Global Integrity Report: 2010 Call for Experts

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Is it that time of year again already? Apparently so. We’re looking for interested journalists, researchers, attorneys, civil society experts, and anyone with a background working on governance and corruption issues to collaborate with us on the Global Integrity Report: 2010. Interested experts should apply online by June 1, 2010. Full details after the break.

2010 Call for Experts

Global Integrity, an award-winning international non-profit organization dedicated to tracking governance and corruption trends around the world, is seeking interested journalists, researchers, social scientists, and other experts with a background in governance and corruption issues to prepare the Global Integrity Report: 2010.

The Global Integrity Report is a compilation of in-depth country assessments prepared by local experts that combines qualitative journalistic reporting with quantitative data gathering to produce a powerful “snapshot” of the strengths and weaknesses of national anti-corruption mechanisms. The Report is widely used by development experts and aid donors; reform-minded governments; private sector investors; and grassroots journalists and advocates to prioritize governance challenges and promote anti-corruption reform efforts.

In February 2010, Global Integrity released its Global Integrity Report: 2009, covering more than 35 diverse countries around the world. Final country selection for the Global Integrity Report: 2010 has not yet been determined and is influenced in part by the interest expressed by qualified country experts, all of whom are compensated for their efforts. We invite any expert from any country to express their interest in collaborating with us.

To learn more about collaborating with us on the Global Integrity Report: 2010, please see the Fact Sheet below. Interested candidates, including those colleagues who have worked with us before, should apply online no later than June 1, 2010 by visiting

Additional information about Global Integrity is available on our website:

Global Integrity Report: 2010 – Call for Experts Fact Sheet

Who We Are: Global Integrity is an international, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to tracking governance and corruption trends around the world. We work with local in-country experts to combine journalistic reporting with in-depth data gathering to produce actionable analysis that arms decision makers – including donors, government officials, investors, journalists, and grassroots advocates – with evidence-based strategies for promoting anti-corruption reform. Our work is unique in that it relies on the contributions of local in-country experts and seeks to assess the opposite of corruption (i.e., good governance and anti-corruption mechanisms) rather than corruption itself.

What We Do: Our flagship publication is the Global Integrity Report, which is comprised of individual country assessments exploring the existence and effectiveness of national anti-corruption mechanisms. The two primary components of each country assessment are the Integrity Indicators scorecard and the Reporter’s Notebook. In each country that we cover, we hire a lead researcher to carry out investigative research (through interviews and document research) to score our more than 300 Integrity Indicators. The Indicators assess the laws, institutions, and mechanisms designed to curb or deter abuses of power in a country; the degree to which those mechanisms are implemented in practice; and the extent to which citizens have access to those anti-corruption mechanisms. In parallel, we hire a lead reporter in the same country to prepare a short (approximately 1,250-word) qualitative “Reporter’s Notebook” that highlights, in narrative form, the current climate of corruption in the country – how corruption looks, tastes, feels and smells to the average citizen. Finally, we hire 3-5 peer reviewers (both in-country and out-of-country experts) who blindly review both the Reporter’s Notebooks and the Integrity Indicators to contribute additional information, comments, and criticisms of both products – the peer review comments are published as an integral component of the final country report. You can find examples of our country reports as well as a detailed description of our methodology on the Report’s website:

Who We Are Looking For: We are seeking qualified and motivated experts to work with Global Integrity as we go into the field in 2010. We are inviting interested journalists, researchers, social scientists, and academic experts from any country with expertise in governance and corruption issues to apply online at no later than June 1, 2010.

A qualified Lead Journalist will fit the following profile:

An experienced journalist with a background covering politics and economics and currently working in the country of study. Having reported for international publications is a plus. Lead journalists should have a working knowledge of corruption issues in the country and should be able to write and communicate in English. Please include relevant clips as part of your application. Accuracy, professionalism, objectivity, and independence are critical qualifications. All applicants should be familiar with the AP Stylebook.

A qualified Lead Researcher will fit the following profile:

A proven researcher with experience conducting original fieldwork projects of similar or larger scale to the scoring the Integrity Indicators. While we prefer our lead researchers to have direct experience studying corruption, we often hire experts with background in the broader democracy, rule of law, governance, and human rights fields. Lead researchers must be working in the country of study and be independent of government (having not served in a government position for at least 3 years) with at least 5 years relevant professional experience. A strong command of English is essential.

A qualified Peer Reviewer will fit the following profile:

A country-specific expert located either within the country of study or abroad. Successful peer reviewers can come from a variety of backgrounds (journalism, academia, NGOs, private sector) but must have a working understanding of corruption issues in the country of study. Peer reviewers must have at least 3-5 years of related professional experience and working English.

Timing: We anticipate lead researchers and journalists beginning their fieldwork in late-June 2010, with initial submissions due to Global Integrity in late-August 2010. Peer reviewers will receive the draft reporting and data for their review beginning in September 2010. Our goal is to release the Global Integrity Report: 2010 in February 2011.

Country Selection: The Global Integrity Report: 2009 was the first in a series of more standardized Global Integrity Reports with regard to country coverage. We have identified a core set of 70 countries to be covered on a biennial basis beginning in 2009. Half of the countries on our list of 70 were included in the Global Integrity Report: 2009 while the other half will be covered in 2010. These groups of 35 countries will continue to be covered every other year, while additional countries of interest and importance will be added to the “core” group on an ad hoc basis. The core 2010 countries are:

East Timor
South Africa
West Bank and Gaza

If you do not see your country of expertise on the list, we still encourage you to complete the online application, as your country may ultimately be added to this list or included in future rounds of the Global Integrity Report. We welcome applications from all experts in all countries.

Compensation: We compensate all of our experts for their efforts. Global Integrity generally contracts with individuals, not institutions, and final payment schedules and deadlines are agreed upon in a contract before work commences. We typically pay our lead reporters approximately US$1,500 for preparing the Reporter’s Notebooks, our lead researchers approximately US$2,250 for scoring the Integrity Indicators, and our peer reviewers US$300 for each country assessment they review (some review more than one country assessment and are compensated additionally).

Apply online:

— Nathaniel Heller and Global Integrity


Nathaniel Heller

Nathaniel is a founder of Global Integrity and previously served as Executive Director

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