Governance Advisor - Economic

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Fixed Term/Full Time
Contract Details:
1 Year
Working Hours:
35 Hours per week
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Business Area / Division:
Advisory - Africa
Business Unit:
Addis Ababa

Focus of the Role

Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the center of government and in key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities. 

Job Introduction

In Ethiopia, we support the Government in the delivery of its top priorities through our work on center of government strengthening, policy advisory, institutional building and implementation support.  Ethiopia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has set an ambitious vision for economic transformation to create 30 million jobs by 2030.  Dynamic political and economic reforms are unfolding, and the team in Ethiopia has been fortunate to be at the center of exciting and unprecedented projects.  Currently, we are seeking an Advisor to support the GoE on new economic reforms.  

Key Responsibilities

Economic Policy Advisory:

  • Provide evidence-based policy advice by carrying out relevant and robust economic research and policy analysis
  • Advise senior policymakers and selected committees, including the Macroeconomic Committee and Economic Reform Steering Committee on planned economic reforms
  • Actively participate and provide technical support to the development of the country’s economic strategies by working closely and coordinating with key government offices
  • Engage relevant stakeholders (public, private and development partners) to fully understand the landscape for the required economic reforms (including interventions currently in progress), and to build consensus for the development of coherent policy solutions;

Capacity Building & Implementation Support:

  • Develop and maintain trust-based relationships with government counterparts and non-government stakeholders to support the implementation of new policies
  • Advise on sustainable institution building initiatives to establish the systems and structures required for delivery, to enable a problem-solving culture, to bridge implementation gaps and accelerate economic reforms and job creation
  • Monitor effectiveness of implementation and alignment with GoE’s intended objectives and planned approach for the reforms

Other internal TBI responsibilities

  • Actively participate and collaborate with other TBI projects, sharing knowledge and supporting quality review of deliverables
  • Coach and manage junior staff in TBI Ethiopia team.  Actively engage in helping associates and analysts to perform their roles effectively and support their personal development
  • Provide support to the Country Head on overall project strategy and impact on Economic Transformation


Person Specification

  • Minimum of 10 years’ professional work experience in economic policy development and/ or private sector development
  • Knowledgeable on Ethiopia’s economic policy and climate as well as international experience on development-oriented projects
  • Excellent operational and stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent at building and managing effective relationships with limited supervision
  • Strong team player with outstanding team management skills
  • Willingness to closely manage and invest in the development of junior staff
  • Ability in influencing, coaching and delivering change through others
  • A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers and making change happen; and the ability to cope in emotionally demanding environments
  • Fluency in English and Amharic (oral and written communication skills)

About The Institute

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalization work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the center.