Job: Education Specialist, World Bank, Washington DC, United States

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Job #130388
Job Title - Education Specialist
Job Family - Education
Job Type - Professional & Technical
Grade - GF
Location - Washington, DC
Recruitment Type - International Hire
Language Requirement - English [Essential]; French [Desired]; Portuguese [Desired]
Closing Date - 25-Feb-2013

Background / General description:
The World Bank Group serves 48 client countries in the Africa Region (AFR). Clients range from low income countries among them many fragile and conflict states to a small but growing number of middle income countries (MICs) but with weak human development indicators. Average annual per capita income varies widely and inequalities persist in most AFR countries, with most of the Region's people living in poverty. The Bank's strategy in AFR is focused on two pillars - competitiveness and employment, and vulnerability and resilience - and a foundation - governance and public-sector capacity.

The Human Development Department in the Africa Region is comprised of three sectors: Health, Education and Social Protection. As part of the implementation of the Bank-wide Sector Managers' Span of Control reform, the education sector is divided into two sector units, which closely collaborate with each other. The Africa Education Sector Unit for Eastern and Southern Africa (AFTEE) is responsible for policy, analytical and operational work in the education sector in the sub-region. The unit currently has a portfolio of IDA projects, Trust Funds and major studies and technical assistance products in IDA and middle-income countries. The portfolio spans the full spectrum of the education sector from early childhood education to higher education. AFTEE is committed to delivering high quality technical products to support education development in the Bank’s client countries, and to do so in a manner that builds capacity through collaborative interactions with country counterparts.

AFTEE’s core goals are to (i) ensure universal completion of quality primary/basic education (ii) improve learning outcomes, particularly in reading, mathematics and science and (iii) expand access to quality secondary and higher education, and improving the links between post-basic education systems and labor markets. It tries to achieve these goals through education sector interventions (financial and analytical) and through interventions in other sectors that influence education outcomes.

AFTEE is seeking an Education Specialist with: (a) sound understanding of the factors leading to improved educational outcomes and the implications for Bank operations; (b) strong analytical skills, including the ability to lead and organize studies and to translate analytical findings into operations; (c) experience in World Bank operations ( for external candidates: a strong interest in the practical aspects of World Bank operations); and (d) experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Post-basic education and training (including links with labor markets)
• Teacher development / management
• Learning assessments
• Mathematics OR science education

The successful candidate will work primarily in Eastern and Southern Africa. However, AFTEE staff may be asked to work in West and Central Africa, if required.

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Tags: Africa, United States, World Bank, education, health, protection

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