Senior Economist: Sustainable Growth

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for a Senior Economist with at least five years of appropriate work experience to support the management of its Sustainable Growth activities as well as undertake and lead research projects on the just transition to a green economy in South Africa and the region, among others. TIPS's research approach is on generating and analysing evidence-based options for a more sustainable and inclusive economic development. You can see more about our work on this website.

Scope of Work

As a Senior Economist at TIPS, you will:

  • Form part of TIPS’s management team, contributing to the overall governance and sustainability of the organisation;
  • Lead and manage research projects, including proposals, budgets, qualitative and quantitative research, quality assurance, publication and dissemination (both technical and non-technical);
  • Undertake high-quality economic research, report writing, data analysis and economic input, both for funders as well as for public good;
  • Liaise with and support the relevant policymaking entities in South Africa (and elsewhere in the region as appropriate);
  • Actively participate in disseminating TIPS’s research through both technical (policy briefs, working papers, conference papers, etc.) and non-technical (newspaper article, media interventions, etc.) work;
  • Participate in and support internal capacity building, notably mentoring and quality control.

Qualification, Experience and Competences Required 

  • A post-graduate qualification (at least a Masters’ degree) in Economics;
  • At least five years of economic research and/or policy experience;
  • Ability to design, manage and carry out research projects with internal and external team members as well as the ability to conduct research autonomously;
  • A demonstrated interest and expertise in themes related to the just transition, green economy and industrial development;
  • A passion for industrial policy and inclusive economic development, with knowledge of national and international developments on industrial policy, green economy and just transition;
  • Strong writing, editing and presentation skills, with an excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Strong computer skills, with a proven ability to manipulate data in Excel;
  • Attention to detail, be highly organised, and be able to work both in a team and independently;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary setting;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to adhere strictly to deadlines;
  • Willingness to learn and do the job, multi-task and be flexible; and
  • Demonstrate an energetic and enthusiastic personality.

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: 6 August 2021

Non-South African applicants should have authority to work in South Africa. The position is preferably based in Gauteng. Alternative South Africa-based arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 Nyanhongo at Edmore@tips.org.za. We can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.