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Research Coordinator (m/f/d): Transparency International Secretariat, Berlin- Deadline 13 February

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Research Coordinator (m/f/d), Transparency International Secretariat

Deadline:  Sunday 13th February 2022
Starting Date: 1st March 2022/ as soon as possible
Location: Berlin, Germany
Term: Permanent, Full time – 40 hours per week
Salary: Starting EUR 40,000 gross per year depending on relevant experience
Other: Existing permission to work in Germany is not a selection criterion and TI-S supports successful candidates in the process for applying for a work permit, if needed.

About Transparency International
Transparency International is a global movement with one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. With more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality.

About the Role
The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) is currently seeking a Research Coordinator to join the Research & Knowledge Team and contribute to the implementation of two projects supporting TI 2030 strategic commitment to “hold power to account for the common good”.

Since 2003, TI has partnered with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre to provide on-demand research services on corruption and corrupt money flows to the staff of 8 bilateral development agencies through the operation of U4 Helpdesk services. As part of these services, the Helpdesk addresses the knowledge needs of the anti-corruption movement via conducting secondary desk research and developing a range of targeted research and knowledge products in a timely manner on a wide range of topics related to corruption and economic crime.

All 4 Inclusive Service Delivery Africa is a Global Affairs Canada grant over four years, from 2022 to 2026, focused on five African countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. The aim of the project is to improve access to health and education services for groups at risk of discrimination, particularly women and girls. As part of this project, TI will generate a solid evidence base on the drivers and inhibitors of corruption in health and education services, particularly as it relates to groups at risk of discrimination.

A full-time Research Coordinator is needed to support the provision of Helpdesk services to development and anti-corruption practitioners as well as lead the implementation of research activities under the Global Affairs Canada grant related to promoting inclusive service delivery in Africa. Specifically, this will involve:

• compiling on-demand and practitioner-oriented anti-corruption briefs,
• leading the design of corruption risk assessment methodologies in the area of service delivery, and
• designing and implementing research tools and activities to address knowledge gaps on the linkages between corruption, discrimination and service delivery in Africa.

Overview of Key Dimensions
Role Purpose: The Research Coordinator will provide Helpdesk services to selected stakeholders and lead the development of knowledge materials and methodologies, provide thematic support to TI chapters and quality control of project outputs in the area of inclusive service delivery in Africa.

Team: Research & Knowledge Team

Reporting Line: Head of Research & Knowledge

Starting Date: 1 March 2022 / as soon as possible

Contract Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract limited for a duration of 2 years.

Working Hours: full time [100%; 40 hours per week]

Location: Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin/Germany


Main Accountabilities of the Role
Based in the Research & Knowledge Team and reporting to the Head of Research & Knowledge, the Research Coordinator will:

• Produce and disseminate original materials, with a special emphasis the linkages between corruption, discrimination and service delivery to support project outputs and deliverables.
• Conduct and coordinate secondary desk research on a wide range of corruption-related topics, including, to address the on-demand knowledge needs of the TI movement and U4 partner agencies in a timely manner.
• Lead the development of knowledge materials, tools and research methodologies to identify and mitigate corruption risks in health and education services in Africa
• Coordinate the implementation of research activities aimed at addressing the knowledge gaps on the linkages between corruption, discrimination and service delivery in Africa, including research design, training of researchers, provision of need-based support and guidance to national chapters
• Provide quality control of project outputs and oversee the development of relevant knowledge materials by chapters
• Coordinate a pool of external contributors as well as a network of leading international anti-corruption experts.
• Promote and disseminate TI-S’ knowledge products through various platforms, channels and outreach activities (e.g. blogs, social media, workshops and conferences).
• Contribute to the TI research portfolio by taking part in specified aspects of research project management, delivery of research tools, monitoring and quality control, and the production of publications and other outreach materials.
• Generate ideas, develop concept notes/proposals, and activities that are aligned with organisational priorities.
• Contribute to day-to-day work implementation, including work planning, budget management, monitoring, and reporting, ensuring that all phases are consistent with the design and delivery schedule and internal processes and procedures.
• Stay abreast of developments relating to the area of work and be available to respond to on-demand internal and external stakeholder needs
• Represent the organisation at relevant fora within area of expertise as needed; build relationships and form alliances with external counterparts, communities of practice and stakeholders.
• Contribute to the overall functioning of the Research & Knowledge Team by providing proactive and ad hoc support where necessary.

