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Review of the Global Corruption Barometer survey

Application Closing Date - 02 Dec 2019

Job Start Date - 15 Jan, 2020

Duration - 15th January to 25th February 2020 (a maximum of 20 working days)

Location - Remote, possible travel to Berlin


Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through almost 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.

A key element of TI’s work is diagnosing corruption by measuring its occurrence and people’s views about it through surveys and indices. Based on its findings, TI raises awareness of particular types of corruption and the effectiveness of anti-corruption programs; monitors trends in the incidence of corruption and in the implementation of anti-corruption measures; and advocates for reforms in laws, policies and practices.

TI publications and indices have been a source of informed reference for many individuals and organisations, be it academically, or as tools for advocacy for change. The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) is one of the most important and publicly recognizable TI indices.

Transparency International has been conducted the GCB since 2002. The original objective of the survey was to raise awareness of corruption at national level. The first 8 editions of the survey were published as single global comparative reports. As awareness of corruption increased and in response to stakeholder feedback, new questions were added to the survey to capture strategic issues for different geographical regions. Because of this change, TI published the 9th edition of the survey as a series of regional reports (between 2015 and 2017). The 10th edition of the GCB, which is currently in progress, adopted the same approach. To date two regions have been surveyed and the respective reports published.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is looking for a highly qualified consultant to review the GCB.


The main aim is to extract the historical learning and have a clear understanding of what areas can be improved. The specific objectives are to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness and relevance of the GCB’s current uses.
  2. Assess the GCB’s potential to support the relevance of anti-corruption work at country and global levels, and to contribute to impactful anti-corruption programmes.
  3. Provide concrete recommendations on potential improvements and ways forward.


The evaluator is ultimately responsible for the overall methodological approach and design of this learning review and is expected to propose methods that they consider most appropriate to achieve its aims. The evaluator is expected to refine the scope and methodology of this review during the inception phase in cooperation with TI-S and provide a detailed review plan then.

Expected deliverables and timeline

The evaluator or team is expected to deliver:

The final report should not be longer than 30 pages, excluding the annexes and the executive summary. Annexes should be kept to an absolute minimum. Only those annexes that serve to demonstrate or clarify an issue related to a major finding should be included. Existing documents should be referenced but not necessarily annexed.

All evaluation deliverables are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the agreed deadlines. The consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have the following competencies and experience:

Core competencies

People skills: be able to mediate the different expectations of the different internal stakeholders, and to communicate clearly and transparently across different teams.

Work style: organised even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative with competent analytical and problem solving skills.

Language: excellent command of English to a native speaker’s level. Spanish and French an asset.

Technical competencies

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:


The Consultants should provide their estimated total fee as a lump sum or as standard daily or hourly rates, before any VAT or other charges.

For Consultants based in the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below.


The consultant is expected to work closely with the TI-S Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and with the Knowledge and Research teams.


Please email your application documents by 02th of December 2019, 23:59 CET indicating “GCB review [SURNAME]’’ in the subject line to GCB_review@transparency.org

The application documents should include the following:

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Guidelines for handling overhead and travel expenses


Regular overhead expenses associated with the Consultants maintaining their place of business, such as rent, telephone, utilities or stationary, are included in the Consultant’s professional fee, except where explicitly agreed otherwise in the contract.


  • Travel and accommodation expenses will as far as possible, and where applicable, be recovered from the institutions and companies hosting events or using the outputs provided by the Consultant.
  • Where such cost recovery is not possible, all travel is subject to prior approval by TI-S staff responsible for the financial management of the Project or TI Budget Line that will support the costs of travel. TI shall not issue travel advances to the Consultants. For accommodation or travel by air, rail or coach, they will instead have to contact TI-S that will make travel arrangements on the Consultant’s behalf.
  • All travel booked by TI-S will include travel health and accident insurance with worldwide coverage and Economy class only; accommodation will aim to achieve best value for money up to a 4-star category.
  • Consultants shall be entitled to invoice TI-S only for local transportation and visa cost (if applicable).
  • Subsistence allowance (per diems) and expenses for individual meals cannot be claimed. These are part of Consultant’s business expenses.


The international fight against corruption needs your expertise, your skills and experience, and your passion for social justice. 

From our secretariat in Berlin and in more than 100 national chapters, Transparency International seeks professionals and volunteers with exceptional talent and commitment to join our efforts and make a contribution to a better world.


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