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Delivery Manager

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53380/765 #LI-NM1

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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Fixed Term/Full Time
Contract Details:
2 years
Working Hours:
Closing Date:
Seniority level:
Mid-Senior level
Company Industry:
Government Administration, Non-Profit Organization Management
Job Function:
Project Management

Focus of the Role

Kenya has had a change in administration to the government of HE William Ruto, who was officially sworn in as Kenya's 5th President on 13th September. The President has highlighted several ambitious actions focusing on empowering the masses at the base of the economic pyramid, which has resonated with Kenyans who are confronted daily with increasingly unaffordable prices in food and transport. The policy framework for the first 6 months reflects this pro-poor development and service delivery nexus, underscored by a technology dimension. TBI’s strategy for its partnership with the Government of Kenya takes these as the starting point.

Since 2015, TBI has been supporting Kenya and establishing trusted relationships with the government. As the country enters a new phase, TBI will support the new government to deliver on the promises for an improved economy, job creation opportunities for the youth and lowered cost of living including through agriculture, health, job creation and digitisation.

Job Introduction

The Delivery Manager is a senior member of the Kenya Team and is responsible for ensuring effective management and providing backstopping support for country programmes. The DM will work in close collaboration with Team Leads; Finance, Security and Ops; the DCD and the CD to provide day to day oversight and managerial support to assigned country programs. The DM will work under the leadership and supervision of the CD.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy Development

  • Participate in the development of the country strategic direction and ensure sound work planning processes for teams that are consistent with priorities and adhere to timelines for annual strategy setting, workstream design and review processes
  • Support the rollout of the planning and evaluation and performance management cycles and the implementation of a culture of continuous learning within the Kenya team
  • Participate in the identification and review of project deliverables, prepare status reports, and establish effective project communication plans as well as their proper execution
  • Coordinate the team to make sure that workstreams are on track against project requirements and schedules
  • Contribute to, and ensure delivery of, team contributions on analysis, lessons learned, case studies and/or policy papers as necessary to support TBI fundraising, partnerships and communications activities
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and perform other duties as reasonably required to achieve the goals of the Kenya project and the Institute

Management, Planning, and Oversight

  • Contribute to recruitment processes to build a high performing team that is the right fit for Kenya’s context
  • Manage day-to-day interactions with the country team to ensure that (i) programme implementation is aligned with project expectations and approved work plans, (ii) adequate project systems and resources are in place for successful delivery, (iii) accurate and timely submission of progress reports against targets and budgets
  • Support Finance and Ops in monitoring project financial management and administration to ensure effective, efficient, and compliant operations; provide guidance and resolve any outstanding issues
  • Support the Security, Finance and Ops on financial controls; operations and oversight of supplier relationships; security and risk management; and ensuring national and organisational laws, policies, procedures and the Code of Conduct are adhered to at all times
  • Keep the CD and DCD appraised on complex and/or sensitive issues and work closely with them to troubleshoot these and identify the appropriate course of action

Communications and Knowledge Management

In conjunction with the CD, DCD and Security, Finance and Ops:

  • Support global engagement to ensure timely, efficient delivery on all internal commitments. Ensure global engagement is consistent with country level commitments and capacities
  • Support comms and knowledge management, increasing visibility of country work and the broad sharing of country level plans and performance, by developing effective and efficient communication mechanisms and protocols and ensuring regular updates and quality submissions

Other internal TBI responsibilities

  • Contribute to wider TBI activities including strategy development, reporting, organisation-wide coordination and engagement
  • Support collaboration with other TBI projects, sharing knowledge and supporting thought leadership efforts

In all these areas of work, the Advisor will be expected to work closely with the members of the TBI global team to benefit from the network effect of TBI.

Person Specification

We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors. The successful candidate will thrive in an environment where the importance of personal initiative coupled with teamwork is critical. Above all you will build effective relationships, win trust, and help shape and influence TBIs effective support to government. You will have a grounding in project and programme management and capacity development. All candidates will be required to have experience in a leadership role, managing small to medium teams and project budgets.

The requirements are:

  • Role must be filled by an individual who can live and work in Kenya without restriction
  • Relevant educational experience in political science, policy, economics, business or other related fields
  • Experience working with African governments, particularly in Kenya will be an advantage
  • Experience in managing complex development programs highly desirable
  • Proven track record that demonstrates exceptional leadership and problem-solving skills, project, budget, resource and client management capability
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with an ability to work independently as well as across multiple programmes and activities simultaneously, and the capacity to translate strategies into concrete and implementable plans
  • Experienced people manager and effective motivator of high performing teams; excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work well with people at all levels and across functional areas. Team player who seeks and can build consensus
  • Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communications; drafting and presentation skills
  • Strong sense of ethics, discretion and perseverance required
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is strongly desirable
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Swahili is desirable

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

Please note that due to the upcoming holiday period we will not be able to advise on the success of your application until January 2023.


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.