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The TI Secretariat in Berlin, together with five TI National Chapters, led by the Kosova Democratic Institute, is currently implementing the project Integrity Watch in the Western Balkans and Turkey - Civil Society Combating Corruption with Political Integrity Data (IW WB&T). The project will expand the Integrity Watch (IW) approach - monitoring integrity in political decision-making across EU countries since 2014 - to four countries in the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia) and Turkey, and develop detection tools for conflicts of interest, undue influence and flows of criminal money. 

As part of this project, Transparency International is looking for a full-time Thematic Specialist - Open Data for Political Integrity (m/f/d) to conduct and coordinate research and provide thematic expertise in support of this project and TI’s global work on political integrity.Within this framework, the Thematic Specialist will support the Kosova Democratic Institute and other IW Western Balkans and Turkey chapters with dataset scoping, training of staff on data analysis methods and support on Integrity Watch platform design and development.  


Role Purpose Conduct and coordinate research to support TI’s global work on political integrity and provide thematic expertise on political integrity regulations, practices and risks  

Team: Research and Knowledge 

Reporting Line: Head of Research and Knowledge 

Band: Band PF2, salary starting at €42,000 p.a.

Starting Date: as soon as possible, preferably from 1 March 2023 

Contract Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract limited for a duration of two years, with the possibility of extension 

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

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


Based in the Research & Knowledge Team and reporting to the Head of Research & Knowledge, and working closely with the Global Movement and Projects Teams, the Thematic Specialist will:

  • Support the scoping of political integrity data in the Western Balkans and Turkey by facilitating the co-creation of a standardised scoping methodology; prepare training materials and deliver training sessions with researchers from project partners to support its implementation; and provide guidance and feedback on considerations for the final selection of key datasets to be used in the project 
  • Work in close collaboration and ensure ongoing communication with partner chapters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, to support the design and implementation of research, policy and capacity building activities
  • In collaboration with software developers, support bilateral and collective consultations with involved chapters to discuss the shape and functionality of their domestic platforms throughout the project, from their planning (adjusting where necessary to ensure compliance with the budget and timeline) through the design, development, testing, target-user feedback integration, piloting, deployment, and updates
  • Support the assessment of political integrity regulatory frameworks (laws, bylaws, rules) and their implementation in the Western Balkans and Turkey, to identify best practice, regulatory and practice gaps, and recommend reforms to strengthening political integrity systems in the region
  • Support involved chapters in engaging prospective and target users of Integrity Watch platforms through user-driven participatory workshops, investigations or hackathons
  • Provide guidance for the setting up of multi-stakeholder Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) in each country and support their convening and engagement in bilateral regional exchanges
  • Together with the regional advisor, collaborate on capacity building, network management, integration with regional and global work on political integrity, and regional advocacy efforts related directly or indirectly to the project
  • Support day-to-day work implementation of research activities, including providing support in the preparation of relevant project management tools, coordinating the work planning, budget management, monitoring, and reporting of TI-S deliverables under this project and striving for high-quality, gender-responsive research outputs and the greatest possible impact of project activities together with other TI-S teams including Research & Knowledge, Global Movement, Projects, Policy and Advocacy, and Communications
  • Contribute to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning by documenting relevant developments and challenges and providing regular narrative reporting on the activities conducted
  • Stay abreast of developments relating to political integrity 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, and regularly coordinate with the Political Integrity policy lead


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 a related field, with an academic emphasis on research
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience in social research with a track record of developing tools and methodologies and producing operationally and policy relevant research
  • Solid understanding of political corruption issues, and integrity-related areas such as campaign finance, use of state resources in elections, conflicts of interests, lobbying, public consultation, parliamentary oversight, or similar
  • Substantial experience in research coordination in a multi-country/international setting
  • Experience managing donor-funded projects in the civil society field and familiarity with donor rules and regulations (in particular European Commission) is advantageous
  • Solid understanding of monitoring and evaluation, and particularly results-based management approaches
  • Understanding of relevant regional (Western Balkans and Turkey) context a strong advantage
  • Experience 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 the design, customisation and roll-out of accountability and anti-corruption practical knowledge resources
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming and incorporating inclusive approaches in project management
  • Experience in organising major events with diverse international partners, in-person and remote
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills
  • Professional language proficiency in written and spoken English, additional languages (in particular languages spoken in the Western Balkans or Turkish) an asset
  • Proven commitment to social justice issues and the values 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 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 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 in English, merged into one PDF file, via the online recruitment system clicking on the button ‘Apply Online’.

Closing date for applications is February 28th, 2023.

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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