Team Assistant – Health/Nutrition/Population

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    2 weeks ago
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    General Support, Healthcare, Social and Inclusive Development
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The Human Development (HD) Practice Group (PG)

The World Bank Group (WBG) is the largest provider of development finance and solutions for human development working with high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries to develop country-tailored solutions for human development (HD) under the themes of education, health, social protection, jobs and gender. The HD PG coordinates with other Practice Groups to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to development challenges, and through the World Bank Regional Units is expected to deliver the strongest and most pertinent support to our client countries. 

The Human Development Vice Presidency (HDVP) at the World Bank Group is made up of the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and jobs; additionally, the HDVP houses the gender group.  As such, HD is central to the World Bank Group’s goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and raise shared prosperity 

Over the past few years, the World Bank’s Human development sector has been delivering a scaled-up program with an active portfolio over $71.3B with engagements in 121 countries. New commitments in FY21 are expected to reach a total $21.2B by FY end.  Human capital development, and in particular, the health sector program, has taken a central role for the WBG, as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The primary challenges of health development relate to health, nutrition, and demographic transitions that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic both, through an agile short-term response, and a sustainable and inclusive longer-term response that tackles inequitable opportunities and outcomes in the health sector globally, regionally and within countries.  The fundamental challenge is to preempt, prevent and mitigate the developmental impact of these challenges now and into the future.  Specific challenges include: providing equitable, efficient, accountable and sustainable financing of health coverage; providing equitable, quality, appropriate and scaled-up delivery of priority public health services according to need; mobilizing the appropriate quantity and quality of key health systems inputs related to health workers, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare technology and facilities; and strengthening models of governance for the health sector that recognize core functions for government, responsibilities/accountability of key actors and enhance competencies for governance across levels (local, national, regional and global) and sectors (public/private/civil society, as well as government sectors such as education, transport, social protection, etc.).

Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice  

The World Bank Group (WBG) supports countries’ efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to provide quality, affordable health services to everyone —regardless of their ability to pay — by strengthening primary health care systems and reducing the financial risks associated with ill health and increasing equity. For more information: 
The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship as a result of illnesses. In the quest for UHC, the HNP Global Practice is building on progress made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, an array of analytical and advisory services, strategic partnerships with partner institutions and other financing agencies, and an active lending portfolio. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices.

The HNP Global Practice is led by a Global Director, who has overall responsibility for the GP. The Global Director works closely with the Human Development Directors for each Region and with the regional Practice Managers and the Practice Manager of the Global Unit and the GFF Manager who collectively form the practice board. The day-to-day management of the HNP Global Unit is under the responsibility of the Practice Manager. 

Duties and Accountabilities: 

The selected candidate will be assigned to provide administrative support to the HHNDR Front Office team members as well as for tasks associated to the Unit’s overall work program. In addition to the front office support the successful candidate will support HHNGE team leads in the successful delivery of the work program.  He/she will report to the Global Director and will also coordinate his/her day-to-day work with the Senior Executive Assistant as well as the HHNGE office manager. The Team Assistant’s duties will include but are not limited to:

• Developing and maintaining the master travel calendar (proposed and confirmed travel), assisting with travel arrangements for (TRs, flight, hotel booking, transportation, and SOE) preparing Global Director’s travel agenda and briefing book (background document and meeting schedule).
• Backing-up in assisting the Global Director in the absence of the Senior Executive Assistant and providing back-up/cross-support to colleagues in the Front Office during absences or peak periods as needed.
• Providing administrative support to HHNDR FO and technical teams in the HNP Global Unit on STC and Firm contracting (Admin Portal and e-Procurement) and budget and portfolio monitoring. 
• Assisting with the preparation and logistical planning for various events, e.g. conferences, workshops, meetings, missions, etc., including preparing invitations, handling RSVPs, coordinating logistics with partner partners and liaising with Resource Management team for compliance with Bank policies. Act as a focal point for liaising with external venues for events.
• Coordinating schedules taking priorities into account, monitoring changes, and communicating the information to appropriate staff, inside and outside the immediate work unit including officials outside the World Bank Group.
• Track briefing preparations and help set up systems to improve the efficiency
• Assisting with the Front Office staff and Global Unit in general office support such as reserving meeting rooms, arranging catering services, AV equipment, video and tele-conferencing coordination, calendaring, printing, photocopying, and phone coverage.
• Drafting routine correspondence and proofreading materials using proper grammar, punctuation, and style.
• Solving non-routine problems, with appropriate guidance as relevant.
• Performing other ad-hoc duties as required.

Selection Criteria

• Knowledge of and ability to executive business processes involving diverse and work procedures related to the processing and production of assigned outputs in a timely manner.
• Minimum Education/Experience: Bachelor in administration or equivalent degree with 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Proficiency in English (verbal and written) and effective time management and organizational skills.
• The selected candidate may be required to work flexible hours.
• Ability to retrieve reference materials from various sources (e.g. databases or other filing systems, Internet, etc.).
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with utmost discretion.
• Committed, self-motivated team player with good inter-personal skills, and ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
• Ability to produce high-quality work under pressure.
• Proficiency in using advanced functions on Bank standard computer applications (Windows applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).  
• Knowledge of and ability to execute diverse work procedures related to the timely processing and production of assigned outputs and supporting administrative activities.  
• Demonstrates knowledge and experience working with Microsoft office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.). Has ability and willingness to maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills as technology and workflow change.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. This is why we continually search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce.

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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