Tech Policy Advisor

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Number of Positions:
1
Contract Type:
Fixed Term/Full Time
Contract Details:
Ongoing
Salary:
Competitive
Working Hours:
35 Hours per week
Location:
Accra
Closing Date:
23/01/2022
Job Category:
Advisory
Business Area / Division:
Advisory - Africa
Business Unit:
Ghana

Focus of the Role

Do you have experience consulting or working in the tech field working with teams to drive systemic and transformative change through working with government? Are you passionate about improving the policy and regulatory environments which enable government’s digitalisation aspirations and the broader tech ecosystem?

This post is part of our growing Ghana country team and global Tech for Development programme which is enabled by a dynamic external partner across existing and new operations in our Government Advisory and Tech & Public Policy Divisions. This landmark initiative will be delivered across 30 countries, of which Ghana is a priority country.

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation is playing a pivotal role in the development of a robust digital policy framework to support the digitisation of the economy in a manner that captures and benefits every citizen.

Developing this framework requires a determined effort to understand the new reality, in order to resolve the new challenges arising from the internet era, combined with the legacy technologies already in place.

The post holder will play a central role in TBI’s work to develop politically actionable policy and strategy, and to use this to make Government of Ghana’s Tech ecosystem more efficient and effective. The post holder will be embedded at the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation, report to the Head of Technology for Development Ghana, and work closely with other members of TBI’s Global Tech for Development Team, and the wider policy community at the Institute.

This is an initial fixed term contract of 12 months.

The key objectives for the role are:

  • Establish distinctive, evidence-based Tech policy guidelines to reconfigure the Government’s use of technology in order to foster better decision-making, improve internal efficiencies within the Government of Ghana, and ultimately improve the lives of the people in Ghana.
  • Build productive relationships with key senior stakeholders in tech and policy within the Government of Ghana with a focus on the Ministry of Communications & Digitalisation as well as other stakeholder ministries.
  • Scope and design strategy and programme of support for TBI’s tech policy engagement with Government of Ghana, reporting to the Head of Tech, and in line with TBI T4D’s global strategic framework.
  • Advisory and development of coherent Tech policies to improve interoperability, scalability, security, Big Data capabilities and reduce Government of Ghana’s overall TCO.
  • Drive the execution of the Tech policy design with a small talented team of Tech policy consultants.
  • The key factors to a successful delivery of this project are: total cost of ownership (TCO) of Government of Ghana’s Tech ecosystem significantly reduced, interoperability between systems cross Ministries have improved, created a harmonious data view over Government of Ghana’s most relevant IT-Systems in order to be ready for the implementation of Big Data capabilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy and Planning: Write a plan of approach that clearly articulates how the Tech policies in scope will contribute to the key objectives as outlined in the key objectives for this role.  Ensure alignment with TBI’s project strategy in Ghana and TBI’s global T4D strategic framework. Integrate this plan with the overall Government strategy, which covers from one tech domain to another. Integrate policy recommendations within existing policies, with the purpose of creating a harmonious data guided view of the Government’s Technology landscape
  • Government Relations: Establish effective and trusted relationships with the key stakeholders including Ministers, Senior Advisors, Director General’s, and Directors
  • Execution and Monitoring: Establish, review, and maintain project goals and plans. Serve as the focal point for the Tech policy development team. Report and engage with the Head Technology for Development Ghana, to drive delivery, ideate, troubleshoot, and manage the initiative across the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and overall Government. In addition, it is expected that the post holder supports the Head Technology for Development Ghana in the development of TBI’s Tech for Development country strategy
  • People: Work with the embedded and digital transformation teams at the Ministry to realize the stated key objectives for this role in keeping with the Ministry’s vision, TBI Ghana T4D strategy and the global T4D results framework. Furthermore, it is expected that the post holder will seek alignment and work closely together with TBI’s global Tech Public Policy team if and when relevant
  • External Relations (non-governmental): Engage with relevant external stakeholders such as consultants, International development agencies, Government/Ministries, and agencies
  • One TBI: The post holder will formally report into the Head Tech for Development Ghana, and form part of the wider country project team and global Tech for Development team. Engage with other T4D colleagues providing Tech Policy advisory to government and generate cross-country learnings and best practice contributing to a broader learning culture within the programme

Person Specification

The following criteria must be met:

  • Strong understanding of, and ability to navigate, the Ghana ICT eco-system and government machinery, its structures and operating environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent practical experience
  • 7+ years’ experience in leading Tech policy consulting engagements. Post holder has proven experience in implementing large transversal Tech policy changes with direct report to and, or sponsorship from DG’s, Directors and, or Ministers within governments
  • Proven ability to structure, articulate, prioritise, solve, and implement complex Tech policy problems
  • Experience working in a developing country on tech policy / projects
  • A clear and confident communicator, both written and spoken
  • Fluency in English required (oral and written)

The following is also desirable:

  • Previous experience in Ghana
  • A strong network in the Tech sector in Africa
  • A track record and ability to speak publicly and represent the institute and your work to senior stakeholder audiences including government and the international community

About The Institute

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 Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners 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. 

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.