Senior Partnership Specialist/Lead GFF Resource Mobilization

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The Human Development (HD) Practice Group (PG)

The World Bank Group (WBG) is the largest provider of development finance and solutions for human development working with high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries to develop country-tailored solutions for human development (HD) under the themes of education, health, social protection, jobs and gender. The HD PG coordinates with other Practice Groups to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to development challenges, and through the World Bank Regional Units is expected to deliver the strongest and most pertinent support to our client countries. 

The Human Development Vice Presidency (HDVP) at the World Bank Group is made up of the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and jobs; additionally, the HDVP houses the gender group.  As such, HD is central to the World Bank Group’s goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and raise shared prosperity. 

The primary challenges of health development relate to health, nutrition, and demographic transitions, through an agile short-term response, and a sustainable and inclusive longer-term response that tackles inequitable opportunities and outcomes in the health sector globally, regionally and within countries.  The fundamental challenge is to preempt, prevent and mitigate the developmental impact of these challenges now and into the future.  Specific challenges include: providing equitable, efficient, accountable and sustainable financing of health coverage; providing equitable, quality, appropriate and scaled-up delivery of priority public health services according to need; mobilizing the appropriate quantity and quality of key health systems inputs related to health workers, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare technology and facilities; and strengthening models of governance for the health sector that recognize core functions for government, responsibilities/accountability of key actors and enhance competencies for governance across levels (local, national, regional and global) and sectors (public/private/civil society, as well as government sectors such as education, transport, social protection, etc.).

Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice  

  • The World Bank Group (WBG) supports countries’ efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to provide quality, affordable health services to everyone —regardless of their ability to pay — by strengthening primary health care systems and reducing the financial risks associated with ill health and increasing equity. For more information: 
  • The HNP Global Practice is led by a Global Director, who has overall responsibility for the GP. 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.  Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions are essential for achieving the major objectives of improving HNP outcomes.

Unit Context

Global Financing Facility Context

 The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) is a multi-stakeholder global partnership housed at the World Bank that is committed to ensuring all women, children and adolescents can survive and thrive. Launched in July 2015, the GFF supports 36 low and lower-middle income countries with catalytic financing and technical assistance to develop and implement prioritized national health plans to scale up access to affordable, quality care for women, children, and adolescents. The GFF also works with countries to maximize the use of domestic financing and external support for better, more sustainable health results. The GFF is squarely focused on prioritizing and scaling up evidence-driven investments to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition through targeted strengthening of primary health care systems – to save lives and as a critical first step toward accelerating progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GFF has pioneered a shift from traditional development approaches to a more sustainable way forward where governments lead and bring global partners together to support a prioritized, costed national plan. Through this partnership, the GFF aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding in of additional domestic and external resources. To date, the GFF has mobilized more than $2.5 billion in trust fund resources.  This approach and these resources have catalyzed high-impact investments for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in the world’s most vulnerable countries. More information is available at:

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.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Partnerships Officer/Lead GFF Resource Mobilization works under the direction and guidance of the GFF Secretariat’s Practice Manager and in close coordination with the Lead for External Relations.
  • As a key member of the GFF leadership team, the selected candidate will be the lead person responsible for mobilizing revenue to deliver the objectives of the GFF Strategy.  This requires defining donor engagement and resource mobilization strategies, leading a team that will ensure the implementation of these strategies, representing the GFF in related work, coordinating high-level relationships, and managing a diverse set of partnership and strategic initiatives in support of GFF fundraising goals. The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring strong and effective coordination with other teams, the wider Secretariat and the broader World Bank ecosystem.

Responsibilities include, but are not be limited to:

Donor engagement and resource mobilization 

  • Lead the overall development and implementation of GFF’s resource mobilization and donor engagement strategies.
  • Manage a team responsible for relationships with donor governments and philanthropic partners. Coordinate strategic and day to day engagement and with senior government and philanthropic representatives.
  • Define and implement market engagement strategies including developing stakeholder mapping, political economy analysis, advocacy strategies and strengthening network of influencers and advocates in support of the GFF mission.
  • Guide a team in tracking political, budgetary and policy developments in key donor markets, and provide timely intelligence and briefings to GFF and Senior World Bank Leadership.  
  • Ensure the team addresses donor needs and requests including fulfilling donor reporting requirements with high quality documentation and reports.
  • Provide strategic and timely advice to GFF leadership and Secretariat team members on donor relations, in close coordination with GFF External Relations Lead.
  • Contribute to positioning the GFF strategically in global processes, in order to help the partnership to ensure high profile and cross donor support to deliver on its mission.
  • Inform and drive strategic initiatives in support of GFF current strategy and support the development of the next GFF strategy and contribute to the work program for external relations. 

Selection Criteria

  • A Master’s degree (International Relations/Public Affairs, Political Science, or other related field) plus a minimum of ten years of relevant work; More experience preferred.
  • Proven track-record of resource mobilization from sovereign donors and international foundations required.  Track record of mobilizing resources from emerging market donors and private sector/private foundations preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of the global health architecture, of the donor landscape in health and of the GFF’s position in this ecosystem. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and track implementation of resource mobilization strategies and to mobilize relevant internal stakeholders to deliver a donor engagement strategy.
  • Track record of leading hybrid teams of direct and indirect reports, staff and consultants. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with internal and external partners in both written and spoken. Solid understanding and ability to communicate clearly on global health topics and ability to identify engagement opportunities and risks in an international global health environment. 
  • Excellent English language skills and proficiency to write and edit complex products for purposeful structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation. Similar skills also in French preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and rapidly and 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, including securing financial contributions from donors.
  • Demonstrated ability for teamwork in a multicultural environment.





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