UNCAC Coalition Seeks Consultant in Vienna to Start Up Coalition Hub Activities

Application Closing Date: 26 March 2018
Start Date: 23 April 2018
End Date: 31 December 2018 (possibility of continuation)
Location: Vienna, Austria

1. About the UNCAC Coalition

The UNCAC Coalition is a global network involving over 350 civil society organisations (CSOs) in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Coalition mobilises civil society action for the UNCAC at international, regional and national levels.

The UNCAC Coalition was established in 2006 as an informal coalition of civil society organisations working to promote the UNCAC. In 2015, the UNCAC Coalition began a process of formalisation, to build the foundations and ultimately the impact of the Coalition. This important phase began with the registration of the Coalition as an official association in Vienna, Austria in October 2015.

The Coalition engages in joint action around common positions on the UNCAC, facilitates the exchange of information among members, and supports national civil society efforts to promote the Convention.

The Coalition has a 12-person Coordination Committee (CCC). The Secretariat to the Coalition is currently provided by staff of Transparency International, who until 2015 hosted the Coalition. The Coalition registered in Vienna in late 2015 and started a process of transition as an independent and autonomous organisation, a process to be consolidated in the next two years with the establishment of a Coalition Hub in Vienna. Currently, it’s work is supported by several consultants and advisers.

2. About the Consultant’s role

As detailed below, the UNCAC Coalition seeks a dynamic, self-starting, experienced social entrepreneur, who can manage a portfolio with a broad array of activities that help prepare the way for establishment of Coalition’s main Hub in Vienna as a strong and autonomous base.

The consultant will play a central role in laying the foundations for the Coalition’s presence in Vienna, Austria (which is the location of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN body tasked with overseeing the UNCAC). Assignments for the duration of this initial contract will include the following work to be carried out in consultation with the CCC and the secretariat.

The consultant will drive the Coalition’s organizational and advocacy work in consultation with the Coalition Coordination Committee and Secretariat. The work will consist of the following, as well as related tasks as needed:

  • Draft a short “vision” paper, outlining the characteristics and needs of the Coalition Hub, to guide the hub’s development
  • Draft an 18-month implementation plan for the Coalition’s strategy for the period June 2018 – December 2019, including plans for one or more advocacy initiatives
  • Draft a monitoring and evaluation plan for the period June 2018 to December 2019
Communications and outreach
  • Support Coalition external and internal communications
  • Prepare a proposal for improving the Coalition’s communications work, including its website and social media outlets and once agreed start implementation
  • Set up and attend several meetings with country missions and UNODC
  • Liaise with Vienna-based international networks
  • Coordinating Coalition advocacy at international meetings (depending on upcoming events)
Monitoring and advocacy
  • Prepare and disseminate advocacy materials
  • Provide support to members engaged in monitoring and advocacy
Finance and administration
  • Prepare budgets for 2018 and 2019, implement an expenditure tracking system and assist with other work related to the Coalition’s financial management
  • Undertake and coordinate appropriate daily bookkeeping and financial management tasks
  • Identify fundraising opportunities, prepare (at least) three fundraising proposals and follow up on successful funding applications
  • The contract can entail the possibility of additional compensation on the basis of success fees
Governance and Organisational Development
  • Prepare a proposal for updating Coalition governance processes and prepare relevant draft documents, conduct consultations
  • Support the hiring process of a Hub Coordinator and a small support staff for the Hub – depending on availability of resources
  • Provide support to Coalition Working Groups as appropriate
  • Prepare and convene monthly CCC calls and an in-person CCC meeting
  • Prepare and organise a virtual meeting of the UNCAC Coalition General Assembly

3. About the role

The consultant is expected to work creatively and cooperatively to help prepare the start up of the Coalition Hub in Vienna. The work requires also a self-motivated individual with a high sense of commitment and responsibility and integrity, who enjoys the rewards and challenges of helping to build an organisation. The consultant should be a self-starter with an ability to work independently and in an organised manner.

The consultant will work directly with the current Coalition Secretariat and its leadership, other current consultants, and the membership. It is essential that the consultant be already based in and be able to work from Vienna. S/he will check in on a regular basis with the Coalition Secretariat and leadership, who are based elsewhere. Some international travel should be expected.

The contract could be extended and expanded, depending on available funds and subject to the fulfilment of the deliverables.

4. Qualifications

  • Five years’ experience managing projects, preferably in the not-for profit sector and ideally with self-starting initiatives
  • Degree in law, international relations, human rights, political science, public administration or a similar and relevant field
  • Experience in fundraising and grant management


  • a strong understanding of the UN system and the UN Convention against Corruption, and a willingness to learn more
  • an understanding of transparency and anti-corruption mechanisms, and a willingness to learn more
  • Detail-oriented and with strong writing, analytical and organisational skills
  • Strong command of spoken and written English and German

The consultant must hold a valid work permit.

5. Application Process

Those interested should send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required, with the subject line “UNCAC Coalition Hub – Consultant” including:

  1. Resume/CV in English
  2. Cover letter in English, indicating your interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as your proposed daily rate. The letter should include a 200-character sentence at the end on why we should select you under the headline “WHY ME”
  3. The names and contact information of three references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The closing date for applications is 26 March 2018. The selection process will include phone and in-person interviews as well as a written assignment. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

On remuneration: the consultant will be paid on the basis of a lump-sum fixed-rate fee, payable in tranches according to deliverables set in the contract.