IDB2414 - Lead Global Health Specialist

Business Unit: Country Programs Complex
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Economic & Social Infrastructure
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 05-Mar-2020

Role Purpose:

To lead the Health sector unit. Advise management and staff on strategy and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy, operations and strategic partnerships. To conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank Policy, operational procedures, project/program design in organization and management of operations in Health sector in IsDB member countries. To provide advisory services and technical guidance in matter related to Health sector. Builds, collaborates, engages with and nurtures a network of developers to ensure that IsDB follows best practices in project management and in development of sector policy and related strategies.


Strategic & Operational Planning  


  • Lead annual work program and budget preparation activities of the unit.
  • Lead the preparation of key strategy papers, new programs and knowledge product development to ensure the unit is contributing to the overall goal of the bank.
  • Lead the analytical/economic and sector work (ESW) as well as sector dialogue during Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS) and programming missions.
  • Provide technical input and lead the development, review and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the Health Unit and Core Sector Indicators (CSI) in IsDB financed projects in Member Countries to ensure the highest level of efficiency is achieved.
  • Provide technical leadership to the Health team on all strategic matters.

Policies, Processes and Procedures


  • Lead the design, review and implementation of the IsDB's policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the sector interventions to ensure alignment with local and industry standards.
  • Ensure compliance with IsDB’s policies and guidelines to ensure quality in the operational work of Health sector as well as maintaining good working relationships with various clients.

Sector Portfolio Management        


  • Ensure quality throughout project lifecycle of IsDB financed projects to ensure all projects abide by the high-quality standards demanded by the Bank.
  • Lead and provide necessary technical guidance for project implementation and oversee preparation of Project Completion Report (PCR).
  • Monitor project implementation in order to ensure of its successful implementation or take corrective measures if necessary.
  • Lead the Health Sector Portfolio Performance Review (SPPR) and Country Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR).
  • Participate in Quality Assurance and review Meetings and prepare cost-benefit, socio-economic, financial/economic analyses of the Bank’s projects in the Health sector to ensure the complete understanding of the Health sector’s environment.

Knowledge Sharing & Innovation  


  • Provide technical guidance and insights to team members to ensure all team members are able to deliver efficiently.
  • Contribute to IDB knowledge repository by documenting best practices and lessons learned.
  • Share knowledge as subject matter expert related to sector issues to enhance a knowledge sharing culture across the Bank that would allow it to create more value.
  • Use innovative approaches in conceptualizing, designing and implementing projects and programs to ensure best practices are used and adapted to sector projects and programs.
  • Collaborate with other pillars/sectoral teams to ensure dissemination of tailored knowledge and expertise to support project implementation, ensuring that cross-cutting issues such as capacity development, women’s empowerment, and social/environmental issues related to Health are adequately addressed.
  • Share key knowledge and learning outcomes with the Knowledge Management and Institutional Learning Unit in areas related to the sector
  • Participate and contribute in regional and international events/forums on Health to stay abreast with the latest development in the sector
  • Lead strategic partnership development with the international institutions to synergize the knowledge products preparation, technology reviews, issues, innovations and solutions.


Reporting & Communication         


  • Oversee the preparation of progress reports on all project cycle related activities in compliance with the Bank rules and procedures.  


Academic qualifications
  • Masters degree in Health Systems, Public Health, Social development studies or related field.

Required languages

  • English (mandatory)
  • French (preferred)
  • Arabic (preferred)

Minimum number of years and nature of experience

  • 10+ years experience in development sector, 3 of which in international financial institutions.
  • Experience in Health or related fields. 

Job specific competencies

  • Knowledge of Health trends in MCs and NMCs.
  • Knowledge in conceptualizing and managing Health Sector Projects/ programs.
  • Project management
  • Analytical (sector analysis, diagnosis studies and country context analysis)
  • Result development management
  • Team leader 

Travel requirements:

20% or more depending on requirements.


Jeddah, Head Office