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Head of Events and Visits

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29 Sep 2017
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

Who we are: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few.

We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation designed to improve the well being of the people, economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges, which hold such a vision of globalisation back:

  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for 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 answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism
Focus Of This Role:

Role Summary

The Head of Events and Visits is a critical member of the Principal’s Private Office whose key objective is to ensure that the Principal’s overseas travel schedule reflects the key strategic priorities of the Principal and that of the organisation - the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) and that his visits and events are implemented effectively.

Reporting to the Head of the Executive Office and working closely with colleagues across TBI, in particular with the Pillar Heads and External Affairs team, the Head of Events and Visits will be responsible for the strategic planning of all overseas travel, the efficient implementation of logistics and liaison both internally and externally to ensure the smooth execution of all meetings, events and visits.


Key Responsibilities

Strategic planning and prioritising

  • Plan, manage and deliver the Principal’s long term travel schedule to ensure it reflects his key priorities and are in accordance with TBI’s objectives and vision
  • Work closely with the Leadership of TBI pillars, in particular with the Pillar Heads, the External Affairs and Communications teams to ensure the strategic priorities of TBI are factored into the Principal’s overseas meetings, events and visit schedules
  • Evaluate all third-party event requests with the input of the heads of TBI and present recommendations to the Principal and Chief of Staff
  • Commission comprehensive briefing from internal colleagues and event organisers to ensure the Principal is well briefed for all his meetings, visits and events and any overseas media appearances. Communicate meeting outcomes (written) with colleagues where necessary.
  • Identify risks and issues; for instance media issues, security concerns and wider reputational risks.

Logistics and implementation

  • Oversee all planning and implementation of the Principal’s overseas trips to the highest level of detail and professionalism to ensure the smooth running of all logistics
  • Advance and accompany the Principal on some overseas visits to manage meetings, events and the logistical arrangements. Foreign travel will take up approximately 50% of your time
  • Managing two members of staff on the travel team


Liaison and relationship management

  • Tactfully manage internal and external competing requests for the Principal’s time. 
  • Manage stakeholder relationships across all the Principal’s activities in so far as they relate to event participation and speaking engagements
  • Work closely with the Finance Team to oversee the financing of the Principal’s visits and events.
  • Primary liaison point for the Foreign Office and Metropolitan Police on necessary security and protocol arrangements for overseas visits
What We Look For in Our People:

Person Specification

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills both written and verbal and be able to operate at every level of seniority, including with very high level stakeholders.

It is essential for this post holder to have a keen interest in the different areas of work of the Institute and to develop a deep understanding of the vision and objectives of the organisation.  At times, the post holder may be required to sit in on meetings with the Principal and report back in a timely and clear fashion to colleagues across the organisation by providing written minutes and action points.  Knowledge of current affairs is essential.

S/he must have strategic oversight with the ability to plan for the longer term as well as work to tight deadlines, in a rapidly changing environment in many varied, and sometimes challenging geographies. 

With managerial responsibility for a small team of two, the Head of Events and Visits will be an effective team player and manager of people and processes. S/he will be well organised with attention to detail and able to implement a plan successfully.

A responsible, proactive self-starter who is able to think ahead and foresee risks and issues; the post holder will be confident with good organisational skills and a calm approach to difficult situations.

The Head of Events and Visits will be an integral member of the team in a very busy, fast moving office.  


How to apply

In order to apply you are required to complete an online application form, which includes uploading your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and completing a 300 word personal statement explaining why you want to work at TBIGC and your suitability to the role.

To apply please visit our website and apply through the careers portal: 

The deadline for applications will be Friday 29th September 2017, 5pm GMT.



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