Health Tech and Systems Advisor

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Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
Working Hours:
35 Hours per week
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Tomorrow Partnership
Business Area / Division:
Tomorrow Partnership
Business Unit:
Tech for Development Central Team

Focus of the Role

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Are you an entrepreneurial changemaker excited by the prospect of transforming developing and emerging nations through the application of technology and digital innovations in the healthcare, lifesciences, and public services space? Do you have experience consulting or working in the tech field, government advisory, and supporting teams to drive systemic and transformative change in an emerging or developing country?  Do have experience translating tech solutions for public sector clients? 

The Tomorrow Partnership is the Tony Blair Institute’s work 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 partnershipsbetween governments and ltech organisations and innovators, while working hand in hand with leaders on strategy policy, and deliveryto help foster environments and deliver practical change in people’s lives through technology and digital solutions.

The postholder will be part of a globally-situated central team consisting of five pillar areas of expertise across Ag-Tech, Digital ID, Health-Tech, E-Government, and Digital infrastructure.  The postholder will support the Head of Health Tech to provide sector leadership to, and work closely with, in-country Health Tech and eHealth advisors, and broader country teams to form a practice area that supports project design, quality control, execution support, partnership creation, and thought leadership as part of TBI’s Tech work and the Tomorrow Partnership.

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 Tech central team, the postholder will 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

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­This role will be held by an exceptional candidate with deep and extensive experience and relationships across the Health and Health-Tech sector, who is able to support the wider team in bridging the gap between the positive disruption that health tech solutions can bring, and the fundamental shifts in health systems that need to take place to enable such disruption in a sustainable manner.

Key responsibilities will include:

Support and enable strategy and program development in the health sector

  • Maintain and improve the strategy and plans for the acceleration of technology and innovation in the health systems within the countries we work, with a focus on the enabling policies, regulation, funding, governance, infrastructure, workforce and strategies that need to be firmly embedded to make a success of digital transformation in health
  • Establish a clear methodology and offer for health systems strengthening in our health tech strategy, to ensure activities are building a sustainable national and global ecosystem of digital transformation in the health sector in collaboration with the broader TBI Practice
  • Work closely with country teams to identify opportunities to strengthen health systems and the key enablers for technology; act as a technical expert and thought partner to generate and implement innovative solutions for client governments
  • Support teams to help shape recommendations to, and engagement with, Heads of State, Ministers, or other senior stakeholders, as required 
  • Identify and utilise knowledge of upcoming trends and opportunities within the Health sector for the benefit of our work in existing and new countries

External engagement and partnership management

  • Working with Head of Health Tech, ensure the global portfolio of Health-Tech initiatives form a cohesive program which contribute to the Global Tech programme objectives and key performance indicators
  • Provide representation, including presentations, for TBI at external fora and events 
  • The post holder will be expected to play a key role in the broader community at TBI and will be expected to build strong working relationships. As part of the Health community of practice and a leader in our health tech work, provide support as needed to country and regional teams in their growth including hiring, scoping, designing, and advancing new initiatives.  
  • As part of our healthtech community of practice and in coordination with the Head of Health Tech and our Tech Partnerships team, develop and enhance our network and relationships with leading innovators and implementation partners in the Health and Health-Tech space with the objective of supporting country teams to identify and access a greater range of partners which solve priority challenges in the health space and aligned to our strategy.
  • Engage with key donors, relevant external stakeholders such as other not-for-profit organisations, media, suppliers and agencies as required, especially in managing relationships with key health systems strengthening partners, and helping countries to build support structures and skills to enable digital health solutions to scale

Contribute to cross-functional team collaboration to deliver a cohesive approach to digital transformation

  • Work collaboratively with other non-health sector colleagues to create a cohesive central team to capture cross sectoral learnings and a cohesive tech offer for our government clients 
  • Work collaboratively with health sector colleagues to create a coordinated and coherent approach to health sector work across TBI
  • Support programmatic delivery and excellence
  • Shape and embody a positive culture that drives innovation and delivery

Person Specification

The postholder will be an experienced candidate:

  • Previous relevant experience in a similar role
  • With demonstrable experience of supporting health systems’ development and adoption of technology in ways that improve health outcomes
  • With very good knowledge and experience of embedding the tech and non-tech enablers required for technology to accelerate health systems’ development
  • 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 and qualifications in Public Health or a discipline closely associated with it, that informs a strong global health approach rooted in an understanding of health systems thinking
  • 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 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.