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Job Description:

The global community has made considerable progress over the past 25 years in improving the health and well-being of women, children, and adolescents. Rates of preventable death have dropped significantly in many countries and improvements have been seen across a range of key measures of health and well-being. But the progress has not been enough: too many women, children, and adolescents have been left behind, dying and suffering from preventable conditions, in considerable part because of a large financing gap, estimated at US$33 billion annually. 

​The Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) was launched at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 as part of a global conversation about how to finance the SDGs, which requires a shift from thinking about billions of dollars to recognizing that we need trillions to achieve the ambitious targets that we have agreed upon. This shift is only possible through new approaches to financing that recognize that countries themselves are the engines of progress and that the role of external assistance is to support countries both to get more results from the existing resources and to increase the total volume of financing. Over the past three years, the GFF has created a new model with countries in the driver’s seat that brings together multiple sources of financing in a synergistic way to support national priorities. A key element of this model is drawing on the other sectors that influence health and nutrition outcomes, such as education, water and sanitation, and social protection. The GFF supports countries to get on a trajectory to achieve the SDGs by:

  • Strengthening dialogue among key stakeholders under the leadership of governments and supporting the identification of a clear set of priority results that all partners commit their resources to achieving;
  • Getting more results from existing resources and increasing the total volume of financing from four sources: domestic government resources, financing from IDA and IBRD, aligned external financing, and private sector resources; and
  • Strengthening systems to track progress, learn, and course-correct.

The GFF recently held its first replenishment for the GFF Trust Fund to respond to the demand from countries that want to be part of the GFF. It has to date mobilized an additional US$1.05 billion to enable the GFF process to be expanded over the period 2018–23 to 50 countries facing the most significant needs.  The opportunity for impact is enormous: these countries collectively account for 96 percent of the US$33 billion annual financing gap and 5.2 million maternal and child deaths each year, with billions of dollars lost each year to poor health.

The GFF partnership, including its external relations strategy, is led by the GFF Director; the day-to-day management of the GFF team is the responsibility of the GFF Practice Manager. The GFF Secretariat, which is based at the World Bank and is situated in the HNP Global Practice, works to deliver on the GFF objectives.  This includes working with countries to develop quality investment cases, managing the GFF Trust Fund, technical assistance to regional teams, and support to the GFF Investors Group, the governance mechanism for the GFF.  

Results driven approach: The GFF is dedicated to improving country-level health data collection and financial information management systems (resource tracking) to improve advocacy efforts and program management decisions at all levels in the healthcare system. Our aim is to increase the demand for high quality data and meaningful country driven data-use for improved RMNCAH-N outcomes and health financing reforms. Our focus is to strengthen national systems, working in collaboration with other health stakeholders to avoid duplicity and invest in catalytic systems areas to increase data quality, use and demand.

Responsibilities of the Unit: The GFF Secretariat is responsible for supporting the activities of the GFF, including managing the GFF Trust Fund and supporting the GFF Investors Group, the governance mechanism for the GFF.  The Secretariat is based at the World Bank, situated in the HNP Global Practice. The GFF team is responsible for supporting countries to develop and monitor  their RMNACH-N investment case by assessing the cost-effectiveness of RMNCAH-N program and identifying areas for improvement during implementation for real-time course correction, as well as to ensure accountability to those affected by RMNCAH-N outcomes as well as to those providing resources (governments at all levels, CSO, donors, other stakeholders).


The main objective of the GFF Country Focal point is to support the national government of a country in the implementation of the GFF process in a manner that will meet its needs to improve the health and nutrition of women, adolescents and children.  This involves both advice and assistance to catalyze and harmonize support from a range of stakeholders engaged in-country (civil society organizations, private sector, bilateral and multilateral financiers, technical partners, etc.) as well as coordinating the various streams of support that is provided by the GFF Secretariat within a country.  The specific objectives of the GFF Country Focal Point are to:

  • Define GFF value proposition:  Enable the government to develop, along with key stakeholders, a common vision of the specific areas of value addition and focus of the GFF in the country;
  • Institutional arrangements:  Work with the national government to define the institutional arrangements that will guide the GFF process.
  • Country platform:  Work closely with the GFF Liaison Officer to ensure that there is a functioning national platform that serves to guide the GFF process in the country.    
  • Investment case preparation process:  Guide the development of a roadmap for the preparation of the investment case.  Ensure that all aspects of the roadmap are financed, either directly by the GFF trust fund or by the government and its partners. 
  • Health financing work plan:  Ensure the Secretariat works with the government and stakeholders to develop a health financing work plan that complements the investment case.
  • World Bank relations:  Manage the overall Secretariat relationship with the World Bank TTL(s) and other staff working in the country. 
  • GFF-financed project(s):  Play an active role as team member in the preparation and supervision of the GFF co-financed World Bank operation(s) in the country.    
  • Communications:  Work with the Liaison Officer to ensure there is adequate communication about the GFF process in-country. 
  • Monitoring:  Given the centrality of data for decision making to the GFF value proposition, the Focal Point will coordinate systematic support from the Secretariat in this area.  


