Senior Education Advisor-Gender Equality, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Thursday, 16 September 2021

Senior Education Advisor-Gender Equality

Job #: req12942

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Education

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States or Paris, France

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French

Closing Date: 9/16/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Are you a passionate advocate for education? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries? The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat (GPE) would like to hear from you.

Who we are GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world. With nearly 20 years‘ experience helping partner countries to get more girls and boys in school and learning, we convene teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses, and philanthropists behind partner country leadership to finance and support solutions so that no child is left behind.

What we do GPE convenes partners and mobilizes funds to help governments in 76 lower-income countries build and finance strong and sustainable education systems that deliver quality learning to more girls and boys, especially those who are marginalized by poverty, gender, disability, or displacement. GPE focuses on driving transformation at scale to get the most vulnerable girls and boys in school, improve teaching and learning, and build resilient education systems capable of withstanding shocks and adapting to new challenges. GPE’s approach achieves lasting impact by convening partners behind country leadership. We support government efforts to advance teaching and learning for the 21st century, mobilize more and better financing, and scale up proven solutions for the world’s poorest and hardest-to-reach girls and boys.

GPE recently approved a new strategy and operating model, GPE 2025, which is grounded in a "system transformation" approach and seeks to support and sustain education reforms with the potential for impact at scale. Within this framework, it was agreed to work with developing country partners to catalyze progress in four system transformation enabling factors: Equity, efficiency, and the volume of domestic financing of education; Gender responsive sector planning, policy, and monitoring; Use of data and evidence; and Sector coordination.

Raise Your Hand GPE is currently calling on world leaders to "Raise Your Hand" and pledge at least US$5 billion to help GPE transform education in up to 87 countries, which are home to more than 1 billion children. Over the next five years, this funding will help ensure that 175 million children can learn and enroll 88 million more children in school. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in the developing world, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect two million girls from early marriage.


With over 100 staff, the GPE secretariat is hosted by the World Bank and has headquarters in Washington D.C and Paris plus an office in Brussels. The selected candidate may be based in the Washington, DC or the Paris, France office. This is an international recruitment subject to compensation on the local pay scale for the selected duty station, and global mobility benefits may apply as per World Bank Group policy.

Duties and Accountabilities The successful candidate will be a member of GPE’s Education Policy and Learning (EPL) team, working in close cooperation with other teams of the Secretariat. She/he will act as a Senior Advisor to position GPE as a leading partner in achieving gender equality in and through education. She/he will report to the EPL team lead. Note that the position may be in either Washington, D.C. or Paris, France, at the discretion of GPE management.

More specifically, she/he will take on the following specific responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership:

Provide informed strategic advice and leadership to the Secretariat and the Partnership for the purpose of hardwiring gender equality into the implementation of the current GPE strategy and the associated portfolio of activities, including cross-sectoral opportunities and interventions.

Identify global and country opportunities, mobilize GPE partners‘ unique capabilities and comparative advantages, as well as GPE’s assets to convene strategic collaborations for advancing the global agenda and country progress.

Drive institutional and organizational changes to profile gender equality as a core corporate priority.

Technical Leadership:

Broker gender equality knowledge across the Partnership, promote the use of evidence for closing the gap between research, policy, and reform implementation at the country level, as well as for informing and influencing the global agenda.

Provide technical advice, expertise, and capacity development opportunities to Secretariat and GPE governance structures on gender equality hardwiring in GPE grants and country policy processes.

Represent GPE in global initiatives

Lead the design, management, and reporting of complex programs and budgets and be accountable for results delivery.

Additionally, it is expected that she/he will:

Represent CEP and EPL in certain Secretariat meetings and tasks.

Undertake periodic mission travel to support country and global level work.

Contribute to other tasks as needed.

As a member of the GPE Country Engagement and Policy Team, the Senior Education Advisor - Gender Equality is held accountable for performing the duties and responsibilities, modeling the behaviors, and maintaining the technical competencies listed below in his or her capacity. Accountability means being answerable for managing quality, risks, results, institutional initiatives, and compliance with GPE policies and procedures.

Selection Criteria

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Master’s degree in economics, education, gender, development studies, or a related field, with proven skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

At least 8 years of experience in gender equality in education (or in another social sector) and approaches to gender mainstreaming, capacity development programs, and approaches to improving learning outcomes. 10 or more years of relevant experience is preferred.

Proven country experience supporting education sector reform, policy making and implementation

Strong analytical and writing skills; publication records is desired.

Excellent presentation and communication skills; ability to deliver complex and technical messages in a concise and simple way.

Fluency in English required, proficiency in French desired.


Knowledge of Gender and Education - Demonstrates relevant knowledge of gender and education policy and policy implementation, especially in developing countries.

Knowledge of the Institutional Environment - Experience with the global education and development community, including working effectively with governments, civil society, multilaterals, and the private sector.

Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others.

Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies solutions for the client.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiate’s collaboration across boundaries and broadly across the Global Partnership and the WBG, demonstrating respect for different points of view and brings differing ideas into the forefront.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies, and shares knowledge from across and outside GPE and the WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.

Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action

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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