Economist (Level 1)

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for an Economist (Level 1) with one to two years work experience to assist in undertaking research around trade and industrial policy in South Africa and the region. Our research centres 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

As an Economist at TIPS, you will:

  • Perform economic research under the guidance of the line manager, and provide research input and data analysis;
  • Liaise with and support policy-making entities dealing with economic development, industrial policy and international trade in South Africa (and elsewhere in the region as appropriate) in line with TIPS's mandate and priorities;
  • Participate in and present research at internal discussions and workshops / events
  • Publish research reports through the TIPS website, other publications, conferences, seminars, etc.; and

You will need:

  • A post-graduate qualification (at least a Masters’ degree) in Economics and at least one to two 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

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: 29 July 2016

Starting date: 1 October 2016 (latest)

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

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 can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.