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Regional Analyst - East Africa

Location:
Kenya
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
13 Sep 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems, providing policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation which improves the well-being of people: economically, politically, and socially. 
Focus of the Role:
Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back:
 
  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
  • Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
  • Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism.

Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.

TBI has been working in eastern Africa for 10 years since the inception of our first project in Rwanda.  Today we work in Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique and Ethiopia within the region and in 14 countries in total on the continent.  The region includes some of the fastest growing and most dynamic economies in Africa, set against a diverse political landscape that is itself evolving rapidly.  Within the region each country project sets its own strategy and has responsibility for delivering results.  With the recent creation of the Regional Director role, TBI is considering how it operates at a regional and continental level, harnessing its network of projects to influence global policy.

The Regional Analyst is a new role, created to support the East Africa Regional Director deliver TBI’s objectives within the region.  The role provides a broad insight into TBI’s governance work in Africa and will focus on the analysis of geopolitical trends, project results and providing insight into how TBI can increase its impact across the region, scoping support to regional structures and policy initiatives. Specific duties include:
 
  1. Support the Regional Director to oversee the delivery of innovative and impactful country projects within the region
    • Support regular budget, planning and strategy exercises, by providing quality assurance and conducting first reviews
    • Support projects to deliver measurable results by reviewing evaluative frameworks and facilitating evaluation processes
    • Review management accounts to track expenditure against budget
    • Provide ad hoc support to country projects to deliver their strategic priorities
    • Review country project fundraising and recruitment proposals
    • Support scoping of new country projects in the region
     
  2. Provide research and analysis that contributes to strategic regional and inter-regional projects
    • Input to strategic projects led by the Regional Director (including new initiatives and regional collaborations between country projects)
    • Provide political-economic monitoring and analysis of regional trends and events
    • Contribute to and develop written briefs—including written briefing for Tony Blair—ahead of trips to the region or as part of regular project updates.
     
  3. Support the RD build meaningful partnerships and fundraise to support project implementation
    • Contribute to regional and country project fundraising and partnership proposals
    • Track regional funding opportunities and progress
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  4. Support the Regional Director build a regional media presence
    • Identify events (such as conferences), to build the Institute’s presence and provide engagement opportunities
    • Support TBI build its social media presence across the region and support the development of TBI’s Leaders’ Voices podcast series
    • Maintain a watching brief of events of regional significance, and provide updates to the RD
     
  5. Lead the organisation of the annual regional retreat for all country projects in eastern Africa
    • Arrange external speakers and plan workshops
    • Support the development of the agenda
    • Support event logistics planning and budgeting
    • Follow up to the event, including communications and commitment tracking
      
  6. Contribute to the wider development of TBI
    • Ensure recruitment notices reach appropriate global networks
    • Contribute to the development of the Governance pillar’s learning agenda
    • Support the induction process of new joiners arriving in the region
What We Look For in Our People:
This is a role in a fast-paced working environment, based within the Kenya country office but reporting to the Regional Director, working within complex policy areas that are highly scrutinised. Therefore, the successful candidate for the role should be able to display the majority of the following:
 
  1. Ability to work collaboratively within a team, showing high flexibility as priorities change, and support areas are revised according to needs
  2. Insatiable curiosity; great taste in data, with a proven ability to process and triangulate it; attention to detail
  3. Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills; and emerging strategic nous.
  4. Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments. A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers, perceiving fresh opportunity and making change happen
  5. Excellent inter-personal skills. A team player with an ability to develop and foster relationships with counterparts across a large organization and with external stakeholders
  6. A minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in a relevant field e.g. public policy, management consulting, international development, economics, private sector development etc
  7. Excellent English is required, with flawless writing skills – able to write a brief for a head of state; Swahili is desirable
  8. Experience of working with governments is desirable, but not required

Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, a can-do attitude and ability to achieve consistently results in a fast-paced environment.

 

VALUES WE EXPECT OUR PEOPLE TO SHARE WITH US:

  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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