Practice Manager (Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery)

The World Bank

Washington, DC, US

Background / General description:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2017, the WBG committed nearly $61.8 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to its members and private businesses. The Bank’s Board approved approximately $42.1 billion in financial assistance, comprising about $22.6 billion in IBRD lending and about $19.5 billion in IDA support. The institution is governed by 189 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 10,000 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 Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and thirteen Global Practices (GPs) organized under 3 Practice Groups (Sustainable Development, Economics, Finance and Institutions and Human Development) as well as five Global Themes, organized under a Vice Presidency, to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to clients.
The 13 Global Practices at the World Bank are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment; Poverty and Equity; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and Digital Development; and Water. The 5 Global Themes are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence affected Countries; Gender; Knowledge Management; Infrastructure, Private Partnerships and Guarantees Group. The Practice Groups and the Global Themes Vice Presidency, in concert with the Regional Vice-Presidencies, design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges to achieve the twin goals by 2030: (1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; and (2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the poorest 40% for every country.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), established in 2006, is a multi-donor partnership and grant-making financing mechanism. The Facility contributes to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by supporting on-the-ground technical assistance to help developing countries integrate Disaster Risk Management (Disaster Risk Management) and climate change adaptation into development strategies, policies and investment programs, including post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
The GFDRR Secretariat is hosted within the Climate Change Group at the World Bank in Washington D.C. with satellite offices in Brussels and Tokyo. The Secretariat is responsible for resource mobilization, awarding and managing grants, reporting on results, and carrying out outreach and partnership development. It also acts as the support hub for a decentralized network of Disaster Risk Management experts within the World Bank and supports a number of global platforms for knowledge-sharing and capacity building.

GFDRR is hosted in the Climate Change Group of the World Bank.  
The Climate Change Group consists of 6 units, reporting to the Director, Climate Change, who reports to the Senior Director, Climate Change.  The Senior Director has a dual reporting line to the Vice President of Global Themes and the Vice President of Sustainable Development (SD).
The Head of the GFDRR Secretariat has dual reporting lines to the  Director, Climate Change for day-to-day activities; and to the GFDRR Consultative Group of donors on the overall program strategy.  The Senior Director is also the Chair of the GFDRR Consultative Group.  The Head of GFDRR is also member of the Management team of the Global Practice for Urban, Rural, Social and Resilience Practice of the World Bank, which host most staff specialized in Disaster Risk Management.
GFDRR implements the majority of its activities through the World Bank, in partnership with national, regional, and other international agencies. The GFDRR program is currently organized around eight areas of engagement with specific program targets.  These are: Science and Technology, Inclusive Community Resilience, Urban Resilience, Resilient Infrastructure, Hydromet and Early Warning Systems, Financial Protection and Insurance, and Resilience to Climate Change, and Resilient Recovery. The Facility maintains and number of expert teams within each areas of engagement that provide grant recipients with specialized knowledge and quality assurance in the design and implementation of activities. Along with these expert teams, GFDRR also maintain a number of community of practice that helps facilitate a broad array of partners, facilitate global engagements and capacity building, and produce innovative knowledge.
GFDRR’s operating model is underpinned by seven operating principles: (i) a demand driven approach to ensure maximum impact; (ii) leveraging development investments and policies; (iii) focusing on inclusive design and participation; (iv) empowering woman and mainstreaming gender; (v) jointly addressing disaster and climate risk; (vi) developing knowledge and sharing best practices; and (vii) prioritizing results-oriented approach.
Note: The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply; women and Sub-Saharan/Caribbean candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 4 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The Manager will collaborate across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries to help design and deliver development solutions to a diverse range of clients.  
Functioning as an active member of the extended leadership group of GCC and GSURR management team, he/she will work closely with the Director, Sr. Director and VP, s/he will help drive the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience agenda externally and across the World Bank Group.   
The Manager is responsible for the following areas:    
Strategic Leadership: Oversee the implementation GFDRR’s strategy 2018-21 – as agreed with donors –  through the development of annual work program and a well prioritized knowledge, research and analytic services to drive action on Disaster Risk Management by supporting both internal and external clients.  Lead and enable new initiatives that help drive the Disaster Risk Management agenda over the coming years.  Oversee the development of the GFDRR Strategy for 2022-25.  Builds and maintains a balanced portfolio of innovative, cost-effective and demand-driven products and services, that help integrate disaster and climate considerations into all sectors of development.
Resource Management and Work-program delivery:  In consultation with the GFDRR Consultative Group of Donors, decides on the best use of resources for maximum developmental impact. Is accountable for delivering the agreed upon work program (as agreed upon in the annual Work Plan) through cost-effective use of resources (human and financial) within the agreed parameters and in compliance with internal controls and policies of the WBG, and ensures timely delivery and overall quality of all products produced by the unit.
Solutions and Results to Clients:   Lead the team to deliver solutions and analytic work to support GFDRR grantees (both within and outside the Bank) to help countries accelerate the integration of Disaster Risk Management in their development programs and capacity to respond to disasters.  Ensure that work-programs and deliveries respond to client needs and are delivered in a collaborative and transparent manner. This may be through specific support to single grantees, or by facilitating and enabling broader partnerships.
Global knowledge and analytics:  Develop and implement a program of analytic and advisory work aimed at driving and supporting the integration of Disaster Risk Management in development programs, drawing on thought leadership and implementation know-how to ensure high impact multi-sectoral solutions. Ensure that the GFDRR is at the forefront of the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience discussions and contribute to global dialogues by providing new evidence, analysis and tools to support the Disaster Risk Management, Climate Resilience and development agenda.  
Knowledge Management, learning and innovation:  Working in collaboration with others, ensure timely flow and capture of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience knowledge and expertise so that clients receive the highest quality support and knowledge they need, when and where they need it.   Promote the dissemination of technical and experiential knowledge and learning and innovation.  Instill a culture of evidence-based, yet client tailored engagement to enable Disaster Risk Management and climate change to be embedded in development programs to protect the vulnerable and increase shared prosperity.
People and Talent Management:  Model exemplary leadership values and managerial behaviors and reinforce these qualities in own team and staff.   Drives and inspires technical excellence within the team by creating an environment that attracts and develops the best talent reflective of the diversity of GFDRR’s clients. Develop and implement appropriate strategies for staffing, and talent and performance management, including initiatives to rotate staff into and out of the team.

