|Number of Positions:||1|
|Contract Details:||8 Weeks|
|Working Hours:||35 hours/week|
|Business Area / Division:||Advisory – Africa|
The Intern will be a member of TBI’s team in Rwanda. The team consists of nine experienced advisors providing embedded support to key economic institutions of the government. The Intern will benefit from network effects of the TBI Rwanda team, as well as TBI’s Inclusive Growth practice, through which they will gain from and contribute to the expertise of TBI’s teams across Africa and beyond. We feel strongly that an internship with TBI:
· Gives exposure to working at the heart of a fast-paced African government;
· Is about working as a part of a wider team across government, offering exposure to different agency roles and elements of the investment promotion process;
· Offers coaching and mentoring from experienced TBI Advisors and Country Head; and
· Provides an opportunity to engage directly both the public and private sectors.
Please note this is an 8 week internship programme, starting 1st July to 23rd August 2020
The Government of Rwanda (GoR) has initiated a broad economic reform agenda from which ambitious but achievable targets have been set for growth and poverty reduction. One of the key pillars of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 is “private sector-led development”, spearheaded by competitiveness and entrepreneurship. Looking forward, the new Vision 2050 charts ambitious economic objectives that can only be achieved through structural transformation and targeted, export-oriented industrial policy to generate employment in agro-procesing, manufacturing, industry, and services.
The Intern will work alongside TBI Rwanda’s 9-member team of Advisors based across key private sector- and export-facing institutions of the Government of Rwanda: namely, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), National Agriculture Exports Board (NAEB), Ministry of Trade and Commerce (MINICOM), and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN).
The Intern will support the TBI team and their government counterparts in the cross-government coordination and lifecycle management of investment activities, including:
- Support RDB, NAEB, MINICOM, and MINECOFIN to coordinate on attracting and implementing investment in priority sectors
- Undertake socio-economic analysis of Rwanda’s comparative advantages and investment opportunities in the agriculture, light manufacturing, and services sectors, with a view to provide strategic advice and help develop/implement bankable projects
- Support TBI and senior government counterparts in mapping, proactively sourcing, and managing key stakeholders, including foreign and domestic investors, development partners and various government institutions.
- Support in the evaluation and analysis of specific investment proposals for economic rationale, job creation potential, compatibility with the country’s overall investment strategy
- Support the GOR teams to build the requisite skills, systems, and structures to improve and institutionalize investment strategy and skills development within the respective ministries/agencies
- Work in coordination with counterparts across multiple ministries and agencies within the Government of Rwanda, often with limited capacity, resources and under severe time constraints
- Provide agile support for ad hoc investment and skills projects, working alongside the TBI Advisors
The Ideal Candidate
- Currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy, economics, business, finance, trade, agribusiness or related fields
- Ideally 2-3 years of experience working on private sector development in emerging markets, including but not limited to issues related to international trade, private investment, commercial agriculture and industrial development
- Strong analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis
- Strong communications skills, including delivering high quality presentations as well as effective cross-cultural and interpersonal communication
- Effective inter-personal and leadership skills. Team player with an ability to develop and foster relationships with counterparts across a large organization
- Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude. Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential
About The Institute
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.