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Governance Advisor (Education)

Location:
London
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
31 May 2018
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (‘the Institute’) is a not-for-profit organisation 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.  

The Institute works to provide policy, strategy and practical support to advance a vision of globalisation designed to improve people’s wellbeing – socially, politically and economically. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold back such a vision of globalisation:  

  • Weak governance which prevents governments from delivering for their people and seizing the benefits of a globalised economy
  • Extremism which prevents open-mindedness essential for co-existence and 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 solutions to challenges posed by globalisation and rise of populism

The Co-Existence pillar:

The Co-Existence pillar works to promote co-existence and counter extremism but tackling the ideology behind the violence, not just the violence itself. We focus on responses to extremism that seek to understand the underlying ideology and then address it by disrupting its spread, reducing its appeal, and building resilience to its messaging. We have a range of tools and practical evidence-based approaches developed by our in-house research and programmes that help governments, civil society and the private sector address extremism.

Focus of the Role:
We are currently recruiting for a Governance Advisor with experience and specialism in international education sectors to support our flagship education programme. Generation Global is an online dialogue programme for secondary school students and teachers which currently has over 1,200 registered schools in over 40 countries. The programme equips teachers and students with the skills of dialogue and provides practical opportunities to practice them with peers around the world via a virtual platform, to build open-mindedness and prepare young people to navigate an increasingly complex globalised world.

This role will help to shape Generation Global’s business plan 2017-20 and regional strategies, identifying key partnerships and entry points for opportunities to embed and scale up the programmatic approach in priority countries. The programme currently comprises a core laboratory of 1,000 active schools, and a special projects portfolio focused on testing different delivery models in various contexts (e.g. US city based approaches in New York; local government in Kashmir; national governments in Italy and Jordan; through lead teachers in Ukraine). The aim of the special projects is to demonstrate impact of adaptation to different education systems to provide evidence for advocating the approach at different levels with a view to embedding the programme at greater scale and contributing towards influencing education reform to include skills such as global competencies and 21st century skills. Our advocacy comes hand-in-hand with a practical and proven solution to bringing these skills to the classroom, and challenging learning by rote or teaching to the test norms.
 
The role will work closely with Generation Global’s Head of Project and Senior Education Advisors, who together with this role make up the Education Steering Committee, reporting to the Co-Existence pillar’s Director of Programmes and Executive Director. The Committee provides a strategic governance mechanism for the Generation Global projects portfolio, as well as the programme’s interaction with other TBI programmes around the world, both within the Co-Existence pillar and in other pillars (e.g. Governance and Renewing the Centre). The programme’s Country Coordinators and Senior Education Advisors are experienced teachers, youth workers and academics, and oversee the pedagogy and quality assure its adaptation and implementation globally and train teachers and educators. They also provide training and consultancy on Generation Global’s educational resources and curricula. This role will support the programme to identify and develop key partnerships and opportunities for new projects and funding to support effective delivery of the business plan and regional strategies. The Governance Advisor will support the programme through providing internal technical advice on working with and through international policymakers and governments (both national and local) and for developing strategies for leveraging opportunities for influence and points of entry, and ensuring sustainability through embedding of the model in existing education systems.
 
What We Look For in Our People:
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in engaging governments (local and national) on social sector reform. Education is preferred but experience in other sectors will be considered if accompanied with demonstrated understanding of the current challenges in education sector reform in our priority regions (the USA, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia). The ideal candidate will have significant progressive experience in government advisory work, including political economy analysis, conflict analysis and social analysis. The candidate should have direct experience of working in insecure and fragile contexts, and should demonstrate excellent understanding of the need to work across the Institute to maximise synergies, influence and impact. The candidate should also be flexible and adaptable, always open to changing approaches in response to changing situations on the ground.
The post will report to the Director of Programmes, Co-Existence. The role will require some overseas travel, including to insecure or fragile environments.
 
Key responsibilities:
• Provide technical advice and input into the design of the Generation Global programme and development of its special projects portfolio and regional strategies.
• Provide technical advice on working with and through governments and policymakers on education reform in key geographies, in line with international best practice.
• Support the programme team through technical inputs into analysis on underlying sociopolitical contexts in which the programme operates.
• Collaborate with the programme team, Director of Programmes and fundraising team to ensure identification and pursuit of relevant fundraising opportunities.
• Contribute towards effective communication and collaboration with senior management, research team and other parts of TBI on think-do, lessons learned and results to support advocacy and fundraising.
• Develop and build external relationships and partnerships to advance TBI’s work.
• Represent the programme and TBI effectively at senior levels at external events.
• Contribute to the effective management of Generation Global as part of the Education Steering Committee, and to the CE pillar as part of the Senior Management Team.
 
Experience and qualifications:
• A Master’s degree qualification in a relevant discipline preferably in social sciences, international studies, political and security studies, or related area, or equivalent experience.
• Seven to ten years of relevant international work experience in a similar not-for-profit or public sector organisation.
Personal specification:
• Passion for innovation and producing high quality work.
• Creative thinker and problem-solver, with a proven track record in influencing policy.
• A personable and dedicated team player.
• Politically savvy.
• Adept at building effective relationships and partnerships.
• Committed to advancing evidence-based policy and practice.
• Interested in complex social challenges, passionate about educating young people and committed to generating evidence of impact to influence wider social change.
• Willingness to travel to insecure/fragile environments.
 
Essential skills:
• Proven ability to plan strategically and collaboratively.
• Demonstrable ability to work well as a team player in a large international / split site team.
• Thorough understanding of challenges to education reform and debate on quality education, particularly in priority geographies.
• Excellent and evidenced political astuteness and knowledge of political and government systems and core governance concepts, and ability to apply this analysis to influence strategic planning and programmatic decisions.
• Strong interpersonal skills, well-networked in international development/governance contexts and highly skilled in stakeholder engagement.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Fluent in English. Additional language skills in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi would be advantageous.
• Fluent user of Microsoft Office systems.
 
How to apply:
Applications should consist of a covering letter no longer than 1 page explaining your interest in this role and the Institute, demonstrating how you meet the core competencies. Please attach a CV no longer than 2 pages.
 
Successful applicants will be invited to interview.
 

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