Vacancy: Adviser on anti-corruption/governance, measurement and evaluation

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) works to reduce the harmful impact of corruption on society. We share research and evidence to help international development actors get sustainable results. Since 2003, we have advanced the anti-corruption field together with global research networks and practitioners. We communicate practical entry-points for countering corruption – through dialogue, publicationsonline trainingworkshopshelpdesk, and innovation. Located in Bergen, Norway, CMI is a leading independent research institute on global development and human rights.

Are you an experienced anti-corruption and/or governance professional? Do you have knowledge and expertise in development assistance, measurement and evaluation?

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As a U4 adviser, you will be part of a dynamic, international team. You will have the opportunity and creative space to influence development policy. You will work with the U4 partners and others, sharing accessible knowledge on how to measure corruption and the effect of anti-corruption interventions. You can combine commissioned work and your own applied research to develop and deliver publications, online resources, training materials and workshops for practitioners and policymakers.

You will lead U4’s evaluation and measurement theme. This involves research, publishing, and teaching donor agency staff and others how to evaluate anti-corruption work. You will develop your theme content in consultation with colleagues and the U4 partner agencies. You can choose to write by yourself, together with colleagues, and commission papers from external experts. The latter requires that you establish and maintain a network of contacts in your topic area. To generate and share new knowledge together with these partners you should enjoy guiding them from idea development, contracting and execution, to quality assurance and communications. We ensure high quality and relevance in all our work by giving each other input and advice on concept notes, draft papers, and project proposals.

Together with colleagues, you will travel to partner agency headquarters and country offices where we facilitate training and dialogue among practitioners, and join policy discussions at local and international events.

You will take an active part in the institutional life at CMI and identify our vision to address global development challenges to inform and inspire policy and practice.

In joining U4, you can contribute to the evolving anti-corruption policy agenda to reduce the harmful impact of corruption. This may for example include succinct updates and case studies about monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals that you prepare for U4’s partner agencies.

As a CMI employee, you will primarily work for the U4 programme which has sustained core funding. In addition, the CMI management will also allow and encourage that you seek additional funding for separate projects that are thematically relevant for your expertise.

In short, we expect that you are:

  • A self-starter
  • Creative and flexible
  • User-oriented
  • A good communicator
  • A team-worker

We expect that you have:

  • Several years of professional experience in development policy and/or practice relevant to the anti-corruption and governance field – in particular measurement and evaluation.
  • You should also have substantive theoretical and practical insight into the following areas:
    – Designing project monitoring and evaluation systems in developing countries.
    – Developing theories of change and different types of indicators.
    – Different types of evaluation approaches, their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Demonstrated experience in operationally relevant research, published work relevant to anti-corruption and governance and/or measurement and evaluation in a development setting.
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis.
  • A Master’s degree is required, a PhD is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills.
  • Capability and willingness to travel to developing countries.

It is an advantage if you have:

  • Teaching and event facilitation experience.
  • Proficiency in Arabic, French or Spanish.
  • Experience in project oversight and budget management.

What we offer

  • An exciting opportunity to combine knowledge generation with policy influence, and a strong and inspiring working relationship with eight bilateral donors committed to improving their impact on corruption.
  • The opportunity to join the leading multidisciplinary development research institute in Scandinavia, and work directly with development agencies around the world.
  • A positive work-life balance and great outdoors opportunities around Bergen.

Application deadline: 15 March 2018

Interviews will take place in April, and the position is available to start in mid-year 2018.

Kindly include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter of maximum 2 pages, explaining how your experience matches the listed expectations for the position.In the cover letter you may argue why you can compensate for limited competence in one or more areas by a stronger record in other areas.
  • CV and publications list.
  • Names and contact details of three references.
  • Dates when you are available to start.

We only accept applications via e-mail to
Please write U4 Anti-Corruption Adviser in the subject field.

Anti-corruption/governance, measurement and evaluation adviser: Job description (PDF)

Any questions? Please contact:

Sofie A. Schütte
Senior Adviser, U4

Vigdis A. Gåskjenn
Administration and Finance Director, CMI / Acting Director, U4

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