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Associate – Caribbean Country

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53731/942 #LI-MS1

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Focus of the Role

We don’t just talk, we do. Lead the change with us.

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we work with political leaders around the world to drive change. We help governments turn bold ideas into reality so they can deliver for their people. We do it by advising on strategy, policy and delivery, unlocking the power of technology across all three. And by sharing what we learn on the ground, so everyone can benefit. We do it to build more open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere. 

We are a global team of nearly 800 changemakers, operating in more than 30 countries, across five continents. We are political strategists, policy experts, delivery practitioners, technology specialists and more. We speak more than 45 languages. We are working on over 100 projects, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’re all here at TBI to make a difference. 

In a world of ever more complex challenges, we believe diversity of background and perspective is a strength. We pride ourselves on a culture that values and nurtures difference. We are dedicated to unlocking potential, not only for the countries we work in but also for each of our team members. No matter where you’re from or who you are, if you’re passionate about the transformative power of progressive politics, we invite you to build a better future with us.

Job Introduction

Our Advisory Practice is growing in the Caribbean, with exciting plans for 2023 to expand our impact and the size of our teams. TBI is looking to hire an exceptional Associate as part of a country team in a Caribbean country and that will support an ambitious transformation agenda set out by the President/ Prime Minister. The role will report to the Country Director. The person will be based full-time in the country in question. This is a 1-year contract, with likelihood of extension.

TBI is recruiting for several specific positions in the Caribbean however, should these roles no longer be available we would like to invite you to be included in a pool of candidates that will be considered for deployments to other new country projects in the region (and, potentially, projects in the wider Americas).

Please state in your cover letter what lead time you would require for deployment to a full-time position in the region, and whether you are content for your application to be considered across a range of potential roles and held for future projects.

Key Responsibilities

We are looking for an Associate to work in close collaboration with the Country Director, Manager(s) and other Associates as part of the country team.

Associates represent the bulk of our teams around the world. They are generalist problem-solvers able to support political leaders across strategy, policy, and delivery. The role will involve responsibilities such as project management, briefing and analysis, or development of policy. This role is ideal for the candidate who is passionate about politics and the ability to create change by working with governments.

The Associate will have the following accountabilities and responsibilities:

Project Management, Problem Solving and Internal Coordination

  • Support the Country Director and Advisors in the completion of project design analysis
  • Drive forward and coordinate deliverables against work plan for agreed pieces of work for the government
  • Perform in-depth analysis across various topics, generate original insights and produce high-quality deliverables which are fit for delivery to senior government clients
  • Perform challenging analysis and structured problem solving
  • Hold operational accountability for the delivery of core workstream(s)
  • Be an active member of the TBI Associate cohort, building strong, collaborative relationships across TBI and actively champion TBI’s values

Briefing and analysis

  • Provide political-economic monitoring and analysis of local and regional trends and events
  • Contribute to and develop written briefs - including for our Executive Chairman - ahead of trips to the region or as part of regular project updates
  • Draft proposals (for government and for fundraising), media articles and PowerPoint presentations, and provide feedback on Government documents when required
  • Undertake data collection, information-checking, and analysis

Person Specification

  • This is a role for someone early in their careers with some experience as a political staffer, public servant, or in consulting, economics, finance, multilateral institutions, high impact civil society organisations
  • A graduate degree in public policy, economics, or political science; under-graduate degrees and graduate degrees in other areas can be considered with relevant equivalent experience
  • A work ethos focused on team success with genuine motivation for colleagues’ performance, growth and well-being, and the ability to operate with professionalism, confidentiality, integrity and diplomacy
  • Insatiable curiosity for data, with a proven ability to process it with attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills and a demonstrable strength in project management
  • Skilled at communicating, from executive office level through to technical level, adept at speaking to senior leadership, knowing how to navigate ambiguous environments and comfortable at managing up and beyond hierarchy
  • Demonstrating a proactive and hands-on attitude, not afraid to roll-up their sleeves to get the job done and take ownership of their workstream
  • Passion for tech and an interest in using new software beyond the traditional MS Office Suite
  • An awareness of international relations trends, particularly related to the Caribbean countries and CARICOM
  • Business fluency in English is required