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The Transparency International Secretariat is currently seeking a Head of People & Culture to join the Human Resources Team.  


Role Purpose: In your role as Head of People & Culture, you will be leading the Human Resources team, nurture our culture and inspire our people.  
You will strengthen the agility of the Human Resources function, promote a stronger orientation to our purpose and relying on well-developed HR analytics and HR systems to attract and manage talent - nurturing an inclusive environment that responds to people’s aspirations and takes care of their well-being. 
You will be joining the TI at a time when the post-pandemic “new normal is being shaped and key choices are being made in relation to mental & physical well-being, the digital & physical workplace, collaboration, and environmental sustainability.  
TI-S is an inclusive employer, and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or other characteristics 

Team: Human Resources 

Reporting Line: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Salary Band: Salary according to TI-S internal salary structure; for this position corresponding to band M1 a salary starting EUR 68,250 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 2 years. There is a prospect of extension subject to proven performance and funding availability.

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

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

Job ID: TIS-HPC-05 2022


Based in the People & Culture Team and reporting to the CAO, you will be a team leader with a hands-on approach, a team player with strong interpersonal skills, and a strategic and innovative thinker.  

As Head of People & Culture, you will: 

  • Lead the HR function, including strategy, workforce and resource planning, people management and progress monitoring 
  • Shape the way the Secretariat People & Culture works, ensuring the delivery of state-of-the-art People management solutions, processes, and tools with a focus on further digitalisation for efficiency and analytics 
  • Foster active collaboration and partnership across the organization 
  • Foster an inclusive organizational culture that promotes unity and cohesion to stimulate the enthusiasm and innovation of employees around our strategy and vision 
  • Act as catalyst for change within the team and across the organisation, taking into account emerging trends and new technologies
  • Support the implementation of the TI-S gender diversity strategy and the leveraging of diversity and inclusion as an organisational asset.
  • Proactively provide advice to the Executive Team (CEO and CAO) flagging issues and providing input for their decisions. 
  • Manage all other HR areas of responsibility incluling recruitment, learning and development, job classification and evaluation, compensation and benefits, performance management, HR budgeting, employee relations and employee engagement. 
  • Maintain a strong and successful working relationship with the Works Council (i.e. staff union)  
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable legislations (German labour law, social insurance law, Works Constitution Act, accident prevention regulations, etc.)  

The position offers you excellent opportunities to apply your talents to the service of the fight against corruption, contribute to the transformation of TI, shape the “new normal” and the HR agenda for the years to come, as well as steer and manage a wide variety of projects. 



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

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent in management, e.g. human resources, business administration, law, economics, or public administration
  • a minimum of 10 years’ experience in human resources
  • having led human resources functions for a minimum of five years
  • cross-functional team leadership: experience in leading and motivating teams of highly qualified members with diverse, preferably multinational backgrounds to high levels of performance and engagement as well as a track record in creating environments in which teams are willing and able to innovate
  • in-depth knowledge of the latest trends in the domain of people and culture combined with experience of embedding them into the business
  • a track record of driving innovation for people and culture while maintaining high-quality service levels, and of leading transformation in the business through change management
  • a passion for working with multilingual and multicultural organisational environments
  • several years of experience in the field of organisational development and/or change management
  • an advanced (C1) command of English
  • German market experience and German language proficiency are advantageous


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 
  • a dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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 (, mentioning also the source of the application as well as salary expectations) in English, merged into one PDF file by clicking on the button ‘Apply Online’ below. 

Closing date for applications is 6. June 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.