Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Are you excited by the prospect of designing and implementing high impact transformation programmes from the centre of government at the interface of government and industry? Do you have experience advising senior political leadership on policy, delivery, technology, and strategic communications? Do you have experience of consulting – or working in – the public sector and of leading teams of consultants or government advisers? Do you deliver results quickly?
Our main objective in this strategically important role is to provide support at the centre of Government, working with the Presidential Delivery Unit, the Office of the President and Cabinet, and senior government officials in the design and delivery of projects across our policy delivery clusters especially the Agro-Industrialisation, Human Capital, Infrastructure and Digitalisation Clusters.
The Senior Programme Delivery Advisor will provide generalist support to all other advisors in a design and delivery capacity as they work to drive implementation for their government counterparts with quick documentation turn-around time. This is a senior role requiring an exceptional candidate with relevant experience in the design and delivery of projects (operational and strategic) in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must be able to demonstrate the capacity to bring clarity and structure to the evolving work of other team members within their clusters.
Delivery and capacity building
Establish, review, and maintain high level project goals and plans, and lead their implementation
Alignment with overall TBI regional programmes and collaboration with other project/country heads and directors
Be the problem-solving lead in responding to key issues
Manage day to day partner relationship
Overall project quality control
Advise project/country heads and directors on matters related to delivery
Work with Delivery Practice and Tech for Development Practice to ensure alignment and consistency in delivery methodologies
Inspire and engage within TBI externally on topics related to delivery
Shape and embody a culture that drives innovation and results-orientation
Development of data-driven and other analytical tools for management and delivery
Key elements of the role include:
Problem solving: Diagnose partner governments’ problems through robust hypothesis-driven analysis. Identify innovative solutions through drawing on global best practises, including fluency in qualitative and quantitative analysis. Create decision-making frameworks in a clear and compelling way through multiple deliverables (from short briefing notes to highly visual PowerPoint presentations). Ensure recommendations are politically feasible as well as technically sound
Programme delivery advisory: Monitor and review delivery across various in-country and cross-country programmes
Counterpart management: Provide support to country teams in ensuring effective and trusted relationships with senior politicians in government, such as Presidents, PMs, Ministers, and Special Advisers through the clear development of delivery capital.
Thought leadership: Provide and offer thought leadership to project/country head and directors across multidisciplinary topics related to delivery including social-economic reforms, FDI, tech for development, financial inclusion, sustainability.
Contribution to TBI
Quickly become a valued and supportive team member of the East Africa region supporting the country teams on matters related to delivery.
Contribute to wider TBI initiatives and other activities as required by the southern African Region and related country heads or other practises within TBI.
This is a role in a fast-paced team, working within complex policy areas that are highly scrutinised. We are looking for enthusiastic and resilient individuals with a “can-do” outlook and the ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for an experienced leader with:
Significant multidisciplinary experience, cutting across technology and/or development agendas in developing and emerging economies. This should include management consulting or government advisory.
Strategic problem-solving ability, can challenge the status-quo and develop plans for successful delivery of challenging objectives
Demonstrable expertise in economics, public policy, or international relations
Outstanding management skills and the proven ability to build and inspire teams to achieve exceptional objectives
Excellent communication and influencing skills from executive office level through to technical level; is adept at speaking to senior leadership; knows how to navigate ambiguous environments; is comfortable at managing up and beyond hierarchy
Has worked or consulted in developing and emerging economies and is sensitive to a diverse range of cultural and regional norms, and fosters a positive spirit of collaboration between the countries and the global TBI government advisory practice
Postgraduate degree favoured
About The Institute
The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people
We do this within two connected divisions:
Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.
Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas:
Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics;
Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and
Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world.
Method of Application
Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork
Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity
Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results
TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work. It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\’re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.