Public Policy Specialist - Advocacy, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Public Policy Specialist - Advocacy

Job #: req12846

Organization: World Bank

Sector: External Affairs & Corporate Relations

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Paris, France or Washington, DC

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French, Spanish

Closing Date: 8/31/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


The Global Partnership for Education (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.

GPE mobilizes partners and funds to help 76 partner countries transform their education systems and deliver quality learning to more girls and boys, especially those who are marginalized by poverty, gender, disability or displacement.

On July 29, 2021, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta co-hosted the Global Education Summit in London, which raised a record US$4 billion from donors for GPE.

This fundraising total puts GPE firmly on the path to achieving its target of raising at least $5 billion over the next five years to transform education for millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. A fully funded GPE would enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025.

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.

A constituency-based Board of Directors sets policies and strategies and approves performance-based funding grants to improve learning outcomes and equity through building stronger education systems in developing countries.

The External Relations Team seeks to recruit a Public Policy Specialist to ensure that education is positioned as a crucial part of the solution to global challenges; and with the GPE 2025 Strategic Plan, ensure that GPE is seen as a key education delivery and policy influencing mechanism for development outcomes.

Duties and Accountabilities

This position is located within the External Relations Team (EXR) of the Secretariat, whose responsibilities include donor relations, communications, advocacy, civil society outreach, private sector and private foundation outreach. This position relates to the Global Advocacy Team and will report to the Team Lead for Global Advocacy.

An initial identification of tasks includes the following; however, additional tasks may be identified according to the needs of the team.

Lead and support public positioning in key policy dialogues and platforms, including gender equality, such as the UN General Assembly, UN High Level Political Forums, G7 and G20;
Identify and lead advocacy engagement on priority policy issues - positioning GPE strategic and policy priorities in global policy agendas;
Build a cross-sectoral public policy advocacy network for GPE;
Develop advocacy and public policy assets, such as background briefings and messaging, to advance GPE’s objectives and position GPE across education and sustainable development fora;
Conceptualize, lead and manage high-level high-visibility events and public policy moments to position GPE priorities on the international development agenda;
Advise GPE leadership and management on engagement in key global platforms, campaigns and priority political initiatives;
Build and maintain productive relationships with GPE’s advocacy partners and key stakeholders;
Lead relationship building at global level with development policy think tanks and influential networks;
Strengthen GPE’s political influencing in the UN political bodies and missions to support public policy and resource mobilization goals;
Translate political intelligence, policy information and programmatic data into salient briefs and policy advice;
Support effective cross-functional collaboration with GPE teams in order to advance policy outcomes and shape programmatic approaches;
Other duties as identified by the team lead

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in relevant discipline or the equivalent experience with at least 6 years‘ meaningful professional experience in a similar function within the international development context.

Advanced understanding of the global international development environment, key institutions and partners and topical global policy issues.

Political acumen and strong conceptual and research/analytical skills with the ability to quickly analyze data and information from different sources and produce coherent reports.

Demonstrated strengths in written and oral communications, with strong ability to convey sophisticated ideas in a clear, direct, and lively style.

Ability to work independently, operate under pressure, manage multiple tasks, deliver time sensitive, high-quality work, and meet team objectives.

Ability to communicate and write competently in English. The ability to communicate professionally in French will be considered an asset.


Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.

Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients‘ stated and unstated needs.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.

GPE is committed to achieving diversity in terms of race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities and nationals of GPE developing country partners are equally encouraged to apply.

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.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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