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Defence & Security Programme – Director

Transparency International UK is seeking to appoint a Director for its global Defence & Security Programme. To download a full application pack please see here.

This is an opportunity to play a significant role in a highly-respected and influential organisation with global reach. It offers the possibility to make a substantial difference at a critically important time in world affairs through your leadership, management and service.

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or well-being depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority. Corruption holds back economic development, prevents markets operating fairly for resources-resources-businesses and consumers, and further exploits already marginalised people.

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the UK Chapter of the world’s leading anti-corruption non-governmental organisation, Transparency International. We are a registered charity. The goal of our internationally-renowned Defence & Security Programme is to increase transparency and reduce corruption in the defence and security sector.

The role
The Director of the Defence & Security Programme (DSP) provides the overall strategic and operational leadership for the charity’s largest programme which is established to work in an unusual and complicated sector. The Director is responsible for the implementation of the programme’s strategy and delivery of its objectives in order to achieve real change in the fight against corruption, and is accountable for:

  • leading the Programme’s work with governments, armed forces, defence companies and civil society, including other relevant TI chapters and the TI Secretariat
  • the programmatic, financial and administrative management of the Programme
  • overseeing high-quality research and advocacy
  • the formulation of policy positions
  • managing relations at a senior level with a highly diverse group of national and international stakeholders, requiring significant political sensitivity
  • the effective performance of staff
  • managing and growing the funding base for the Programme.

The DSP Director reports to the Executive Director of TI-UK, but is also accountable to the global TI movement through an annual report to the global TI board.

The Programme
The Programme currently consists of 16 full-time staff, plus 9 part-time senior advisors – such as recently retired Generals and Ambassadors – who are an integral part of the team. Around half of the Programme’s funding is through a grant from a government donor that runs until 31 March 2016. The DSP Director will need to work with current donors, and plan and implement a funding strategy to ensure a sustainable funding base for the Programme.

Based within TI-UK, this Programme operates globally and works across five sectors: i) governments – Defence, Foreign, Aid and other Ministries, Armed Forces, Security Forces and, where relevant, Police; ii) international security policy-making organisations, like NATO, the African Union, the EU External Action Service and the UN; iii) defence companies; iv) think tanks and other defence institutions; and v) civil society. In addition to its work with governments and industry, the Programme works closely with TI’s other National Chapters in over 50 countries and with the TI International Secretariat in Berlin. It requires an understanding of each sector and the relationship between them, and the skills and diplomacy to work with each group of stakeholders.

The role is based at TI-UK’s offices in central London but also involves considerable international travel. More information about TI-UK and the Defence & Security Programme can be found on our websites: www.transparency.org.uk and www.ti-defence.org.

Closing date: 1700 GMT on 2 July 2014

First interviews: 24 & 25 July 2014 – candidates will be asked to deliver a presentation on their proposed strategy for the Programme

Second interviews: Early September 2014 – candidates will be asked to submit in advance a brief paper outlining how they would go about achieving change in the defence and security world if appointed as the DSP Director.

Appointment made: September 2014

TI annual meeting: TI’s annual global meeting of chapters takes place on 18-19 October 2014 followed by the International Anti-Corruption Conference on 21-24 October 2014, in Tunisia. We anticipate that the successful candidate will attend part or all of these events in order to become better acquainted with the TI movement and the global anti-corruption community.

Start date: To be agreed with the successful candidate but anticipated to be in the first few months of 2015. The current Director will be stepping down in May 2015, and we expect there will be an appropriate handover period prior to that date with the new Director.

Terms & Conditions
The terms of the appointment include a competitive salary for the UK charity sector, in the range £70-76,000 p.a. depending on qualifications and experience, pension contribution and 25 days holiday (in addition to public holidays).

How to apply
To apply, please send:

  • your CV, including your academic qualifications and professional experience
  • a covering letter of no more than two pages highlighting how you match the characteristics and responsibilities of the job and why you want it
  • confirmation that you do not need a UK work permit, or that you already have a UK work permit which is valid for at least two years
  • the names and contact details of two referees (who will not be contacted until after interview)

To: dsp.director@transparency.org.uk
deadline 1700 GMT on Wednesday 2 July 2014

Limited travel expenses may be reimbursed for candidates travelling to interview from overseas. 


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