JOB AT World Bank-KIGALI : E T Consultant : ( Deadline : 26 February 2019 )
E T Consultant
Job #: req2014
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Required Language(s): English
Closing Date: 2/26/2019 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
The central contribution of the Health Nutrition and Population (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 because 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 in many country offices. The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. At the country level, HNP works closely with the Government and Health Partners (HP) seek ways to further improve the effectiveness of health sector spending program by improving the benefits from the available resources. HNP is seeking to hire a health specialist/economist to be based at the Rwanda Country Office in Kigali.
With the rapid scale-up of basic health services and overall improvement in socio-economic conditions Rwanda has experienced a steep drop in infant (from 107 to 32 per 1,000 live births), child (from 196 to 50 per 1,000 live births) and maternal mortality (from 1,071 to 210 per 100,000 live births) as well as a steep drop in fertility (i.e. from a total fertility rate of 6.0 to slightly above 4.0) during the 2000-2015 period. Rwanda is still lagging in several areas, including childhood stunting that remains stubbornly high at 38 percent. Progress in reducing childhood stunting has been relatively slow for children from the lowest wealth quintiles, especially those born to mothers with relatively modest education levels, poor nutritional status and high parity.
The Government of Rwanda has made a high-level commitment to reduce and eventually eliminate childhood stunting. To respond to this commitment, the World Bank has developed an integrated program to combat childhood stunting which is underpinned by an ongoing program of analytic work on evidence-based approaches and health financing. The Bank-funded US$55 million Stunting Prevention and Reduction Project is the main vehicle to support the government’s stunting reduction program. The project focuses on the scale up of high impact, cost effective nutrition and health interventions; introduction of a multi-sectoral national communication strategy to improve knowledge, practices and behaviors; and applies a learning by doing approach to generate evidence of how stunting can be reduced, and how interventions can be scaled up. The project supports 13 target districts that have been selected based on levels of stunting, poverty and food insecurity. The project is implemented through the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC)/Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP).
Rwanda is one of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) countries that receives financial and technical support from the GFF Trust Fund and GFF Secretariat. The GFF supports multi-stakeholder partnerships that harness experiences and mobilize financial resources from a wide array of partners that are committed to improving RMNCAH-N. The GFF is supporting Rwanda to strengthen the NECDP and prepare a multi-sectoral plan to combat stunting. Rwanda is also a beneficiary of funding from a Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Achieving Nutrition Impact at Scale (MDTF), an independent fund for nutrition focused on saving lives and catalyzing new sources and support for high-impact nutrition programs globally.
In addition to the Stunting Prevention and Reduction Project, the World Bank has an active program of analytic work that includes studies on barriers to accessing health services and changing behaviors and practices; situation analyses on the stunting profiles of the 13 target districts; and health financing work that aims to assess current patterns of spending on nutrition and the socio-economic and health costs associated with stunting; and to project future requirements for national scale up of the stunting program.
Rwanda is an early adopter of the Human Capital Project (HCP) which aims to accelerate more and better investments in people. The Human Capital Index (HCI) measures the amount of human capital that a child can expect to attain from birth to 18 years of age. It measures the productivity of the next generation of workers compared to a benchmark of complete education and full health. While Rwanda has done relatively well on several aspects of the index, it continues to lag on stunting as well as the quality of learning and education completion rates.
The World Bank Group is seeking a E T Consultant with an Extended Term Contract to support the Rwanda HNP portfolio.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The E T Consultant will support the HNP headquarters-based team to ensure close monitoring and smooth implementation of the main activities. To this end, the E T Consultant is expected to carry out the following roles and responsibilities:
Support the government team to monitor and track progress on the implementation of activities under the Stunting Prevention and Reduction Project; identify bottlenecks; and propose remedial actions. This would involve close collaboration with the RBC/MOH team responsible for the project; conducting periodic visits to the target districts supported under the project; participating and organizing Bank implementation support missions; and coordinating with other development partners supporting the national stunting reduction program in the 13 districts.
Prepare short updates and quarterly reports on the status of the project for the task team, outlining achievements, bottlenecks and remedial actions.
Represent the WBG in national platforms, including development partner and RBC/MOH/NECDP meetings and report back to the task team in Washington on major issues.
Coordinate closely with the Kigali-based teams working on social protection and agriculture as part of the broader stunting reduction project to ensure that activities under different operations are well synchronized and synergies are maximized.
Contribute to HNP analytic, by collecting data and supporting knowledge management work as requested by the task teams.
Organize workshops/seminars on nutrition/health topics as requested by task teams, in collaboration with government counterparts and/or development partners.
Master’s degree or equivalent in health, public health, health economics, or related discipline.
A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of the health system in Rwanda and experience working on nutrition/health programs.
Ability to perform professional level analyses with specific reference to reproductive, maternal, adolescent and child health and nutrition issues in Rwanda.
Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative research methods) and familiarity with evaluation methodologies and analysis of databases would be desirable.
Ability to work with a range of stakeholders including development partners and engage effectively with senior government officials.
Ability to function well independently and handle multiple tasks, meet changing priorities and deliver high-quality analysis and work on-time with limited guidance and supervision.
Strong written and communication skills and proficiency in computer skills (MS Office, STATA) and presentations (Powerpoint)
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.
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 strongly encouraged to apply.