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Research & Policy Officer

Application Closing Date - 07 Dec 2017

Job Start Date - As soon as possible

Duration -

Location - Washington, D.C.

Transparency International – Defence and Security


TI Defence and Security is working towards a world in which governments, the armed forces, and arms transfers are transparent, accountable, and free from corruption. We seek reforms towards open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens. We believe the defence industry supporting these institutions should provide capability based on clear national defence strategies in a fair and open market, and be held to account through effective and independent oversight mechanisms rooted in functioning civil societies and efficient government procurement. Our team is open and collaborative, and we offer excellent team spirit and an environment in which everybody contributes. Further details of our work can be found at http://ti-defence.org/.

This role will form part of the Defence and Security Programme’s ‘Industry Integrity Team’ which is responsible for addressing corruption within the global arms trade, defence industry and military procurement. The Industry Integrity Team is seeking to address some of the most challenging corruption threats which plague the sector and conduct research into anti-corruption measures and emerging threats; conduct advocacy with the industry and governments, seek procurement and legal reform and work to achieve a more hostile environment for corrupt actors.

About the role

The Industry Integrity Team is looking for a Research and Policy Officer to project manage and undertake defence industry research. The role will include the delivery of a key project analysing and addressing defence industry influence on US foreign policy in the Middle East. The right individual will have significant autonomy over the direction and management of the study, drawing on a demonstrated track record of successful research delivery and an in depth understanding of US politics and policy making. The successful candidate will also collaborate and assist on other relevant projects across the programme including research for the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index, and contribute actively towards the establishment of TI-DS in the US.

This is an exciting opportunity to make real impact, working as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector. Our approach promotes and values initiative, development, and intellectual creativity.

Key duties

The role will require the candidate to develop research methodologies for defence industry projects and conduct this research. The ideal candidate will be able to diligently manage research projects including time and budget management. Writing to a high standard and being able to work with others in formulating policy recommendations will be essential.

The successful candidate will work to assist in the development of the methodology for a project examining the influence of the US defence industry on policy making, with a particular focus on the Middle East. The candidate will then carry out the research to completion, working with the wider team to develop policy recommendation and ensure effective advocacy. The candidate will also conduct research on other team projects, particularly the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index.

Other duties will include staying abreast of current and emerging events within the defence industry in terms of corporate compliance, relevant legislation and defence industry developments. Although there is initially no plan for the candidate to have line management responsibilities, they are likely to co-ordinate contracted or part-time researchers who may contribute to projects and quality assure their work.

Experience and knowledge


Desirable (but not essential)

Person Specification

Application process

The deadline for applications is midnight on 6th December 2017. Applicants should send the following two items, in one PDF file:

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

Please include your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place during the weeks commencing the 11th December 2017. Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we are unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications. Short-listed applicants will be notified by Monday 11th December 2017. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application. Please refrain from telephoning.

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