Senior Gender Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Friday, 3 September 2021

Senior Gender Specialist

Job #: req12754

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Operations

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French, Spanish - Highly desirable

Closing Date: 9/3/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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. For more information, visit

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was created in the run up to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. GEF’s work focuses on ensuring that continued growth and prosperity happen in a way that does not compromise the global commonsthe world’s oceans, atmosphere, land, forests, etc. Building on its role as financial mechanism of several multilateral environmental conventions, the GEF provides financing to more than 140 developing countries for projects and programs that address biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation, degradation of international waters, land and forests, ozone depletion, elimination or reduction of persistent organic pollutants and mercury.

GEF is a partnership of 18 organizations, including the World Bank Group, regional development banks, UN agencies, international NGOs and selected national agencies in recipient countries. GEF’s "2020 Strategy", adopted in 2014 outlines an ambitious vision for the GEF to enhance its role and impact by proactively seeking to address the drivers of environmental degradation, delivering integrated solutions across a range of environmental domains, and building effective multi-stakeholder coalitions. In June 2018, 29 donors committed a total of US$4.1 billion to the GEF’s four-year investment program, covering 2018-2022 ("GEF-7"). GEF-7 is now under implementation and preparation of a new replenishment cycle is about to be launched in the Spring of 2021.

The GEF Secretariat is, for administrative purposes, established as a Vice Presidential Unit within the World Bank Group. It is organized in three units: a GEF Programs Unit (GPU), a Policy, Partnerships and Operations Unit (PPO) Unit, and the CEO Front Office.

The GEF PPO Unit is responsible for a number of critical corporate functions within the GEF Secretariat (GEFSEC) and is organized along main workstreams covering the following areas: (1) Partnerships and resource mobilization;
(2) Country relations

(3) Policy and strategy

(4) Operations

(5) Results and Monitoring

(6) Knowledge & Learning

(7) Gender

(8) Systems

Duties and Accountabilities:

GEF is seeking to hire a dynamic and experienced Senior Gender Specialist to lead the Secretariat’s efforts to solidify and enhance GEF’s ambition to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across its projects and programs in the context of the evolving agenda of social inclusion. The approval of the GEF Policy on Gender Equality, in 2018, marked GEF’s significantly increased ambition to address gender equality. The Policy provided the impetus for the GEF to introduce more robust standards on gender across the GEF project cycle and to promote gender-responsive approaches in GEF projects and programs. To support the effective implementation of the Policy, the GEF launched a new Strategy as well as developed and disseminated practical guidelines and tools in close collaboration with GEF Agencies and partners. The Senior Gender Specialist is expected to build on the foundation established in the last 5 years and to further evolve and develop GEF’s approach, strategy, guidelines and results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The selected candidate will report to the GEF PPO Manager. The position will require high level of technical expertise and leadership skills to manage and guide strategic interactions and collaboration within the GEF Secretariat and across GEF Agencies, GEF Council members and GEF global as was well as country partners.

The Senior Gender Specialist will be primarily responsible for providing operational and technical leadership and expertise in advancing the GEF’s approach on gender mainstreaming in the context of the renewed focus on social inclusion, including advising the GEF Leadership Team, ensuring policy implementation, assuring effective corporate strategies, procedures, guidelines, and deploying capacity development and learning on gender equality, collaborating closely with staff across the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies, Council Members, recipient countries and other stakeholders. The GEF currently coordinates a Gender Partnership which includes gender focal points from each GEF Agency, relevant MEA secretariats, and representatives from the GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), GEF Network of Civil Society Organizations, GEF Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group, and other key partners.

The ideal candidate would have had several years of experience advancing social inclusion and gender approaches in similar institutional settings with a particular background on gender and the environment and experience developing or improving strategies and approaches in complex operating environment, preferably of a multilateral nature. The candidate would have a deep appreciation and a significant understanding of the complexity of the GEF Partnership arrangement and will require strong interpersonal skills, political acumen, and the capacity to work effectively, transparently on sensitive issues across the broader GEF Partnership.

Lead the implementation of the GEF’s Policy on Gender and Strategy by, among other things:

(a) Conducting ongoing compliance and quality assurance reviews of GEF Projects/Programs;
(b) Directing upstream programming and strategic efforts to guide and support the identification of effective entry points and implementation opportunities to promote gender equality in GEF’s programs and projects;
(c) Leading analytical and monitoring efforts on gender, including analytical efforts and production of GEF Council reports related to GEF’s progress and results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Lead the design, development and coordination of learning and capacity building efforts among GEF staff and partners, as well as organizing training/learning and capacity-building events on gender and broader issues of social inclusions within the GEF Secretariat and among the broader GEF Partnership as well as cultivating strategic mechanisms and partners to foster knowledge-sharing on gender-responsive activities and projects to accelerate learning on gender across the GEF portfolio. The new GEF Eighth Replenishment sets forth new strategic orientations which build on the GEF Environmental and Social Safeguards Policy under implementation to mainstream broad principles of social inclusion, equality of access and fight against discriminatory practices for all GEF projects and programs. Manage and revitalize the GEF Gender Partnership to serve as a relevant and effective platform for leveraging the wide range of skills and experiences on gender equality and women’s empowerment from across the GEF partnership to continue to improve learning and results on gender equality.

Guide and steer GEF’s results management efforts to improve the capturing and reporting of results on gender equality and women’s empowerment and support broader efforts by the GEF to capture and monitor socioeconomic co-benefits across the GEF portfolio.

Support GEF outreach and communication efforts to increase visibility across on GEF’s work and results on gender mainstreaming.

Selection Criteria

Must have a master’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, or related social disciplines and at least 8 years of relevant experience working on gender mainstreaming at the institutional and project levels, including project management, knowledge generation, and results-based management.

Operational experience from developing countries and background in gender and social inclusion with extensive social development competencies - social analysis (socio-political analysis, participatory research, social impact analysis, institutional analysis, quantitative analysis), community driven development (incl. community mobilization and empowerment), fragility and conflict.

Solid experience designing, implementing, and facilitating training on gender equality and women’s empowerment or related topics.

Coordination skills and experience liaising and coordinating with different stakeholders and groups (at the global or national level) and proven capacity and skills to strategically translate analytical work into policy or operational modalities.

Proven expertise and knowledge on gender aspects related to global environmental conventions and frameworks, including demonstrated knowledge gender responsive tools and approaches, and robust practical experience applying them effectively at institutional and project/program levels.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with global/regional or technical networks in gender and environment fields Proven extensive communication, facilitation training skills with varied stakeholders and audiences.

Excellent skills in teamwork and consensus-building/partnership-building in a multi-cultural setting. Very strong written and oral communication skills.

Required Competencies:

In addition to the above specific competencies the Sr. Gender Specialist would also have to satisfy the following corporate competencies: Deliver Results for Clients

Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable

Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients

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Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes. Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries

Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect

Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes

Makes choices and sets priorities with a GEF corporate perspective in mind

Lead and Innovate:

Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate, and implement relevant solutions

Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of the GEF’s values and mission

Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge

Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across the GEF, clients, and partners

Is known across the GEF in their subject area and is sought out by the GEF colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others

Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge

Builds networks across the GEF and as part of external professional groups/networks

Make Smart Decisions

Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the GEF strategy

Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long-term implications of decisions

Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached

The WBG Core Competencies:

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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