E T Consultant, Project Officer – Private Sector and Foundations Partnerships, GPE

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Are you a very passionate advocate for education? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat (GPE) would like to hear from you.
Who We Are 
GPE is a shared commitment to end 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.  We bring together governments, teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses and private foundations to transform education systems so that every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency. 
What We Do 
GPE helps low- and lower-middle-income countries to build stronger education systems so that all children can get the education they need to thrive. We currently support nearly 90 countries where the needs are greatest and focus on reaching the children who are the most vulnerable, including girls, children with disabilities and those affected by extreme poverty or conflict.  Our unique approach works. Since 2002, 160 million more children in GPE partner countries have set foot in classrooms for the first time, more than half of them girls. GPE is also the largest provider of education grants in the global COVID-19 response, providing partner countries with vital resources to ensure that learning can safely continue. 
How We Work 
Now, GPE is working to help governments transform their education systems to get the most vulnerable children in school, improve teaching and learning, and build equitable, inclusive and resilient education systems fit for the 21st century. Between 2020-2025, GPE will support transformative change in up to 90 countries and territories, which are home to 1 billion children.  Transforming education is about creating lasting changes and achieving impact at scale. GPE sets  out to deliver this transformative change by convening partners, mobilizing funds and catalyzing  reforms to help partner countries accelerate access, learning outcomes and gender equality. 
Raise Your Hand 
In July 2021, the Global Education Summit put GPE firmly on the path to be fully funded by 2025, by raising a record US $4 billion from donors for GPE’s Raise Your Hand campaign. At the Summit, Heads of State and Government from partner countries made historic commitments to education financing and GPE also mobilized an unprecedented number of pledges from businesses, private foundations and development banks.
A fully funded GPE would support transformed education systems in up to 90 countries and territories, enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in GPE partner countries, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect 2 million girls from early marriage.
Governance And Organizational Arrangements 
The GPE Board of Directors includes ministerial-level board members and alternates representing 20 constituencies that reflect the Partnership’s breadth. The Board Chair is HE President Jakaya Kikwete and the Board Vice Chair is Dr Susan Liautaud. The Board of Directors, with its three standing committees, provides policy and strategic oversight and approves or delegates funding decisions.
The GPE Secretariat, with 160 employees and hosted by the World Bank, is responsible for translating the policies and strategies set by the Board into practical support for partner countries, coordinating with diverse stakeholders and galvanizing global support for SDG4. The Secretariat’s headquarters are in the World Bank’s offices in Washington, D.C. and the European office is in Paris with a satellite office in Brussels.
The External Relations team (EXR) responsibilities include donor relations, communications, advocacy, civil society outreach, private sector and private foundation outreach and it has the primary responsibility for overseeing GPE’s Financing Campaigns.
The Private Sector and Foundations Team (PS&F) is part of the External Relations Team (EXR). This team is leading on the implementation of the Board approved private sector and foundations strategies. In addition, the team is behind the work of GPE’s Education Data Solutions Roundtable and broader engagement of the business community with GPE, and its engagement with the philanthropic foundations’ community. The team also manages the Secretariat’s support to the Private Foundations and the Private Sector constituencies.
This position will be based initially in Brussels or Paris but may be relocated if business needs arise that make it necessary to do so.
GPE’s Private Sector and Foundations Team seeks to recruit a partnership specialist to help foster and facilitate engagement with private and philanthropic entities, including the business community to advance GPE’s strategic priorities and mission. GPE’s model for engagement with these partners centers around the following dimensions: advocacy and influencing in pertinent areas of mutual interest, leveraging expertise and know-how to support ministries of education and national plans in GPE eligible countries, funding and strengthening the engagement of the private sector and private foundations constituencies within GPE’s governance structure.  
Duties And Accountabilities
The selected candidate will be a member of the Private Sector and Foundations Team within the External Relations department. The role will require substantial engagement and coordination with other teams across the secretariat, including technical and country support teams, advocacy and communications teams, the donor team and the partnerships team. The selected candidate will report to the Private Sector Lead and work closely at times with the Private Foundations Lead. 
Duties and accountabilities include: 
Partnership Development and engagement  
• Support the coordination of the private sector partnerships portfolio and ensure implementation of mutually agreed milestones and deliverables. 
• Support and maintain implementation metrics for existing partnerships, compiling and providing reports as needed. 
• Support the development of partnerships with regional networks, advocacy forums, and other key associations to join forces to advocate for transformative change and positively influence education policy at national and international levels.
• Assist in the design and implementation of specific private sector initiatives aimed at leveraging strategic capabilities in particular thematic areas such as technology for education, climate change and education and 21st century skills. 
Operations & Research
• Support prospect research and developing materials, analyses, reports, presentations, etc., for internal use and external engagement with partners targeted by the team. 
• Develop activities and summary reports of private sector and foundations programmatic activities for key internal and external stakeholders, including materials for committee meetings.
• Serve as a focal point as needed across EXR, technical teams, country engagement teams, Finance/Operations colleagues, and other Secretariat task teams to ensure that private sector engagement and voices are represented and included in key discussions and strategies. 
• Support the development of case studies and other communication tools that support the business case of private sector and foundations engagement for global education in line with GPE’s mission.
• Support the contracting process as needed of private sector and foundations engagements. 
• Provide support to GPE’s corporate screening and due diligence process and GPE’s reputational risk assessment of both private sector and foundations.  
• Support the team with key action items with both the private sector and foundations constituencies.
• Support the private sector and foundations team to coordinate, document calls, and other tasks that might arise. 
• Serve as focal point for the team for internal reporting and analytics work including quarterly reporting, internal progress reviews, key metrics and documentation of the team’s portfolio. 


