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Programme Associate - Power Africa Senior Advisors Programme

Location:
London
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
30 Jun 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
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:
Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.

To support this work we are currently searching for an exceptional individual to undertake the role of Programme Associate for the Power Africa Senior Advisors Group Programme. The programme staff includes a small team in London, and advisors based in programme countries in Africa.

You’ll be responsible for ensuring the Power Africa Team is well supported to deliver on the organisation’s objectives for the programme. You will report to the Chief of Party, and act as key player in managing a group of high-level global leaders, take leadership of external and internal communications, as well as provide broader programme management support to the PA-SAG team. We are looking for someone who is an excellent team player, proactive, and willing to ‘muck in’ and support the work of others. Passion and interest in the work that we do is desirable. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who thrives in working in a fast paced, dynamic and friendly team.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management support of the PA-SAG agreement:

  • In close collaborating with the Chief of Party and Project Coordination Manager, the overall implementation of the programme as articulated in the Cooperative Agreement will be monitored and followed.
  • Continuous assessment of program documents and management of the development of new internal processes.
  • Responsible for development and management where appropriate of internal systems as per audit recommendations.
  • Support where required around implementation of the programme through coordinated activities with country advisors and programme management colleagues.
  • In close coordination with both the Institute's communications team and in country advisors strategic implementation and management of internal comms strategy insuring regular information flows to the wider Institute and USAID.
  • Regular and routinely provide advice on USAID rules and regulations in accordance to cooperative agreement.
  • Communication and secretariat functions for the Senior Advisors Group are managed
  • Ensure professional front-line support is provided to the Chief of Party (CoP) and the larger programme team in their day to day operations of their functions.
  • Travel planning and coordination for the team is managed
  • Logistical support for Senior Advisor trips, including coordination of hotel and travel booking, visa arrangements, preparation of itineraries. 
  • Working with the Finance Manager ensuring compliance with USAID frameworks and regulations including but not limited to Invoices, Expenses, Flights, Contracts and Timesheet management.
  • Lead on supporting both internal and external event organization for the Power Africa programme including venue booking, hotel arrangements, invitation, catering arrangements etc. 
  • Develop innovative administrative support to the PA-SAG team, on matters of logistics, procurement, travel and communications management.
  • Set up and manage a document management system, in collaboration with the Project Coordination Manager and the Finance Manager.
What We Look For in Our People:
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  • Ideally 3 years of programme implementation experience in an international fast paced environment
  • Experience working with a USAID funded program an asset.

ESSENTIALS SKILLS:

  • Top notch administrative skills, commitment, attention to detail and strong forward planning skills. 
  • High degree of professionalism to handle sensitive and confidential information and absolute discretion and adherence to confidentiality. 
  • Strong MS Office skills and ability to produce documents to good presentation level e.g. reports. 
  • Ability to manage shifting priorities with flexibility and accuracy. 
 
 PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS:
 
  • Hands on approach to work, with the ability to deliver on deadlines in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment, with minimal or no supervision. 
  • Ability to use own initiative and actively look for opportunities to have an impact rather than simply be reactive. 
  • Ability to build and manage effective relationships with other organisations and key stakeholders on behalf of TBI.
  • Language skills in French would be an advantage
  • This role is London based in London but may require some travel.   

VALUES WE LOOK FOR:

  • 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
 
We are only able to consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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