Research and Policy Expert, Political Integrity
Application Closing Date - 16 Jun 2019
Job Start Date - As soon as possible
Duration - 2 years, with the possibility of extension
Location - Berlin, Germany
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. In collaboration with more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
Main function: Lead TI research and policy development on the thematic priority political integrity, in close coordination with teams including communications, policy and advocacy, regional support and TI chapters and partners.
Starting date: As soon as possible
Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of extension
Location: TI-Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin/Germany
Team: Research and Knowledge
TI’s secretariat (TI-S) supports the achievement of TI’s goals through developing cutting-edge research products, supporting the organisation’s advocacy initiatives through the collection of robust evidence and serving the knowledge needs of key stakeholders within the anti-corruption community. For the years 2019-2020, the TI movement has identified two thematic priorities which will drive its global advocacy. The area of corrupt money flows will focus primarily on the abuse of anonymous shell companies for corruption, and on the effective implementation of anti-money laundering policies. The area of political integrity will focus primarily on promoting transparency and accountability in political finance as well as measures to address risks of undue influence, (unaccountable lobbying, conflicts of interest, and revolving doors).
TI-S is seeking to fill the position of Research and Policy Expert, Political Integrity, to provide leadership in driving the Political Integrity priority and support policy development in this area of work. The Research and Policy Expert will provide strategic direction and drive practical implementation in a) identifying relevant gaps in terms of existing conceptual frameworks, evidence, analysis and tools in the field; b) prioritizing which gaps to focus on applying criteria including potential impact, political and advocacy opportunities, added value, and available resources; and c) leading the implementation of outputs designed to target specific audiences and advocacy objectives.
The Research and Policy Expert will build internal and external strategic partnerships and outreach in the research/practitioners communities, promote peer-to-peer exchange and information sharing and build up and maintain the evidence base for policy advocacy. In addition, the Research and Policy Expert will also be one of the main spokespersons for TI-S on Political Integrity, and will identify funding opportunities to advance TI’s evidence-based advocacy work.
- Lead the development of the thematic area and its strategic planning to support TI’s advocacy and programmatic work
- Work with TI chapters, TI offices in the US and in the EU, and existing networks and partners to develop the evidence base on this area of work and contribute to the implementation of targeted, time-bound advocacy strategies
- Lead the design of innovative research products, evidence-based policy papers, tools, and submissions to relevant public consultations in this area of work, in close collaboration with the policy and advocacy, regional, and communications teams
- Liaise with TI national chapters on relevant policy and advocacy opportunities within the political integrity area of work
- Maintain and grow networks with key stakeholders (including in the research community) to link and build on TI’s research work via partnerships with others
- Represent TI at relevant research and policy fora, public consultations and outreach events and conferences and in the news media
- Write and publish regularly about TI research, evidence and tools relevant to political integrity
- Raise funds to ensure sustainable funding of current and new projects
- Contribute to monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
Knowledge, experience and skills:
- Masters’ degree or equivalent, preferably in law, political science, economics, public administration or a related field; a Ph.D. in a related field an advantage
- Minimum 10 years of relevant paid work experience in the fields of anti-corruption or good governance; specific experience in research and policy fields related to political integrity (e.g. revolving doors, lobbying, political party financing) an advantage
- Demonstrated understanding of anti-corruption from research and policy perspectives
- Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain a strategic network of partners to further advocacy and policy goals
- Project management experience and a track record of delivering research and advocacy projects on time and to budget
- Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and maintain a professional approach
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment
- Strong editorial and writing skills and ability to communicate research findings effectively to a non-expert audience
- Fluent in English, additional languages (in particular Spanish and/or French) an advantage
Other information about the post and the location:
This position is based in Berlin, in Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S). There is no possibility of remote working, or working from home outside Germany. Candidates are therefore strongly advised to consider whether they are able to relocate prior to applying. The successful candidate however will be expected to travel up to 20% of their time.
Qualified candidates should submit the following documents/information in English and via email (in one pdf-file) to ResearchExpertPIJob@transparency.org:
- A cover letter supporting their application as having the necessary experience and competencies to perform the required responsibilities (as per above) (mentioning the source of the application)
- The Curriculum Vitae
- The names of two references with first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s professional experience and expertise
Deadline for applications is Sunday, 16 June 2019.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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