Consultancy to prepare the production of a training module for journalists on investigating and reporting on corruption in the land sector with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa | Land Portal

Application Closing Date - 15 Nov 2015

Job Start Date - As soon as possible

Duration - end December 2015

Location - remote

Transparency International (TI) is a global civil society organisation dedicated to tackling corruption in all its forms. 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.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant experienced in training investigative journalists, to support the preparation phase for the development of a training module for journalists on investigating and reporting on corruption in the land sector in Africa.

The development of the training module is part of TI’s project on Land and Corruption in Africa. The training module will address issues of corruption and land governance in Africa, and will equip investigative journalists with the awareness, knowledge, tools and networks to investigate corruption cases in the land sector and report on them.

The overall goal of the Land and Corruption in Africa project is to contribute to improved livelihoods of men and women adversely affected by corrupt practices in land administration and in land deals, through enhanced security of tenure and equitable and fair access to land and water.

This assignment is for a consultant to carry out scoping research, as well as to prepare the collaborative development for the production of the building blocks for such a training module.


Explanation of deliverables, timelines and required methodology:

This assignment will include:

  1. a scoping phase to identify existing relevant curricula and training institutions, existing relevant cases (scholarly and journalistic), as well as relevant readings
  2. a concept for a one to two day training module design workshop in December;  the purpose of the workshop will be to brainstorm and agree on specific elements for the module
  3. co-facilitate the two day training module design workshop in December and present scoping phase findings
  4. based on the workshop discussions design a draft outline for the training module to help advise the development of the full module

The consultant will work in close cooperation with the TI-Secretariat, Africa Department.

Report structure and expected deliverables

The expected deliverables are set out below:

  1. detailed design of the scoping phase (in close consultation with the Africa Department in TI-S)
  2. scoping, and documentation of findings in a report
  3. design of concept for brainstorming workshop (in close consultation with the Africa Department in TI-S) and co-facilitation of workshop
  4. draft outline of training module (in close consultation with the Africa Department in TI-S)

The work can start immediately and is expected to be completed by end of December 2015.

The work is done mainly home-base. Depending on home-base of consultant and workshop venue, participation in the workshop might require travel.

All presentations and reports are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The Consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The TI Secretariat retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination and publication of the deliverables.

Selection criteria

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • significant experience training investigative journalists
  • significant experience in desk-based scoping, stakeholder mapping, and research
  • significant experience in investigations
  • relevant knowledge of corruption issues in relation to land governance
  • fluent oral and written English communication skills
  • knowledge of French a strong advantage

Remuneration and costs

The Consultant should provide their daily rate, before VAT.

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 answer each of the following questions relating to VAT and submit their answers in the attached Word document, along with their email application.

  1. Are you a registered business entity or operating as a private person?
  2. In what country is your business operation located?
  3. Are you registered for VAT?
  4. If registered for VAT, located outside the EU, and do not apply the reverse-charge mechanism, what rate of VAT are you obliged to charge?
  5. If you are not registered for VAT, are you obliged to charge any other local taxes/charges?
  6. If you are VAT registered within the EU, please provide your VAT number.

Other information

Possible option of expansion of the work to pilot and finalise the actual training module can be discussed.

Contact information

The application should include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact details of Referees
  3. One sample of relevant previous work (confidentiality guaranteed)
  4. Remuneration expectations
  5. Completed VAT template

Please indicate “investigative journalism module” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Annette Jaitner at by close of business of 15/11/2015.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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