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Tony Blair Institute for Global Change



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Position description

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we work with political leaders around the world to drive change. We help governments turn bold ideas into reality so they can deliver for their people. We do it by advising on strategy, policy and delivery, unlocking the power of technology across all three. And by sharing what we learn on the ground, so everyone can benefit. We do it to build more open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere. 

 

We are a global team of nearly 800 changemakers, operating in more than 30 countries, across five continents. We are political strategists, policy experts, delivery practitioners, technology specialists and more. We speak more than 45 languages. We are working on over 100 projects, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’re all here at TBI to make a difference. 

 

In a world of ever more complex challenges, we believe diversity of background and perspective is a strength. We pride ourselves on a culture that values and nurtures difference. We are dedicated to unlocking potential, not only for the countries we work in but also for each of our team members. No matter where you’re from or who you are, if you’re passionate about the transformative power of progressive politics, we invite you to build a better future with us.

 

 

Role Summary

Role and Responsibilities

We are seeking Managers to join TBI’s growing Americas practice to help establish, maintain and continually improve our strategy, drive growth, and maximize our impact, with an initial focus across the Caribbean and Latin America. The Manager will lead key areas of work for and support a future Director (Americas) in ensuring we have a holistic view of our country-level programs, regional trends, relevant advancements in technology, and opportunities for greater impact in the region. This role will also be part of helping to grow our operational hub in Washington, DC by aligning our strategy and regional operations with the wider organization’s systems and processes.

The role is based full-time in Washington, DC, but will involve frequent travel across the region and globally.

 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to the development and execution of an Americas strategy to drive prioritization and analysis of opportunities and investment decisions
  • Working collaboratively with the regionally based Country Directors, New Operations & Performance team and others across the organization to establish, maintain and continually improve our strategy and operations, objectives and key results for each country programme, with a clear measurement framework to ensure quality control of project delivery
  • Helping the team set and maintain workflow cadence, planning​, and communication, ensuring effective coordination and coherence across the region and with the organization globally
  • Supporting project planning and management of country-level program design, approval, and operationalization – potential to be deployed for short-term roles in country to support the start-up phase
  • Reviewing and recommending improvements to data/ insights generation, visualisation and utilisation, driving tech-enabled and automated processes led by the team
  • Acting as a thought partner to teams to help better leverage innovation and technology solutions to accelerate and amplify their agendas across topics like clean energy, digital public infrastructure, innovative finance, AI, global public health (technology), and others
  • Supporting the team to identify additional implementation partners in the global environment to support the delivery of our objectives
  • Supporting work with our global partnerships teams to engage with existing and potential donors and other partners who can transform and improve government delivery, establishing and utilizing regional-level networks, including with relevant multilaterals, companies, and other key stakeholders, and acting as a representative of TBI (including for public-speaking engagements)
  • Acting as a thought partner to teams to help better leverage innovation and technology solutions to accelerate and amplify their agendas across topics like clean energy, digital public infrastructure, innovative finance, AI, global public health (technology), and others
  • Supporting the building of general organizational capability and recruitment across the Americas, ensuring the growth and development of a high-performing culture that drives ambition, innovation and delivery, and supporting a continued focus on learning and development
  • Being an active member of TBI communities of practice, building strong, collaborative relationships across TBI and actively championing TBI’s values

 

Person Specification

We are looking for an outstanding individual with a proven track record of strategy, project management, and delivery in the public and/or private sectors. All candidates will be required to have relevant experience in a management role, working across multiple geographies in the region and working on multiple projects simultaneously.

Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, humor, adaptability and a can-do attitude, as much of the early work will take a hands-on approach to get our regional practice from start up to steady state.

 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the majority of the following:

  • Experience at a management consulting firm or within an in-house strategy team (in the public or private sector) or equivalent experience, including experience managing teams
  • A graduate degree in business, public policy, economics, international relations or political sciences (or other relevant fields)
  • Understanding of the politics in the Americas with experience working with government officials, business leaders, and other influential stakeholders applicable to the region
  • Management skills and a skilled communicator and influencer, from executive office level through to technical level, adept at speaking to senior leadership, knows how to navigate ambiguous environments, and comfortable at managing up and beyond hierarchy
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities
  • Strategic, commercial and entrepreneurial, can challenge the status-quo and develop plans for successful delivery of challenging objectives, and with a track record of success in building organizational capability
  • Believes in the potential of technology and innovation to help unlock progress towards a more equitable, just, and inclusive world
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a team player and team builder and performing well in a start-up atmosphere
  • Business fluency in English is required and knowledge of Spanish and/ or Portuguese a plus
  • A willingness to frequently travel across the Americas region and globally, sometimes on short notice
  • Candidates must have the right to work in the USA and be able to work in-person in Washington DC

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