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., health, health financing, public administration) and at least 8- 12 years of relevant experience in supporting large scale development programs in low and low-middle income countries;
  • Experience working with the World Bank or experience working on supporting the design and implementation of World Bank-financed projects in low and low-middle income countries;
  • Experience working with governments to strengthen health systems;
  • Experience having developed and/or facilitated complex partnerships, including between NGOs, CSOs, private sector, multi-lateral institutions and governments; strong relationship builder with excellent interpersonal skills is essential for this position;
  • Experience disseminating analytic information with multiple stakeholders and translating data in action and improvement in interventions and outcome;
  • Knowledge of issues affecting fragile states and experience working in these settings an advantage;
  • Expertise in key areas of the GFF value proposition (data for decision making, health financing, private sector, etc.) an advantage;
  • Ability to work effectively in situations of uncertainty and under time pressure;
  • Passion for the GFF mission and goals, and the strategic vision for the successful implementation and rollout of GFF objectives;
  • Ability to innovate and work within and across WBG institutions on monitoring solutions for development;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Ability to speak French an advantage;


  • 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.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
Washington DC
Post Date:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Job Description:


The Global Financing Facility 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.  The GFF seeks to support countries with an integrated health system approach that looks for the best solutions for better women, children and adolescents’ health and nutrition outcomes.

The GFF acts as a pathfinder in a new era of financing for development by pioneering a model that shifts away from focusing solely on official development assistance to an approach that combines getting more results from existing resources and increasing the total volume of financing from: domestic resources, IDA and IBRD financing, aligned external financing and private sector resources. The GFF aims to close the resource gap for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) by 2030 through these multiple sources of financing.  The GFF will achieve this by mobilizing additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding-in of additional domestic and external resources.  The GFF also leverages the private sector expertise of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, to attract private sector resources to priority investment areas.

The GFF secretariat works in partnership with the GFF Investors Group partners to deliver on the GFF objectives under country leadership.  This includes working with countries to develop quality investment cases with strong monitoring and evaluation frameworks and implementation plans, managing the GFF trust fund, providing technical assistance to regional teams and support to the GFF Investors Group, the governance mechanism for the GFF. The secretariat is based at the World Bank, situated in the HNP Global Practice.


The GFF Secretariat is seeking an online communications and social media producer short-term consultant (STC) to work on the development of online communications content in French, as well as provide support for general French-language communications. The work will include but is not limited to developing, adapting, translating, posting and monitoring strategic social media content in French; supporting the production of French-language content for the website and the monthly newsletter, and to share with partners; and ensuring some quality control of French-language products and correspondence. The online communications and social media producer STC will play an important role in strategic communications efforts contributing to the success of the GFF communications and advocacy strategy, as well as to demonstrate the WBG’s transformational leadership in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The short-term consultant will report to the GFF communications lead.


The initial consultancy is for up to 100 days through June 30, 2019, with an expected start date of February 4, 2019.


Social Media, Online Content Production

  • Support the day-to-day updating of the website
  • Produce, translate, adapt and post French-language content for the web
  • Ensure search engine optimization of website content, and compliance with World Bank technical and editorial standards
  • Support the development, scripting, creation and publication of multimedia content in French (slideshows, infographics etc.)
  • Write, edit and coordinate French-Language content for social media channels (bilingual Twitter and YouTube, with later possibility of a separate French-language Twitter channel)
  • Support the production and dissemination of French-language newsletter
  • Support the communications team with quality review of French-English/English-French translations of products, content and correspondence (but not translate)
  • Identify internal and external opportunities to share French-language GFF content and cross-promote GFF content on other online channels
  • Report on key performance indicators and provide recommendations

Additional Communications Support

  • Provide support during events
  • Support the creation of GFF presentations and publications, as needed
  • Help respond to French-language media queries, as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree (Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs, Economics or other related field) plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, particularly in online communications
  • Some knowledge of issues and developments in the global health arena, with proven understanding/experience working in the area of women and children’s health and nutrition with specific focus on French-speaking countries
  • Strong knowledge of digital and social media platforms with experience in stimulating conversations with stakeholders, developing strategies to position across websites, blogs and other channels
  • Diplomatic skills in French, particularly understanding the sensitivities of communicating with French-speaking, high-level partners
  • French and English language skills and proficiency to write content for social media and the web
  • Experience working with web and email management platforms like Drupal and MailChimp
  • Familiarity with website analytics tools such as Omniture and Google Analytics
Washington DC
Post Date:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 24, 2019
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