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Delivery Advisor

Location:
Africa
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
15 Jul 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:
TBI has been invited by the Government of Burkina Faso to support the delivery of priority initiatives through a Delivery Unit established at the center of government (Bureau de Suivi du Programme Presidentiel (BS-PP)). Under the leadership of the President, the BS-PP will ramp up its efforts to drive impact across government in the context of a deteriorating security environment and increasing expectations from its population, especially in rural areas.
 
In addition to strengthening delivery in the Presidency, the project will also seek to strengthen the connections with other key ministries and agencies, both in the centre (the Prime Ministers’ Office and the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Development) as well as key sector Ministries, such as the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. The team may extend to include advisors in these or other Ministries, depending on the sectoral priorities of the Presidency.
 
Established in 2017, The Presidential Programme Monitoring Office is a centre of government function based in the Office of the President. Its primary remit is to improve the coordination and implementation of national government flagship programs; and to monitor, evaluate and report on the timely fulfilment of H.E. President Kaboré’s key development priorities.
 
The Monitoring Office, which reports to its Director, works alongside other essential offices and departments within the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s Office – including the Permanent Secretariat of the National Economic and Social Development Plan –, the Ministry of Finance, and other relevant ministries and agencies. TBI is working closely with the Monitoring Office to establish new ways of working across government and provide strong delivery support in key sectors such as agriculture, health, energy and resilience, among others.
 
TBI has accumulated rich experience working with governments across the world in coordinating and supporting delivery efforts. Although our program in Burkina is new, we have rapidly acquired knowledge of government systems and structures and have built a set of trusted relationships which will enable TBI to provide impactful advice and coordination of the delivery process over the coming years.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
 
The post-holder will play a pivotal role in supporting the Country Head to engage across the Monitoring Office or in one or more thematic areas across government. They will regularly engage senior government officials and will work shoulder to shoulder with the Monitoring Office team on a daily basis. Key areas of responsibility will include:
 
Supporting the Monitoring Office delivery capacities to bridge implementation gaps and accelerate delivery:
 
  • Working with the Country Head, support the Presidential Program Monitoring Office Director and his team to institutionalise the delivery culture including through:
- Providing skills-gap analyses
- Delineating a long-term professional development strategy
- Establishing a working guideline and modality for the Monitoring Office
- Providing continuous capacity building support, through 1-1 coaching, on-job trainings and process facilitations.
 
  • Developing a better outcome-based performance management product for the government
 
Providing quality assurance and oversight on delivery programming
 
  • Work with counterparts and project colleagues to plan, sequence and deliver the right interventions at the right time
  • Ensure robust project management processes are in place, including reporting and documentation of activities.
  • Support the Monitoring Office to assess progress against project delivery plans, highlighting key risks to delivery, proposing mitigation measures and escalating to decision-makers where appropriate.
  • Support M&E processes with detailed analyses and working with counterparts to address findings
  • Provide briefings and assessments of progress – whether thematically or on a project and programme basis – for a range of senior audiences
  • Support the Country Head to develop high quality reports and recommendations for decision-makers across government to take upon
 
Relationship Building/Management
 
  • Be visible to counterparts and stakeholders and regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust with people and generate commitment
  • Develop strong collaborative networks and effective communication with main counterparts, and other relevant agencies and organisations
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders within implementing agencies in order to facilitate issue resolution and unblock issues delaying implementation.
  • Support the Burkina team to identify new partnership and project opportunities Support the coordination of project oversight between the Centre of Government, implementing institutions and other stakeholders such as the private sector
  • Support government-to-government and government-to-private sector coordination, engage stakeholders and synthesise inputs
  • Develop thematic workstreams as directed and in response to requests from counterparts.
 
Other internal TBI responsibilities
 
  • Contribute to wider TBI Burkina activities including strategic development, reporting, organisation wide coordination and engagement; and deputising as appropriate. 
  • Support the Country Head to participate and collaborate with other TBI projects, sharing knowledge and supporting thought leadership efforts. 
  • Provide overall support to the Country Head including in providing overall advice on economic transformation and delivery to government.
  • In all these areas of work, the Advisor will be expected to work closely with the members of the TBI global team to benefit from the network effect of TBI.
What We Look For in Our People:
The successful candidate will thrive in an environment where the importance of personal initiative coupled with teamwork is critical. Above all s/he will build effective relationships, win trust, and help shape and influence change delivery in government. With a good knowledge of delivery principles and processes, s/he will have a grounding in project and programme management, capacity development and policy reform.

 

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • The successful candidate will have the confidence, experience, and credibility to operate at a senior level in a government operating environment. S/he will also have excellent judgement and highly developed analytical skills that can be deployed in a range of contexts.
  • A proven track record of delivery – whether policy, operational or functional – is essential, as is relevant experience of working in a project and programme environment. Familiarity with portfolio management approaches would be valuable.
  • Policy and/or programme delivery experience in one of the following key areas – agriculture, health, energy, and resilience – will be an advantage
  • They will have the ability to deliver a challenging and complex agenda - particularly in supporting projects which need to turnaround; to deliver a step-change in performance; or handling agendas that are diffuse or ill-defined.
  • They will also have the ability to work in the face of a range of competing views and priorities, possessing highly-developed communication and negotiation skills.
  • High quality communication, drafting and presentational skills are key.

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Relevant educational experience in political science, policy, economics, business or other related fields (Master's degree or equivalent is preferred)
  • Ability to reside in Ouagadougou
  • Fluency in French and strong command of English required (oral and written)

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

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