Senior Partnership Specialist

World Bank, Washington, United States

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st January, 2020

Job Description


The Global Partnership for Education is the world’s premier partnership and fund focused entirely on basic education in developing countries. Partners include close to 70 developing country nations, over 20 donor governments, as well as multilateral development agencies, private sector and civil society and teachers’ organizations. The Board of Directors is GPE’s governing body, which sets policy and strategy and determines funding.

The Global Partnership for Education coordinates and leads a global effort to deliver quality education to all children, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable. GPE supports developing country partners to strengthen education systems through quality sector plans that drive equity and learning outcomes. It then mobilizes funding to help implement the plan. It has allocated over US$5.3 billion in grants to date.

With over 100 staff, the GPE Secretariat is hosted by the World Bank with the majority of staff based in Washington, D.C. and a small but growing team in Europe (Paris and Brussels). The External Relations Team (EXR) includes a Private Sector and Foundations Team (PS&F) led by a Director. This team is leading on the implementation of the Board approved private sector and foundations strategies. In addition, the team is behind the work of GPE’s Education Data Solutions Roundtable and broader engagement of the business community with GPE, its engagement with the philanthropic and corporate foundations community, and the private sector constituency represented by the Global Business Coalition for Education. The post to be advertised is designed to ensure delivery of concrete commitments by the business community in advance of the GPE’s fourth replenishment conference, expected to be held within the first two quarters of 2021. Additionally, the incumbent of this term post is responsible for the internal engagement of and communications to other relevant teams within the GPE Secretariat regarding this work.

Duties and Accountabilities

The successful candidate will be a member of the External Relations Team in the GPE Secretariat, which includes the Americas, Private Sector and Foundations sub-team. The position is located in Washington, D.C.

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead time sensitive effort to secure at least 2 commitments/announcements from business partners in advance of GPE’s financing conference in mid-2021.Engage the business community to serve as advocates toward priority donor governments on behalf of GPE.Work with Director/Team Lead and USAID to explore 3-way engagement with the business community in support of basic education and GPE. Lead the implementation of the private sector engagement strategy
  • Develop and implement a framework for engaging the private sector within GPE partner countries
  • Engagement with the private sector constituency on thought leadership and supporting in country co-investments
  • Lead and cultivate relationships with senior representatives of the business community, represent GPE at external conferences and meetings with the community.Provide overall management of the budgetary and administrative requirements for business engagement activities and the PS&F team as needed over the next 18 months.Work with EXR and Finance/Operations colleagues to determine potential private sector engagement in/support to the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), Education Out Loud, the Multiplier and the Education Sector Investment Case.
  • Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year term appointment, extendable to 18 months.

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in international development, business administration, economics or finance, or a relevant related field with at least ten years relevant experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience);Relevant private sector engagement and partnership development experience, including working within a comparable international organization or partnership, strong familiarity with developing countries;Expertise in two or more of the following areas: project lead and co-creation/cooperation development in global education, health or other areas relevant to the work of the Global Partnership;Experience with cross-cultural dynamics, political sensitivity, strong negotiation skills;Willingness to work in a complex environment and travel to developing countries;Strong analytical, writing and facilitation skills;Ability to work independently and under pressure and to work effectively in teams;Ability to communicate and write competently in English;Working proficiency in French is desirable;Enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of the Global Partnership for Education.


Strong familiarity with the business community, how it engages with global development actors, how to construct collaboration with business partners and how to mitigate any related risks. Strong project development, coordination, communications (internal and external) and interpersonal skills. Relationship development and management, representation skills, particularly with the private sector. Organizational skills and experience with fiduciary, procurement, contributions management, contribution and other safeguards, such as GPE’s corporate engagement guidelines and our Contributions and Safeguards Policy.Familiarity with Developing Country Contexts - Applies to operations and analytical tasks. A substantive understanding of fragility, conflict and violence, including polarization of state-society relations, diminished client capacity, relevance of partnerships, etc.Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the organization and brings differing ideas into the forefront.


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