Transparency International: Regional Coordinator/Advisor - Pacific

Posted on 04 February 2020

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.

In the past 12 months, TI has moved its Pacific support closer to the region by recruiting a staff member based in Australia to support TI’s plans in the region. In the context of a four-year regional programme beginning in 2020, TI is now looking for an outstanding individual to support TI’s Pacific engagement through empowering national chapters and other national-level stakeholders in the region.

Strong and sustainable National Chapters are an essential component of TI’s strategy to be impactful and credible anti-corruption actors in the region. The Regional Coordinator/Advisor will coordinate organisational, operations and fundraising support to the TI chapters in the Pacific, as well as enhanced project implementation capacity. The Regional Coordinator/Advisor will work closely with Pacific TI Chapters including Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific Regional Engagement and Advocacy Lead based in the region, as well as the Asia Pacific Team at the TI Secretariat in Berlin.


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: 

Working closely with, and reporting to the Pacific Regional Engagement and Advocacy Lead, the Regional Coordinator/Advisor is responsible for strengthening TI’s presence, reputation and impact in Pacific countries for which they are the primary contact. The Regional Coordinator/Advisor supports National Chapters’ work at national level, monitors political developments and reputational risks, coordinates capacity development interventions, and helps to ensure implementation of the TI accreditation process and governance principles.

Starting date:

As soon as possible


Until December 2023


Initially based in Melbourne, Australia, with extensive international travel


TI-S Regional Projects (Asia Pacific)



  • Monitor, assess and respond as necessary to changes in the external environment (political situation, anti-corruption developments, reputational risks and media opportunities) in the Pacific region, ensuring that these changes are reflected in TI’s strategic project implementation and plans
  • Provide timely information to the Pacific based Regional Engagement and Advocacy Lead and to the Berlin-based Regional Programme Manager, as well as other relevant colleagues at the TI Secretariat, to provide locally relevant anti-corruption insights to internal and external stakeholders
  • In agreement with the relevant existing national chapters (PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), coordinate capacity building and operational strengthening activities that will make them sustainable and more impactful anticorruption NGOs; emphasis should be given to strengthening financial, governance and management systems and processes that enhance the effectiveness of the chapters' corruption prevention approaches
  • Promote learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and learning visits among chapters in the Pacific region
  • Support Pacific National Chapters’ national-level advocacy work when relevant
  • Provide advice and support for the impactful and timely implementation of chapter projects developed within the framework of the broader TI Indo-Pacific programme and other projects as needed
  • Help national chapters to identify, learn and produce reports on the achievements and impact of their work
  • Work with the Pacific Regional Engagement and Advocacy Lead to identify potential new TI National Chapters and partners and support their capacity strengthening and engagement with the broader TI Movement
  • Identify funding opportunities and support the development of concepts and proposals for fundraising for the region as well as support National Chapters in the Pacific with capacity building and fundraising for new local projects/programmes


Candidate Profile: 

  • Academic degree or professional qualification in social and political science, public policy, management, communications or other relevant fields
  • 5+ years of relevant experience with an International NGO or similar, with demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience in the Pacific region, working on issues of good governance, public sector reforms, social development, civil society engagement, international development, institutional capacity-building or related
  • First-hand knowledge and understanding of the Pacific political context, historical, cultural and social processes and the role of relevant forums
  • Knowledge of, or considerable interest in, the work of TI and the field of anti-corruption
  • Expertise in organisational development, strategy development and planning, fundraising, and project management
  • Demonstrated 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
  • Experience in capacity development and/or fundraising an advantage
  • Proven track record of leading processes that resulted in, or contributed to, positive changes in the Pacific
  • Demonstrated first-hand experience in supporting the setting up or strengthening of a local organisation an advantage
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to effectively manage priorities and projects in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, with the flexibility to adjust and adapt plans and a high level of diplomacy and political sensitivity
  • Highly developed teamwork and intercultural communication skills across diverse cultures
  • Good command of the English language (native speaker’s level) both verbal and written; additional local Pacific island language(s) an advantage
  • Proven commitment to social justice issues and the values of Transparency International
  • Willingness to travel (up to 30%)


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

  • Demonstrated willingness to advocate for greater governance in the Pacific
  • Communication and connectivity skills, with 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
  • Pragmatic, flexible approach in response to challenges, and readiness to offer practical support


How to apply:

Qualified candidates should submit, preferably via email, a cover letter (mentioning also the source of the application) and CV in English (both documents in one pdf-file) to: 

Deadline for applications is Sunday, 1 March 2020.

To learn more about Transparency International, visit their website 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and that it is unfortunately not possible to provide individual feedback on applications.