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Project Officer – Industry Integrity (DS)


  • Role reports to Project Manager – Defence & Security
  • Salary £24,648 – £32,000 dependent on experience
  • Grade 2
  • 12 months fixed term contract, with potential for extension, full time (35 hours per week)
  • 25 days holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Location: London, UK



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 & 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.

The Industry Integrity Team is responsible for addressing corruption within the global arms trade, defence industry and military procurement. The Industry Integrity Team is seeking to address some of the most challenging corruption threats which plague the defence industry; including how to foster a genuine ‘culture’ of anti-corruption within companies and how to control undue influence of the defence industry on policy and decision making. The team have delivered a number of projects in the past including the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (2012, 2015). Other aspects of the team’s work include government engagement, procurement and legal reform and enhancing pressure on corrupt actors. Further details of our work can be found at http://ti-defence.org/.


The role will provide concrete support to several research and advocacy projects within the Industry Integrity team. One of the projects is the delivery of the third instalment of the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (DCI), which requires extensive and strategic liaison with industry and other stakeholders, as well as high quality data collection and analysis.

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 ability. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently.


The ideal candidate will support the management of key projects, taking responsibility and ownership for the execution of specific project tasks. Initial work will focus primarily on undertaking the assessment and advocacy stages of the DCI, which will include coordination of a team of researchers, review and quality assurance of assessments, liaison with stakeholders, consolidation of research inputs and primary analysis. You will draft research reports and other communication materials. We expect the candidate to contribute both practically and intellectually to the successful delivery of high-end research and advocacy with a focus on effecting change.



  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, political science, or governance; or of business studies with an interest in defence and corruption
  • First rate research skills and familiarity with a range of social and qualitative research methodologies;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake and complete a project;
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills, particularly in making research accessible to diverse audiences;
  • Attention to detail and desire to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Excellent social and relationship building skills;
  • Experience working in teams and making a positive contribution to collective outcomes.

Desirable (but not essential)

  • Knowledge of defence issues, defence industry in particular, would be a significant advantage;
  • An understanding of (anti-)corruption, governance or related subject areas;
  • An understanding of corporate governance;
  • Work experience in a professional environment in research, policy, analytics or similar fields;
  • Experience working on complex research projects end-to-end;
  • Languages would be useful, but by no means essential.
  • Availability on short notice is preferable.

Person Specification:

  • A self-starter with demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and multi-task;
  • Capable of demonstrating creativity in applying solutions;
  • An organised individual, able to effectively contribute to project 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.

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 3rd February 2019. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:

  • A covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements for the role and why you are applying (1 page max);
  • CV with details of relevant experience (2 pages max);
  • The completed task (see below).


Please write a brief job description to recruit short-term researchers to conduct the company assessments for the upcoming edition of the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index. Include also suggestions where you would advertise this job ad. Task is 2 pages max. More information on the previous index can be found here http://companies.defenceindex.org/, with updated information for the upcoming index here: http://ti-defence.org/dci/

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be on the weeks commencing 11th & 18th February 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. Short-listed applicants will be notified by 8 February 2019. 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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