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Transparency International: Communications Manager (m/f/d), 6.1.

Transparency International is a global movement with one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. With more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality.

Communications Manager (m/f/d)

  • Full Time
  • Alt-Moabit 96, 10559 Berlin, Deutschland
  • With Professional Experience
  • 12/9/20


The Transparency International Secretariat is currently seeking a Communications Manager to join the Communications Team.


Role Purpose: The Communications Manager has responsibility for ensuring the successful planning and execution of communications campaigns, especially for major knowledge product launches such as the Corruption Perceptions Index and other global and regional initiatives. The Communications Manager ensures timely and clear communication of Transparency International’s positions and messaging to external and internal audiences; is responsible for overseeing content production and for creating content such as key messages, opinion pieces and written reports.

Team: Communications Team

Reporting Line: Head of Communications

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-CT-CM-2020


Based in the Communications Team and reporting to the Head of Communications, the Communications Manager will:

  • Plan, oversee and lead the development and implementation of communications plans, strategies, and/or projects ensuring they meet organizational objectives
    • Develop communications plans and guidance for global and regional/programmatic work and clearly communicate TI's position and messaging to external audiences
    • Identify opportunities to convey TI’s brand and messages to new and existing audiences
  • Take responsibility for communications processes, policies and standard operating procedures while keeping abreast of industry changes and ensuring they continue to meet the needs of the organization and recommending changes and adjusting as needed
    • Lead and effectively project manage communications campaigns related to TI global indices and other major publications, including e.g. the Global Corruption Barometers, Exporting Corruption and Corruption Perceptions Index
  • Manage daily operations in communications ensuring that operations are meeting organizational needs in an efficient manner
    • Manage and produce editorial content, media and social media, and TI website content related to global indices, projects and programmes, and events, providing clear and timely guidance on daily tasks and longer-term project deliverables
    • Liaise with team members from Research, Policy and Advocacy, Global Movement, Fundraising and Legal, and staff from TI chapters, where appropriate for the successful completion of responsibilities
  • Design, research, draft, edit communications materials utilizing these materials for the development of relevant outputs
    • Create web features, blog posts and work with TI-S online communications staff to increase traffic to the TI web site and maintain its relevance to the TI Movement and global fight against corruption
    • Draft speeches, forewords, articles, letters, opinion pieces and other material for TI executives
  • Maintain oversight of the overall financial management of specific projects and/or initiatives
  • Act as a focal point in communications; provide mentorship, input, and advice to others and stay abreast of trends, updating strategies accordingly
    • Work with National Chapters and regional teams to support the development of TI-wide capacity in communications, including organising webinars related to communications launches
  • Represent the organization at relevant fora; design and guide the coordination of participation of partners and stakeholders and build relationships and form alliances with external counterparts, communities of practice and stakeholders
  • Monitor and report on communications campaigns, including for donor reporting
  • Contribute to the overall functioning of the Communications team by providing proactive and ad hoc support as needed


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

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in communications in an international or media organisation
  • University degree and/or professional qualification in communications, political science, literature, journalism, international affairs or other relevant fields
  • Demonstrated experience in media relations and communications launches essential, training experience desirable
  • Advanced ability to communicate using social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and integrate social media into advocacy planning
  • Knowledge and experience of developing advocacy and public campaigns desired
  • Excellent communications skills in English (to native speaker standard) required; additional languages, in particular Arabic, French and/or Spanish, an asset
  • Excellent writing and editing skills essential
  • 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
  • Knowledge of and considerable interest in corruption, governance and development issues and international affairs
  • Commitment to the values and principles 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
  • an inspiring, stimulating, dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities and Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to work
  • 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
  • ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual team training allowances to onsite professional development opportunities, including regular Show & Tell meetings, Jours Fixes/Flexes and brown bag lunches with visiting 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
  • organizational access to the employee assistance programme PME offering support in various areas
  • 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
  • free health sessions (e.g. back pain prevention) as well as 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 explaining suitability against the criteria as set out in the candidate profile in English via the online recruitment system clicking on the button ‘Apply Online’.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 6 January 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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