Data and Cloud Infrastructure Advisor (RISA)

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Focus of the Role

Are you excited by the prospect of being involved in initiatives that leverage the application of technology and innovation for sustainable development? Do you have experience consulting or working in technology policy advisory as part of a team driving systemic and transformative change in an emerging economy?  Do you thrive on driving the end-to-end delivery of transformative projects by the public sector?  If yes, we want to hear from you!

Scaling up support to governments in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, the Tony Blair Institute’s Tomorrow Partnership works with political leaders and governments to bring tech and digital solutions to their biggest challenges, because we believe tomorrow will belong to those who responsibly harness the power of technology for the good of all people, and to leave no one behind.

Through The Tomorrow Partnership, we broker strategic partnerships between governments and leading tech organisations and innovators to help foster environments that enable tech to deliver practical change in people’s lives.


Job Introduction

As part of the Tomorrow Partnership programme in Rwanda we are looking for an experienced Data and Cloud Infrastructure Advisor to join a fast-growing team working in the Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), helping deliver Rwanda’s ambitions building Rwanda’s data and cloud infrastructure.  

Reporting to the ‘Tech Policy Advisor – RISA’, this role will interface with senior RISA leadership, and leverage knowledge from across the Institute to support RISA’s efforts in advisory, scoping, developing, implementing and monitoring interventions that enable Rwanda to develop current and new data centre and cloud infrastructure, as well as related capacity building.

The successful post-holder will develop strong relationships with key private and public stakeholders, undertake landscape and feasibility assessments, and support the development and implementation of interventions in the data and cloud infrastructure space in Rwanda.

The role will also contribute to the structure and design of TBI’s data infrastructure and cloud offering and partnerships, and engage with TBI’s teams in Africa to ensure a regionally coherent approach on TBI offers.

This role will be a one year assignment, with the possibility for extension.

Key outcomes of the assignment

  • Support the implementation of Rwanda’s data center and cloud infrastructure strategies  
  • Provide expert advice to RISA leadership and MINICT on data centres, cloud infrastructure and related capacity building required by government staff implementing the projects
  • Assist the RISA leadership to develop innovative partnerships to support the improvement of current, or establishment of new data center and cloud infrastructure in Rwanda

The position is full-time, with a minimum duration of 12 months and based in Kigali, Rwanda and starts as soon as possible on the identification of a suitable candidate.  Relocation assistance may be provided for the successful candidate if required.

Key Responsibilities

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Working closely with the Tech Policy Advisor – RISA and the relevant leader in RISA as assigned by the CEO RISA,  the post-holder will work to advise, make recommendations on, and provide expert input for delivery of initiatives in the data centre and cloud infrastructure space.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Scoping: Identifying transformative opportunities to improve current or implement new data centre and cloud infrastructure in Rwanda
  • Feasibility Assessments: Assessing short-term and long-term feasibility of identified opportunities for data centres and cloud infrastructure, taking into account Rwanda’s infrastructure, skills, policy and regulatory frameworks, funding and other enabling factors for the successful rollout of each opportunity
  • Partnership Identification: Identifying and pursuing partnership opportunities with stakeholders having the capacity to support infrastructure establishment or enabling factors around scoped opportunities, with a specific focus on national and regional actors
  • Initiative Proposal and Delivery Plan: Based on the identified opportunities, work with RISA to develop initiative delivery plans, including timelines for implementation, milestones, as well as risks and challenges to implementation
  • Implementation: Provide technical expertise to RISA and other relevant stakeholders on data centre and cloud infrastructure, including relevant assessments of legislative and policy frameworks, evaluation of hard and soft infrastructure, and human capital development
  • One TBI: Working with TBI teams across East Africa, including regional advisors, the post holder will extract learnings from ongoing work in other TBI-supported countries that are relevant to Rwanda’s cloud and data centre infrastructure ambitions

Person Specification

The successful candidate must demonstrate a good understanding of data centres and cloud infrastructure implementation, as well as overall enterprise architecture. Prior work with governments in the region is highly desirable.

Additional skills and competencies required include:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or equivalent. Qualifications in enterprise architecture will be an advantage
  • Significant experience working directly or indirectly with governments on data infrastructure and cloud infrastructure
  • Experience of comprehensive engagement with public and private sector stakeholders to support programme delivery
  • Ability to present information in a concise, insightful and structured manner, in written and oral form
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning, and project management practices
  • Ability to coordinate with team members across multiple locations, and develop relationships with multi-disciplinary advisors
  • High quality communication, drafting and presentational skills
  • Excellent relationship building and management skills, including the ability to navigate complex political environments
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)

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.