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Prospective Infrastructure Investment Advisory roles

About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
Roles are subject to confirmation of funding streams and as such, we are seeking applications to expedite the process of securing funding and ensure a speedy commencement of work if fundraising efforts are successful.

Period of Assignment: From September 2019

Duration of Assignment: Full-time

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) 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 around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:
The Africa Advisory work of the Institute supports governments in 14 countries across sub-Saharan Africa by embedding advisors at senior levels both at the Centre of Government (such as the Presidency and Ministry of Finance) and key Ministries in response to Government priorities (such as Agriculture, Energy or Education). Our advisory work in infrastructure has, up until now, focused on supporting governments to plan and identify priority investments and then establish the structures and systems to deliver on these investments.

In response to growing demand from our partner governments, and a funding opportunity from a major Development Finance Institution (DFI), we will be increasing our support to governments to secure private sector investment for critical infrastructure projects and are looking to recruit experienced project development professionals to our Infrastructure Investment advisor roles.

The Infrastructure Investment advisors will be responsible for helping governments take priority infrastructure projects from concept to bankability and then supporting the process of private sector engagement to advance the project to financial close. Priority sectors are transport (road, rail, and sea), energy (primarily Independent Power Producers and gas pipelines and storage), and water.



Specific responsibilities would include:

  • Support governments to review their investment plans and identify infrastructure projects which could be funded privately.
  • Help governments think through how these plans may need to adjust to make projects bankable for the private sector (for example: sequencing / changes in scale). This will involve working across government with the support of other TBI advisors within the team.
  • Identify potential financing models through which private sector investment can be secured for these projects, possibly through soft engagement with private developers known to the Institute.
  • Identify the technical work needed to demonstrate project feasibility and then lead the delivery of this work (writing Terms of References (ToRs) and managing technical consultants).
  • Lead the packaging of projects for the private sector to present “bankable” projects, and possibly support the design and delivery of competitive procurement processes.
  • Lead the engagement with selected parties to finalise relevant project agreements and then support the government in the delivery of all necessary steps and conditions to facilitate the project reaching financial close.

Throughout this process the advisor’s duty of care will be to the government and the advisor will work with the existing TBI team in country to ensure political leadership are able to drive the delivery of the project (through both making informed decisions and having the necessary structures and systems to deliver).

What We Look For in Our People:


Applicants should have:

  • Ideally 5 years of experience in project development in relevant infrastructure sectors (power, gas, water, transport) in developing countries.
  • A deep understanding of infrastructure project financing including the perspectives and requirements of financiers such as equity investors and DFIs. This will include an ability to produce project financial models and understand key project documentation (lenders agreements, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), etc.).
  • An ability to work independently, think strategically and translate government priorities into delivery plans on the ground, with attention to detail; with excellent analytical, organizational, communication and management skills;
  • An understanding of the needs of senior officials both while office based and travelling; be able to work and interact at the highest level of public life;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in a team with colleagues;
  • Willingness to be based in sub-Saharan Africa and travel, sometimes at short notice;
  • Experience of identifying and resolving project implementation bottlenecks;
  • Strong sense of ethics, discretion and perseverance required;
  • Fluency in English, French or Portuguese (multiple languages would be an advantage).




  • 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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