Selection Criteria



Bachelors or Master’s degree or similar experience in relevant field of study such as International Development, Education Policy and Planning, Social Sciences, Business Administration (with a focus on partnerships and sustainability), Public Policy and Management, International Relations (with a focus on development), Sustainable Development or Economics (with a focus on development economics).


At least 5 years of experience with Masters; 8 years of experience with bachelors. Knowledge and experience in building partnerships with private, corporate or philanthropic entities. Good understanding of the global education sector and experience at country level. Sound experience of project and grant management, donor engagement and fundraising.


Accountability & Results Focus – Engages in productive consultation without losing sight of responsibility for own decisions, deliverables, and deadlines. Doesn’t let the pursuit of perfection prevent forward progress. Seeks clarity when needed to move work forward and takes initiative to remove obstacles. Takes ownership of own mistakes, failures or oversights, and seeks to correct them. Manages differences of opinion to productive resolution so as not to impede progress. Works to ensure group efforts produce clear actions and decisions and tasks conclude.

Adaptability – Models flexibility – responds to changing circumstances by innovating and altering behavior to better fit different situations. Learns new skills and performs work in different ways. Remains calm in stressful situations and influences others to do so. Professionally deals with personal discomfort in a changing work environment.

Collaboration & Teamwork – Actively collaborates with others and models and open, helpful disposition. Acts as a teammate, proactively stepping in to support colleagues as needed. Recognizes and values the role of each team in delivering GPE’s mission. Approaches challenges and obstacles as shared challenges to be overcome. Sincerely contributes to productive group dynamics and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills – Has experience & success working in multicultural environments. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, adapting language, tone, style and message to diverse, multicultural audiences. Skilled at communicating complex information in succinct and digestible ways. Shares information and keeps people informed; Models transparency, in a way that builds trust in a culturally diverse environment. Maintains productive working relationships with colleagues and models this behavior for junior staff. Engages in active listening and two-way conversation. Asks questions for clarification and responds to others appropriately.  Learns from others’ ideas and expertise.

Planning & Organizing – Works well independently and in teams. Plans and prioritizes work effectively, making adjustments as needed to accommodate changes. Sets and meets individual and team deadlines. Works well under pressure and against tight timelines, and still delivers high-quality work. Foresees risks and identifies mitigation strategies and contingencies.


ETT/ETC appointments include medical benefits, paid holidays, and comprehensive leave policy (24 days/annum).


Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds from around the globe. 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, creed, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.

GPE has a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in line with its PSEAH policy.

Individuals with disabilities may be provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential functions of the role and support in receiving other workplace accommodations. Please contact the DAF-Disability Accommodation Fund at disabilityfund@worldbank.org for further information and support.


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