The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) is an innovative program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions or "think tanks" in developing countries, enabling them to better provide sound research that both informs and influences policy. Funding is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation, and the International Development Research Centre. These five organizations comprise the Initiative’s Executive Committee, responsible for key programming decisions and oversight. Total funding for the Initiative’s first phase is CA $115 million.
An eminent International Advisory Group, consisting of experts in the fields of policy research and management, advises the funding organizations and the Initiative’s staff on strategic directions.
The Initiative focuses in four regions: East and West Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, with 52 organizations selected to receive core funding through a highly competitive process. TTI staff engages with these grantees to strengthen research, outreach and organizational development, and to support broader learning across the Initiative.
As the Head of the Think Tank Initiative, you will contribute to its strategic direction and evolution, overseeing and managing its implementation at the grantee and program levelas well as engaging with key stakeholders. A vibrant leader, you will motivate and guide a multidisciplinary team of professionals based in Canada and developing regions to deliver on-the-ground results. You will also promote a dynamic learning culture within the Initiative. As an international spokesperson, you will enhance global awareness, understanding and support for the Initiative to influence and inform the activities of development actors. In addition, you will foster linkages with other funding agencies to expand resources for a second phase.
To learn more about this unique career opportunity, please visit www.renaudfoster.com to view the complete position profile. For further information or to apply for this position, please contact Tom Foster or Nicole Poirier at+1.800.513.8117 or email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than December 11, 2011.