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Business Associate

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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.   

This year we are hosting an exciting summer Internship programme for ten weeks within our Internal Operations Team; a growing division of now over 60 colleagues, in UK, Kenya, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Singapore. This will be a rotational programme commencing late June 2023 for exceptional candidates who are interested in understanding how an organisation operates, in enabling and supporting sustainable growth alongside providing guidance, security and people support.  

The ten week internship will give successful candidates a unique experience within five different teams; People, Legal, Finance, Digital, Security & Resilience and Technical Operations. All of which make up Internal Operations. You will have the benefit of an innovative programme of work, during which you will help support our teams with specific projects to meet our growing project demands. This will provide you with a real outlook on the broad range of work each team covers, alongside working with our internal and external stakeholders. 

Our vision is to be a professional and service focussed Division that creates a structure of good governance, within a flexible operating model in support of the Institute’s goals and allowing the Institute to deliver its work.   

During the Internship Programme, you will help create impactful change, be mentored by colleagues and receive a holistic understanding of life at TBI. For those who enjoy our Internship Programme and are excited by the growth and impact of TBI, you will have a solid foundation from which to apply for a full-time position at the Institute: Whether our colleagues are at TBI for a few years, or a large share of their career as they grow and progress within the Institute, their experience positions them to have a huge global impact.   

Please note that applicants must have the right to work in UK and be able to relocate to London at their own expense for the duration of the internship.  The compensation for this role is extremely competitive – more details on application. 

By applying to this position, you will be working within each of the five teams for a defined period. You do not need to have an avid interest in all aspects of Internal Operations (IO); however an overall interest is desired.  

Key Responsibilities

Our Internship Programme will provide you with the opportunity to do some or all the following: 

  • Develop research, analysis, written insights and other deliverables for teams and leadership across IO 

  • Liaise with Project Teams and other departments across the Institute as necessary to support in the development of reports, presentations, and other relevant documents 

  • Apply and learn from new and innovative approaches to supporting change and deliver impact  

  • Look at different platforms and methods to hiring new talent within the Institute 

  • Undertake research related to relevant legal topics and supporting on due diligence activities 

  • Support the Facilities team plan and implement special projects and audits 

  • Gain an understanding of organisational security risk management and crisis management processes 

  • Conduct context analysis to help inform security planning where the Institute is operating with no permanent presence 

  • Work as part of the Institute’s dedicated global travel team; supporting a global organisation in a fast paced and demanding critical central function 

  • Gain an overview of finance, including management reporting, invoice processing, budgeting, statutory accounts preparation and global taxation  

  • Understand how customer service and effective digitisation work together 

Person Specification

  • We welcome applications from those finishing or who have completed an undergraduate degree or college course. 

  • Good proficiency in MS Office programmes (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) 

  • A keen interest and understanding of our work as an Institute  

  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise against tight deadlines 

  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organisational skills 

  • A collaborative and supportive team-player 

  • Great interpersonal skills - able to establish good cross departmental working relationships 

  • Customer service/experience focused - flexible and adaptable approach 

  • Great time management skills 

  • Must appreciate the demands of working within a growing business and remain solutions focused.  This will at times involve taking on unfamiliar tasks and managing own workload 

  • Enthusiastic, self-driven, ambitious and always seeking continuous improvement 

  • Must be able to demonstrate discretion with sensitive information. 

  • We welcome applications from candidates who have a proactive and hands-on attitude, not afraid to roll-up their sleeves to get the job done and take ownership of their work 


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 do this through developing policy and advising governments.  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  

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.