Call for expressions of interest: Business Integrity research, Transparency International UK


General Information


Title of consultancy: Impact investing and anti-corruption

Description: Consultant researcher to conduct desk research and interviews to develop a report on the relationship between impact investing and anti-corruption.

Application closing date: Expressions of interest to be received by Monday 2nd of August.

Approximate consultancy start and end date: from August 2021, potentially to March 2022

Location of consultancy: Remote, occasional access to London for meetings preferable




Transparency International UK (TI-UK, is the country’s leading anti-corruption non-governmental organisation and is part of a global coalition sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free from corruption. The Business Integrity team is well-established and a “centre of excellence” within the Transparency International global movement.




We are embarking on a strategically significant business integrity research project with a major development finance institution. This study seeks to achieve a better understanding of the relationship between strong anti-corruption approaches and successful impact investing.

Specifically, the project will investigate four key areas:

  1. The link between strong anti-corruption approaches and positive impact investing outcomes.
  2. The obstacles to integrating business integrity risk management with impact investment approaches.
  3. The links between anti-corruption and other ESG risks and opportunities.
  4. Emerging best practice on integrating anti-corruption risk management into impact investing.

Impact investment is a type of financing which seeks to generate measurable social and environmental change as well as financial returns. Currently, the market is estimated to be around USD$715 billion.[1]

Anti-corruption approaches within business includes policies, procedures and cultural norms that seek to reduce the risk of activity like bribery and abuse of conflicts of interest and promote integrity.

This project has the potential to integrate anti-corruption efforts into the heart of future impact investing, and support efforts to promote ethical behaviour within a major emerging market.




The consultant researcher will be responsible for leading this research, working with our Business Integrity team to undertake:

  • desk-based research of the available literature
  • interviews with senior experts in the field of investing
  • analysis of the available data and evidence
  • report writing

We anticipate this role could be performed part-time alongside other members of our team and invite proposals so as to facilitate a flexible approach, which could complement other research, teaching, or personal commitments. We are preparing to commence the research phase in August 2021 and plan for it to be completed for a one final report to be delivered by March 2022.


Selection Criteria


It is essential the researcher has extensive experience in:

  • designing and undertaking qualitative research (interviews) and analysis
  • desk-based research
  • report writing for professional audiences

and some familiarity with:

  • corporate risk-management and/or corporate anti-corruption compliance
  • impact investing, sustainable investing, responsible investing, and/or ESG investing

It is also desirable that they have:

  • awareness of wider policy debates and trends that relate to the project
  • first-hand perspectives of business culture and practices in Africa or south Asia

Submitting your expression of interest

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please write expressing your interest through a letter of motivation no longer than two pages of A4 to and include:

  • your CV/the CVs of your consultants with examples of relevant work completed
  • two referees – ideally from organisations you have recently worked with
  • the applicable daily rate to be charged, and an indication of the anticipated necessary commitment to the project in days to be worked
  • any constraints on your availability during the duration of the project


Remuneration, terms, and conditions


The consultant should at all times present their applicable daily rate in GBP sterling as gross, inclusive of taxes and other charges.

All presentations, documents and reports should be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with agreed deadlines. TI-UK retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination, and publication of deliverables.

For further information please contact:
Rocio Paniagua, Head of Business Integrity (