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Programme Intern (TI-DS)

  • Reports to the Director, Transparency International – Defence & Security
  • Salary £19,201 per annum (pro rata)
  • Grade 1
  • 6-month fixed term contract (35 hours per week)
  • Preferred start-date 1 June 2019
  • 25 days annual leave per year (in addition to public holidays) (pro rata)
  • Location: London, UK, EC4R



Corruption undermines government legitimacy, weakens the business climate, stalls economic and human development, and increases fragility and instability. The defence and security sector is fertile ground for corruption as it often accounts for large portions of national budgets, is highly technical, and has only a relatively small number of providers bidding for large contracts. It is therefore often highly politically volatile, and relies on data that is rarely open for public scrutiny and oversight.

Transparency International’s Defence and Security (TI-DS) is a global programme within the Transparency International movement working internationally to promote anti-corruption mechanisms and practices in the defence and security sectors. The vision of TI-DS is a world with open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens. The defence industry supporting these institutions should provide capability based on clear national defence strategies in a fair and open market. They should be held to account through effective and independent oversight mechanisms rooted in functioning civil societies and efficient government procurement. We believe that peace and stability will only be secured when people are able to realise their ambitions under accountable institutions, and when citizens’ interests drive national policies and the decisions of their leaders.



The successful candidate will report to the TI-DS Director and will be involved in the breadth of TI-DS’s administrative, operational, research, advocacy and programmatic work. S/he will gain experience of a range of skills from supporting the administration, human resource management and operations of TI-DS, to conducting short-term research tasks, supporting advocacy initiatives and country or thematic projects.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities for example in communications, advocacy, networking and writing style. S/he will also benefit from working with a highly dynamic, motivated and diverse team who have a wide range of professional experience which includes diplomacy, civil society, law enforcement and the military.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the work of a leading INGO and to gain experience of working in the governance, security and defence sector.



This is a broad role and work will be varied dependent on the week-to-week requirements of the team. Fundamentally it will be a supporting role to the smooth running of TI-DS and the programme’s activities. You will have a strong interest in or desire to learn about anti-corruption, an excellent academic background, be enthusiastic and willing to take on a range of activities to support TI-DS achieve its priorities. You will also work closely with the TI-DS management team providing essential administrative and operational support them on a day-to-day basis including:

  • Organising and minuting weekly management and quarterly committee meetings;
  • Updating and ensuring the smooth running of operational processes;
  • Processing invoices, overseeing financial processes and contributing to donor reporting;
  • Supporting human resource management and consultant contracting;
  • Assisting in the logistical arrangements for internal and external events;
  • Helping to ensure effective information management; and,
  • Room booking and diary management.

There will also be opportunities to contribute to the programme’s research into corruption involving basic research tasks, copy editing and proof reading of reports and publications. Whilst a level of self-reliance and initiative will be expected, you will also be guided and supported throughout by experienced staff from a friendly and experienced team.




  • a university under-graduate degree;
  • an interest in the field of anti-corruption and defence and security;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and able to work effectively as part of an internationally dispersed and diverse team;
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • well organised and able to pay attention to detail;
  • self-motivated and able to prioritise and effectively handle multiple tasks and to meet deadlines within programme priorities and with minimal supervision;
  • able to assimilate new information quickly and present it in a clear and accessible format;
  • flexible and capable of demonstrating creativity in applying solutions;
  • 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.


  • knowledge of, or an academic background in a relevant area, for example, defence, security or anti-corruption, international development, international relations;
  • experience of working in low-income countries;
  • experience of working with a non-governmental organisation;
  • experience of undertaking research.



  • Applicants should send the following three documents saved in one PDF file:
    • a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and why you are applying (1-page max);
    • a CV (2-pages max), with details of relevant experience; and,
    • the completed task (see below for instructions).
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 14 May 2019.
  • Likely interview dates 23 and 24 May 2019
  • 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. Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.



The Director of TI-DS, Steve Francis, has asked you to draft a letter to the South Korean Minister of Defence. The purpose of the letter is to secure a meeting with the ministry to discuss the work of the TI Defence and Security with the ultimate goal of expanding the programme’s work in South Korea. This letter should be presented as a final draft from the Director and should not exceed 500 words.


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