Vacancies

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent. For more about the intern programme click here .

Economist (Level 2)

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for an Economist with at least three years of work experience to undertake research in trade and industrial development in South Africa and the region. TIPS’s research approach is on generating and analysing evidence-based options for industrial policy as the key to more inclusive economic growth. 

As an Economist at TIPS, you will:

  • Undertake high quality economic research, report writing, data analysis and economic input
  • Liaise with and support the relevant policy-making entities in South Africa (and elsewhere in the region as appropriate) in line with TIPS' mandate and priorities;
  • Contribute to preparing reports to funders/clients with the support of TIPS's administrative staff;
  • Conduct ad hoc / Public good research projects as they arise with direction from the line manager
  • Provide content for dissemination  in conjunction  with TIPS staff on research projects, events, publications, etc;
  • From time to time produce independent research or expand TIPS research
  • Contribute content to the TIPS website and support the release of research and information produced by TIPS into the public domain
  • Provide mentorship to junior staff

You will need:

  • A post-graduate qualification (at least a Masters’ degree) in Economics and at least three years of economic research and/or policy experience
  • Strong communication skills in writing, editing and presentation, with an excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • A passion for industrial policy and inclusive economic development, with knowledge of national and international developments on industrial policy, trade and other economic issues;
  • An interest and expertise in international trade, industrial policy and regional integration
  • Strong computer skills, with a proven ability to manipulate data in Excel and knowledge of Stata or SPSS
  • Teamwork and an ability to handle tight deadlines
  • Ability to design and carry out research projects within internal and external team members as well as the ability to carry out research autonomously

Who we are:

Trade & Industrial Policies Strategies (TIPS) is an independent, non-profit, economic research institution based in Pretoria. It was established in 1996 to support economic policy development, with an emphasis on industrial policy, in South Africa and the region. TIPS has three main areas of work: trade and industrial policy; inequality and economic inclusion; and sustainable growth.

TIPS’s main objectives are to undertake in-depth economic analyses, especially at the industrial level; to provide quality research as the basis for improving industrial policy as well as broader economic development strategies; and to support an increasingly dynamic and evidence-based discourse on industrial policy and inclusive growth with academics, other researchers and stakeholders.

TIPS offers high quality quantitative and qualitative research, project management, dialogue facilitation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. TIPS undertakes commissioned research, as well as policy papers and think pieces around industrial policy and economic development.

Application details:

Closing date for applications: 16 February 2018

Starting date: 2 April 2018

A competitive remuneration package is offered based on level of skill required

Non-South African applicants should have authority to work in South Africa.

To apply, please send a short CV, a cover letter highlighting your interest for the position and how you match the requirements as well as a writing sample via e-mail to Edmore at Edmore@tips.org.za. We can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.

TIPS has one internship opportunity available for recently or about to graduate masters’ students.  The aim of the internship is to give young researchers the opportunity to acquire work experience, improve their research skills and enhance their understanding of the South African economy.  The internship is structured to give exposure to issues of industrial development, trade and the green economy as well as work on policy orientated projects.

The internship is for six months. The intern will directly participate in projects carried out by TIPS.

TIPS also offers the opportunity to conduct individual research, in line with the priorities of the institution. Our research is on generating and analysing evidence-based options for industrial policy as the key to more inclusive economic growth. You can see more about our work at www.tips.org.za

As an intern at TIPS, you will:

  • Perform economic research under the guidance of the line manager, and provide research input and data analysis;
  • Participate in and present research at internal discussions and workshops / events
  • Publish research reports through the TIPS website, other publications, conferences, seminars, etc.

You will need:

  • A Masters (completed or in final stages of completing) in Economics; Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, or a related field (with Economics III); and
  • A passion for industrial policy, inclusive economic development and sustainable growth;
  • A study background on trade, industrial policy, the manufacturing sector and Sustainable
  • Strong communication skills in writing, editing and presentation, with an excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Strong computer skills, with a proven ability to manipulate data in Excel and knowledge of Stata or SPSS
  • Teamwork and an ability to handle tight deadlines

Who we are:

TIPS is a non-profit agency that facilitates policy development and dialogue in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive economic growth. TIPS works closely with a number of government agencies around its three main focus areas: Trade and Industrial Policy, Inequality and Economic Inclusion and Sustainable Growth. TIPS approach is to integrate research and analysis, policy development, disseminating information, capacity building, technical support, and programme design and management. To support these activities, TIPS researchers are expected to provide world-class quantitative and qualitative socio-economic analyses.

Application details:

Closing date for applications:   16 February 2018

Proposed Starting date: 1 March 2018

Competitive remuneration package is on offer

Non-South African applicants should have authority to work in South Africa.

To apply, please send a short CV, a cover letter highlighting your interest for the position and how you match the requirements as well as a writing sample via e-mail to Edmore at Edmore@tips.org.za. We can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.