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Advocacy and Research Coordinator | National Integrity Index

3 April 2019

Location: TI Ireland’s Offices in Dublin 1. Some travel required

Closing Date for applications: 26 April 2019

Start Date: As soon as possible

Transparency International Ireland (“TI Ireland”) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to stopping corruption and promoting integrity in Irish institutions. Its vision is an Ireland that is open and fair – and where entrusted power is used in the interests of everyone. TI Ireland is a fully accredited chapter of the international coalition, Transparency International, with representation in over 100 countries

Our National Integrity Systems (NIS) assessments have been essential in identifying and sharing information on weaknesses in our legal and institutional frameworks. They have helped inform public debate and influenced Government commitments on anti-corruption legislation, lobbying regulation, party political finance as well as the Open Government Partnership.

TI Ireland is seeking an Advocacy and Research Coordinator to lead our National Integrity Index project which will measure the commitment of local authorities, public bodies, semi-state bodies and private companies against three key criteria: transparency, accountability and integrity.

Building on our first National Integrity Index-Local Authorities project, National Integrity Systems and Speak Up analysis, we will update the findings of our first Local Authorities Index National Integrity Index this year and then undertake research to develop our first Private Sector and Semi-State indexes. These indexes are due to be published in 2020, with a Public Bodies index due to be published in 2021 or early 2022.


Applications are sought from individuals with proven experience of research and project management as well as excellent written and communication skills.

The Advocacy and Research Coordinator’s Overall Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Advocacy and Research Coordinator is to help design and coordinate the National Integrity Index project for an initial 32-month period. This will require the Coordinator to refine and finalise the research methodology, gather information using desk research and interviews, and analyse the data with the help of TI staff and advisors. The Coordinator will report to the TI Ireland Chief Executive.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Project planning and administration
  • The coordination and development of an online platform to publish the research (see
  • Coordinating social and traditional media engagement around the project
  • Working to build the financial sustainability of the project and TI Ireland’s research programme
  • Recruiting interns, volunteers and advisors to provide support to the Coordinator


We are seeking someone who has the following attributes.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Post-graduate research experience – a research MA or PhD in social sciences is considered an advantage
  • Experience of managing a project, particularly a start-up initiative
  • Knowledge of Irish public affairs and institutions
  • Experience of public speaking and/or media relations
  • Working knowledge of analytical research tools and MS Office packages

Attitude, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Proven management, organisational and administration skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently to different audiences
  • Evidence of interest in Irish politics and government
  • Engaged by the missions of Transparency International and Transparency International Ireland
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrable patience, perseverance, sound judgement and moral imagination
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative or in a team, flexible, respectful and courteous
  • Fully fluent in English, with excellent writing skills and clear writing style
  • Willingness to travel in Ireland and overseas occasionally


An offer of full-time, permanent employment with TI Ireland may be offered subject to sufficient revenues having been secured to sustain the research programme and satisfactory performance during the probationary period and initial 12-month contract.

The Coordinator’s working hours are flexible (based on a 37.5-hour week) with 20 days annual leave. The starting salary will be between €42,000 and €45,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications. See our pay-scales here.

Application Closing Date: 26 April 2019

Please send a CV and covering letter to by 6pm on 26 April 2019. It is essential that the covering letter concisely addresses (in no more than a page):

  • Motivation for applying for the position; and
  • Relevant experience for the role.

The CV should ideally be two pages long. CVs longer than three pages will not be considered. Experience should be presented in reverse chronological order and the names and positions of two referees should be provided. Contact details of referees are not necessary at this stage.

The National Integrity Index project is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland