Senior Policy Analyst

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Job Reference: tbigc/TP/22857/231
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details: Ongoing
Salary: $70,000-$85,000
Closing Date: 28/02/2021
Job Category: Policy
Business Area / Division: Policy - Tech and Public Policy
Business Unit: California
Location: San Francisco

Focus of the Role

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a purpose-driven, not-for-profit organisation, with a mission to equip leaders to build open, prosperous and inclusive societies. We believe that politics done well has the power to transform lives. When governments work well, they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We are optimists, and we work relentlessly to support leaders and governments with the challenges they face: giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people.  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Advisory Practice works 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. We are currently in a rapid expansion phase from c. 18 countries at present, to 30 by December 2022.

 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. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

·       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 Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

Technology has revolutionised many areas of our lives; but governments and public services have lagged behind. Tech presents the opportunity to provide radically better and more efficient public services to improve people’s lives; and ultimately, renew peoples’ trust and confidence in democracy. To do this we need to reconfigure the role of the state, imagine more responsive and accountable modes of government, and develop new models for designing and delivering its core functions, like protecting communities, and making sure people can fulfil their potential.   

The post holder will help deliver our mission to develop politically actionable policy and strategy. Based in San Francisco, they will help us to reflect North American, US and Silicon Valley perspectives in our work on global policy challenges and solutions. They will report to the Digital Government Policy Lead (SF) and work closely with other members of the Unit and the wider policy community at the Institute. 

Job Introduction

The key objectives for the role are to:   

  • Develop radical, actionable policy solutions to reform the state and public services, based on high-quality research and robust analysis 

  • Contribute to our strategic vision for a progressive approach to tech-enabled government, and 

  • Communicate and promote our work with key decision makers through a wide range of outputs and activities 

Key Responsibilities

The post holder will:  

  • Work under the direction of a policy lead 

  • Be responsible for delivering defined policy products 

  • Participate in discussions with external stakeholders to inform our work 

Person Specification

The following criteria must be met:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent practical experience  

  • 3+ years’ experience in public policy, consulting or relevant profession  

  • Track record of managing work and achieving outstanding results 

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills 

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills 

The following is also desirable:  

  • Experience of govtech/digital government in either the public or private sector 

  • Experience or expertise in delivering public services (education, law and order, welfare) 

About The Institute

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.