Selection Criteria:

•    Passion for the GFDRR’s mission and for addressing the challenges and opportunities of Disaster Risk Management and climate adaptation.  
•    Management experience with demonstrated leadership responsibilities, including over human resources, budget and deliverables
•    Recognized expert within WBG or among one or more of the following: academia, partners, private sector actors, and policymakers, and with track record of applying practice know-how and effective policy dialogue to achieve development results.
•    Experience on policies and instruments to mainstream Disaster Risk Management in development strategies and programs. Track record of applying practice know-how and effective policy dialogue to achieve development results.  
•    Deep technical knowledge and experience on policies and instruments to mainstream Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience in development strategies and programs; as well as with turning Disaster Risk Management policies into action.
•    Deep understanding and familiarity with the political challenges of donors and stakeholders’ engagement and management.
•    Demonstrated in-depth experience working across practice and disciplinary boundaries, and with multiple stakeholders in building collaborative alliances for results.  
•    Strong written and oral communication skills with proven experience in dealing with the media, external constituencies and expert groups.
•    Extensive experience with analytical work and knowledge exchange, as well as with the agenda relevant to climate adaptation, mitigation and finance.  
•    Ability to influence dialogue and policy on climate change, and in related areas that are impacting the climate change agenda.   
•    Masters or PhD degree in relevant field, and typically the successful candidate will have 12-15 years of experience in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility.
WBG Leadership Values and Managerial Behaviors:   Leadership of Self: Role model the change and values for WBG; Demonstrate courage of convictions, ownership and self-mastery within the organization in accordance to our values  People Leadership: Lead and inspire staff to perform and deliver for better results; Help others achieve their fullest potential through coaching and mentorship  Collaborative Leadership: Be mutually accountable for entire WBG’s corporate targets and success; Work across WBG and with clients and partners to achieve better results  Client Solutions Leadership: Be the leading provider of development solutions for country clients; Provide leadership in both knowledge generation and knowledge sharing  Decisive Leadership: Take informed risks and make decisions in a transparent manner resulting in transformative impact for clients; Commit to decisions once they have been made.
WBG 5 Managerial Competencies: Courage of your convictions; Leading Teams for impact; Influencing across boundaries; Fostering openness to new ideas; and Building talent for the future
WBG Core Competencies for all staff: Client orientation; Drive for results; Teamwork of collaboration and inclusion; Knowledge, learning and communication; and Business judgment and analytical decision-making