Vacancy for Country Head – Togo
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The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few.

We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation designed to improve the well-being of the people, economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back:

  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
  • Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
  • Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism
Focus Of This Role:

Togo, with a population of 7 million people, has seen its economy grow over the last decade at an average of 5% per year. The result of this is the commissioning of large infrastructure projects including a new airport, new roads and a new port. Togo is also a financial hub and hosts the headquarters of Ecobank and other financial institutions.

The government has ambitions to make Togo a central Gateway to West Africa. It is looking to enhance the business climate, attract foreign investors and expand the electricity access.

Togo will be part of TBI’s expansion in West Africa and we are looking to hire a team of up to seven people to kick off our work. We hope to have a full team in place by Q3/Q4 2017 and are looking for a talented country head to initiate this exciting new project.

What We Look For in Our People:

The Country Head role is one of the most important in the Effective Governance pillar: it provides leadership and management to the Africa teams, sets and delivers project goals, maintains relations with top counterparts in partner governments, up to and including the President office, manages the project budget and impact work, drives in-country fundraising, and provides the link between the Africa teams and the rest of the organisation. The key competencies that we look for in our leaders are set out below within the five duties:

The Five Duties

1. Understand and engage with principal stakeholders that will make or break the project
  • Build a clear understanding of wider context, including role of development partners, private sector and other players;
  • Build relationships with the President, their direct team, and other senior stakeholders to understand the country’s priorities, build The Institute’s credibility, and spot opportunities;
  • Deploy resources outside of the team – contact with the Patron and other actors, the Practices, strategic partnerships within TBIGC’s own network etc – to support where appropriate.
2. Set the strategic direction of the project
  • Develop a strategic direction for the project based on The Institute’s mission and approach within the particular country context;
  • Identify a baseline against which to monitor progress as scoping develops.
3. Contribute to wider leadership and development of The Institute
  • Contribute to the wider leadership and development of TBIGC as an organisation by contributing to and representing corporate decisions;
  • Contribute to organisational learning by identifying innovations and factors which contribute to or inhibit success and impact.
4. Maintain a license to operate
  • Ensure that risks to the project and staff are spotted and managed adequately and emergency protocols are in place to maximise the safety and well-being of their team;
  • Set and manage the project budget, including putting in place appropriate financial controls are in place.
5. Delivering through your team
  • Recruit and lead a team that is bought into the shared strategy, is aligned across workstreams, solves problems together and holds each other accountable for impact;
  • Performance manage staff effectively, including building a culture of feedback and nurturing the next generation of TBIGC leaders;
  • Put in place a planning and evaluation cycle in order to regularly assess whether the strategy is ‘working’, and adapt rapidly in response to new challenges and opportunities;
  • Be the interface between their team and the rest of the organisation by representing their team’s views, and communicating issues and priorities from the rest of the organisation to the team.


How to apply

In order to apply you are required to complete an online application form which includes uploading your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and completing a 300 word personal statement explaining why you want to work at TBIGC and your suitability to the role.


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