Policy Analyst, Internet Policy

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Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
£35,000 to £45,000
Working Hours:
35 Hours per week
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Business Area / Division:
Policy - Tech and Public Policy
Business Unit:
United Kingdom

Focus of the Role


We are looking for an enthusiastic and thoughtful Policy Analyst, based in London, who can help us develop policy answers to some of the biggest tech and political challenges of our age. You will work as part of a global technology team and bring an interest in tech or related policy field.  

This is an entry level position but could also be suitable for someone with a couple of years’ experience or someone looking to change careers.  

The team and the mission 

The technological revolution is the central issue for modern, progressive policymakers. Properly managed it can help build a better and more equal society for everyone. But achieving this vision requires a determined effort to understand the new reality, in order to resolve the new challenges arising from the internet era and accelerate the opportunities it presents.   

Our Technology and Public Policy programme exists to help policymakers master the implications of the technology revolution and deliver progressive policy and strategy for the 21st century. This short deck explains more about the overall programme and our team culture. 

Key Responsibilities

The Internet has delivered huge benefits and shaken up many sectors for the better, but it has also given rise to new risks and policy challenges. We are developing a practical, 21st century approach to regulation and ethics that works with the reality of the Internet rather than trying to fight it. We care about making sure new technology delivers benefits and protections for everybody and that the balance of power in our new economy and society reflects a progressive vision.  

The post holder will help deliver our mission to develop politically actionable policy and strategy. Based in London, they will report to the Internet Policy Lead and work closely with other members of the Unit and the wider policy community at the Institute. 

The key objectives for the role are to:   

  • Develop high-quality research and robust analysis to support policy that looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by the internet 

  • Contribute to policy projects and research programmes on aspects of the platform economy and deliver related policy products like papers and briefings  

  • Participate in discussions with external stakeholders to inform our work 

A day in the life of the Policy Analyst will be varied but these are some of the things you can expect: 

  • Desk research and analysis to write policy briefings, blogs, notes or longer reports 

  • Video calls with your Internet Policy Unit colleagues to collectively problem-solve issues such as the future of news and social media or how to govern the internet.  

  • Working with your colleagues in the tech and public policy team on some 3-6-month projects 

  • Participating in external events and discussions on tech policy issues 

  • Meeting with policy experts, and political and government leaders 

  • Travel once or twice a year to London, Singapore, Accra or other countries where tech and political events are happening 

  • Calling TBI teams in countries in Africa to help them understand internet policy issues and hear how governments around the world are approaching the new challenges  

  • Working through a development plan and a personal development budget to build the skills and career needed to thrive at the institute and beyond. 

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have:  

  • Proven ability to analyse complex problems, whether through a degree or elsewhere.  

  • Track record of achieving results against stretching objectives  

  • Good written and spoken communication skills 

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills 

We are looking for people passionate about their interests whether that’s AI, social media,  ethics, diversity and inclusion or digital culture and communities. We’re interested in ideas and a motivation to find answers to some of the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.  

Early applications are encouraged, as we will begin interviews as we receive applications. 

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader 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 

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.