Project Manager, Tech for Development, Kenya

Job Reference: tbigc/TP/5126/202
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details: Ongoing
Salary: Competitive
Working Hours: 35 Hours per week
Closing Date: 09/12/2020
Job Category: Tech for Development
Business Area / Division: Tech for Development
Business Unit: Kenya
Location: Nairobi

Focus of the Role

Do you thrive on driving the end to end delivery of transformative projects? We are looking to hire an exceptional project manager (PM) with experience and expertise across technology and government advisory. The PM will implement a suite of data management products for Government, advising and supporting their application in Rwanda. The post holder will thereafter work on the application of technology and innovations across public services, agriculture, health and climate.

The post holder will join a team of new hires focused on our tech for development in Kenya in the Kenya Country Programme led by the Country Head, Kenya. This team will work with the wider existing embedded team, forming a team with enormous potential for further impact. And the postholder will report to the Head of Tech for Development, Kenya, whose reporting line will be to the Country Head, Kenya.

This is a key role requiring a strong candidate with relevant expertise and networks with government and/or industry in country or other peer countries.

Job Introduction

Key outcomes of the role

  • Tech for development programme managed to deliver expected results, such as deployment of solutions ranging from the current pandemic response and digital health offer, to proximate use cases such as digital payments, digital ID;
  • Supporting effective and trusted relationships with senior politicians and bureaucrats in government, in service of project delivery and sustainability; and
  • Expenditure in line with budget.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning: Working closely with Head of Tech for Development, design, maintain and continually improve country project plans and tools to roll out our initiative from one tech domain to another, with one ministry or more, across government and in country with other stakeholders.
  • Execution and Monitoring: Under the direction of the Head of Tech for Development, review and maintain project goals, plans, proof points and KPIs. Report to and engage with Country Head for Kenya, and our Global Director Tech for Development, and his/her team to drive delivery, ideate, troubleshoot and manage roll-out. Where relevant, ensure expenditure is utilised in line with budget with robust management accounts and accountability established. Ensure all necessary risk, legal and financial compliance and processes are followed. 
  • Government Relations: Support the Head of Tech for Development to maintain effective and trusted relationships in government in line with the country project strategy and positioning, and in service of the overall TBI mission to support political leaders to achieve results that benefit the people of the country and our tech for development initiative.
  • People: Support the recruitment and management of team staff, as required. The post holder will be expected to develop strong working relationships.
  • External Relations (non-governmental): Support the Head of Tech for Development to engage with relevant external stakeholders such as tech hubs/incubators, investors, other not for profit organisations, media, suppliers and agencies as directed.
  • One TBI: The post holder will formally report into Head of Tech for Development Kenya and will work closely with the Country Head, Kenya, and the wider tech for development teams in London and other countries.

Person Specification

We are looking for an experienced project manager:

  • With experience in business operations, technology, consulting or advisory functions;
  • With a minimum of 5 years’ experience in management consulting or government advisory;
  • With some prior experience in emerging markets, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • With some experience in public affairs or government relations;
  • With an in-depth understanding of the tech policy and regulatory environment in practise;
  • Who commits to business objectives and pulls out the stops to make sure they are always met;
  • With the ability to work under pressure, and to coordinate with teams and multi-disciplinary advisors;
  • With strong communication and project management skills;
  • Who can work flexibly and be adaptable, open to changing approaches in response to changing situations on the ground;
  • With proven understanding of the policy context, how to influence policy and the discretion and judgment needed to navigate a complex political environment;
  • With a bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience;
  • Prior work with the Government of Kenya is highly desirable; and,
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Swahili an advantage

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. It exists to equip political leaders and governments with the tools to create open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world.

We do this within two connected divisions:

Government Advisory

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It has both non-profit partners and a client base and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

Policy Futures

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas:

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics;
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world.

What we believe in as an organisation:

  • Open and Progressive – you’ll believe in the value of teamwork
  • Bold and Pragmatic – you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity
  • Optimistic Changemakers – you’ll be focused on results

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you're successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.