Tony Blair Institute for Global Change – Senior Delivery Advisor

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Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Support regional & country directors and their embedded delivery teams
  • Quickly become a valued and supportive go-to expert across the Institute on matters of Government Delivery
  • Lead or contribute to scoping and diagnosis exercises to understand senior leader’s visions, opportunities and challenges, and the key drivers of delivery
  • Support business development efforts with technical expertise and facilitate high level discussions with senior government counterparts on TBI’s scope of work and approach
  • Provide expertise input, thought partnership, quality insurance and advice to Regional Directors, Country Directors and Advisors on their delivery projects throughout and at critical milestones, ensuring end-to-end impact and utilisation of TBI Delivery best practices and tools, methods and approaches
  • Support project teams to assess and build the capacity of government counterparts to effectively implement their Delivery strategies Innovation in Delivery and thought leadership
  • Support the Director of Delivery in strategy development and implementation, maintaining intelligence on market needs, competition and gaps in the Delivery ecosystem
  • Contribute to strengthening TBI’s Delivery offer and methods by identifying gamechangers, leveraging feedback and thinking creatively to champion the design and mainstreaming of new delivery solutions and their adaptation to different contexts
  • Ensure feedback loops between the implementation of our delivery offer with areas like strategy, policy, strategic communications and private office functions
  • Contribute to positioning the practice and TBI as thought-leaders in this space by being a spokesperson on key topics, including participating on panels, writing blogs and articles, and networking strategically
  • Support building out of the Institute’s network of exceptional external advisors who can provide tactical surge support on critical programme milestones and input into our asset evolution

Development of strategic partnerships

  • In collaboration with the Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives team, support the development and nurturing of relationships with existing or potential strategic partners to support TBI’s fundraising, business development, thought-leadership, policy influencing and programme delivery
  • Ensuring that the partnerships reflect TBI’s proprietary Delivery methodology, impact on the ground, and strategic priorities
  • Develop annual plan to support implementation of strategic partnerships relevant for Delivery Anchor Team
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to strengthen TBI’s overall approach to Delivery partnerships, including having efficient approaches for partnership knowledge management

Person Specification

  • This is a role in a fast-paced globally situated team working out of different geographies and in complex policy areas. We are looking for candidates with proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors, in multiple country contexts, who can demonstrate the following: 
  • Experience leading a Delivery Unit and/or supporting the set-up of Delivery Units in multiple countries with demonstratable success in achieving tangible outcomes for citizens
  • Extensive experience in a leadership role, cutting across centre of government, delivery, and/or management consulting globally (including in Africa and developed country contexts)
  • Experience with project development and project management 
  • Ability to work and interact at the highest levels of political decision-making structures in Governments and to support the emergence of trusted relationships
  • Strong political acumen and able to rapidly develop an understanding of the needs of senior officials
  • Highly developed analytical skills that can be deployed in a range of contexts
  • Ability to work in the face of a range of competing views and priorities, possessing highly developed negotiation skills
  • Exceptional communication, drafting and presentation skills 
  • An ability to work independently, think strategically and translate strategies into concrete and implementable plans; an acute attention to detail, as well as organisational and communication skills
  • Proven ability and experience leading and managing people and teams
  • Strong team player with excellent soft skills as well as flexibility to help where needed
  • Able to motivate and influence others, including TBI country specific roles, as well as funders, government counterparts and partners
  • Willingness to travel extensively, sometimes at short notice, in particular to TBI’s countries of operation 
  • Strong sense of ethics, discretion and perseverance required
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is strongly desirable
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French, or other relevant business languages is desirable

Deadline closes 25th September 2023






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