3 Aug 2023

Senior Advisor, SME Development and Tourism at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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Job Description

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.We are hiring a Senior Advisor, Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Development and Tourism. In this role you will serve as TBI’s most senior global expert on the support to our work on SME and tourism sectors. As a Senior Advisor you will work with senior political leaders to develop strategies and policies to improve entrepreneurship and SME ecosystems across all sectors. You will also lead on delivery of TBI’s Tourism offer and identify opportunities, design effective policies and programs, and implement initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable tourism practices for economic prosperity.The ideal candidate will have experience working with senior political and governmental officials, possess a deep understanding of both the SME and tourism sectors, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to navigate complex stakeholder environments. The role can be based in London, Nairobi (with existing work authorisation), Ghana, or Singapore.We encourage early application as we reserve the right, if required, to close this role ahead of the date advertised.
Key Responsibilities
Advisory support and expertise:

  • Maintain relentless focus on our clients’ needs, i.e., political leaders’ most pressing challenges and priorities, and the development of practical, politically sensitive solutions on SME and Entrepreneurship Development and Tourism Sector Development
  • Provide cross cutting sector support on SME and Entrepreneurship development including business finance, market access, business development services, business environment reforms amongst others
  • Support senior political leaders in development of tourism sector strategies and policies, including tourism ecosystem support, identification of market trends, target segments, and tourism competitive advantages
  • Support organisational learning on our SME and Tourism as part of our broader learning and development agenda
  • Shape and embody a positive culture that drives ambition, innovation, and delivery which draws on the best of TBI beyond “boxes and lines”
  • Work collaboratively with global advisory leadership and teams to ensure your support reinforces and strengthens the quality and impact of our political advice

Leadership & offer development:

  • Work with a small team of experts and support the development of TBI’s unique way of delivering economic development advisory support for senior political leaders
  • Lead creation of toolkits with which other TBI teams can engage to develop and guide clients on SME and Entrepreneurship Development and Tourism Sector development

External engagement:

  • Represent TBI at international and continental to show case our work and strengthen the voice of partner governments in the global arena.
  • Contribute to written thought leadership and publications

Person Specification
This is a senior role requiring an exceptional candidate:

  • Significant experience in the field of SME and Entrepreneurship Development with a focus on policy formulation, program design, and implementation with strong knowledge on SME and entrepreneurship development strategies.
  • Significant experience in the field of Tourism Sector Development with a focus on policy formulation, program design, and implementation and strong knowledge of global tourism trends, sustainable tourism practices.
  • Demonstrated experience and fluency in working with and advising senior political leaders and senior government officials to drive prioritisation, provide advice, and support delivery
  • Experience with stakeholder management, relationship building and “getting things done” in complex and matrixed organisations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, industry representatives, and development partners.
  • Proven project management skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
  • Experience in working in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • A track-record developing frameworks and toolkits to enable organisations and colleagues to deliver effectively
  • A positive attitude and demonstrating the values as an optimistic and pragmatic changemaker
  • Fluency in English is required with proficiency in an additional language relevant being an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel frequently (~30 percent) to project countries globally.

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 20th August, 2023

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