Technology Advisor

TONY BLAIR INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

IT & Telecoms

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Type

Full-time

Closing date:

22 August 2022

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About

TONY BLAIR INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Helping leaders & governments to deliver for their people.
We equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in an interconnected global world.

Requirements

We are looking for an experienced Technology Advisor with a good understanding of the tech and digital space in the education sector. Prior work experience with an African government is highly desirable. Additional skills and competencies required include:

  • Significant experience in education project implementation
  • Significant professional experience working in business operations, education technology implementation, management strategy consulting or government advisory functions
  • Project management experience highly desirable
  • Familiarity with the political and economic ecosystem of the tech sector and experience working with key (public and/or private sector) stakeholders in the education tech and digital space in an African country
  • Knowledge of technology policy and regulatory environment in developing countries globally, with strong understanding of data protection and security in practice
  • Good knowledge of databases, the main programming languages, as well as a good understanding of Open Standards and Open Source solutions highly desirable
  • Knowledge of and experience in biometric identification modalities and vendors are desirable
  • Demonstrable experience and ability to work (and deliver impact) in complex and uncertain political environments
  • Problem solving and analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis, strategic planning, and project management practices
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills, with discretion and tact, and the ability to foster trusted relationships with a diverse selection of stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to a broad range of cultural and regional norms
  • Proven ability to coordinate processes managed by others and to influence compliance with conflicting demands
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas
  • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with donor partners and potential donors
  • Ability to organise meetings, calls and documents that require the input of multiple sources
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team coordination
  • Prior work with Government of Sierra Leone or in West Africa is highly desirable

About the Role

  • Drive the scoping and design of the project, including support to resource mobilization
  • Review and monitor the execution of project activities and deliverables
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among public and private entities with respect to the integration of the project with other systems and programmes
  • Provide technical quality assurance of tech service providers by supporting government to ensure that technical requirements and specifications for solutions developed by third-party tech providers are met, including drafting of ToRs and reviewing deliverables
  • Analyse and monitor the risks related to the project and the work schedule
  • Regularly inform TBI country-level and central colleagues of progress through reporting and engagement sessions, and proactively escalate issues for further support as needed

The longer-term responsibilities of the role include supporting the adjacent technology activities to support Government’s priorities in education and innovation. This will involve:

  • Planning: Working closely with TBI Tech team and in consultation with government interlocutors to design, maintain and continually improve country project plans and tools to roll out our Tech support to government
  • Execution and Monitoring: Under the direction of the Country Head and Tech Programme Manager for Sierra Leone, review and maintain project goals, plans, proof points and KPIs. Report to and engage with Country Head for Sierra Leone, Tech Programme Manager and our Global Director of The Tomorrow Partnership programme, and his/her team to drive delivery, ideate, troubleshoot and manage roll-out. Where relevant, ensure expenditure is utilised in line with budget with robust management accounts and accountability established. Ensure all necessary risk, legal and financial compliance and processes are followed
  • Government Relations: Support the Country Head and Tech Programme Manager to maintain effective and trusted relationships in government in line with the country project strategy and positioning, and in service of the overall TBI mission to support political leaders to achieve results that benefit the people of the country and our work through The Tomorrow Partnership programme
  • People: Support the recruitment and management of team staff, as required. The post holder will be expected to develop strong working relationships
  • External Relations (non-governmental): Support the Country Head and Tech Programme Manager engage with relevant external stakeholders such as tech companies, Partners, other actors and stakeholders in the tech and Education sectors as directed

The post holder will report to the Tech Programme Manager. They will work closely with and support Ministerial interlocutors at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and other relevant Ministries and agencies.