Africa - Various

Country Head - General Application

Deadline: 31st December 2017

AGI is a dynamic and fast-growing charity, and our projects are constantly evolving. We are looking for exceptional leaders to join our management team and lead our country programmes. A small number of Country Head positions will become available in the first half of 2016. We are also interested to hear from individuals who wish to join our pipeline of future candidates.

About AGI

Over a billion people in Africa need their governments to provide basic public services such as hospitals, schools, sanitation, employment opportunities and much more. When governments fail to deliver, it’s the poor that suffer most. That’s why AGI’s mission is to support effective government in Africa - to make government work for the world’s poorest people.

To achieve this vision, we provide practical advice and support to help African Leaders bridge the gap between their vision for a better future and the capacity of their governments to achieve it. In the last year, this has included helping to end Ebola in West Africa, supporting the set-up of the Development Bank of Nigeria, and reforms in Rwanda that will increase farmers’ incomes and exports.

Our model combines the experience of AGI’s founder and Patron, Tony Blair, with on-the-ground teams of professionals working shoulder-to-shoulder with counterparts in the heart of partner governments to develop capacity and put in place the skills, systems and structures needed to drive delivery on the ground. Currently, AGI is working to support the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria.

What we look for in our people

Our teams all consist of outstanding individuals who demonstrate AGI’s values, excel at building and maintaining relationships, have the ability to help our partner government solve some of their most challenging strategic problems, and demonstrate strong leadership skills. Our people are passionate about the work we do, ready to take a bold approach and focused on delivering impact for our partner governments.

AGI Country Heads have a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors and generally have 10+ years of relevant professional experience. We build international and multidisciplinary teams and are looking for individuals with a background in: public/civil services worldwide; strategy consulting; relevant industry experience (power/energy, transport, and infrastructure); private equity and finance; and international development. If you are interested in being at the heart of a country’s most important reforms working alongside aspirational leaders to ensure that the country continues to grow and deliver vital services for its citizens, then look no further.

We would also like to hear from candidates who speak fluent French and/or Portuguese, for recruitment to our projects in Francophone and Lusophone countries. For any of our roles, experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

Interested in Applying?

For more information about the role and further details about the skills required, click below.

Our Values

We work on complex issues in dynamic and uncertain contexts. When things are changing fast and we need to make decisions it is our values that guide us. We strive to be:

Government led
Because Africa’s future lies in the hands of Africa’s leaders and its people
Focused on impact
Because making government more effective improves the lives of the poorest people
Politically savvy
Because reform is always political and only knowing the technical answer is not enough
Because we are most effective when we are trusted enough to challenge as well as to support our partner governments
Because in unpredictable environments you need the courage and flexibility to take risks
We share a relentless belief in Africa’s potential. We believe that change is always possible and problems can be overcome