Monday, June 20, 2011

Media job at Task Force on Financial Integrity

GuardianJobs is carrying the following advertisement:


The Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development is looking for an experienced journalist in a fast-paced, exciting field which is now attracting major international media attention worldwide. The Task Force is a consortium of governments and research and advocacy organisations seeking greater transparency in the global financial system.

The journalist will be expected to work closely with experts who are working to promote financial transparency and accountability for the benefit of developing countries.

The journalist will consult with experts to prepare materials, and will connect journalists with experts. This position will be on a consultancy basis, based in the UK, ideally in London or with easy access to London

A counterpart journalist will be based in Washington DC, and close liaison will be important. The post holder will be supported by a supervisory group.

This initiative is supported by the Tax Justice Network and the Consultant will work closely with the director of its International Secretariat and other team members, as well as other members of Task Force member organisations.

Main responsibilities

Turn Task Force materials into lively, readable copy for journalists and for public audiences
Write and place timely op-eds and blogs relating to current news items
Identify and cultivate media contacts on Task Force issues
Inform journalists about illicit financial flows, bank secrecy, tax evasion and corruption, and help them with story ideas
Coordinate closely with task force members

Knowledge required

Excellent general knowledge of target media markets
Significant contacts in print, broadcast and online media
Working knowledge of new media
Some familiarity with (and high enthusiasm to learn about) illicit financial flows, tax evasion, corruption, bank secrecy and related issues

Skills/ Personal Qualities

Strong news sense
Ability to write clear and accurate copy to deadline
Ability to respond and work well under pressure and to prioritise workload and to multi-task
Proven team player with a ‘can-do’ approach
Strong networking and interpersonal skills
Ability to work without close supervision and take the initiative

Other requirements

Extensive experience working as a journalist
Experience of pitching stories to journalists and editors across a range of media
Fluency in English is essential; French, German, Portuguese and/or Spanish would be a plus

If interested, please email a cover letter, résumé and list of published work. Applications should be submitted by 1 July, 2011 to liz(at)


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