Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The vision of the WBG is to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country. To achieve this vision, our strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas. The architecture underpinning the strategy and instrumental to its success is the establishment of fourteen Global Practices (GPs) and five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) that, in concert with the WBG Regions, will design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to meet its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice:
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 as a result of illnesses. In the quest for UHC, the HNP Global Practice undertakes a wide array of analytical and advisory services, engages in strategic partnerships with partner institutions, and manages an active lending portfolio with client countries. 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 Human Capital Project is the latest manifestation of the World Bank’s increasing investments in human development. Financial innovations such as the Global Finance Facility for Women and Children have paved the way for organizations such as WBG to substantially increase investments in frontline health systems both directly and through working with governments. Nevertheless, there remain significant gaps across the globe and a growing concern that inequities are persistent.
To address these concerns the World Bank is aiming to facilitate the introduction of new technologies and innovations to change service delivery models and the optimize the implementation of existing technologies such as health management information systems to support frontline health worker behavior change. Such innovations and technologies are increasingly empowering individuals and households to co-produce health and lay a resilient and sustainable foundation for robust health states. In addition to serving the most at-risk populations, front-line systems are uniquely well placed to provide an impressive rate of return on investment. By adapting and scaling innovations in response to localized problems, frontline workers have the potential to revolutionize healthcare by pioneering new forms of communication and improved processes for scaling evidence-based results.
The Service Delivery team within the HNP Global Practice will operationalize this by providing country teams with surge resources to close the gap between the global ambitions to accelerate UHC and the work of ongoing operations focused on primary healthcare (PHC) for the unreached, high quality systems and services, and PHC for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Providing country teams and governments with surge capacity and tailored guidance, technical experts, and financing will allow them to include more innovations and digital health to advance health outcomes. The Service Delivery team is now expanding to meet the requests from multiple countries after having secured funding from external partners for this work.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
The Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice (GHNDR) is seeking to hire a Senior Health Specialist who will work on the analytical and technical work related to the adoption and scaling of disruptive technologies into Bank-finance health projects.
The selected candidate will work with the technical Workstream Lead for Digital Health. The candidate will have the following main duties and responsibilities:
• As part of the Service Delivery Innovation team, support country operational teams in Africa, South Asia, East Asia/Pacific and Ministries of Health in the design and operationalization of complex technological innovations especially as they relate to mobile health, community health worker (CHW) tools, and other technology-based approaches to enable frontline workers.
• Provide cutting-edge technical assistance to country clients and Ministries of Health on optimizing the implementation and measurement of frontline tools and using them to provide indicators to drive impact and unlock health outcomes.
• Evaluate budgets and manpower necessary to execute digital health projects related to the introduction of mobile technology, community health worker tools, and health management information systems to support World Bank operations.
• Develop appropriate terms of reference and evaluation processes in the procurement of mobile technology, health information management systems, and other tools to support frontline health workers that country teams and clients can use in their specific contexts.
• Curate and maintain database of digital health technologies that can be referenced to guide country consultations and inform project development.
• Contribute to the development of a cohesive package of educational/learning products that effectively captures the team’s guidance on designing, adapting, and implementing digital health innovations into diverse country contexts to capacitate high-level decision makers.
• Doctoral Degree, Master’s Degree or equivalent related to global health, health informatics, or digital health.
• Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Track record of successful implementation of digital health in LMICs.
• Ability to coordinate contributions of specialists in other disciplines to complete a joint product.
• Extensive and current knowledge of relevant analytical tools, and technical and administrative functions.
• Expected to work independently on the most complex problems in the field of technology and health and produce high quality written outputs.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
• Working oral and written communication skills in French preferred.
• Ability to work across practice and disciplinary boundaries as well as with multiple stakeholders.
• Demonstrate ability to execute adaptive, resourceful, and innovative problem solving across a diverse landscape of country settings.
• Ability to foster team work in two key ways: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team and actively seek and consider diverse ideas and approaches; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in supporting groups to learn to work together effectively.
• Ability to travel internationally for at least 30% of the time.
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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With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.
World Bank's mission is to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity by increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.