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Job #: req14573
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Health/Nutrition/Population
Grade: GE
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): French (Advantage)
Closing Date: 1/28/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges.


The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices.  The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. The HNP Global Practice supports country and regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.


Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years that has helped to reduce poverty levels in the continent. Yet, as Africa’s population expands, the region faces a critical challenge of creating the foundations for long-term inclusive growth. Many countries still contend with high levels of child and maternal mortality, malnutrition is far too common, and most health systems are not able to deal effectively with epidemics and the growing burden of chronic diseases. These challenges call for renewed commitments and accelerated progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—the principle that everyone receives needed health services without financial hardship.

Most African countries have integrated UHC as a goal in their national health strategies. Yet, progress in translating commitments to UHC into expanded domestic resources for health, effective development assistance, and ultimately, equitable and quality health services, and increased financial protection has been slow. To accelerate progress toward UHC in Africa, the countries will require political leadership and a clear strategic vision to achieve their UHC targets and to be able to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths, strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness, and strengthen the foundations for long-term economic growth.  

African HNP is organized in four units. HAWH2 covers the health engagements in the Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria Country Management Units. HAWH2 is recruiting a health specialist with significant operational experience to join the unit quality team. The selected candidate will also provide operational and technical support to selected teams.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The successful candidate will become a member of HAWH2 unit and will report to the Manager of the unit.  The candidate’s work program will be primarily focused on operational work, including as a core member of the HAWH2 Quality Team. More specifically, the selected candidate will be responsible for: 

Portfolio Management

  • Contribute to developing operational processes and procedures in the unit, and to knowledge sharing and training related to operational processes and procedures.
  • Support the PM and the broader quality team to identify key risks in the unit portfolio and implementing approaches to mitigate risks.
  • Regularly monitor and analyze HAWH2 portfolio and provide actionable information for PM’s decision making;
  • Support task teams by providing advice on processing operational documents for management approval and support the team’s response to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties (e.g. cooperation agencies and other international organizations).

Quality Assurance and Operational Support

  • Review and provide comments on operational documents and communication as delegated by the Practice Manager [e.g. Implementation Status Reports, Implementation Completion Reports, Project Restructuring Papers, Aide Memoirs, letters, etc.];
  • Review and provide inputs/comments on operational packages [e.g. concept, decision and approval stages];
  • Advise the Bank’s team on operational guidelines, instruments, and procedures;
  • Provide support on issues related to management of Trust Funds;
  • Contribute to developing operational processes and procedures in the unit, and to knowledge sharing and training related to operational processes and procedures;
  • Work with the PM, the quality team and country teams to facilitate and manage internal communication and relationships, including with CMUs, as well as relationship with government counterparts, partner agencies, etc.

Country and Regional Operations

  • Support operational teams with the project preparation and implementation support, including by participating in missions, bringing both operational and technical expertise.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience required for the position in the World Bank:

  • Master’s degree in public health, economics, public policy, international development, or social sciences field;
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience. Formal training in public health or other health field is a distinct advantage. Prior experience in a quality role is also an advantage.
  • Deep knowledge in operations, including Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex data into easily understood and actionable information, including charts/ graphs
  • Strong ability to work with and coordinate diverse teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and proactivity to provide appropriate recommendations to address identified challenges.
  • Excellent workflow management and task organization skills; ability to anticipate and take responsibility for all aspects of coordination of the workflow of assigned responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjust to changes in schedule and priorities, juggle concurrent yet disparate tasks effectively and efficiently, and work with very tight deadlines.

Required Competencies:-

  • Portfolio Management – Strong knowledge on monitoring of country/sector strategy and work program; Flag’s implementation issues for attention of clients and Bank management and takes a proactive role in resolving these.
  • Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice - Recognized by peers and/or managers for ability to identify and pro-actively solve operational issues and problems. 
  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others. 
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client. 
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Initiate’s collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies, and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Values working in collaboration and respecting views of others. Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output. Contributes as required to the work of others in the department. Works collaboratively and effectively within the Bank culture as well as within own and others’ cultures.
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Shares, seeks out and uses global good practices and operationally relevant knowledge to improve development impact. Uses available resources from within and outside the WBG to build knowledge and acquire new skills. Communicates and presents information and ideas in an organized and clear way and responds to requests to share knowledge related to WBG and subject areas assigned and applies knowledge to own work.
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Makes good cost/benefit decisions to meet work program objectives. Anticipates problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands. Identifies, assesses, and ensures that all pertinent stakeholder data is considered in the analysis, giving proper weight to making decisions.

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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