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Deputy Director, Defence & Security

Transparency International – Defence and Security

  • Role reports to Director
  • Salary: £55-70k dependent on experience
  • Full-time permanent
  • 25 days holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Location: London, UK (Borough, SE1)

INTRODUCTION

The failure of many countries to provide security and justice for their people, or to forge stable and predictable relationships with their neighbours, is a root cause of some of the world’s most significant security challenges.  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 toward open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens.

TI DS works across three themes: with developed and emerging powers to create global standards for the governance of military power; on conflict and insecurity – to ensure policy makers recognise the threat corruption poses to peace and to reduce defence corruption in a fragile and conflict affected states; and tackling corruption in the global arms trade.

More information on TI’s work on Defence and Security can be found here.

This role would be based in TI’s London office: Borough, SE1.

ROLE PROFILE

We are looking for a permanent Deputy Director. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic and hands on anti-corruption organisation and drive the expansion of an exciting area of work in TI. The Defence & Security Programme is well established within the TI movement and among leading governments. We enjoy a strong reputation, and the potential to grow in several interesting directions. This year we have plans to expand our team to create an international network of staff housed in other TI chapters. The role would particularly suit someone who combines drive and ambition, with experience of delivering through a diverse team in multiple locations.

KEY DUTIES

The successful applicant will provide operational leadership for TI’s international network of staff working on defence and security. You will ensure that the geographically dispersed team is delivering to its full potential – well managed, well-funded, and well-coordinated.  Depending on your previous experience, you will focus on developing instrumental relationships with governments, industry, the development community, and/or international organisations – formulating new policy positions and acting as a powerful external advocate for TI’s work. You will also oversee TI DS’s most complex project – the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index.  The next iteration of the GI will be released in 2018. You will ensure robust project management is in place and galvanise the whole DSP network in support.

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • Leadership skills or strong leadership potential, with demonstrated experience of taking ownership and responsibility for the successful delivery of complex projects or teams;
  • Extensive relevant work experience in at least one of the following areas: the military, the defence sector, security policy, security sector reform, or governance.
  • Excellent people and communication skills; including the ability to work effectively in international and across different cultures. With a proven ability to engage and advise sensitively and effectively at senior levels where required.
  • Skilled at networking and initiating and building strong working relationships with individuals and organisations outside of TI;
  • An understanding of (anti-)corruption or some relevant experience working in country of environment of high corruption risk.
  • A proven ability to manage and allocate resources in an effective manner.
  • A strong interest in reducing corruption risk in the Defence and Security sector.
  • Excellent command of verbal and written English;
  • Undergraduate degree level qualification or equivalent.

Desirable (but not essential)

  • Experience of external communications, and working with the media.
  • The ability to write with flair in English.
  • Experience in programme or financial management
  • Other languages would be an advantage, but not essential.

Person Specification:

  • A ‘self-starter’, able to quickly assimilate new information and to manage their own workload and tasks within strategic priorities and with minimum supervision;
  • Capable of demonstrating creativity and innovation in applying solutions;
  • Willing to carry out both staff supervision and budget management;
  • A commitment to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice and Democracy
  • No restrictions on right to work in the UK and hold a valid passport.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • The deadline for applications is 23 July 2017. Applicants should send the following three items, preferably in pdf format:
    • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and why you are applying (1 page max)
    • CV (2 pages max), with details of relevant experience
    • The completed task. Please note that there will be an additional task on the day of the interview for short-listed candidates

Task

Please provide a two page plan on how you think the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index might be funded, designed, researched, implemented, communicated and sustained most effectively. The current iteration of the index is available at www.government.defenceindex.org

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.

Only applications with all of the requested components will be considered.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in August. 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 4 August. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application. No phone calls please.

Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.

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