Senior Economist / Work Stream Lead

World Bank


Job #: req21503
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Health/Nutrition/Population
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): French
Closing Date: 3/28/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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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.

Over the past few years the World Bank’s Human development sector has been delivering a scaled-up program with an active portfolio over $71.3B with engagements in 121 countries. New commitments in FY21 are expected to reach a total $21.2B by FY end. Human capital development, and in particular, the health sector program, has taken a central role for the WBG, as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The primary challenges of health development relate to health, nutrition, and demographic transitions that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic both, 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:

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. This approach has 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:

Roles and Responsibilities

The position advertised will lead the GFF’s Health Financing team which is responsible for supporting countries in mobilizing additional resources for health and improve the use of those resources to improve health outcomes and progress towards the health-related SDGs. The work program consists of the following technical pillars: (i) domestic resource mobilization and utilization, (ii) resource mapping and expenditure tracking, (iii) governance and public financial management (in collaboration with the Governance Global Practice), (iv) private sector engagement, (v) human resources for health and (vi) social protection (in collaboration with Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice).

The successful candidate will have to combine the coordination of health financing technical support and resources channeled to Bank teams and other partners with providing technical support to selected countries. More specifically, the successful candidate will be:

• Developing the overall strategy and work program for the health financing workstream with appropriate health financing activities and core health financing reforms prioritized, and subsequently implemented and monitored with relevant technical assistance provided in each of the 36 GFF partnership countries. Ensuring Value for Money approaches inform the GFF trust fund investments for health financing in World Bank co-financed projects and relevant ASAs, to ensure GFF value add is operationalized.
• Managing and co-supervising of staff in the GFF health financing workstream. In a co-supervisory role with the GFF Practice Manager, lead and support team members in the development and implementation of individual work programs, and mentor staff and provide support for career development under the country operations cluster. Ensure management of budget and resources for the workstream and monitor progress and deliverables.
• Ensuring the technical work related to health financing from the GFF is sound, integrated in internal GFF planning processes, relevant country Investment Cases, and operationalized and supported at country level (through projects, technical assistance and other mechanisms).
• Providing regular data and information to Portfolio/ Finance and Operations managers on the areas of work under the Health Financing team, including overseeing the synthesis of health financing results across the GFF portfolio and determining progress against expected targets.
• Contributing to the learning between countries and capacity development.
• Contributing to the production of country-based content for Communications and Knowledge and Learning as well as donor outreach.
• Developing global public goods on health financing related work specific to the GFF’s agenda.
• Collaborating closely with the Health Financing Global Solutions Group of the World Bank on knowledge production and dissemination.
• Contributing to the support provided to GFF Focal Points to ensure GFF operationalization at country level. On a rotating basis with other WSLs, act as chair of Focal Points meetings. Ensuring relevant content for the Focal Points meeting in discussion with Work Stream Leads and the GFF Portfolio Manager.
• Engage with key global partners and stakeholders as may be needed (in consultation with external relations lead) to develop opportunities for collaboration, ensure alignment of country approaches and support the effective governance of the GFF.
• Represent GFF in key partnerships focused on aligning health financing support (e.g. the Sustainable Financing for Health Accelerator), which will vary based on priorities and relevant global and country developments.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum Education/Work Experience: Master’s in economics, health financing, or other relevant discipline (Ph.D. is preferred) and at least 10 years of relevant experience in supporting large scale development programs in low and low-middle income countries.
• Experience leading teams, including developing and supporting the implementation of work programs, managing performance and mentoring.
• Very strong writing skills and experience in leading analytical products and associated dissemination efforts.
• Experience with quantitative analysis including the use of EXCEL, SPSS, STATA, R or other similar software packages.
• Experience working in preparing Bank operations would be an asset.
• Extensive field experience in working with national governments (i.e., Ministries of Health, Ministries of finance, insurance agencies, etc.) and other partners at national and sub-national level in policy formulation as well as experience in supporting implementation of programs.
• Experience having developed and/or facilitated complex partnerships, including between NGOs, CSOs, multi-lateral institutions and governments, strong relationship builder with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and preferably in French (knowledge of other languages relevant to GFF countries is an asset).
• Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and proven ability to apply these in carrying out complex research and operational tasks, identifying issues, presenting findings/ recommendations, and contributing to resolution of sector and country issues.
• Capacity to work simultaneously on a variety of issues and tasks, independently adjusting to priorities and achieving results with agreed objectives and deliver against ambitious deadlines.
• Strong client focus including good interpersonal, diplomatic and team building skills required for building and maintaining collaborative relationships.

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.

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