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ET Consultant, Djibouti

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E T Consultant

Job #: req13306
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Health/Nutrition/Population
Grade: EC2
Term Duration:  1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Djibouti,Djibouti
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 10/14/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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 www.worldbank.org.
Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) Global Practice
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 Practices works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving HNP outcomes.
Middle East and North Africa Region
The World Bank Group serves client countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Clients range from oil-dependent high-income countries to lower middle-income, IDA and FCV countries. Four years ago, in response to the region’s changing circumstances, the WBG launched a new strategy focused on promoting peace and stability. To support the new economy, the WBG is expanding the MENA strategy. Three new priorities have been added to the original four pillars of renewing the social contract, building resilience for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), developing regional cooperation and supporting recovery and reconstruction. The three new priorities are: harnessing the region’s human capital, leveraging technologies for a new digital economy, and developing the private sector through maximizing finance for development.
The MNA Region serves 20 countries, of which a number are active IBRD or IDA borrowers/recipients, while others are users of non-lending services, which the Region provides on either a reimbursable or a non-reimbursable basis. The two-pronged approach will be adapted to the circumstances of every country in the region, from high-income Gulf countries to middle-income countries (e.g., Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia), and fragile and conflict-affected countries (e.g., Iraq, Yemen, Libya). The MNA Region also supports state and peace building in West Bank and Gaza under the Trust Fund for Gaza and the West Bank, established in 1993. The MNA Region attaches particular importance to creating a supportive work environment, based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust, client service, and professional excellence. MNA staff is expected to be guided by these values as well as to possess the following attributes: (i) collegiality, creativeness, resourcefulness; (ii) good listening and communications skills; (iii) intellectual and personal integrity and competence; (iv) willingness and ability to work in teams; and (v) commitment to clients. MNA has an open environment that encourages teamwork.
Country Context
Djibouti is a small, mostly urban lower-middle income country situated near fragile and conflict-affected countries. Owing to its modern logistics infrastructure and proximity with the larger and landlocked Ethiopia, Djibouti has experienced steady growth in recent years. Its relative stability in the region partly explains this economic surge, driven by the presence of military bases, port-related activities, as well as an increase in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) with the building of public infrastructure. Djibouti depends almost entirely on the global supply chain and imports for its food consumption and medicines.
Despite improvements in Djibouti’s health status in the last few years, health indicators remain similar to countries of lower income status. The infant and maternal mortality rates are high at 65 per 1,000 live births and 229 per 100,000 live births, respectively; and while over 85% of deliveries are attended by skilled health personnel, only 23 percent of women receive four or more antenatal care visits and only 54 percent of women receive any form of postnatal care. Infections—particularly HIV—account for a significant share of DALYs, while rising NCD rates compound these health challenges.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an acute shock with serious health and economic consequences for Djibouti. As of August 31, 2021, there were 11,747 cumulative cases, and 157 deaths. Currently, cases are on decline after a significant second wave that hit the country in March and April 2021 harder than the last peak in May and early June 2020. The overall test positivity rate has recently increased to 87% likely indicative that current testing is slightly insufficient to detect most new cases.
Although health outcomes in Djibouti have improved in recent years, the acute stress of COVID-19 complicates chronic health challenges like shortages of qualified health care workers, drugs, and equipment, disparities in access to healthcare services, and low quality of care. To address the chronic needs, the Government of Djibouti (GoD) has launched the National Health Development Plan for 2020-2024 that focuses on four strategic priorities: (i) expanding quality care in all regions; (ii) reducing regional disparities; (iii) strengthening health financing and the Health Management Information System (HMIS); and (iv) reducing the prevalence of diseases. After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30, 2020, the government immediately prepared the Djibouti COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan with support from WHO and close involvement of development partners (DPs).
The Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice (HNP GP) has a growing portfolio of operational and analytical work in Djibouti. HNP GP’s engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region seeks to implement a strategy that is built on four guiding principles: A development model that is built on greater citizen trust, harnessing the regions human capital, leveraging technologies for a new digital economy, supporting inclusive and accountable service delivery, a stronger private sector, and regional cooperation – particularly around regional public goods and sectors.
The HNP GP is supporting the Government’s efforts in health systems strengthening and nutrition. The World Bank’s HNP Djibouti Portfolio is comprised of three lending operations: (i) the Improving Health Sector Performance Project (original project approved in 2013 with two additional financings approved in 2015 and 2019); (ii) and the Towards Zero Stunting Project approved in 2018; and (iii) Djibouti COVID-19 Response approved in 2020. In addition, the HNP GP has a pipeline of advisory services and analytics focused on health financing; universal health coverage; and COVID-19 response.
The HNP team in Djibouti also works with other Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solutions Areas, namely the Social Protection GP on cash transfers to support health and nutrition, and the Climate Change Cross Cutting Solution Area on the building climate resilience in key sectors of the economy including health.
The HNP team for Djibouti includes staff in other MENA countries and Washington DC. To strengthen the team, the WBG is recruiting a ETC based in Djibouti. The ETC will support the World Bank’s HNP portfolio in Djibouti, the broader Human Development (HD) agenda, including the ongoing policy dialogue with Government counterparts and partners, preparation of analytical products, and the preparation and implementation of operations in the sector.
Duties and Accountabilities
The ETC will report to the HNP Practice Manager and will be responsible for the following tasks and duties:
  • Contribute to high-quality analytical and advisory services tasks (and sub-tasks) related to health systems strengthening, addressing public health and nutrition challenges, linking health and nutrition to broader human development topics, and/or related topics in the Middle East and North Africa context.
  • Support task teams in the preparation, implementation support, of lending operations with a focus on nutrition, health system strengthening, governance and management, and quality of care, the delivery of people-centered care, and strengthened primary health care, within the context of Universal Health Coverage.
  • Take responsibility, under the guidance of project team leaders, for coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of projects, and manage reporting and coordination relationships with development partners.
  • Contribute to technical analyses, including but not limited to analyses to nutrition, health and nutrition financing, human resources for health and nutrition, service delivery, governance and political economy.
  • Participate in and contribute to technical assistance work to support relevant capacity-building activities including workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Participate in and contribute to policy dialogue with government counterparts – including at the national and sub-national levels – and with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Help teams with building and maintaining partnerships and networks within the Bank (in HNP as well as other sectors) and with external partners.
  • Provide limited cross-support to selected task teams working on other countries in the region as needed.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree in public health, nutrition, economics, health policy or related discipline, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. A PhD, MD and experience in the health and nutrition sector would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the health and nutrition sector in Djibouti – including institutional set up, healthcare delivery management, health and nutrition system context and reforms, and community engagement.
  • Familiarity with the World Bank or similar donor agency procedures and processes would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government counterparts, private sector partners and representatives of development partners.
  • Demonstrated track record of synthesizing complex analytics and results into user-friendly written outputs.
  • Experience analyzing health and nutrition financing and household survey data, including the use of statistical software and econometric methods.
  • Proven analytical skills linking health and nutrition topics, and the ability to inform high-level policy dialogue through strong communications and writing skills in English and French.
  • Strong communication and track record on successful working as a team member.
  • Proactive and results-focused work style with strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Knowledge and experience working in multicultural institution is desirable.
In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following WBG competencies:
  • Integrative Skills – Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs.
  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process and role of the health sector in that process. Is able to find relevant information and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations and lessons from this analysis for clients.
  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and communicates findings/points of view verbally and through economic reports and papers. Plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders as part of Bank teams.
  • Client Orientation – Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
  • Drive for Results – Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.




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