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Associate - Eastern European Country
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Focus of the Role
About the Institute
We don’t just talk, we do. Lead the change with us.
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.
We are looking for an Associate to integrate a team of government advisors in a frontier Eastern European country. The successful candidate will play an instrumental role in supporting TBI’s project in the country, across critical policy topics for governments.
This is an exciting opportunity requiring exceptional candidates who have experience working for public sector clients, a can-do attitude, appetite to make an impact, versatility, and comfort operating in politically complex environments. The Associate will report to a Manager.
An Associate is expected to be a “generalist” position with a willingness to contribute to multiple workstreams. The role will have the opportunity to substantially contribute to a small and dynamic team on meaningful topics. He/she will also have a unique opportunity to interact directly with government civil service officials, appointed senior leadership positions within government, and senior elected officials. The team’s work is highly visible within government and any team member will be able to shape the work of TBI in country and support government is charting a new direction for the future.
Associates will have the following responsibilities:
- Support TBI’s role in delivering strategic direction, policy advice and delivery of projects to our government counterparts, spanning a broad range of topics and fluctuating over time, such as climate, healthcare, media, economics, government organization and governance processes, foreign policy, etc.
- Conduct in-depth analyses and advise on key policy topics and international developments as needed to support the client’s policymaking and decision-making on priority projects and enhance the government’s ability to respond and adapt to global and regional trends.
- Engage with client counterparts for data gathering and establish relation of trust with counterparts, as a go-to-person for analytical abilities.
- Engage and work in close cooperation with the TBI team.
- Produce and own sections of presentations and reports destined to senior government leadership.
- Help organize information and data related to key government priorities, define measures of success and progress against these priorities, and monitor the progress on delivery.
- Support in building capacity within our client counterparts’ organizations by supporting in training where appropriate and supporting in the roll-out of new ways-of-work.
Academics and experience
- Between 2 and 4 years of experience ideally – in public sector consulting, public sector organizations, or implementation-oriented areas of a large, private sector organization – with a track record of effective project delivery.
- A graduate degree in public policy, economics, international relations or political sciences; alternative education backgrounds, under-graduate degrees and graduate degrees in other areas can be considered with requisite and relevant equivalent experience.
- Awareness of project planning techniques, the development of key performance indicators, and techniques to resolve delivery “roadblocks”.
Work ethics and skills
- A proactive, self-motivated individual with a passion for achieving impact.
- Commitment to delivering high quality work, and ready to put in the necessary effort to achieve this within imparted deadlines.
- Ability to work independently, think strategically and produce deliverables, with attention to detail.
- Good written communication and executive reporting skills including concise written PPT decks and reports are an advantage.
- A proven ability to collaborate with others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures.
- Fluency in English is required, with fluency in an Eastern European language preferred.
Client and environmental awareness
- Excellent interpersonal and presentational skills; able to quickly establish TBI’s credibility with the client.
- Ability to operate within sometimes sensitive political contexts and be attuned to potential areas of conflict or tension. Apply sound judgement in all external engagements on behalf of TBI.
- An awareness of international relations trends, particularly in Eastern Europe.