Policy and Advocacy Communications Consultant for TI Afghanistan Programme

Application Closing Date - 24 Jun 2016 
Job Start Date - 
Duration - until 31 December 2016
Location - Berlin, Germany
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through 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.
Afghanistan Programme
In 2016, Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture that will determine its future as a country. The new democratically elected government has taken power against a backdrop of withdrawing international forces. While immediate prospects for peace remain unclear, what is certain is that long-term stability cannot be secured unless a sustained effort is made to tackle corruption in the country. In 2015, Afghanistan ranked 166 out of 168 countries on TI’s Corruption Perception Index and 90% of citizens said corruption is a problem in their daily lives. Needed reforms can only take place with high level political will to address corruption.
Since 2012 TI has been working on Afghanistan actively seeking to change this, and is now on the breakthrough point of establishing a sustainable presence in Kabul with the programmatic and operational support of a Berlin-based team. By developing and implementing a 3-year Programme on Afghanistan (2016-2019), TI is taking the challenge to play a crucial role in tackling corruption and improve transparency, integrity and accountability at the national level. July-December 2016 is a critical period to deliver discrete outcomes for TI’s work in Afghanistan, which is the basis of seeking issue-expert consultants.
With guidance from the Policy, Advocacy and Programme lead, the Policy and Advocacy Communications (PAC) consultant will develop and implement effective communications and advocacy strategies toward the achievement of TI goals in the Afghanistan Programme. The PAC supports advocacy and communications strategy and results. The consultancy is envisaged to provide support on a rolling basis to the Asia Pacific Department (APD) of Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) and its national partner in Kabul, from July until December 2016.
  • Monitor press coverage on all issues and areas relating to the Afghanistan Programme's focus and agenda;
  • Develop and implement the communication strategy through the production articles and feature, blog posts, interviews, human stories and other web content;
  • Produce reports, briefing notes and other materials on Programme's key focus in coordination with the Publication Department of TI-S;
  • Liaise with communication staff members in Kabul to develop coordinated advocacy and communications press work and campaigns;
  • Support with the design and production of all press materials for communications and media purposes across key events such as conferences and international fora;
  • Identify and develop specific messages and advocacy targets on key TI priorities with the support of the Policy and Advocacy Programme Lead and ADP.
The Consultant should have the following qualifications:
  • Masters degree in a relevant field;
  • At least 5 years experience in governance, human rights or development sector, or at least 2 years on governance issues in armed conflict countries; with a track-record of media, advocacy and communication work in international and national contexts;
  • Proven record of media, advocacy and communication experience in international and national contexts;
  • Demonstrated delivery of policy development and advocacy results in a similar context;
  • Proven analytical skills and experience of producing press releases, opinion pieces, speaking points and web features;
  • Capacity to assess, identify and act upon communications and advocacy opportunities with major stakeholders nationally and internationally;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Afghanistan policy landscape and the discourse on post-conflict issues and fragile states;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible and sensitive in demanding situations;
  • Ability to work independently and to deadlines;
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with team members and remote field offices;
  • Good analytical skills, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent level of written & spoken English; knowledge of an Afghan official language an advantage;
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of TI.
The consultant can anticipate a 40-hour weekly commitment until 31 December 2015;
The indicative fee range for these consultancy services is 17.500-22.200 EUR total (negotiable based on experience and commencement date);
Eligible expenses (determined in contract) will be covered by TI, including business trips.  If the consultant is not Berlin based, financing for travelling to Berlin can be discussed;
TI will cover insurance for any business trips, however it will be the responsibility of the consultant to secure this insurance.
Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the Consultant complete the Vendor Form and submit their answers along with their email application. 
Applications should be sent by close of business of 24th of June 2016.
Candidates are requested to provide the following documents in English:
  • Letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the assignment;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Completed Vendor form
Applications should be sent preferably by email to: APDConsultant@Transparency.org
Please indicate “PAC Consultancy Afghanistan” in the subject line of your email application.
Due to the high volume of applications, please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Transparency International is an equal opportunity employer.
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