interpersonal skills.   
• Relationship development and management, representation skills, particularly with the private foundations and philanthropic community.     
• Organizational skills and experience with fiduciary, procurement, contributions management, contribution and other safeguards, such as corporate engagement guidelines and our Contributions and Safeguards Policy.
• Familiarity with Developing Country Contexts - applies to operations and analytical tasks a substantive understanding of fragility, conflict and violence, including polarization of state-society relations, diminished client capacity, relevance of partnerships, etc.
• Collaborate across teams and across boundaries - initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the organization and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge- Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside the organization to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.

Our benefits

Staff Mobility

Staff appointments include, but are not limited to, medical benefits, including dental and vision, Staff Retirement Plan, financial assistance 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 in line with its PSEAH policy.

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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