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Country Head - Senegal

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15 Jun 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
Location: Dakar, Senegal

Closing Date: 15 June 2019 (We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis so encourage you to apply early)

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 around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.

Focus of the Role:

Senegal is a central part of TBI’s expansion in West Africa and we are looking to hire a team of up to four people to kick off our work. We hope to have a full team in place by Q3 2019 and are looking for a talented Country Head to help design and build TBI’s program.  Under President Sall’s leadership Senegal has made impressive strides, especially on infrastructure and private sector development.  With oil and gas slated to come online in the coming years, Senegal will face critical questions about how to manage these resources.  At the same time, as he begins his second term, President Sall has vowed to redouble efforts to promote job creation and improve the quality and availability of social services throughout the country.  It is around these key themes, that TBI intends to build a program, with a mandate provided personally by President Sall.

This role is an exciting opportunity to develop a new TBI project, with an ambitious President at the beginning of a five-year term, and a chance to contribute to the evolution of TBI’s effective governance model in West Africa as we expand into larger and more developed economies in the region such as Senegal.



The Country Head will work alongside key counterparts from the Government of Senegal and other stakeholders to develop and implement tailored strategies to support the government’s priorities in the areas of investment promotion, public private partnerships, agriculture transformation, energy access and delivery in health and education. 

 Specific duties include:

1. Understand and engage with principal stakeholders
  • Build a clear understanding of wider context, including the role of development partners, private sector and other players;
  • Build relationships with the President’s office, the Prime Minister and key Ministers, their direct team, and other senior stakeholders to understand the country’s priorities, build TBI’s credibility, and spot and exploit opportunities;
  • Working alongside and in particular with government counterparts to develop an ambitious, deliverable partnership that both TBI and Government of Senegal will be proud of in the years to come
  • Deploy resources outside of the team – wider TBI colleagues, including Mr. Blair, the TBI sector practices and strategic partnerships within TBI’s network etc – to support partner governments where appropriate.
2. Set the strategic direction of the project and, together with executive management, lead the annual project strategy setting, quarterly performance reviews and measurement of impact
  • Design the strategic direction for the project, within TBI’s mission and approach, tailored to the particular country context;
  • Lead the annual strategy setting process for the country project and the quarterly review process;
  • Using the organizational Theory of Change and impact tools ensure the project has a clear measurement framework.
3. Contribute to wider leadership and development of TBI
  • Contribute to the wider leadership and development of TBI as an organisation by contributing to corporate decisions both within the Africa Governance pillar and the wider organisation;
  • Contribute to organisational learning by identifying innovations and factors which contribute to or inhibit success and impact, as part of TBI’s wider global policy influencing.


4. Maintain a license to operate
  • Ensure that risks to the project and staff are spotted and managed adequately and emergency protocols are in place to maximise the safety and well-being of their team;
  • Set and manage the project budget, including putting in place appropriate financial controls;
  • Ensure policies, procedures and the Code of Conduct are adhered to at all times.


    5. Delivering through your team

  • Develop and coach a team that is bought into the shared strategy, is aligned across workstreams, solves problems together and holds each other accountable for impact;
  • Performance manage staff effectively, including building a culture of feedback and nurturing the next generation of TBI leaders;
  • Put in place a planning and evaluation cycle in order to regularly assess whether the strategy is ‘working’, and adapt rapidly in response to new challenges and opportunities;
  • Be the interface between the team and the rest of the organisation by representing the team’s views, and communicating issues and priorities from the rest of the organisation to the team.


    6. Fundraising
  • Understand your country fundraising and business development market by mapping donor opportunities amongst a wide group of stakeholders (predominantly: Foundation offices; bilateral and multilateral donor agency offices and staff; development contractors and INGOs – both not-for profit and for-profit);
  • Build and maintain intelligence and relationships to inform project and/or pillar-wide fundraising strategies and ultimately to secure project funding;
  • Input to the development of marketing materials, presentations and bids as required.Input to the development and implementation of donor trips/meetings etc as required.
What We Look For in Our People:

We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors. We seek to create international and multi-disciplinary teams and are looking for individuals with a background in: public/civil services worldwide; strategy consulting; relevant industry experience; private equity and finance; and international development.

Candidates must have:

  • Ideally 10-15 years of experience working at a high level in the public or private, preferably in emerging markets, including but not limited to issues related to international trade, investment climate, industrial development or social service delivery.
    • An ability to work independently, think strategically and translate strategies into concrete and implementable plans; an acute attention to detail with excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills.
    • Excellent operational and stakeholder management skills.
    • Outstanding interpersonal and presentational skills, in order to quickly establish TBI’s credibility at the highest levels of government
    • A proven ability to inspire, coach and develop others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures.
    • Understanding of organizational design and accountability mechanisms to reform government processes.
    • First rate strategy skills in order to challenge and design effective policy.
  • Fluent French and English speaking and writing.

Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude. Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.



  • 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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