Regional Coordinator/Advisor Pacific

Transparency International
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 21

Position description

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. In collaboration with more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

Transparency International is looking for an outstanding individual to lead on the TI Movement’s Pacific operations by supporting the Pacific national chapters in the fight against corruption and empowerment of citizens to hold leaders accountable, in order to substantially enhance our presence and impact.

The purpose of this role is to enhance the institutional viability and the impact of Transparency International’s national chapters in the Pacific islands, mainly Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, so they can bring about desired change at the country level and eventually become an influence at the regional level.

By successfully implementing the Pacific related activities that are part of the broader Asia Pacific regional programme (ending December 2019), and by consolidating the sustainability of the existing national chapters, the Regional Advisor for the Pacific will set the scene by the end of 2019 for a future expansion of activities and regional presence in 2020 and beyond. Priority will be given to re-establishing TI’s presence in Fiji, thus a scoping exercise in that country and identifying contacts with potential to become partners will be part of the responsibilities in 2019.

This is an exciting position that will play a fundamental role in TI’s ability to have impact and enable change in a key region of the world.

Main function:

The Regional Advisor for the Pacific implements projects aimed at strengthening TI’s presence, reputation and impact in the Pacific, particularly with TI National Chapters in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and coordinating closely with TI National Chapters in Australia and New Zealand. Working with the Asia Pacific Team at the TI Secretariat, the Regional Advisor represents TI in regional institutions, supports Chapters’ work/representation at national level, monitors political developments, identifies reputational risks, and coordinates capacity development and advocacy interventions.

Starting date: As soon as possible
Duration: Until December 2019
Location: Location based in the Pacific to be determined
Team: Movement Stakeholders
Job grade: III

Main Activities and Responsibilities:

Organizational, operations and fundraising support to the TI chapters in the Pacific:

  • In agreement with the relevant national chapters (PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) lead the capacity building and operational strengthening activities that will make them sustainable and more impactful anticorruption NGOs;
  • Emphasis on strengthening financial and management systems and processes that enhance the effectiveness of the chapters' corruption prevention approaches;
  • Together with the national chapters in the Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand, engage in the development of concepts and proposals for fundraising for the region;
  • Promote learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and co-ordinate the implementation of a programme of exchanges and learning visits among chapters in the Pacific region;
  • Facilitate and participate in the update and implementation of TI’s Pacific regional strategy;
  • Monitor, assess and respond as necessary to changes in the external environment, ensuring that these changes are reflected in the project implementation and in the future strategy and plans.

Project implementation support, monitoring, reporting and learning:

  • Provide support during the implementation of thematic projects when relevant to the national chapters in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, for example, in access to information, electoral transparency, budget monitoring and others as needed;
  • Support the impactful and timely implementation of the thematic projects being conducted by the national chapters in the framework of the broader Asia Pacific programme;
  • Help national chapters to identify, learn and produce reports on the achievements and impact of their work.

Advocacy and media:

  • When relevant and agreed with the national chapters in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and the Asia Pacific team in TI-Secretariat, act as TI spokesperson for the media and for external stakeholders;
  • Support and enhance the TI social media presence in the region as agreed with the Pacific chapters including Australia and New Zealand;
  • Ensure that there is alignment in the messaging/strategic direction between all of the TI actors involved in the programme.

Education, Language & Overall Experience:

  • Master’s Degree or other relevant postgraduate qualification, or equivalent;
  • Extensive (minimum of 5 years) relevant experience in the Pacific islands, ideally with an International NGO or other organization in carrying out local organization’s strengthening; overall experience of working on issues of good governance, political reform, public sector reform, social justice, international development, effective communications, or other related fields;
  • Leadership and project management experience in an international setting;
  • Good command of the English language (native speaker’s level) both verbal and written; additional local Pacific island language(s) an advantage;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Pacific political context and the role of relevant forums;
  • First-hand knowledge and understanding of historical, cultural and social processes.

In addition, we are looking for three essential attributes in the Pacific Coordinator/Advisor:

  • Courage - a demonstrated willingness to advocate for greater governance in the Pacific;
  • Commitment - an absolute commitment to the region and to its people backed up by a commitment to learn about the things that are effective in preventing, punishing and protecting against corruption;
  • Communication and connectivity skills - the ability to engage Pacific people in TI's vision to fight corruption ‎and to engage TI to adapt its approach to maximize its support to meet the needs of Pacific people. The Pacific Coordinator/Advisor should communicate openly and transparently about how they understand things in the field to both the Secretariat in Berlin and to the chapters in a supportive, empathetic, constructive, resolution-focused and non-judgmental fashion.


  • A high-achieving, strategic, experienced and dynamic professional with a proven ability to develop clear plans of action and deliver on commitments;
  • A proven track record of facilitative, collaborative relationship management with partners to drive a culture of collaboration and mutual ownership, along with a natural ability to network and build successful and lasting relationships;
  • Proven track record of leading processes that resulted in, or contributed to, positive changes at the local level (in the Pacific);
  • Outstanding communication skills across various cultures;
  • Expertise in project management, fundraising, strategy development and planning, and a flair for innovation.

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should submit, preferably via email, a cover letter outlining their motivation and qualifications for the position (and mentioning the source of the application, INTJOBS) and CV in English, in one pdf-file.

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