Transparency International looking for a consultant to develop course for journalists investigating land corruption in sub-Saharan Africa | Land Portal
  • Application Closing Date - 04 Dec 2016 
  • Job Start Date - As soon as possible 
  • Duration - Estimated duration of this consultancy until April 2017
  • Pay Scale - Budget 8,000 €
  • 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.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant experienced in training investigative journalists, to develop a training module for journalists on investigating and reporting on land corruption 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.


Explanation of deliverables, required methodology:

This assignment is for a consultant or a group of consultants to develop the training module based on existing a) scoping research and b) results from a collaborative preparation of the building blocks for such a training module document.

The building blocks of the training module should cover investigative journalism elements, like:

Story hypotheses

Source-mapping and analysis

Strategising story angles

Story pitching to the news-desk

Title deed and other research

Key player background checks

IJ interviewing techniques

Data-mining and analysis

Recording data

Protecting data and sources

Personal safety

Ethics of IJ

Legal knowledge

Storytelling and packaging

 and 2) relevant land governance and related land corruption aspects, as for example:

Traditional v modern tenure systems

Traditional v modern authorities & the changing role of leaders

History, including pre-colonial and post-colonial issues

Rules of inheritance

Gender and the land rights of women

Key land Acts & regulations

Land acquisition processes

Land administration (access to information and documents)

State expropriations process

Land ownership maps

Land hunger (reality v politicized issues)

Power/wealth and land market distortions


Resources including academic studies

Land speculation

Political patronage

Borderlands (porous/shifting/obsolete borders)

Land use: commercial v subsistence farming

Access: mineral rights, water rights, grazing rights etc


The expected deliverables are set out below:

This assignment will include:

Familiarisation with existing material from scoping research and preparation;

Conceptualisation of building blocks of the final training module;

Development and finalisation of building blocks, including reaching out to peer reviewers;

Concrete suggestions for testing and publishing the full training module.

The consultant will work in close cooperation with the TI-Secretariat, Land and Corruption in Africa Programme.

The work can start immediately. 

The work is done mainly home-based.

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.


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


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 Consultant 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 VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available at Transparency International - Work with us


The application should include the following:

Letter of motivation

Suggested work plan and budget

Curriculum Vitae

Contact details of Referees

One sample of relevant previous work (confidentiality guaranteed).

Remuneration expectations

Completed VAT Tender Form.

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 04/12/2016.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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