• Defining Strategic Direction;
• Developing and Deploying Expertise Globally;
• Delivering Integrated Solutions; and
• Capturing and Leveraging Knowledge Effectively.
Although global prevalence is declining, there are currently about 159 million stunted children in the world. Around 85% of these stunted children live in 37 countries, mostly in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). South Asia still has the highest number of stunted children in the world, but trends in that region are improving more rapidly than in SSA, where the combination of continued high population growth. SSA’s limited rate of improvement means the region will soon become home to the largest share of undernourished children. A demographic transition is underway in much of SSA, from high-child mortality and high-fertility to lower-fertility and lower child mortality, and SSA can potentially reap the demographic dividend. However, this dividend will not be realized unless these children are well nourished, growing up with full human potentials. Many countries are producing new generations of their population and a significant proportion of them are locked into low productive capacities as malnutrition limits children’s capacity to reach their full physical and cognitive development: Countries affected by stunting and other forms of malnutrition lose up to 11% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in billions of dollars in waged employment and avoidable health care spending.
With early investments in high impact nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, countries can significantly reduce their stunting rates. Some of these investments will need to come from donors, but over time, the costs will need to be borne by domestic sources. SSA is on the cusp of a transformation from slow economic growth and poor development outcomes to rapid growth combined with opportunities for better outcomes in human development. The economic outlook for most of the region is positive although the recent declines in commodity prices will have a negative impact on countries with heavy reliance on extractives. Real GDP for the region grew by an estimated 4.7 percent in 2013. Revenues from this increased growth provides more fiscal space for investments in health and human capital.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
The Nutrition Specialist will directly support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the health, nutrition, and population (HNP) portfolio focusing on nutrition components and operations and analytical and advisory service in close collaboration with Bank task teams and will be responsible for the following:
1. Support tasks teams in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of analytical and advisory services and lending operations with a focus on nutrition.
2. Participate and contribute to the health/nutrition policy dialogue with Governments and other development partners.
3. Contribute, together with the relevant Country Management Unit and with the Government and development partners, to strategic discussions (e.g., Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Framework) regarding development challenges in nutrition.
4. Cultivate and maintain effective relationships with country officials, and partner agencies. Maintain strong partnerships and team spirit with country Task Teams.
5. Promote and seek opportunities for the Task Teams to work in collaboration with other GPs on innovative initiatives of mutual interest and of synergistic value to the country program to support multi-sectoral approaches for improving nutrition outcomes, and strengthen country systems.
6. Earn credibility with clients on the basis of intellectual rigor, a capacity to apply principles to specific challenges with tact, and willingness to learn and adapt in each context.
7. Bring technical expertise on nutrition to the creation and sharing of knowledge by initiating, joining and leading high-impact publications, including just-in-time briefs and reports to meet client demand and share lessons learned from best practices strategies and approaches, and new ideas to stimulate new ways of meeting long-standing challenges in nutrition.
The Nutrition Specialist will report to the Practice Manager of Health Nutrition and Population for Eastern and Southern Africa. For day-to-day work on operational programs and analytical and advisory services, the Nutrition Specialist will be guided by the respective Task Team Leader.
1. An advanced degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Economics, or related Social Sciences, and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
2. Strong track record in leading the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition projects. Hands on experience in Implementing nutrition projects as part of health sector or other sector investments is desirable.
3. Knowledge and experience in designing and implementing Results-based financing mechanisms will be an asset.
4. Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular fragile or low income contexts, is desirable.
5. Proven analytical skills, and excellent English-language written and oral communications skills. French language will be an asset.
6. Experience in international development, and experience working in a multilateral institution will be an asset.
7. Strong diplomatic and client-engagement skills, and proven success working both as a team member and as a team leader.
8. Proactive and result-focused work style with strong problem-solving capabilities and track record of high stands for work products and meeting deadlines.
Lead and Innovate
Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.
Deliver Results for Clients
Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.
Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries
Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
Create, Apply and Share Knowledge
Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks.
Make Smart Decisions
Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG’s strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions. Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.