Health Tech Advisor


Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Tech for Development
Business Area / Division:
Tech for Development
Business Unit:
Tech for Development Central Team

Job Introduction

The is a key role in within our growing tech for development initiative, which has been 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 in 30 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, and aims to transform developing and emerging nations through the application of sustainable scaled technology and innovations across public services, food systems and agriculture, healthcare and climate.

The postholder will be part of a central team consisting of five areas of expertise across Ag-Tech, Green Energy, Digital ID, Health-Tech, E-Gov.  These together will be our authoritative, global voice as we work in close partnership with leaders, governments and industry to accelerate technology and innovation for the benefit of all. 

The postholder will support the Head of Health-Tech to provide sector leadership to, and work closely with, in-country Health Tech experts, and broader country teams to form a practice area that supports project design, quality control, execution support and thought leadership under the tech for development umbrella.

The postholder will engage with our country teams to develop, design, and deliver work in the Health-Tech sector to support governments and political leaders who want to harness technology to achieve ambitious leaps forward for their citizens and the world. Engaging with our Tech & Public Policy division, in addition, provides an opportunity to work from policy to implementation.

As a member of the T4D central team the post holder will also work collaboratively across the team to improve tools, processes and feed in emerging best practices which create a learning culture improving the foundations and impact of the global programme.

Key Responsibilities

Support and enable strategy and program development in the health sector

  • Support, help maintain and improve the strategy, plans, proof points and KPIs for the acceleration of technology and innovation in the Health-Tech sector within the countries we work, and which have prioritised Health-Tech as a platform for tech-enabled transformation
  • Work closely with country teams and Programme Integrators to identify Health-Tech opportunities in countries and where required, support teams to help shape recommendations to, and engagement with, Heads of State, Ministers, or other senior stakeholders, as required 
  • Work closely with country teams to act as a technical expert and thought partner to generate innovative solutions to client problems and frame them in a compelling way, including as part of project design templates
  • Identify and utilise knowledge of upcoming trends and opportunities within the Health-Tech sector for the benefit of our work in existing and new countries
  • Work collaboratively with other sector colleagues to create a cohesive central team to capture cross sectoral learnings and a cohesive tech for development program 

External engagement and partnership management

  • Provide representation, including presentations, for TBI at external fora and events 
  • Develop and enhance our network and relationships with leading innovators and implementation partners in the Health-Tech space
  • Engage with key donors, relevant external stakeholders such as other not-for-profit organisations, media, suppliers and agencies as required 
  • Support programmatic delivery and excellence
  • Working with Head of Health Tech, ensure the global portfolio of Health-Tech initiatives form a cohesive program which contribute to the Global Tech for Development OKRs/KPIs
  • Support country and regional teams to hire, manage and develop tech for development teams in Health-Tech and tech for development, critically providing quality control of new hires and mentoring. The post holder and his/her team will be expected to play a key role in the broader community at TBI and will be expected to build strong working relationships
  • Shape and embody a positive culture that drives innovation and delivery


Person Specification

The post holder will be an experienced candidate:

  • With a minimum of 7 to 10 years’ relevant experience
  • With demonstrable experience in technology enterprises or programmes 
  • Who is strategic, entrepreneurial, can challenge the status-quo and develop plans for successful delivery of challenging objectives
  • With experience in consulting or advisory functions
  • With demonstrable expertise in public policy or government relations 
  • Who has a track record of cultivating and maintaining strategic alliances and partnerships across public, social, and private sector organisations
  • Who is a skilled communicator and influencer, from executive office level through to technical level and is adept at speaking to senior leadership
  • Who has worked or consulted in developing and emerging economies and is sensitive to a diverse range of cultural and regional norms, and fosters a positive spirit of collaboration 
  • Who commits to business objectives and pulls out the stops to make sure they are always met

The following is also desirable:

  • Experience in the end-to-end delivery of digital/tech products or services within government or private sector

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 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.

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 Changemakers: you’ll be focused on results