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Project Officer – TI Defence and Security


  • Salary £24-30K dependent on experience
  • Grade 2
  • 25 days holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Location: 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 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 is an open and collaborative team offering excellent team spirit in an environment in which everybody contributes. Further details of our work can be found at http://ti-defence.org/.



We are seeking a project officer to work on a range of work across in the defence and security programme to support research and advocacy activities of the Conflict and Insecurity team. This will mean working in support of projects in Nigeria, Tunisia, Ukraine and Mali, conducting high quality research on how corruption leads to conflict, and assisting with project management tasks such as reporting, writing and monitoring and evaluation.

This is an exciting opportunity to have real impact. You will work as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector. 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 have responsibility for the delivery of specific project tasks. This is likely to include working with overseas staff on research projects, conducting research independently, drafting communications materials like press releases and articles, contributing to monitoring and evaluation, and developing training material. It will also include coordinating project activities such as events and workshops, and some administrative work. We expect the candidate to contribute both practically and intellectually to the successful delivery of high-quality research and advocacy with a focus on generating real impact.






  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, international relations, or political science;
  • First rate research skills and familiarity with a range of research methodologies;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake and complete research projects;
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills, particularly in ensuring research is accessible to diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated project planning skills;
  • Attention to detail and a desire to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Excellent social and relationship building skills;
  • Excellent team working skills and a record of making a positive contribution to collective outcomes.


Desirable (but not essential)

  • French language skills are a strong advantage
  • Knowledge of the defence and security sector.
  • Masters in a relevant field such as security studies, international relations, or political science
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • An understanding of (anti-)corruption, governance or related subject areas;
  • Work experience in a professional environment in research, policy, analytics or similar fields;
  • Experience working on complex research projects end-to-end;
  • Understanding of institutional donors and reporting requirements


Person Specification:

  • A ‘self-starter’, able to quickly assimilate new information and to manage their own workload and tasks;
  • 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.




  • The deadline for applications has now passed.
  • Applicants should send the following two items, preferably in pdf format:
    • 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

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.


Only applications with both of the requested components will be considered.

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 April 15. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application.

Transparency International is an equal opportunity employer.

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