Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development. A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!
Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND POPULATION GLOBAL PRACTICE CONTEXT:
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 because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices. 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 HNP Global Practice supports country and regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.
AFRICA REGION CONTEXT:
Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years that has helped to reduce poverty levels in the continent. Yet, as Africa’s population expands, the region faces a critical challenge of creating the foundations for long-term inclusive growth. Many countries still contend with high levels of child and maternal mortality, malnutrition is far too common, and most health systems are not able to deal effectively with epidemics and the growing burden of chronic diseases. These challenges call for renewed commitments and accelerated progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—the principle that everyone receives needed health services without financial hardship.
Most African countries have integrated UHC as a goal in their national health strategies. Yet, progress in translating commitments to UHC into expanded domestic resources for health, effective development assistance, and ultimately, equitable and quality health services, and increased financial protection has been slow. To accelerate progress toward UHC in Africa, the countries will require political leadership and a clear strategic vision to achieve their UHC targets and to be able to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths, strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness, and strengthen the foundations for long-term economic growth.
The region benefits from the (GFF) in Support of “Every Woman Every Child” which is a country driven partnership that aims to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children, and thereby prevent up to 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths, and 21 million stillbirths in high burden countries by 2030. To know more about the Global Financing Facility (GFF)
The region is implementing several projects with the Result-Based Financing as a key mechanism to improve service delivery and contribute to boosting human capital index in African countries.
WORLD BANK SUPPORT TO LIBERIA
All these projects, while being led by the Ministry of Health, involve close coordination and collaboration with other key Development Partners in the country. The Bank is also preparing a new project which would address the persisting challenge of high maternal and neonatal mortality in the country, and thereby improved Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) outcomes.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Senior Health Specialist or Senior Economist will have the following key responsibilities, inter alia:
The work will be substantive in nature, requiring frequent missions in the field and interactions with various external and internal counterparts in Liberia.
The Senior Health Specialist or Senior Economist will report to the Practice Manager (Health Nutrition and Population) for West and Central Africa – HAFH3. Being based in the field, the selected Senior Health Specialist or Senior Economist will work closely with the respective Task Team Leaders from HNP GP and other GPs. The Senior Health Specialist or Senior Economist will be subject to all World Bank regulations and guidelines applicable to staff in country office.