Legal Specialist (m/w/d)

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ABOUT THE ROLE

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) is currently seeking a Project Legal Specialist (m/w/d), ideally French-speaking and with experience in environmental legislation, to join the Policy and Advocacy team. In particular, this position will provide support to the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium Corruption (GACC), a ground-breaking partnership between investigative journalists from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and TI.

Since 2021, the TI movement has been implementing its new strategy Holding Power to Account – A Global Strategy Against Corruption 2021-2030. We are looking for a talented and outstanding individual to support our legal accountability case work under Strategic Objective 5 – Enforcement and Justice with the development of legal submissions related to grand corruption cases.

The main role of the Project Legal Specialist is to analyse corruption cases as reported by media, TI national chapters, civil society organisations and international organisations. In addition to this, it is to stay abreast of international policy debates, political developments, law enforcement actions and suggest angles for legal follow-up and potential case-based support to policy type of advocacy work, including strategic casework. The role of the Project Legal Specialist also includes, as a member of the GACC team and its legal unit, taking part in the preparation of legal submissions to law enforcement, regulatory agencies or other relevant entities like international organisations, compliance units of private bodies, professional associations etc.

*Please note this role is subject to funding*

OVERVIEW OF KEY DIMENSIONS

Role Purpose: Providing legal guidance on grand corruption cases within TI Secretariat as well as to TI National Chapters and other partners; planning, reviewing and drafting case submissions related to grand corruption.

Team: Policy & Advocacy Team

Reporting Line: Head of Policy and Advocacy

Salary Band: Salary according to TI-S internal salary structure; for this position corresponding to band PF2 a salary starting 42.000 EUR gross per year depending on relevant experience

Starting Date: October 2022 (subject to funding)

Contract Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract for a duration of 2 years (including a probation period of six months). There is a prospect of extension subject to organisational need continuing, performance proven and funding confirmed and there is interest in a stable and long-term cooperation.

Working Hours: full time

Location: Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin – with no international travel

Job ID: TIS-P&A-PLS-0922

MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES OF THE ROLE

Based in the Policy & Advocacy Team and reporting to the Head of Policy & Advocacy, the Legal Specialist will:

  • Take initiative and contribute to the analysis of potential grand corruption cases from a legal accountability point of view and provide input for and support preparation of legal submissions on concrete grand corruption cases.
  • Stay abreast of international policy debates, political developments, law enforcement actions and suggest angles for legal follow-up and potential case-based support to policy type of advocacy work, including strategic casework.
  • Work closely with GACC legal team, TI National chapters and other partners in the development of legal case submissions
  • Contribute to the implementation of projects under the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC) , provide input into activity planning and further development of the programme
  • Assist with acquisition of pro-bono or low-bono legal support for corruption case work
  • When necessary, represent the organization at relevant fora within area of expertise. Build relationships and form alliances with external counterparts, communities of practice and stakeholders
  • Coordinate or contribute to organization of events/meetings; including preparing documentation before and after events
  • Support the development of funding proposals and contribute to monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
  • Provide assistance on a wide range of tasks (e.g. editorial, administrative, organisational) when required
CANDIDATE PROFILE

To succeed in this role, candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Academic degree (4+ years of university level legal education) or professional qualification in law
  • 5+ years of relevant experience with demonstrated in-depth knowledge related to legal affairs or related fields required, specific experience in anti-corruption casework and environment an advantage
  • Specific experience with illicit financial flows, state capture or natural resource corruption an advantage
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and maintain a professional approach
  • Very good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Professional language proficiency in English and French required; other languages are an asset
  • IT proficiency, in particular secure information sharing applications, an advantage
  • Entrepreneurial, creative and opportunity-driven mindset
  • Commitment to the values and goals of Transparency International
WHAT WE OFFER

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
  • a role with purpose, working in a team of engaged and enthusiastic colleagues who are experts in their field driven by the desire to fight corruption
  • a dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities
  • a high degree of collaboration and autonomy in an organisation with an inclusive leadership culture with regular Ask Me Anything meetings with the CEO.
  • opportunities to learn and grow, including regular internal Show & Tell meetings as well as discussions with external experts and online webinars on a wide variety of topics

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
  • 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
  • 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
HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter (mentioning also the source of the application, the earliest starting date as well as salary expectations) in English, merged into one PDF file, via the Career Opportunities - Transparency.org clicking on the button 'Apply Online'.

Closing date for applications is September 30th, 2022.

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.

DISCLAIMER

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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