Candidate Profile
In order to succeed in this role, candidates will need to meet the following:

• Masters or equivalent in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as political science, sociology, economics, public administration or a related field, with an academic emphasis on research
• 5+ years of relevant professional experience in social research with a track record of producing operationally and policy relevant research
• Substantive experience in research coordination in a multi-country/international setting
• Experience in providing training, technical assistance and quality control on applied research projects, preferably in a multi- country/comparative context, with excellent attention to detail
• Strong knowledge and experience in research design, development of tools and methodologies
• Recognised expertise in governance and anti-corruption required; knowledge and expertise on on political economy of corruption in development settings, exclusionary effects of corruption, gender and corruption and/or service delivery, an advantage; regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa an asset;
• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and delivering to tight timelines.
• Demonstrated organisational and project management skills with strong organisational skills and the ability to successfully manage priorities in a dynamic and fast paced environment
• Solid writing, editing and communication skills
• Ability to work in a team as well as independently, particularly at distance communication
• Professional language proficiency in written and spoken English,
additional languages (in particular French and/or other languages) an asset
• Proven commitment to social justice issues and the values of Transparency International

What we Offer
Joining the Transparency International Secretariat candidates can expect:

• the opportunity to become part of the global movement against corruption and make a positive contribution to the work of TI in the field of transparency and accountability working on a wide range of relevant and challenging issues
• a role with purpose, working in a team of engaged and enthusiastic colleagues experts in the field of anti-corruption and driven and united by the desire to fight corruption and achieve significant and large-scale replicable impact
• an inspiring, stimulating, dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities and Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to work
• a high degree of collaboration and autonomy in a lean and agile organisation with flat hierarchies, streamlined decision- making processes and a shared leadership culture with servant leadership philosophy
• ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual team training allowances to onsite professional development opportunities, including regular Show & Tell meetings, Jours Fixes/Flexes and brown bag lunches with visiting experts

Staff at TI-S enjoy a competitive compensation & benefits package designed for staff well-being and work life balance, incl.:

• a relocation package incl. sponsorship of work permit if needed and financial contribution to German language classes
• generous time off with 30 days of annual leave per year and flexible working times around core hours
• organisational access to the employee assistance programme PME offering support in various areas
• Sodexo Restaurant Checks with plenty of options nearby the office for reduced prices for meals
• selection of fruits and hot drinks, summer and winter parties, and ‚Social Fridays’ with complimentary snacks and drinks
• free health sessions (e.g. back pain prevention) as well as reduced membership fees with Urban Sports Club
• a centrally located office in a vibrant metropolitan city with excellent public transportation connectivity at the river Spree

How to Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter in English, merged into one PDF file, via our TI website Career Opportunities – clicking on the vacant position and the button ‘Apply Online’ or by clicking the following link:

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 13. February 2022.

Only applications duly completed and received through the online recruitment system will be considered.

The Transparency International Secretariat is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where diversity is valued and where there is equality of opportunity. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and therefore welcome applications from qualified candidates of all regions, countries, cultures and backgrounds. Existing permission to work in Germany is not a selection criterion and TI-S supports successful candidates in the process for applying for a work permit, if needed.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis and we do not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, colour or ethnic background, religious belief, sex, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation, marital or family status, age or ability. We kindly ask applicants to refrain from including in their application information relating to the above as well as from attaching photos.

Please note that Transparency International does not charge any fees at any stage of its recruitment and selection process (whether at application, processing, testing, interviewing, traveling or otherwise). In addition, TI does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

Further Information
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