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The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) is currently seeking a Research and Policy Associate, Corrupt Money Flows to join the Research and Knowledge Team.

As part of its work as a member of the Financial Transparency Coalition, TI-S will work with other coalition partners and in particular with the Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) to implement activities aimed at generating greater evidence on the impact of illicit financial flows and tax abuse across Africa; identifying key destination countries where international cooperation should be strengthened; exposing inadequacies in legal and institutional frameworks, and raising awareness of citizens and the private sector on the impact of illicit financial flows, amongst others.


Role Purpose: Research and administrative assistance to support the implementation of TI’s work as part of the Financial Transparency Coalition with a focus on corrupt money flows.

Team: Research and Knowledge

Reporting Line: Head of Research and Knowledge

Salary Band: salary according to TI-S internal salary structure; for this position corresponding to band PF1 a salary starting EUR 33,500.00 gross per year depending on relevant experience

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Contract Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract limited for a duration of 18 months.

Working Hours: part time [50%; 20 hours per week]

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



Based in the Research and Knowledge Team, the Research and Policy Associate, Corrupt Money Flows will:

  • Support the coordination of work and information flow between the Research and Knowledge Team and other internal teams (e.g. Policy and Advocacy, Global Movement, Fundraising, Communications, Technology), ensuring process integrity and effective cross-team collaboration
  • Support the Research and Knowledge Team on the delivery of specific products and activities in the area of corrupt money flows (such as e.g. knowledge generation and exchanges, peer to peer capacity building activities, knowledge dissemination) through background research, quantitative/qualitative data analysis, fact checking, editing, benchmarking, etc.
  • Respond to requests for information on corrupt money flows, researching in order to provide sufficient responses or escalating where needed
  • Conduct research and prepare research outputs for training materials, events and networks and their respective policy outputs in the area of corrupt money flows
  • Support in the organisation of meetings and events (e.g. knowledge sharing and capacity building events), including preparing documentation before and after events, including logistical organisation of activities and peer exchanges
  • Support the communication with and coordination of national chapters and partner organisations (in particular the Tax Justice Network Africa)
  • Provide input into reports, publications, communications materials, web content, etc. on corrupt money flows
  • Contribute to the overall functioning of the Research and Knowledge Team providing proactive and ad hoc support


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

  • University degree in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as political science, sociology, economics, public administration or related, with an academic emphasis on research
  • 2+ years of relevant professional experience - preferably with an International NGO or International Organisation - working on administrative support, particularly in research departments, or another relevant field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in good governance and corruption related issues and advocacy, with a particular focus on illicit financial flows a strong advantage
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with solid writing, editing and communication skills
  • Experience in organising events with diverse international partners required
  • Experience with donor funded projects in the civil society field an asset
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to effectively manage priorities in a dynamic and fast paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Professional language proficiency in English; additional languages, in particular French and/or Spanish, an advantage
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently, particularly at distance communication
  • Good MS Office skills, in particular MS Excel
  • Commitment to the values and principles of Transparency International


Joining the Transparency International Secretariat candidates can expect:

  • 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
  • a dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities
  • a high degree of collaboration and autonomy in an organisation with a shared, facilitative and inclusive leadership culture with regular Ask Me Anything meetings with the CEO
  • opportunities to learn and grow, including regular internal Show & Tell meetings as well as discussions with external experts and online webinars on a wide variety of topics

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
  • 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
  • regular staff social events
  • organisational 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 (mentioning also the source of the application) in English, merged into one PDF file, via the online recruitment system clicking on the button ‘Apply Online’.

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 24 October 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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