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Head of Project (Generation Global)

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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 firstly 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 searching for an experienced Head of Project to oversee delivery of our flagship education programme, Generation Global, 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, to build open-mindedness and prepare young people to navigate an increasingly complex globalised world.

This role will be responsible for the effective management of Generation Global’s core programme, in order to maintain a laboratory of at least 1,000 active schools from a diverse range of countries participating in global dialogue. This role will lead effective delivery of the programme, including operation of the online platform and the implementation of a portfolio of special pilot projects. The role will manage the core project team (three project managers and two project coordinators) and four Senior Education Advisers (who each lead on a key region – the USA, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and South Asia).  The role will also work closely with the Governance and Policy Adviser who supports design and delivery of regional strategies. The role will be responsible for reviewing the programme’s current use of innovative technology, and designing and implementing a strategy for improvement based on human-centred design principles.

The role will need to work closely with the Senior Education Advisers who oversee the delivery of the Generation Global special projects portfolio in which different approaches to the programme are adapted and scaled up in key locations to test what works in different 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 Head of Project (Generation Global) role is critical for ensuring effective day-to-day running of the core laboratory (which includes quotas from each of the special projects) and effective interaction between the special projects, the core global programme, and other TBI programmes (both within the Co-Existence pillar and in other pillars)

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in designing and implementing complex and large-scale multi-country programmes within the international development sector. The ideal candidate will have significant progressive experience in project management, including financial management. The post will report to the Director of Programmes, Co-Existence. The role may require some overseas travel, including to insecure or fragile environments.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the project team to ensure effective operation of the online platform and implementation of project activities, ensuring alignment with the strategic goals of TBI.
  • Ensure robust project management processes are in place, including reporting and legal/policy documentation (including security, legal, financial).
  • Oversee accurate financial monitoring and budgeting processes to ensure Value for Money.
  • Commission and oversee research to support project design, development, implementation and fundraising, as required, including technological innovation to ensure efficient operation of the online platform.
  • Working with the M&E Manager and Project Manager, ensure effective implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities, including data collection and analysis, in line with the pillar’s M&E strategy.
  • Provide support to the Director of Programmes to enable effective strategic and resource planning.
  • Lead on collaboration with the fundraising team to ensure identification and pursuit of relevant fundraising opportunities.
  • Lead on 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.
  • Effective line management of Project Management Team and leadership of wider delivery team.
  • 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.
What We Look For in Our People:
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.
  • Training and/or qualifications in project management, and experience of putting them into practice.

Personal specification:

  • Passion for technological innovation, making systems and processes more efficient, and producing high quality work.
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver, with ability to make sound judgements and decisions and take initiative.
  • Strategic team leader with strong management abilities.
  • A personable and dedicated team player.
  • Interested in complex social challenges and passionate about educating young people.

    Essential skills: 

  • Proven ability to multi-task strategically.
  • Demonstrable ability to improve systems and processes with passion.
  • Proven strategic leadership skills and an ability to effectively manage large split-site teams.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of project management and MEL; in particular experience of adaptive programming is highly desirable.
  • Experience in project design and development and proposal writing.
  • 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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