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Operations Manager – Defence and Security Programme

  • Role reports to the Deputy Director of Transparency International – Defence & Security
  • Salary £32-38K dependent on experience
  • Grade 3
  • Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)
  • 25 days holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Location: ideally London, UK (Borough, SE1)


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 some of the world’s most significant security challenges. TI Defence & 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. 

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/.



We are looking for a permanent project manager to ensure the day to day management of an increasingly complex operation runs smoothly. The Defence & Security team is growing, including by establishing a permanent present embedded in other TI chapters in multiple locations. We will shortly have staff based in London, Washington, Brussels, Lebanon, Abuja and Kiev, who are working across multiple projects often managed by members of the team in a different location. At the same our donor base is both expanding but reporting requirements are becoming more stringent.

The candidate will help to establish effective systems and working practices across a networked team, including ensuring the programme staff have effective monitoring and evaluation systems in place. The candidate be the lead interface with the multiple finance teams across the TI network that the programme relies on, and will lead on both grant management and play a significant role in project and programme design when new funding opportunities are identified.

This is an exciting opportunity to make real impact. You will work as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector and the arms trade. You will blend an international perspective, an ability to deal with complex problems and solid project implementation experience. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently, and with an interest in building the capability of staff in TI chapters.



The role will be involve establishing effective management process across the team to ensure common management expectations and efficient working practices, as well as trouble shooting in programme implementation. You will ensure the smooth reporting to donors and ensure that all programme spending is well accounted for and tied to outcomes, including facilitating monitoring, evaluation and learning across the programme.

You will make a substantial contribution and often be in the lead in designing effective programmes and projects in collaboration with staff from across the team, though others will be primarily responsible for identifying new fundraising leads. You will also lead on ensuring programme risks are identified and appropriately managed. You will take pride in ensuring DSP has a strong sense of team spirit, and play an important role in developing staff and partner capacity on all aspect of project development and implementation.




  • Excellent people skills; including the ability to work effectively in large teams and across countries/cultures;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in programme management, ideally in field and head offices roles;
  • Experience or knowledge in SSR or peacebuilding projects, and/or knowledge of anti-corruption programming;
  • Experience in supporting or leading fundraising activity – particularly elements related to budgeting and/or programme design;
  • Educated to degree-level;
  • Experience implementing or managing M&E systems, across multiple regions/countries of implementation
  • Experience developing staff capacity and/or staff management experience
  • Strong finance/numerical skills with experience managing projects and programme budgets.

Desirable (but not essential)

  • Experience working to/reporting to IATI standards would be a significant advantage.
  • Experience working in a multi country environment would be very useful, ideally in a head office with multiple field offices;
  • Languages (such as Arabic, Russian, French would be useful, but by no means 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 in applying solutions, and working with a geographically dispersed team;
  • A highly organised individual, able to effectively carry out project 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 willingness to undertake travel.



  • The deadline for applications is midnight on 24 September 2017. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:
    • 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 might be an additional task on the day of the interview for short-listed candidates


The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index is a core part of TI DS’s work. The Africa regional programme manager has been tasked with recruiting researchers and peer reviewers to complete full GI assessments for 20 countries. Pull together a no more than one page outline of issues and risks you might bring to the attention of the TI DS management team before this goes ahead and any recommendations you might have to manage these.

The current iteration of the GI can be found here: http://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.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will commence in late September/early October. 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 29 September 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. Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.


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