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The Transparency International Secretariat is currently seeking a Head of Global Policy and Advocacy. The Head of Global Policy and Advocacy leads and manages the Global Policy and Advocacy team, overseeing implementation, staff and budget to achieve the strategic goals set in TI’s Global Strategy 2030 - Holding Power to Account, advising both staff and senior management on the design and implementation of outreach and campaigning as well as guiding global advocacy efforts. The purpose of this role is to enhance the ability of Transparency International to bring about policy change by promoting sound and evidence-based policy and advocacy; advancing and delivering Transparency International’s strategic advocacy goals by leading on high profile initiatives; and contributing to the strategic alignment of global policy and advocacy with relevant functions.


Role Purpose: The Head of Global Policy and Advocacy leads and manages the Global Policy and Advocacy team, overseeing implementation, staff and budget to achieve the strategic goals set in TI’s Global Strategy 2030 - Holding Power to Account, advising both staff and senior management on the design and implementation of outreach and campaigning as well as guiding global advocacy efforts. The Head of Global Policy and Advocacy also liaises closely with the Secretariat Research team to ensure that advocacy goals are reflected in the priorities of the Research team.

Team: Global Policy and Advocacy

Reporting Line: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract limited for a duration of 2 years, with the possibility of a permanent contract subject to performance and funding.

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

Location: Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin/Germany – with international travel

Job ID: TIS-PAT-HPA-2021


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Global Policy and Advocacy will:

  • Lead the Global Policy and Advocacy team
    • Lead, oversee and contribute to daily policy and advocacy operations and ensure that operations are impactful
  • Align work in research, policy and advocacy to ensure synergies and impact
    • Liaise with the Research team to align the TI research agenda, optimizing it for impactful use in policy and advocacy campaigns
    • Lead the development of evidence-based policy papers with underpinning tools and research
    • Lead policy development by defining policy goals and opportunities that fulfil the Strategic Objectives of our 2030 Strategy
    • Conceptualise, plan and manage implementation of impactful global advocacy, with clear influence objectives and alliance building strategies
    • Develop public policy positions, including production and sign off to ensure consistency and quality assurance
    • Co-ordinate the policy analysis and development for multi-country, regional and international advocacy initiatives and campaigns
    • Lead on the development of TI’s key global advocacy messages and on the identification of strategic and targeted audiences that can act as agents of change
    • Lead on and ensure effective communication in policy and advocacy work, between teams, and with other stakeholders
    • Support the organisation’s operational and strategic content and budget planning by providing leadership and advice related to policy and advocacy, to ensuring the involvement and participation of teams
  • Build relationships and form alliances with external counterparts, communities of practice and stakeholders to scan for innovations and opportunities to form partnerships
    • Co-ordinate TI’s representation at the international level and build relationships with social movements and other key allies to demonstrably influence agendas, enhance policy change, and share best practice and learning
    • Ensure clear global alliance strategies and lead in their implementation
    • Promote new methods of advocacy, campaigning and mobilisation
    • Monitor, assess and respond as necessary to changes in the external environment, ensuring that these changes are reflected in the Global Policy & Advocacy team’s strategy and plans
    • Liaise with TI national chapters through the Secretariat Global Movement team on relevant advocacy opportunities and establish, maintain and grow strategic networks in the global policy and advocacy community (including policy makers, academic institutions, think tanks, leading universities) to advance TI’s anti-corruption work through strategic partnerships and networks
  • Lead programmes being implemented by the Global Policy and Advocacy team
  • Represent TI, and oversee the coordination of its advocacy and representation, at key global institutions and fora in furtherance of the organisation’s advocacy goals on global and regional levels
    • Act as TI spokesperson for the media and for external stakeholders, as needed
  • Be accountable for the delivery and quality of outputs and outcomes in policy and advocacy; lead on and take global responsibility for the policy and advocacy work’s monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Effectively lead team, provide regular feedback, addressing development and performance and fostering a teamwork approach in meeting objectives and goals
  • Manage the Global Policy and Advocacy team’s operations and budget, supporting operational planning and budgeting processes as required and in fulfilment of TI’s monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Ensure that the financial and human resources to implement global advocacy initiatives are secured; lead and/or contribute to the development of fundraising proposals
  • Being the point person in our policy and advocacy efforts to change the world to one free of corruption


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

  • Postgraduate university degree and/or professional qualification in social science, public policy or administration, journalism, international law, economics, management, or other relevant fields
  • 10+ years of relevant and progressively responsible experience with an International NGO or other International Organisation in carrying out research, policy or advocacy, with a successful track record in communications, public advocacy, design of programmes, and fundraising
  • Expert knowledge in issues in the nexus of corruption, human rights, and democracy; including understanding from research, policy and advocacy perspectives
  • Proven leadership and management experience in an international setting, with a track record of facilitative, collaborative team management to drive a culture of accountability and ownership along with a natural ability to network and build successful and lasting relationships
  • A high-achieving, strategic, experienced and dynamic professional with a proven ability to develop a clear strategy for global policy and advocacy initiatives and a track record of leading processes that resulted in, or contributed to policy changes at an international level
  • Experience in budgeting, strategy and planning and a flair for innovation
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and expand initiatives with both fundraising knowledge and aptitude; entrepreneurial, creative and opportunity-driven mindset
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain a strategic network of partners to further research, policy and advocacy goals
  • Strong organisational skills, with the ability to manage priorities across a wide range of issues and work successfully under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively across diverse teams, interests and countries essential; high level of political and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent command of the English language (to native speaker’s level) both verbal and written; additional languages, in particular French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, or Portuguese, an advantage
  • Commitment to the values and principles of Transparency International


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 in the field of anti-corruption and driven and united by the desire to fight corruption and achieve significant and large-scale replicable impact
  • a dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities
  • opportunities to learn and grow, including regular Show & Tell meetings and visits by external 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
  • the possibility of Work from Abroad for periods of time (currently for up to 10 working days at a time for a maximum of 20 working days per calendar year), currently being piloted in an ongoing effort to increase virtualisation of work and foster highly collaborative remote work using MS Teams throughout the organisation
  • organisational access to the employee assistance programme PME offering support in various areas
  • 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


Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter in English, merged into one PDF file, via the online recruitment system clicking on the button ‘Apply Online’.

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 23 May 2021.

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.


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