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Vacancy: Senior Advisor at U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre/Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute CMI


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The Chr. Michelsen Institute ( seeks an experienced anti-corruption expert to contribute to a vibrant programme of research, training, and communications focused on corruption, anti-corruption and development, with a particular emphasis on natural resource sectors. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience of the mineral and fisheries sectors in developing countries. The position will be at advisor or senior advisor level based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate

The Advisor will primarily work for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at CMI. U4 has sustained core funding, but the Advisor will also be expected to mobilise some additional funding for projects within the thematic area.

Key responsibilities of U4 Advisors are commissioning and conducting applied research on selected themes in corruption/anti-corruption and development, establishing and/or maintaining web-based resource pages on selected themes, and organising and delivering online courses as well as workshops (in developing countries). Please see for further information on the issues we focus on.


  • Advanced university degree in a relevant field (e.g., political science, international relations, economics, law, anthropology). A PhD is an advantage but is not required.
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience in development policy and/or practice relevant to anti-corruption (a position as Senior Advisor requires additional experience).
  • A record of operationally-relevant research, writing and/or publication relevant to anti-corruption in a development setting.
  • Experience with training and facilitation in on-line or in-person settings.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills.
  • Proficiency in French, Arabic or Spanish an advantage.
  • Experience in development aid programming an advantage.
  • Experience in project oversight and budget management an advantage.

Personal qualities:

  • Desire to influence development policy and practice and to engage with development practitioners ‘in the field’.
  • Self-starting, creative, hard-working, flexible and service-minded.
  • Ability to work well in teams and independently.

We offer:

  • A 1,5 year position with the possibility for extension.
  • 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 chance to be part of the leading multidisciplinary development research institute in Scandinavia, and to work directly with development agencies around the world.
  • A competitive salary based on qualifications, reflecting CMI’s pay scale.

To apply:

The application deadline is 15 October 2013. Interviews are expected to take place in November. The position is available to start from December 2013.

Address for applications (citing ‘U4 Anti-Corruption NRM Advisor’ in the subject field): We accept only applications via e-mail.

Please submit the following to the above address:

  • Application letter outlining your main qualifications, research agenda and their match with U4 and CMI priorities (maximum 2 pages). In the letter, please indicate when you would be available to start.
  • CV
  • Three references, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses

Questions regarding the position can be directed to: . Please cite ‘U4 NRM Anti-Corruption Advisor’ in the subject field of any inquiry.

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