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Advisor - Politics and Policy

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53380/753 #LI-NM1

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Seniority level:
Mid-Senior level
Company Industry:
Public Policy, Think tanks
Job Function:
Strategy/Planning, Research

Focus of the Role

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) is a not-for-profit organisation which advises reforming political leaders and governments on strategy, policy and delivery, with technology as an enabler across all three functions. In so doing we make a significant and positive impact for citizens around the world.

Job Introduction

This new role, located in Brussels, and part of the newly formed Strategy and Partnerships department, is critical to delivering TBI’s ambition.

The Advisor will lead the effort to track key trends and developments in European (EU and member states’) politics and policies that are relevant to the Institute and help provide a European ‘angle’ and audience for our work. The role will also support our global advisory work in informing our ‘pipeline’ of progressive leaders with whom the Institute could partner.   

Success in this role will be measured by the profile, influence and engagement of TBI content and experts in the EU and key member countries.

This role requires detail understanding of the EU political and policy scene, a good overview of EU decision making processes and mechanisms and the actors within them – including a solid existing network of some of the key actors (decision makers, policy influencers, political actors including think tankers). The Advisor will be able to cover a very broad range of policy topics (from climate to tax policy, from health to migration, from sanctions to summitry) and have an ability to draw out the key issues of interest to TBI.   

A sure-footed political operator with a passion for progressive politics and a broad network of contacts will be ideal for this role. As a new position in a new innovative and energised team, the role will be exciting and creative with potential for success and personal growth.

Please note that applicants must have the right to work in the EU and we will be sifting applications as they are received given the priority of delivery of our work in country and the region.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:
  • Develop TBI Progressive politics and policy Europe strategy and outline the ambition
  • Set and deliver annual OKRs
  • Working with the Director and Brussels team and in close collaboration with colleagues in S&P and Global Advisory, create a workplan with targets and activities including an outreach strategy aligned to the organisational strategy on Politics and Policy
  • Support the Director and Head of Public Policy to develop, build and nurture strategic partnerships political groups, parties, think tanks and foundations and other stakeholders (in Brussels as well as capitals especially Berlin and Paris) to work together on policy events and initiatives (papers, campaigns, policy proposal) and to promote TBI’s work
  • Oversee the monitoring and analysis of the EU political landscape and trends conducting analysis and writing papers
  • Coordinate the preparation of comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics for TBI leadership, also in context of meetings with high-level officials from the EU and member states
  • Help plan and prepare for senior TBI colleagues’ meetings with European leaders and at European events and Forums
  • Advise TBI colleagues on opportunities to partner progressive leaders through Global Advisory  
  • Identify opportunities for policy dialogue with the EU. Coordinate policy dialogue with the EU level (European Commission, Council, European Parliament, EU MS, as applicable), in collaboration with partners (political groups and think tanks) connecting and leveraging capacities of TBI colleagues and partners
  • Represent TBI and foster collaboration with other organisations on behalf of TBI. Represent and support representation of TBI at events, conferences, working groups and meetings in Brussels/EU

Key internal relationships: Director Brussels office, P&P colleagues, Global Advisory (pipeline), Executive office, S&P colleagues.

Person Specification

This post suits a talented and motivated individual passionate about progressive politics with a broad overview of European politics and policy issues and proven understanding of the EU policy machine, actors and landscape. Experience with a political group or think tank in the European space or experience in government would be the ideal fit for this role.    

  • Experience in Political advocacy, government or think tank in the EU context
  • Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree relevant to the role (e.g. political science, economics, history, social sciences) and/or equivalent practical experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the European Union and its institutions, their workings and structures
  • A demonstrated and informed overview of the European political scene and policy landscape and issues in Europe and globally
  • A demonstrated commitment to progressive politics and policies
  • Sound analytical and writing skills.  Experience writing policy papers and briefings at a high-level audience (public of for a political principle)
  • Ability to develop and maintain key relationships both with external contacts (from political advisers to academics to civil servants and researchers) and within TBI with the capability and temperament to network and collaborate with TBI policy colleagues in London and Global advisory colleagues in EU or neighbourhood countries
  • Impact focussed and the ability to develop and adapt plans for successful delivery of challenging objectives
  • Research and writing skills, preparation and presentation of PowerPoint decks and reports for TBI colleagues and leadership
  • Excellent networking and diplomatic skills and the ability to work autonomously and with imagination as well as to tap into and collaborate with colleagues in a highly matrixed organisation
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English and at least one other EU language
  • A proven self-starter and entrepreneurial in spirit with a passion for progressive politics
  • Keenly interested in the work of TBI and share in our mission and values

Please note, it is essential you have an existing right to work in the EU to apply for this role.

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.