• Full time:                     35 hrs per week
  • Contract Type:          Permanent
  • Salary:                           £40,000  - £42,055
  • Location:                      Central London office, with opportunity for blended working.
  • Closing date:               May 2, 2022



About us

Transparency International (TI) is the world’s leading independent anti-corruption organisation. We work globally towards ensuring a world where people’s lives, government, business and society are free from corruption. A world where, the health of our institutions is enhanced so they can better support the people they are intended for; a world where we can trust the integrity of those in authority and in business, and a world where there is no impunity for the corrupt.

Transparency International – Defence & Security (TI-DS) is one of TI’s global programmes and is committed to tackling corruption in the global defence and security sector. Located in London, as part of Transparency International’s UK chapter, our programme works with defence institutions, governments, defence industry, civil society and international organisations worldwide to strengthen transparency, accountability and oversight systems in a historically opaque and secretive sector. We contribute to broad-based coalitions and collective action working with reform-minded actors to bring about change.


Our strategic objectives are:

  1. To mitigate corruption risks in the defence and security sector
  2. To reduce the role of corruption that impacts the defence and security sector as a factor contributing to conflict, insecurity and crises
  3. To improve the integrity of private sector defence and security actors
  4. To mitigate critical corruption risk factors in arms control regimes


TI-DS is launching a new programme of work from 2021-2023 funded by the Netherlands MFA, Protecting human security by tackling the cycle of corruption, instability and conflict. The key objectives of this work include integrating anti-corruption norms and practices into peacebuilding, and, as relevant, development and human rights; strengthening civic space in security sector anti-corruption and oversight; and, supporting the integration of gender-sensitivity at the nexus of conflict, defence and security, and corruption. TI-DS will lead work at the global and regional levels and, at the national level, will support national civil society in its efforts to bring about change. Beyond this programme of work, TI-DS will seek to diversify its funding base, by identifying new opportunities and establishing relationships with institutional and private donors.


About the role

As Operations Manager- Programmes you will be responsible for providing operational delivery, co-ordination and effective planning for a range of international projects across the Defence and Security programme. At times provide similar support to other international programmes.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate with the Project Manager the delivery of all international funded bodies of work. Ensuring that delivery standards are met and consistent approaches to due diligence, safeguarding, security, project planning and reporting are in place throughout the funding cycle..
  • Standardise approaches of chapter engagement, project planning processes, capacity development frameworks across the Defence and Security programme initially but then sharing this more broadly across the international programmes.
  • Co-ordinate the provision of expertise and programmatic content to enable effective input to funding proposals being developed by the fundraising team. Track the progress of the negotiation of contracts, grants and partnerships to ensure  resources are in place including recruitment of employees, consultants etc as required.
  • Act as a Safety & Security Focal Point for the team – ensuring security risk management and planning pre-travel, security management during trips, participating in crisis management and post event follow-up in the event of a security incident.
  • Support the development and maintenance of knowledge management platforms
  • Support the development of annual plans; board reporting and inputs; budgeting and final reporting, HR processes etc, ensuring that TI-UK organisational processes and requirements of the TI movement including the TI Secretariat are effectively implemented.
  • As needed, participate in Management Team meetings ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of management decisions.
  • Provide operational background and guidance to key stakeholders including funders, partners, the TI movement including TI chapters and the TI Secretariat.
  • Work flexibly and undertake other tasks and activities as required to contributing to the effective functioning of the international programmes.



Person Specification

To be successful in this role you will have:


  • Education to degree level or equivalent.
  • Track record of effective project management including managing a portfolio of multi-country grants.
  • Willingness to undertake routine and support function tasks as required and as a member of a small team.
  • Significant experience working in culturally and politically diverse contexts and of managing relationships remotely.
  • Experience of working effectively in a team; excellent interpersonal skills including able to maintain effective professional relationships whilst working remotely.
  • Demonstrable experience in ensuring the delivery of complex research projects.
  • Effective matrix working. 
  • Knowledge of the security issues/risks encountered whilst working internationally.
  • A willingness to openly and constructively challenge oneself and others to improve and develop knowledge.
  • Fluency in English, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A commitment to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice and Democracy.



  • Anti-corruption or other relevant related area, for example, Governance, International Development, International Relations, Health.
  • Experience in developing funding proposals.


In exchange we will offer you:

  • A competitive salary
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Up to 5% contributory pension
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced sickness and family friendly policies
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A flexible and friendly working environment, with the opportunity for blended working


To apply:

Applicants should send the following two items (preferably in pdf format) with your name and the role in the subject line to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, why you are applying and where you saw the job advertised (1 page max)
  • CV (2 pages max) with details of relevant experience


TI-UK is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing colleagues that at all grades reflects the diverse communities we live and work in. Our core values include respect, trust and fairness and our desire is to create a working environment where diversity is celebrated and respected, everyone is valued whatever their background. To help us do this we ask that you complete our Diversity Monitoring Form with your application: https://zfrmz.eu/UYiB0LA5nqfjlonHwWhV

Closing date: Monday 2nd May 2022


All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.


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. If you do not hear from us by the interview date, you should assume that you have not been shortlisted. Only applications with both of the requested components will be considered.


Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.