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Focus of the Role
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) 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.
We are looking for an Associate to integrate a small team of consultants and subject matter experts working from our South-East Europe hub in Athens, Greece. The successful candidate will play an instrumental role in supporting TBI’s projects in the region, across critical policy topics for governments. The Associate will provide ad-hoc support to in-country teams, be assigned to projects on an embedded basis with our clients, and support the Regional Director in conducting analyses for business development.
This is an exciting opportunity requiring exceptional candidates who can experience working for public sector clients, a can-do attitude, appetite to make an impact, and versatility.
Please note, it is essential you have an existing right to work in the EU to apply for this role.
Associates will have the following responsibilities:
- Support TBI’s role in delivering strategic direction, policy advice and delivery of projects to our government counterparts, spanning a broad range of topics and fluctuating over time, such as climate, healthcare, media, economics, government organization and governance processes, foreign policy, etc.
- Conduct in-depth analyses and advise on key policy topics and international developments as needed to support the client’s policymaking and decision-making on priority projects and enhance the government’s ability to respond and adapt to global and regional trends.
- With the help of other consultants and under senior leadership, the associate will kick-off and initiate new projects in existing or new countries, until permanent staffing has been identified and onboarded. This would assume a presence of up to 50% in-county, for a period of maximum 3 months.
- When not deployed, the associate will work as a team with other consultants and subject matter experts in the Athens Hub to conduct research and analysis on a variety of topics, and document it in Word or PowerPoint reports.
The Associate will report to a Senior Advisor or Director.
Academics and experience
- Between 2 and 4 years of experience in management consulting, ideally with public sector exposure.
- A graduate degree in public policy, economics, international relations or political sciences; under-graduate degrees and graduate degrees in other areas can be considered with relevant equivalent experience.
Work ethic and skills
- A proactive, self-motivated individual with a passion for achieving impact.
- Commitment to delivering high quality work, and ready to put in the necessary effort to achieve this within imparted deadlines.
- Ability to work independently, think strategically and produce deliverables, with attention to detail.
- Strong written communication and executive reporting skills including concise written PPT decks and reports are an advantage.
- A proven ability to collaborate with others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures.
- Fluency in English is required, with fluency in Greek or an Eastern European language preferred.
Client and environmental awareness
- Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills; able to quickly establish TBI’s credibility with the client
- Ability to operate within sometimes sensitive political contexts and be attuned to potential areas of conflict or tension. Apply sound judgement in all external engagements on behalf of TBI.
- An awareness of international relations trends, particularly in Eastern Europe.
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:
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.
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.