Are you a passionate advocate for education with honed technical skills? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries? The Global Partnership for Education would like to hear from you. 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 members include 68 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 Board of Directors is GPE's governing body, sets its policies and strategies and approves all funding.
The mission of GPE is to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, the most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries. To that end, GPE helps its member countries to develop and implement sound education sector plans and has allocated approximately $4.7 billion in education grants to date. The partnership in December 2015 approved an ambitious new strategic plan, “GPE 2020”, for the 2016-2020 period.
With over 100 staff, the GPE Secretariat is hosted by the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and a small but growing team in Europe; Paris and Brussels.
The achievement of gender equality is central to the work of GPE and as one of the core priorities of the Partnership is being prominently featured in the new GPE strategy, currently under development. This position sits within the Education Policy and Learning team (EPL) that is focused on mobilizing knowledge, evidence and innovation to inform sound policies and implementation programs as well as good practice exchange across GPE developing country partners. The EPL Team collaborates closely with the Country Support Team, which is responsible for supporting member countries in their education sector development, implementation and monitoring, including through GPE grant applications and reporting processes.
Duties and Accountabilities
The successful candidate will support the operationalization of the new GPE’s strategy to advance gender equality in and through education systems. She/he will support and report to the Senior Gender Equality Thematic Lead and will work closely with other Thematic Leads from the EPL team and coordinate with other teams in the Secretariat. The Gender Equality Specialist will be expected to provide a proportion of their time to supporting country facing work in the areas of education sector gender analysis, planning and program development.
Note that the position may be located in either Washington DC or Paris, France, at the discretion of GPE management.
More specifically, s/he will take on the following responsibilities:
• Work with Senior Gender Equality Thematic Lead to ensure the mainstreaming of gender equality across (i) GPE strategy development and operations at country and global level and (ii) at corporate level across the Secretariat and the Partnership.
• Manage GPE’s high-level commitments, special initiatives, and donor-funded gender specific work programs in the area of gender equality, including GPE’s collaboration with its partners in support of improved outcomes for girls, providing project management and routine reporting as well as acting as the point of contact for partners.
• Support the mobilization, analysis and use of data, knowledge and evidence across the Partnership and GPE investment portfolio in the field of Gender Equality. This includes identification and promotion of evidence use in (i) GPE strategy development process, implementation and reporting (ii) country level policy-making, programming, implementation, and reporting processes and (iii) global level dialogue, advocacy and communication.
• Support capacity strengthening within the GPE Secretariat, Board and committees, delivering knowledge and capacity development opportunities.
Additionally, it is expected that s/he will:
• Represent the Secretariat in certain meetings and tasks.
• Undertake periodic mission travel to support country and global level work.
• Contribute to other tasks as needed.
The Education Specialist - Gender Equality is accountable for performing the duties and responsibilities, modeling the behaviors and maintaining the technical competencies (listed below) in his or her capacity as a member of the GPE Education EPL Team. Accountability means being answerable for managing quality, risks, results, institutional initiatives, and compliance with GPE policies and procedures.
• Master’s degree in education, economics, gender, development studies, or a related discipline; with proven skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
• At least 5 years’ experience in gender and educational policy, planning, and management, gender mainstreaming and capacity development programs.
• Including proven experience in country level education sector reform and planning, with a good understanding of approaches to reforming intersecting equity issues in education service delivery and finance.
• Strong project management skills, with experience managing complex work programs through the full scope of work program and budget development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.
• Research background including strong analytical and writing skills.
• Ability to communicate clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing.
• Knowledge and application of social and/or economic sciences research methods is desired.
• Fluency in English required, proficiency in French highly desired.
• Knowledge of Gender and Education - Demonstrates relevant knowledge of gender and education policy and policy implementation, especially in developing countries.
• Knowledge of the Institutional Environment – Experience with the global education and development community, including working effectively with governments, civil society, multilaterals, and the private sector.
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
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