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Global Security Manager

Organization Name: Transparency International (TI)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 25-February-2020
Closing Date: 22-March-2020

Application Closing Date - 22 Mar 2020

Job Start Date - As soon as possible

Duration - 2 years, with the possibility of extension

Location - Berlin, Germany


Transparency International is a global movement with one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. With more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality.


During their investigations of corruption on national, regional or global levels our chapters are at times confronted with entities such as organised crime and oppressive governments. In addition, the trend of “shrinking civil society space” is increasingly affecting our operations and puts further emphasis on the integration of security concepts in our operations. We are hence looking for an exceptional individual to take our security function to the next level.


Team: Movement Support

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Contract Duration: Currently we can offer an employment contract limited for a duration of 2 years. There is a prospect of extension subject to organizational need continuing, performance proven and funding confirmed and there is interest in a stable and long-term cooperation.

Working Hours: full time [100%; 40 hours per week]

Location: Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin – with international travel [up to 20-40%]


Based in the Movement Support Team, the successful candidate will:

• Build capacity for security in National Chapters including a network of security focal points to act as security representatives in their geographic areas
• Serve as the primary focal point for safety and security for staff at the Secretariat in Berlin, and for our National Chapters
• Lead crises management efforts
• Develop, implement, monitor and update the necessary security policies and documentation
• Coordinate with the Technology team on issues regarding information security and cyber security
• Contribute to the communications rapid response unit which develops responses to incidents in the form of statements and press releases
• Investigate or support the investigation of security incidents
• With support of the Fundraising team, draft and review funding applications, implement grants and report to funders
• Monitor local and regional security conditions and liaise and coordinate with National Chapters and other partners in affected countries
• Oversee travel risk management and duty of care for Secretariat staff
• Undertake travel (approx. 20-40%) to movement stakeholders, including to high threat environments and in crises situations


In order to succeed in this role, candidates will need to meet the following:

• Undergraduate degree or equivalent education in a relevant topic; additional professional certification in security or risk management (e.g. CPP) desired
• Substantial NGO or civil society security experience – a plus if related to advocacy, journalism or human rights
• Minimum of 7+ years of experience of security management, preferably including global headquarter settings
• Demonstrated track record of delivering capacity development in security
• Experience with risk analysis in geographies such as Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East a strong advantage
• Experience of setting up and running crises management functions desired
• Strong communication skills and protocol awareness required for conveying complex security and risk issues to laypersons, operational decision makers and external partners
• Written and spoken fluency in English, additional languages a plus


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 working on a wide range of relevant and challenging issues
• A role with purpose, working in a team of engaged and enthusiastic colleagues experts in the field of anti-corruption and driven and united by the desire to fight corruption and achieve significant and large-scale replicable impact
• An inspiring, stimulating, dynamic, flexible and international working environment with peers representing 45+ different nationalities and Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to work
• A high degree of collaboration and autonomy in a lean and agile organisation with flat hierarchies, streamlined decision-making processes and a shared leadership culture with servant leadership philosophy
• Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual team training allowances to onsite professional development opportunities, including regular Show & Tell meetings, Jours Fixes/Flexes and brown bag lunches with visiting experts

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
• Organizational access to the employee assistance programme pme offering support in various areas
• Sodexo restaurant checks with plenty of options nearby the office for reduced prices for meals
• Selection of fruits and hot drinks, summer & winter parties, and ‚social fridays’ with complimentary snacks and drinks
• Free health sessions (e.g. Back pain prevention) as well as 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


Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter explaining suitability against the essential criteria as set out in the candidate profile (and mentioning also the source of the application) in English (in one PDF file) via email to:

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 22 March 2020.

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.


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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The international fight against corruption needs your expertise, your skills and experience, and your passion for social justice.

From our secretariat in Berlin and in more than 100 national chapters, Transparency International seeks professionals and volunteers with exceptional talent and commitment to join our efforts and make a contribution to a better world.

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