Health Specialist Job #: Organization: Sector: Recruitment Type: Department/Division: Grade: Term Duration: Hire Type: Location: req14578 World Bank Health/Nutrition/Population Local Recruitment Health Nutrition&Population SAR 2 (HSAHP) GF 4 years 0 months Non-Managerial Islamabad,Pakistan Required Language(s): Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: English Urdu 1/27/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. 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 Context 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: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/health The South Asia Region Context We need the greatest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. The South Asia Region (SAR) comprises eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that range in size from India (with a population of over 1 billion) to Maldives (with 0.4 million people). The region has experienced a long period of robust economic growth, averaging 6% a year over the past 20 years. Up to 2019, it was the fastest growing region in the world, yet the region remains home to one-third of the world’s poorest. There are severe forms of exclusion and disparities based on ethnicity, caste, and gender. SAR has been affected by the COVID pandemic despite an early and strict lockdown, severely affecting livelihoods and reducing economic growth and employment to its worse levels ever recorded. Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID! The World Bank in South Asia: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/sar Country Context Even though there is sign of improvement, Pakistan has made limited and uneven progress in improving nutritional and health outcomes of children and mothers. The 2017/18 PDHS indicates that declines in child mortality rates have been slow and the rates of change vis-à-vis child malnutrition indicators has been also nominal since 1965, with more than one in three children being stunted! Malnutrition is also prevalent among women of reproductive age and maternal morality ratio is also higher than those of other countries in the region. The HNP portfolio in Pakistan includes three projects under implementation: the Pandemic Response Effectiveness in Pakistan (PREP), the National Immunization Support Project (NISP), and the Balochistan Human Capital Investment Project. Job duties and responsibilities The Health Specialist will report to the HNP Practice Manager and will be responsible for the following tasks and duties: • • Lead and contribute to high-quality analytical and advisory services tasks (and sub-tasks) related to health systems strengthening, addressing public health challenges, linking health to broader human development topics, and/or related topics in the South Asia context. Support task teams in the preparation, implementation support, of lending operations with the focus on health system strengthening, governance and • • • • management, and quality of care, focusing on the delivery of peoplecentered care, and strengthened primary health care, within the context of Universal Health Coverage. Take primary 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. 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 partners. Help teams with building and maintaining partnerships and networks within the Bank (in HNP as well as other sectors) and with external partners. Selection Criteria • At least a Master’s degree in public health, health policy or related field, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. A PhD, MBBS/MD and experience in the health sector would be advantageous. • Knowledge of and experience with the health sector in Pakistan – including institutional setup, healthcare delivery management 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 collaborators, 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. • Proven analytical skills linking health topics, and the ability to inform highlevel policy dialogue through strong communications (including writing) skills (in English and Urdu). • 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. 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