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Fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) is a central development challenge. By 2030, half of the global extreme poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Furthermore, the global FCV landscape has deteriorated in recent years, with rising levels of conflict, violence and forced displacement. Importantly, FCV impacts both low- and middle-income countries. Therefore, making progress in FCV is central to the World Bank Group’s (WBG) mission and critical to achieving the Twin Goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
In the face of this increasingly complex landscape, the WBG and key partners are focusing their efforts on FCV settings and adapting their approach to maximize impact in the most challenging environments. The FCV Group aims to steer and drive the FCV agenda within the WBG, and to ensure consistency, complementarity, and synergies in approaches across the WBG. The FCV Group works with country management units (CMUs) and global practices (GPs) to enhance the impact of strategic and programmatic approaches in FCV-affected countries across the globe. It does so by: (i) providing analytical inputs to identify drivers of fragility and inform country strategies and programming; (ii) leading on the forced displacement agenda by promoting medium-term socioeconomic opportunities for displaced persons and host communities; (iii) developing and managing innovative financing solutions tailored to fragility challenges; (iv) deploying hands-on operational support to CMUs and GPs to address practical challenges of working in FCV contexts; and (iv) building and deepening partnerships with the UN, bilateral partners, international NGOs, and other external actors on fragility-related engagement.
The FCV Group is led by a Senior Director and is comprised of approximately 45 staff distributed across two separate units, Operational Support and Forced Displacement (GTFOS) and Strategy, Analytics, and Financing Solutions (GTFSA).
The Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF)
The GCFF was established in 2016 at the initiative of the United Nations (UN), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Bank (WB) as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis. As the crisis unfolded, many of the fleeing Syrians sought refuge in the neighboring Jordan and Lebanon. These two countries opened their borders to their neighbors in need, thus providing a global public good. However, the arrival of large numbers of refugees put a strain on their economies, service provision, and infrastructure. Each country has struggled to afford the additional costs borne of hosting refugees, in part because their status as middle-income countries (MICs) prevents them from borrowing from multilateral development banks on concessional terms traditionally reserved for the poorest nations.
The international community responded by creating the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF), to provide concessional financing to MICs hosting large numbers of refugees. Since its establishment, the GCFF has expanded to also include Colombia and Ecuador, two countries hosting large numbers of Venezuelan migrants and refugees.
The GCFF is a Financial Intermediary Fund, hosted by the World Bank, and operating in accordance with the GCFF Operations Manual approved by the GCFF Steering Committee, as amended over time. Under the GCFF, donor contributions are used to reduce the cost of borrowing to highly concessional levels on loans for development projects that benefit refugees and host communities. Therefore, support from the GCFF allows benefitting countries to borrow more affordably and eases the financial burden of addressing the long-term impact of the refugee influx. Development projects under the Facility may be supported by five partner MDBs: The World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Extended Term Consultant’s primary responsibility will be to support the GCFF Coordination Unit’s role by working closely with benefitting countries, Implementation Support Agencies and UNHCR in strengthening knowledge management and monitoring/evaluation and providing upstream guidance and support to project teams. The Extended Term Consultant will work under the supervision of the GCFF Program Manager, based in Washington, D.C.
Scope of Work
The Extended Term Consultant will also have responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:
Upstream Engagement with GCFF Implementation Support Agencies and Benefiting Countries
• Design Stage Alignment: Engage with ISA task teams during the design and conceptualization stages of projects to ensure alignment with GCFF eligibility criteria. Compile short debrief for GCFF CU after on funding request to support more efficient and effective interactions.
• M&E Assessment: Evaluate results framework and theory of change of all pipelines operations. Advise project teams on results indicators, M&E systems, and grant-level reporting. Ensure that proposed projects have robust M&E frameworks in place.
• Guidance essionality amount, results reporting requirements, or applying lessons learned and best practices from other operations.
• Support for Task Teams: Assist task teams in applying relevant lessons learned to pipeline operations. Provide guidance and support to ensure that lessons are effectively integrated into project design and implementation. Provide guidance with funding requests.
• Organize workshops: Organize and deliver workshops for GCFF Implementation Support Agencies and Benefiting Countries
• Engagement with other institutions and programs. Liaise with other ISAs as well as other programs on forced displacement within the World Bank, such as
IDA Window for Host Communities and Refugees and the UNHCR-World Bank Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement, to collate expertise and best practices around operations responding to forced displacement challenges.
• Annual Reports: Contribute to the preparation and production of annual reports on GCFF-supported operations.
• Guidance Materials: Develop comprehensive guidance materials to support task teams in implementing effective monitoring and evaluation practices. These materials may include methodologies, tools, and templates for data collection, analysis, and reporting.
• Results Reporting Support: Provide ongoing support to task teams with results reporting. Assist in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of M&E data, and facilitate the integration of findings into project management and decision-making processes. Support efforts to backfill results from projects pre-dating the new results framework.
• Project Dashboard: Maintain and update GCFF project dashboard to provide real-time updates on key performance indicators, project milestones, and outcomes.
Knowledge and Learning
• Identify Lessons Learned: Conduct stocktaking exercise on lessons learned from GCFF-supported operations. Create and maintain a catalog of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative approaches.
• Knowledge Products: Develop knowledge products and support materials based on the identified lessons learned. Disseminate these materials to task teams and prospective task teams and to GCFF stakeholders.
• Case Studies: Support the case studies on GCFF-supported development policy operations. Identify lessons learned on how GCFF can effectively engage with BCs to support inclusive policies for refugees.
The ETC may be assigned other tasks and deliverables as deemed appropriate by the GCFF Program Manager and the GTFS1 Manager.
In addition to WBG-wide core competencies, the successful candidate will have the following qualifications, experience, skills and personal attributes:
• Advanced degree (master or PhD) in social sciences or management and at least five years of relevant experience.
• Demonstrates substantial and current knowledge of issues and developments related to forced displacement.
• Demonstrated operational and programmatic experience acquired through work with MDBs or the United Nations System.
• Proven track record in analysis and sharing of best practices, knowledge and lessons learned with clients and partners.
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation including formulating theories of change, developing results frameworks, selecting results indicators, and advising operational teams on M&E
• Experience in drafting and editing reports, in particular high-visibility reports and other written material. This should be demonstrated by published reports, such as technical or annual reports, on the website of the World Bank or another reputable international organization.
• Excellent organizational and management skills, and ability to manage a broad program of activities; ability to prioritize and be proactive, to deal with frequent and unexpected changes, and to work within tight timeframes and with a significant degree of autonomy.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, including the ability to write short reports and briefing notes
• Candidates who bring direct personal and professional experience and background from diverse FCV or forced displacement affected backgrounds preferred.
• Ability to work as part of a high-performing multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team, often operating under tight deadlines and timetables.
• Personal integrity, with demonstrated ability to handle confidential matters in a discreet and respectful manner.
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills with external partners and across the WBG matrix with the capacity to interact in a multi-cultural environment.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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