The World Bank

World Bank in Islamabad, Pakistan

Education Specialist

Job #: req19037

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Education

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Islamabad,Pakistan

Required Language(s): English, Urdu

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 9/26/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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 (link)

The Education Global Practice

Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability! Developing countries have made tremendous progress in getting children into the classroom and the majority of children worldwide are now in primary school. Nevertheless, some 260 million children are still out of primary and secondary school.

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The WBG has a portfolio of $13.0 billion in Pakistan ($9.2bn IDA, $4.4bn IBRD, $0.3mn in Trust funds)! Our portfolio is supporting reforms and investments to strengthen institutions, particularly in fiscal management and human development. Partnerships are being strengthened at provincial levels, focusing on multi-sectoral initiatives in areas such as children’s nutrition, education and skills, irrigated agriculture, tourism, disaster risk management, and urban development. Clean energy, and social/financial inclusion, both remain major priorities for us.

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a core contributor to the economic, financial, operational, and analytical work carried out by the team.
  • Support teams in designing and developing new projects and preparing Implementation Completion Results Reports.
  • Engage a diverse set of stakeholders in Pakistan such as national think tanks, non-state actors, corporate philanthropy etc. to discuss education policy development, share information and find opportunities for joint work including activities to reduce learning poverty and identify innovative approaches to enhance service delivery.
  • Support the Pakistan Education team in the delivery of the work program and lead the delivery of individual tasks as assigned.
  • Support the Pakistan team in responding to requests by the Country Management Unit (CMU) and other global corporate units.
  • Support the Pakistan Education team in monitoring project performance.
  • Support policy dialogue and interactions with relevant provincial and federal government authorities; government think tanks; private think tanks; and civil society organizations.
  • Be active in the thematic areas related to school education through a lifecycle approach covering early childhood education, elementary and secondary education and the operational convergence of these areas to skills development for improving labor market productivity.
  • Understand the political economy of reform and the stakeholders that are part of it.
  • Maintain open and regular communication with colleagues and management.
  • Support the team on project operations focused on reducing learning poverty through systems strengthening, management information system architecture, institutional accountability, new service delivery approaches, and teacher-related support activities.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Management, Education, or relevant field;

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Demonstrate ability to think and work across WBG, practices and sectors
  • Ability to integrate divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/ strategy
  • Consider corporate commitments (e.g., MFD, climate, gender) in project approach
  • Possess political judgment, diplomatic skills, and negotiating skills
  • Build and sustain key stakeholder relationships with government and other key partners
  • Guide clients and/or development partners in identifying key operational issues and options of solutions with a demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives
  • Lead tasks, participates in formal negotiations, and assist government in establishing priorities
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of World Bank Group’s Twin Goals and the complementarities among different World Bank Group member institutions
  • Proven track record of demonstrating deep understanding of policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process
  • Fully understand the World Bank’s development initiatives and policies and practices related to lending and non-lending operations
  • Guide research efforts and translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies and for discussions with clients and development partners.
  • Anticipate client needs and requests and guides the development/ offering of relevant tools to clients.
  • Proven ability to work in teams in different capacities (as contributor, as a lead).

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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