Developing a position paper on gender, SDGs, land and corruption | Land Portal
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Application Closing Date - 31 Jul 2017

Job Start Date - 10 Aug, 2017

Duration - 10 August 2017 to 22 September 2017

Location - Remote


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.

As an integral part of its strategic priorities, TI works on the promotion of social accountability to counter corruption. This consists of working on a number of thematic areas including land corruption and promotion and monitoring the anti-corruption targets of sustainable development goals.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant to research and write a position paper on the intersection of gender, SDGs, land, and corruption.

Corruption in land governance is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain while carrying out the functions of land administration and land management. When land investors target countries with weak governance, the risk of corruption is high. Likewise, corruption is more likely to occur when local elites are able to manipulate their country’s land governance systems for their own benefit. Whether it’s an opaque deal between private investors and local authorities, citizens having to pay bribes during land administration processes, unaccountable urban planning, or customary laws that deny women their land rights, land corruption hits poor and marginalised men and women hardest. As women are disproportionally affected, land corruption perpetuates existing power imbalances, gender inequality and discrimination.   

Around the world, one in five people report that they have paid a bribe for land services in recent years; in Africa, almost every second, a client of land administration services has been affected by corruption. Millions of men and women bear the brunt of political and grand corruption in relation to land: when they are not involved in decision-making on land deals, when their land is grabbed, or expropriated, and/or when they are inadequately compensated for their land.

TI’s Land and Corruption Programme is guided by the vision of guaranteeing the maintenance and development of land and tenure-based prosperity for men and women of all generations equally, respecting the dimensions of stewardship and socio-cultural relationships to land, and taking into consideration the special needs and rights of ethnic minorities, for sustainable and inclusive development and growth. The Programme’s overall goal 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. Currently, ten TI National Chapters in Africa participate in the programme, while the TI Secretariat holds a coordinating role.

The sustainable development goals adopted in 2030 provides an aspiration set of targets to be achieved by 2030. Whilst substantially reducing bribery and corruption is explicitly recognised in Goal 16, it should be interpreted and interlinked with other SDGs targets given the risk posed by corruption in achieving almost every SDG target. Since the adoption of sustainable development goals, TI has been working with its national chapters and regional and international partners to develop indicators to effectively monitor the anti-corruption targets of SDGs and promote and monitor the implementation of SDGs through research and advocacy. For some of TI’s research publication on SDGs click here and here.


The position paper will present the intersections between sustainable development goals, gender, land and corruption, and present key policy messages together with key stakeholders to target.


The anticipated commitment is 10 days starting from mid-Aug. 2017 to late-September 2017 based on the provisional timeline below:  

10th August

Initial briefing meeting

28th August

Structural outline and concept for overview submitted, responding to the TOR and initial briefing meeting

6th September

First draft of paper prepared

Approx. one day in mid-September

Second draft of paper prepared according to the TI-S templates and content guidelines

18th September

Participation in the TI internal editorial committee meeting (if required)

22nd September

Final paper delivery including adjustments based on editorial committee feedback


For quality assurance, we will request the consultant to participate in the editorial committee meeting(s) as required to review the report prior to final sign-off.

All presentations and reports are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The [Vendor/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.


The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum seven years of policy or research experience on anti-corruption or governance issues;
  • Relevant expertise in the use of the global policy for effective advocacy
  • Wide knowledge on land and corruption and sustainable development goals
  • Clear understanding and familiarity with how sustainable development goals are implemented
  • Wide experience of working with clients in civil society, particularly advocacy-oriented NGOs;
  • Excellent writing skills in English.


The Consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, (if applicable) international travel, local transport, accommodation, work materials.

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 Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below.


Please email your application package by 31st July 2017 COB with “Position Paper Land and SDGs” in the subject line to

The application should include the following:

  • Letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the assignment;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A cost estimate of the above-mentioned services and outputs;
  • A brief overview of how the work will be approached, which methods will be used.
  • Completed vendor form and VAT questions;
  • Sample of relevant written work in English;
  • Nominate any period where you would be available between 11:00am-3:00pm (Berlin time) on the week of the 31st July 2017 (and provide a phone number or skype contact) for a 20min conversation should we need to follow-up.

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