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The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) is currently seeking a communications manager for media to join the Communications Team. The media manager will lead media for the organisation to support TI-S's objectives, including long-term strategic communications planning as well as responding to emerging opportunities and threats.  They will also manage communications for projects and campaigns with a focus on disrupting flows of dirty money, and serve as the communications lead of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) - a cross-team group that responds to security issues and crisis responses for TI-S and national chapters.


Role Purpose: The Communications Manager leads on media relations; leads on Rapid Response Unit communications; creates content such as press releases, opinion pieces and news features; advises on messaging and strategically contributes to key launches and advocacy campaigns.

Team: Communications

Reporting Line: Head of Communications

Salary Band: salary according to TI-S internal salary structure; for this position corresponding to band PF3 a salary starting EUR 55,650.00 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 2 years. There is a prospect of extension subject to organizational need continuing, performance proven and funding confirmed and there is interest in a stable and long-term cooperation.

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

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

Job ID: TIS-Comms-CoMa-032024



Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Communications Manager will:

  • Develop and implement the media strategy for the organisation to support TI-S's brand and strategic objectives
  • Maintain daily press operations and lead on the production of press releases, briefings, op-eds and other press materials and oversee responses to incoming media requests, ensuring adherence to professional standards and alignment with Transparency International’s positions
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant reporters and manage press lists
  • Stay up-to-date about trends in the media landscape and help position Transparency International to take advantage of them
  • Act as the communications lead for TI-S’s Rapid Response Unit (RRU) for responding to emerging threats to the Transparency International movement, in close coordination with other teams and chapter colleagues. This includes:
  • --> Develop, maintain and implement agile RRU processes to ensure they meet the needs of the movement and that outputs continue to be effective and aligned with policies, positions and strategic objectives
  • --> Offer and provide support to the Transparency International movement in response to threats and opportunities, including through press releases, media outreach and messaging advice
  • --> Provide strategic advice to chapters on crisis communications and reputation management when needed
  • Create and implement media outreach plans to support the launch of Transparency International’s knowledge products, including the Corruption Perceptions Index
  • Lead on communications for various projects, including media strategy as well as broader communications, such as developing messaging and content for social media and the website
  • Develop, maintain and implement systems that include workflows, processes, controls and documentation for media-related work
  • Define and measure the success of media outreach and adjust plans and approaches accordingly
  • Arrange media trainings for regional and thematic experts and support colleagues to improve their performance in media interviews, including live television appearances when needed
  • Contribute to the overall functioning of the Communications Team by providing proactive and ad hoc support where necessary


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

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible professional experience in communications in an international or media organisation
  • University degree in communications, media, journalism, public policy, political science, international affairs or another relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience in media relations essential, training experience desirable
  • Working familiarity with anti-corruption, social justice, good governance or rule of law issues essential
  • Excellent communications skills in English (to native speaker standard) required; additional languages – in particular Arabic, French and/or Spanish – an asset
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to effectively manage priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated flexibility, initiative and creativity
  • High level of intercultural competence, diplomacy and political sensitivity
  • Commitment to the values and principles of Transparency International
  • Excellent writing and editing skills essential


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 experts in the field of anti-corruption, 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 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 eligible
  • financial contribution to German language classes
  • generous time off with 30 days of annual leave per year and flexible working times around core hours
  • Remote-hybrid working model from within Germany
  • 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)
  • Friday afternoons alternately free or meeting-free during the summer months
  • Sodexo Restaurant Checks with plenty of options nearby the office for reduced prices for meals
  • reduced membership fees with Urban Sports Club
  • Mental wellbeing and counselling support by OpenUp
  • 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 external applications is 02 April 2024.

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

Transparency International 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 and strongly encourage 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 and eligible.

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), nor does Transparency International require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants. Transparency International will also not ask you to join any group or account on social media or elsewhere.




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