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Strategic Advisor, Sierra Leone

About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few.

We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation designed to improve the well-being of the people, economically, politically, and socially. 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

The Effective Governance Pillar 

Our work with government leaders has resulted indramatic improvements in the lives of millions of poor people in the areas ofaccess to health services, education, and electricity.

Yet too many people still live in absolutepoverty, and too many countries lack the institutional capacity and resilienceto transform their situation and the lives of their people. Despite living in aperiod of unprecedented wealth and potential, for almost a billion men, women,and children, there is still no promise of a job to call their own, a roof overtheir heads, food on their tables, or basic healthcare and education. 

Our work focuses on the centre of government and is shaped by national priorities. It includes economic development and inclusive growth, job creation, modernising infrastructure, public service reforms, and government innovations. 

Focus of the Role:

Sierra Leone will be electing a new President on March 7, 2018.  After nearly a decade of support to the current administration, TBIGC is building a team to offer services and support to the incoming Government.  Regardless of the candidate elected to the Presidency, job creation and inclusive growth will be a critical priority.

The main objective of the role is to support the newly elected Government of Sierra Leone design and implement a targeted approach to economic diversification and job creation.  Specific details on the role will be decided in collaboration with the newly elected government after the March election.  Overtime, it is likely that the advisor’s work will narrow in on interventions to address binding constraints in one or two key markets.  Potential areas of work include: commercialisation of rice farming, horticulture, commercial fishing, agro processing, cacao value chains, amongst others.

Specific aspects of the work may include: 

  • Support government to narrow in on priority markets
  • Support the finalisation of targeted plans for short and medium-term job creation
  • Support the design and set up of the Centre of Government delivery mechanism to track, monitor, and support the implementation of the plan;
  • Support development of learning and feedback mechanisms to ensure an iterative approach to the implementation of the Government’s job creation strategy, as well as coordination mechanisms to ensure effective cross-government coordination efforts;
  • Provide embedded support to line ministry (ies) / agency (ies) that have a critical role to play in the successful implementation of the plan – including contributions to developing the systems, structures, and skills necessary for the government institution to carry the work forward;
  • Work with private sector stakeholders to ensure effective feedback mechanisms are in place with the Government;
  • Manage and coach TBIGC Analyst(s) supporting the work stream.



What We Look For in Our People:

 The following list describes the type of experience and characteristics we are looking for:

  • A Master’s Degree in international development, economics, business or social sciences from a recognised university
  • A minimum of 5 years demonstrated experience in the area of international development, private sector development, agricultural development, or other relevant areas
  • Experience working in and with governments; strong political skills desirable
    A proven ability to inspire, coach and develop others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • An ability to work independently, think strategically and translate strategies into delivery plans on the ground, with particular emphasis on attention to details
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication and management skills
  • Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments (especially in a developing world context)
  • A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers and making change happen
  • Strong of sense ethics and discretion required
  • Above all, high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude; must be willing to ‘roll up her sleeves’ to make things happen
  • Experience of living and working in Africa is desirable, but not essential

TBI is looking for a strategic advisor to support the incoming Government of Sierra Leone design and implement a targeted approach to economic diversification and job creation.   Recruitment will take place on a rolling basis until filled, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.  Ideally, candidates would be available to start by late February and will be expected to commit to at least two years of work with the project.

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