Regional Anglophone Digital ID Advisor

Focus of the Role
Do you have experience working in the tech field on programmes that drive systemic and transformative change in the digital ID space? Are you excited by opportunities to work directly with governments to create impact at scale? If yes, then we are looking for you!
TBI is looking to hire an exceptional advisor with experience and expertise across technology, government advisory and, specifically, digital ID implementation(s). This will be a key role, requiring a strong candidate with relevant expertise in project management, tech and knowledge of and experience in digital ID ecosystems.
The Institute has recently launched a landmark initiative to be delivered in 30 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia aiming to transform developing and emerging nations through the application of sustainable scaled technology and innovations across public services, food systems and healthcare.
The Tomorrow Partnership is the Tony Blair Institute’s work with political leaders and governments to bring tech and digital solutions to their biggest challenges, because we believe tomorrow will belong to those who responsibly harness the power of technology for the good of all people, and to leave no one behind.
Through The Tomorrow Partnership, we broker strategic partnerships between governments and leading tech organisations and innovators to help foster environments that enable tech to deliver practical change in people’s lives.
Governments within our countries of scope recognize the role of digital technologies to propel growth, diversify, and deliver government services more efficiently. TBI has agreed to offer advisory support to our counterparts in government with an aim to enhance the robustness, inclusiveness and utility of their digital ID ecosystems. Key focus areas include: optimising National ID ecosystems and exploring the necessary governance structures required to enable this optimisation.
The role will be based in Accra, Ghana or Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel across the continent. Candidates with desire to be based in Nairobi must have the right to work in Kenya.
The role has an initial 1-year term with the potential extension.
Please note : The location will be Accra, with relocation available OR Nairobi, with right to work in Nairobi (no relocation package)


Key Responsibilities
The advisor is expected to assess key elements of the existing Digital Identity ecosystem and make recommendations for TBI to consider when providing advisory support to governments in Anglophone African countries within our portfolio.


Key responsibilities include:

Assessment of Current Identification landscape: Conducting SWOT analyses of existing Foundational and Functional ID registries, their current uptake and demand/supply barriers to overcome; current players in the sector and their corresponding tech/innovation strategies
Digital ID ecosystem scoping: identifying opportunities for optimising national ID systems through strategy alignment and harmonisation of Foundational and Functional ID platforms
Cross-Government coordination and alignment around a common vision and mission which has the respective countries’ Digital ID ecosystem at its core
Designing a roadmap for achieving interoperability between potential functional registries / public bodies with the national ID registry within these countries
Articulating the value of a proposed solution to government and end-users and any gaps that TBI could offer unique value in helping to address
Analysis of fiscal requirements set by the government, development partners, and any other stakeholders, and identify gaps between funding sources and required outputs
Assessment of legislative / policy frameworks in place or required to support good practice in data governance
Evaluation of skills and human capital requirements by the government and relevant partners to meet the agreed roadmap objectives and timelines
Supporting additional tech partnerships, if deemed necessary, to address gaps in existing processes
Evaluation of potential business models to make the ecosystem self-sustainable (relevant to each country’s context)
Provision of likely timelines for achieving mandate, procurement and deployment
Definition of potential impact and success indicators (human development, economic, catalytic/transformational effects on nation’s development path etc.

Closely working with the Head of Digital ID and other Digital ID Advisors (regional or in-country) to ensure alignment and sharing of insights.
Person Specification
The successful candidate must demonstrate a good understanding of the ICT ecosystem and tech and digital space, as well as general Governments’ machinery across Africa. Prior work with Government is highly desirable. Additional skills and competencies required include:

Experience in business operations, Digital ID, technology implementation, consulting or advisory functions
Experience in an Advisory role preferred, including experience in Digital ID implementations at a national or regional level
Familiarity with the political and economic ecosystem of the ICT sector and experience working with key (public and/or private sector) stakeholders in the tech and digital space in government; prior experience working on programmes/projects in emerging markets, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable
Experience carrying out information systems assessments and providing technical recommendations
Demonstrable experience and ability to work (and deliver impact) in complex and uncertain political environments
Experience in assessing data governance approaches and proposing meaningful recommendations;
Problem-solving and analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis, strategic planning, and project management practices
Ability to present information in a concise, insightful and structured manner, written and oral
Experience in analytical and research studies in the state sector, within public reforms, national and investment projects
Experience in development and/or implementation of risk management/matrix frameworks
High quality communication, drafting and presentational skills
Excellent in building and managing effective relationships including the ability to navigate complex political environments
Fluency English (oral and written)


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