Researcher role description

Position Description 21st August 2020

Job Title: Researcher

Commencement Date: ASAP

Hours : We are seeking to fill a full time position (35 hours per week) but we are open to part-time applications for the right candidates.

Contract Term: Six months (with potential longer term extension, subject to funding)

Location: Flexible/Home-based

Context: The Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR) is increasing its capacity to support partners to campaign for more financial transparency and accountability in the long-term care sector and for more effective taxation of global technology companies. To support the delivery of this work CICTAR is seeking to recruit a researcher to work under the supervision of CICTAR’s Principal Analyst. CICTAR is a small organization, with significant potential to increase our impact, and we are responding to a rapidly changing economic and political  environment. The role reflects this, requiring someone willing and able to work flexibly and respond quickly to change.

Overall responsibilities:

The Researcher will be responsible for delivery of specified pieces of work within a clearly defined timeframe. The work will include (but is not limited to):

  • Carrying out targeted research and analysis to support public campaigning for corporate tax reform and increased financing for quality public services;
  • Developing briefing papers and case studies on aggressive corporate tax avoidance;
  • Conducting analysis of existing national corporate tax policies;
  • Modelling of revenues from proposed reforms at national level in selected countries and from selected companies

In addition to these tasks the researcher may also, on occasions, be expected to:

  • Contribute to internal decision making and strategic development of CICTAR
  • Contribute to development of funding proposals
  • Represent CICTAR to external audiences
  • Support capacity building of CICTAR partners
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Principal Analyst


  • Evidence of strong analytical skills, ability to access, read and understand company accounts and other sources of relevant information
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate and present complex information clearly and accurately for non-specialist audiences
  • Awareness of global tax law including tax treaties, transfer pricing and other relevant concepts in national and international tax
  • Commitment to social justice, public services, gender equity and solidarity
  • Ability to Working autonomously and within a team
  • Ability to write and speak fluently in English is essential
  • Ability to learn quickly and the flexibly to adapt to new areas of work and to take on new priorities at short notice


  • Understanding and experience of broader economic justice issues
  • Demonstrated organisational management skills;
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Ability to write and speak fluently in Spanish and French highly valued


A relevant first degree

Proven ability to locate and critically analyse corporate financial information and a basic understanding of corporate taxation.


  • At least 1 year of experience in investigative corporate research and 2 years of experience in social justice campaigning or public interest journalism.
  • Experience of social justice campaigning or public interest journalism, specifically of setting campaign objectives and strategy and producing research suited to achieving them

Supervision: The work will be supervised by the Principal Analyst of CICTAR but the position will report to the Global Coordinator or Principal Analyst, dependent on location.

Salary and conditions: Competitive salary o depending on experience and location. Other benefits dependent on local context.