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European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance



The European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance is looking for a Communications Officer for the new EU Horizon 2020-funded project on digital transparency – DIGIWHIST.

The key objective of DIGIWHIST is to combine the provision of data on public spending in the area of public procurement with actionable governance indicators and a monitoring procedure facilitating whistleblowing and thus strengthening accountability and transparency of public administrations. Since public procurement is prone to corruption and budget deficit risks, high quality open data and innovative assessment tools in this area are especially relevant for the efficient and transparent use of public resources. DIGIWHIST aims to systematically collect, analyse, and broadly disseminate tender-level information on public procurement in 35 jurisdictions across Europe. This data will be linked to company and public organisation information on finances and ownership and to information on mechanisms that increase accountability of public officials in order to systematically investigate the patterns and mechanisms of allocation of public resources in Europe. Partners in the DIGIWHIST consortium represent an effective combination of large, renowned institutions and small, highly-innovative ones, including scientists and researchers from computer and political sciences, sociology, criminology, and economics at 6 institutions from 4 European countries, in both old and new member states.


  • Develop and update a project dissemination strategy and implementation plan;
  • Produce original material on project research for publication on a regular basis;
  • Coordinate internal communication amongst consortium members;
  • Strengthen and build upon an existing network of civil society practitioners, journalists and researchers;
  • Actively promote project findings and platforms to EU policy makers, civil society activists and media;
  • Work with an external website developer to design the official project website;
  • Manage and edit content for the project website;
  • Disseminate published content through social media platforms and mailing tools;

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in communications, journalism or equivalent experience;
  • Strong writing experience particularly in translating academic findings into journalistic prose;
  • Experience writing for a range of audiences, particularly online;
  • Experience in digital transparency and anti-corruption issues;
  • EU project experience or similar;
  • Self-starter, ability to manage tight and competing deadlines;
  • Strong European press contacts;
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial approach in project development and audience engagement;
  • Good communication skills and attention to detail;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and in German.

10 Dec 2014

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