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The Transparency International Secretariat is currently seeking a People & Culture Advisor (m/f/d) to lead the implementation of projects and people initiatives across the organisation.


Role Purpose: The People & Culture Advisor (m/f/d) will play a central role in overseeing the delivery of HR-related project activity in the areas of Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Learning & Development, Process Optimisation and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Working closely with the People & Culture team, the role will blend both knowledge of HR process and best practice with a clear understanding of the project management discipline. The role will also play an integral part in ensuring the management, analysis and communication of key people data and management information.

Team: People & Culture

Reporting Line: Head of People & Culture

Salary Band: salary according to TI-S internal salary structure; for this position corresponding to band PF3 a salary starting EUR 53,000.00 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 organisational need, 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



Reporting to the Head of People & Culture, the People & Culture Advisor (m/f/d) will:        

  • Plan, oversee and lead the development and implementation of projects within the People & Culture domain, ensuring they meet organisational objectives
  • Ensure continuous evaluation and improvement of all HR-related processes in line with the organisational strategy and structure and related needs and required changes
  • Assist in strategic people planning to design strategic direction with staff development opportunities and talent acquisition measures
  • Devise and take ownership of project plans, ensuring key milestones are identified and communicated to key stakeholders
  • Work with the People & Culture and Management team to ensure the delivery of key project milestones on time and within budget, resource and policy; tracking and monitoring progress and escalating risks where appropriate
  • Update key HR policies, such as e.g. the employee handbook, the job evaluation and performance management and recruitment and selection policies, and implementing the communication and training plan with the People & Culture team and managers in the organisation
  • Lead on the delivery of employee engagement initiatives and the implementation of leadership development plans
  • Ensure the management, analysis and communication of key people data and management information
  • Support the People & Culture team to build frameworks to plan and manage the process of continuous improvement including dependencies, risk, potential scenarios and options to mitigate
  • Act as an internal subject matter expert for HR policies/frameworks and maintain a strong and successful working relationship with the Works Council supporting an environment that attends the needs of the organisation
  • Contribute to the efficient and effective running of day-to-day people operations supporting administrative tasks as needed


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

  • University degree or professional qualification in business administration, management, social science, economics, or another relevant field; project management qualification an asset
  • 7+ years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience preferably including experience designing and implementing major HR projects
  • Experience with international organisations and multi-cultural work environments an advantage, with a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity and demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Solid HR generalist knowledge, in particular of HR policies/frameworks
  • Expertise in monitoring and evaluation and organisational/capacity development an advantage
  • Project management skills (incl. planning, budgeting, implementation, review)
  • Strong organisational skills with a focus on delivery and results and the ability to deliver under pressure and to strict deadlines, able to effectively manage multiple tasks across a wide range of issues
  • Strong analytical, convening and consultative skills to capture and implement the organisation’s needs
  • Effective and clear communication style and a constructive and collaborative approach with strong influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Impeccable standard of written and spoken English (working language of the organisation) essential; additional languages, especially German, an asset
  • Interest in the work of TI and the field of anti-corruption




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, supporting 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
  • 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
  • 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 applications is 28 July 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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