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Economic Development & Research Intern - Togo

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20 Nov 2018
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

Each internship is different and set for a period of 8 weeks. Please only apply if you are available for the duration of July and August 2019.  

Interviews will be scheduled in the first two weeks of December. You will be contacted via email if you are successful. 

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.
Focus of the Role:
Togo’s economic growth has been sustained in recent years and shows signs of acceleration (3.9% between 2007 and 2013, and 5.6% between 2013 and 2015). This growth was largely supported by an active policy of public investment that contributed to the development of the country's infrastructure. However, key sectors of the economy continue to face challenges that hinder structural transformation and industrial development.

To answer this, Togo’s new National Development Plan 2018-2022 focuses on three key areas: 1) setting up an excellence logistics hub and world-class business centre, 2) developing agricultural processing, manufacturing and extractive industries, and 3) consolidating social development and strengthening mechanisms for inclusion. Togo aims to achieve its ambition through the implementation of flagship projects with high potential for large-scale job creation and the predominant involvement of the private sector.

Since 2017, TBI has helped establish and train high-performing teams within the Government of Togo, including a Presidential Delivery Unit to fast-track the implementation of flagship projects, an Investment Promotion Unit to convert investor interest into job-creating projects and promote Togo as an attractive investment destination, and a Doing Business Unit to expedite business environment reforms and unlock the potential of the private sector.


The Intern will be part of the TBI team in Togo, directly supporting our workstreams across delivery, investment promotion, agriculture and manufacturing development.

The main tasks will be to:

  • Undertake economic research and value chain analysis;
  • Prepare briefings on key issues related to Togo’s economic development, including relevant recommendations for priority flagship projects;
  • Support TBI’s capacity building of government counterparts, notably in the areas of desk research, data collection and analysis, and other technical and management issues.
What We Look For in Our People:
We are looking for a motivated and high-performing intern with relevant experience in:
  • Knowledge of economic development issues, with a focus on Africa and emerging markets (knowledge of China is an asset);
  • Conducting desk research, data collection and analysis;
  • Good written and interpersonal communications skills (French is an asset but not essential);
  • Experience in project design, management and/or evaluation;
  • Ability to take initiative and to work both independently and in a team.


  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives



Our partnership with the Government of Togo is very strong and provides us with a high level of trust and access, making our work impactful and highly rewarding. The intern will be directly exposed to senior government officials and other dignitaries.

We also engage actively with the domestic and foreign private sector, providing opportunities to be part of meaningful impact investment discussions.

Our model in Togo notably includes the recruitment and development of young local talents to grow the next generation of Togo’s public-sector leaders, which will provide the intern with the opportunity to work closely and share experiences with young Togolese.

The Intern will also have the opportunity to visit field locations and experience first-hand the realities of subnational governance and socio-economic development.

TBI will provide suitable accommodation, return flights and a daily stipend.

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