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Intern, Economics, Agriculture & Commerce

Contract Type
Banking & Finance
Expiry Date
An exciting intern opportunity at the EBRD, working in our Economics division.

Job Description


Purpose of Job

The Intern,, Economics (Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness) is a member of one of the sector project teams in the Sector Economics and Policy (SEP) pillar in EPG. He/she supports the work of sector economists in the SEP pillar by providing technical input into project and sector assessments. The Intern, Economics (Sector) also plays a key role in monitoring the projects’ portfolio for their achieved transition impact. In addition, the Intern provides input into sector-wide assessments of “transition qualities” and “reform challenges” and assists in the preparation of country diagnostics for each of the COOs which are used to identify operational priorities in sector and country strategies and to focus sector policy engagements.


EPG consists of a team of around 50 economists, political counsellors, and analysts and support staff, organised in three main pillars: Sector Economics and Policy (SEP); Country Economics & Policy (CEP) and Governance and Political Affairs (GPA). It supports the Bank in increasing its impact through enhancing its operations and policy engagements. EPG does this by supporting and assessing the quality of the Bank’s interventions through economic analysis focused on its projects, by leading and supporting reform engagements in countries of operation (COOs), as well as by providing political and political economy analysis in support of operations and high-level dialogues with the leadership of COOs, which comprises all countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, Mongolia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and the West Bank. SEP pillar in EPG covers a range of sectors, including industry, commerce and agriculture (ICA). Its main work includes project design, appraisal and monitoring; policy reform dialogue, portfolio management, assessment of progress on sector reforms in the EBRD COOs, the development of the sector strategies, and managing internal and external relations on policy issues in various sectors.  

Facts / Scale 

  • The Intern, Economics (Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness) works as part of a specialised sector team of 9 economists and an analyst;
  • He/she works under the general direction of and reports on a day-to-day basis to Associate Director, who acts as a sector team coordinator;
  • He/she assists sector economists in the team in their relationship with the Banking and Risk Departments during all stages of sector and project work, from project design and assessment to post-signing monitoring;
  • Under the supervision of the sector economists, the Intern, Economics (Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness) takes the lead in monitoring the transition impact of some 75-100 projects in the portfolio per year
  • No budget responsibility
  • No direct reports 

Accountabilities & Responsibilities 

  • Assisting sector economists, including supporting their relationship with the Banking and Risk Departments during all stages of sector and project work, from project design and assessment to post-signing monitoring;
  • Monitoring and assessing sector developments and structural reform progress in the Bank’s countries of operation and contributing to the regular review of the EBRD transition quality indicators and Assessment of Transition Qualities (ATQs);
  • Monitoring the transition impact of Bank’s operations (TIMS), including, if necessary, some limited travel to the region to monitor projects on the ground;
  • Analysing aspects of the impact of Bank projects and operations under the direction of their sector team economists;
  • Ad hoc assignments including assisting sector economists for research on transition qualities, ICA sectors and regulatory and other policy developments as well as drafting of briefings, presentations, short sector analyses and TC assignments and implementation;
  • Compilation and maintenance of relevant datasets. 


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications 

  • A Master’s degree in economics or a related field from a leading university (candidates with relevant work experience and a strong Bachelor’s degree may be considered in exceptional cases).
  • Prior experience in policy oriented or applied microeconomics work (e.g. at a regulator or other body overseeing or setting policy), related consultancy services or international financial institution would be an advantage;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, including knowledge of Excel and Stata. Facility with other database/analytic software and information providers (e.g. Orbis, FAO stat, WTO tariffs, COMTRADE and World Bank WDI) would be an advantage;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including effective briefing skills;
  • Familiarity with the EBRD’s countries of operations and work or study experience in the region is helpful;
  • Ability to plan and organise work with little supervision, ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of one or more languages of the region is an advantage;
  • Ability to operate in a multicultural environment and build effective working relationships.