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Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for an Economist with one to two years’ work experience to assist in undertaking research around trade and industrial policy 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. You can find out more about our work on this website.

 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 policymaking 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; and
  • Publish research reports through the TIPS website, other publications, conferences, seminars, etc.

 You will need:

  • A post-graduate qualification (at least a Master's degree) in Economics and at least one to two years of economic research and/or policy experience;
  • An interest and expertise in international trade, industrial policy and regional integration;
  • 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; and
  • Teamwork and an ability to handle tight deadlines.

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: 21 June 2019

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 in the position and how you match the requirements, and a writing sample via e-mail to Edmore at We can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.