Power Trade Intern - Linking Energy to Economic Growth
Focus of the Role
The work location will either be Accra, Ghana or Kigali, Rwanda
The Intern will be a member of TBI’s Energy Practice. The Practice consists of nine experienced advisors providing embedded support to to Government’s across the continent:
· 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.
TBI’s Energy Practice have recently undertaken a detailed modelling of the power systems of West and East Africa and in many countries in both regions countries are facing a costly mismatch between energy demand and supply; where counterintuitively supply is exceeding demand leading to countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda needing to spend billions of dollars to subsidise excess power generation unless offtakers for this power can be found.
Our Energy Practice have been asked by Governments in each of thee countries to help them identify large off-takers to both mitigate the financial impacts of this surplus but also to drive economic growth. Globally both the quest to decarbonise (particularly the transport sector) and the transition of manufacturing jobs away from Asia represent opportunities for these Governments.
The Intern will support the TBI Energy Practice to develop policy recommendations at both a pan African level and targeted recommendations for Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana on policy measures they can take to secure offtajers for surplus power and drive brad based economic growth. Some specific tasks will include
i) An analysis of the enabling policy and physical infrastructure for electric transportation.
ii) An Analysis of the potential of target industries for each country to absorb surplus power
iii) Presentation of findings to senior Government officials
- Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Economics or Development
- Ideally 2-3 years of experience in economic development.
- Strong analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis
- Knowledge of power systems / power trading an advantage.
- 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.