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Strategic Advisor

Location:
Sierra Leone
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
25 Oct 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

At the Tony BlairInstitute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work forthe many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and theirgovernments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today –beginning with those where we think we can breaknew ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the mostintractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peaceprocess 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.

In 2018, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr assumed office as second ever female Mayor of Freetown with an ambitious plan to Transform Freetown based on the principles of community ownership, innovation, data driven planning and rigorous performance management.  Top priorities for the Mayor include improved sanitation, revenue collection, urban planning and environmental protection.

To support this work we are currently searching for an experienced Advisor to directly support Mayor Aki-Sawyerr and her Delivery Unit as they support the Freetown City Council (FCC) to deliver the ambitious #Transform Freetown agenda.  The role will support the Mayor in strategic decision-making regarding the whole of #Transform Freetown, but will primarily focus on one of the Mayor’s top priorities, the Sanitation sector (see http://fcc.gov.sl/).  Under the Mayor’s leadership, Freetown is implementing radical and far-reaching reforms which are improving the lives of citizens in the immediate as well as the long term.  Donor and implementing partners recognize the unique opportunity that the Mayor represents.  She has so far been able to access approximately US$100m for much-needed infrastructure projects and internal FCC systems improvements:  this is a very exciting time to work in the city.  The Mayor’s sanitation work is of significant scope because it addresses each element of the value chain.  The work for this role will involve running at least two projects, delivering solutions and increasing capacity at Freetown City Council.  It will involve working closely and collaboratively with the Mayor herself, the FCC staff and (elected) councilors at the Council.

The Strategic Advisor will be a member of TBI’s team in Freetown reporting to the Country Head and will also be a member of TBI’s Centre of Government practice, through which they will gain from and contribute to the expertise of TBI’s teams across Africa and beyond.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct shoulder-to-shoulder advisory support to the Freetown City Mayor and the Mayor’s Delivery Unit Lead;
  • Support sustainable system improvements in the Mayor’s private office to increase her efficiency and capacity;
  • Technical support and problem-solving for the enhanced delivery of the sanitation agenda for the Freetown City Council.This will include:
    • Working directly with donor partners to design funded projects and making necessary funding applications on behalf of Freetown City Council;
    • Assisting FCC in managing the implementation of funded projects;
    • Designing and implementing systems and processes to enable efficient sanitation service delivery which will be owned and used by Freetown City Council;
    • Assisting FCC in managing the implementation of its own-funded projects;
  • Capacity building and skills development activities with the Freetown City Council to ensure sustainability and increase ownership;
  • Manage relationships with critical stakeholders and partners;
  • Contribute to the Institute’s thought leadership and strategy for governance work at the city-level;
  • Ensure robust project management processes are in place, including reporting and legal/policy documentation (including security, legal, financial) and effective implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities, including data collection and analysis;
  • Pro-actively identify fundraising and partnership opportunities for the Institute’s work with FCC and develop funding proposals to sustain and/or expand the Institute’s partnership with FCC.
What We Look For in Our People:
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
 
• An MA in International Economics, Public Administration, Business, Finance, Urban Planning or related fields
• Ideally 5 years’ experience working on the delivery of innovative programming and policies and leading team to deliver results
• Experience working or engaging with private sector players and development partners;
 
ESSENTIAL SKILLS:
 
• Ability to work independently, think strategically and translate strategies into concrete and implementable plans
• Excellent writing, presentation skills and verbal communication skills in English
• Excellent organizational and analytical skills, and close attention to detail
• Understanding of organizational design and accountability mechanisms to reform Government processes
• Effective inter-personal and leadership skills. Team player with an ability to develop and foster relationships with counterparts across a large organization
• Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
• Proven ability to mentor, coach, and build capacity of national counterparts
 
PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS:
 
• Willingness and ability to mentor, coach and build capacity of national counterparts
• Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments
• A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers and making change happen
• Above all, high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude
• Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable
 
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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