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. Its partners include close to 70 of the world's poorest developing countries, over 30 bilateral, regional, and multilateral agencies; development banks; the private sector; civil society groups; and teachers’ organizations. The GPE Secretariat of over 100 full-time staff is hosted by the World Bank in Washington, D.C. A constituency-based Board of Directors sets policies and strategies and approves performance-based funding grants to improve learning outcomes and equity through building stronger education systems in developing countries.
GPE mobilizes financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence-based planning and policies. In 2018, we held a successful Financing Conference where we mobilized $2.5 billion in commitments. European donors represent 80% of this financing. Our objectives for the replenishment period 2018 – 2020 include securing delivery of pledges, closing the gap with the $3.1billion target; laying the foundation for the next replenishment; and diversifying funding.
We are seeking an experienced donor relations professional and advocate to support our work with donors to realize our vision of ensuring that children and youth everywhere have access to quality schooling. The initial contract is for one year with the potential for extension. The position will be located in Washington DC.
Duties and Accountabilities
The position is part of the External Relations Team (EXR) whose responsibilities include donor relations, communications, advocacy, civil society outreach, private sector and private foundation outreach, and has the primary responsibility for implementing the Third Replenishment in 2018 – 2020 and preparing for the next replenishment in 2021. The position sits within the Donor Relations Team, which takes a “whole of country” approach managing relationships with government, parliament, civil society, foundations, media and political influencers. The position reports to the Donor Team Lead and supports the donor relations and advocacy work of the whole Donor Relations Team.
An initial identification of tasks includes the following; however, additional tasks may be identified according to the needs of the team and donors’ requests from the Secretariat:
- Support the implementation of National Advocacy Strategies, including:
- Mapping and outreach to Members of Parliament, Civil Society and other national influencers.
- Research and analysis on donors, budgets and or other funding-related issues.
- Linking with communications and campaign colleagues for targeted actions.
- Liaise with EXR team members supporting civil society, advocacy and private-sector engagement to ensure consistency of messaging and effective cross-communication of stakeholder issues and priorities.
- Support the organization of events and trips.
- Update and compile short biographies of key actors among donor/potential donor partners.
- Assist team in creating materials (such as PowerPoint Presentations) tailored to individual donors/potential donors.
- Draft follow-up communications with donor/potential donor partners.
- Assemble briefing books for senior staff upon request.
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline and 5 years relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in international development context.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize and juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines, and to deliver time-sensitive high-quality work.
- Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills with the ability to quickly analyze data and information from different sources and produce coherent reports.
- Demonstrated strength in written and oral communications.
- Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or other languages a plus.
GPE is committed to achieving diversity in terms of race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
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