Education Policy Intern – Rwanda

Location: Rwanda

Careers Site Advertising End Date: 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 thosewhere 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:
The Government of Rwanda aims to transform the country from a predominantly agrarian-based, low-income economy to an industrial, knowledge-based middle-income nation. This vision is premised on the ability of Rwanda’s education system to produce sufficient and appropriately skilled young people capable of realising this aspiration, as well as upgrading the skills and competencies of the existing workforce. Achieving these outcomes will require a substantially strengthened basic education system.We are seeking a summer intern to support this education system strengthening effort, by providing policy research, analysis, and proposals, and supporting the coordination of key sector processes.


The overall objective of the intern’s assignment is to carry out policy research and provide project management support to advance education system strengthening and coordination.


  1. Conduct assessment of the accountability system for basic education
    • Research, collect data, and analyze findings to enhance understanding of the functioning of the system of school accountability
    • Analysis of sector policies, strategies and relevant statistical information to ensure sustained linkage with priorities of the national development agenda as stated in the 7 Year Government Plan, Vision 2050 and National Strategy for Transformation
    • Analysis on the costs and benefits of investment in education to provide options for minimum sustainable funding needs for the governments projected medium term goals


  2. Prepare preliminary recommendations to address binding constraints to improved performance
    • Review lessons from global experience for lessons of how other countries tackled the challenges facing Rwanda
    • Prepare preliminary recommendation on how to address issues identified then validate recommendations with key stakeholders. 
  3. Sector coordination
  • Support the coordination of the Education Sector Working Group
  • Support design meetings and process for funding applications from key international organisations and foundations
What We Look For in Our People:
  • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in education, public policy, economics, international development, social sciences, or related fields
  • At least 2-3 years of experience working on education sector projects
  • Strong analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis
  • Understanding of organizational design and accountability mechanisms to reform government processes
  • Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments (especially in a developing world context)
  • 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


  • 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


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 and social policy institutions of the government. The Intern will benefit from network effects of the TBI Rwanda team, as well as TBI’s Education 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 the Government of Rwanda’s policy priorities;
  • Provides an opportunity to develop new skills and learn in a collaborative work environment;
  • Offers coaching and mentoring from experienced TBI Advisors; and
  • Provides an opportunity to engage directly both the public and private sectors as well as with development partners involved in the education sector.


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