Analyst (Sub-Saharan Africa)


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Permanent/Full Time
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Job Category:
Extremism Policy Unit
Business Area / Division:
UK Policy Team
Business Unit:
Policy - Extremism Policy Unit

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the research and analysis of the Extremism Policy Unit’s Sub-Saharan Africa workstream
  • Conceptualise and deliver research papers, commentaries, and op-eds that speak to key security, extremism and development policy issues affecting sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to the overall development of the TBI’s Africa work programme on Sub-Saharan Africa with original and relevant ideas and in collaboration with in-country teams.
  • Monitor ongoing economic and security developments in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Evaluate existing policies/legislation/strategies/negotiations on Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Manage the logistics of multiple EPU sub-Saharan Africa projects and outputs concurrently, from start to finish, alongside the assigned Programme Lead.
  • Identify, construct and develop a timely and thought leading research agenda, with Programme Leads, that has a strong policy agenda and long-term scope for funding.
  • Represent the Institute and the pillar’s work at events, roundtables, conferences and in international media (broadcast and press).
  • Build and maintain a personal brand that is aligned with priorities of the Institute and the EPU’s sub-Saharan Africa workstream, representing the Institute at conferences and in the media and press. 
  • Follow and engage with the big picture policy debates, strategies and action of governments and multi-lateral agencies related to extremism, conflict and security to inform direction of forward planning. 

Person Specification

This is role sits within a fast-paced and busy policy team. As an sub-Saharan African Analyst you will be expected to conceptualise, and assist in the delivery of the Extremism Policy Unit’s (EPU) Africa Programme. You will need to balance high quality expert-level research and analysis with in-depth awareness of SSA policy movements and trends. The successful candidate will need to show proactivity, be dynamic and at ease with high-pressure deadlines, and demonstrate strong team leadership qualities. You will need to display the majority of the following:

  • An excellent judgement of current affairs and topical debates related to sub-Saharan Africa, but also not limited to extremism, conflict and foreign policy
  • A post-graduate degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject(s), such as International Relations, Politics, Security, with demonstrable expertise on Africa
  • A track-record of publishing cutting-edge, original and/or data-driven analysis related but not limited to extremism, conflict and geopolitics
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, with fluency in French, Africa, Swahili, Hausa, or other local language desirable
  • Experience presenting research and evidence at professional and public fora, such as international conferences, panel events and roundtables.
  • Ability to operate within sometimes sensitive political contexts and be attune to potential areas of conflict or tension in live policy debates related to the policy unit’s work. Apply sound judgement in all external engagement on behalf of TBI
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise effectively, demonstrating adaptability to last-minute changes and tight deadlines

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 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.