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Researchers and Peer Reviewers: Government Defence Index on Anti-Corruption (GI)

Transparency International (TI) is the world’s leading non-governmental, global, anti-corruption civil society organisation, with over 90 politically non-partisan chapters. TI Defence & Security (TI-DS) works with governments, defence companies, multilateral organisations and civil society to understand corruption in defence, and to build anti-corruption capacity and integrity in defence establishments across the world.

The Government Defence Index on Anti-Corruption (GI) is the first global analysis of corruption risks in defence establishments. The GI assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. Its two iterations published in 2013 and in 2015 generated a high degree of press and media attention, and have been used by governments to improve their anti-corruption practices in the defence sector.

TI Defence & Security is looking for:

  • Researchers [country assessors] to conduct country assessments of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela


  • Peer reviewers of these assessments.

The core of the index methodology consists of a lead country assessor scoring and providing detailed answers to 77 questions spanning a range of corruption risks relevant to the defence and security sector. The research requires the assessors to engage in a qualitative research process, with primary data collection through interviews and secondary data collection through desk research.

Country Assessors: Primary research will be conducted in the first 3 months, with the final 3 months reserved for the review period and revisions to the assessment. Assessors can vary their work schedule as long as they adhere to the deliverables timeline.

Peer Reviewers: Peer reviewers must be available to conduct the review during an 8-week period, once the Assessor has delivered the work.

Remuneration will be agreed on appointment, dependent upon experience.


  • MA degree in political science, international relations, peace and security studies, or substantive relevant professional experience.
  • Subject knowledge of the political system, actors and defence and security sectors of the country in question.
  • Not affiliated to any government institutions for at least the last 2 years.
  • Fluency in national language is required.
  • Excellent command of written English, unless otherwise discussed.


Application Closing Date: 31 May 2019 (applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Job Start Date: April 2019 for country assessors; July 2019 for peer reviewers

Duration: 6 months for assessors / 2 months for reviewers, variable time commitment

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter, and a response to question 4 from the GI questionnaire (found here) to GI@transparency.org.

Please state in the subject line of the email “[INSERT COUNTRY NAME]: 2018 Government Defence Index on Anti-Corruption”. Within the email please indicate the country and role you are applying for. Successful applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis.

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. If you do not hear from us by the closing date, you should assume that you have not been shortlisted. Only applications with all requested components will be considered.


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