Research Project Officer – Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI)

  • Full time: 35 hrs per week
  • Fixed term contract for 18 months
  • Full time salary: £34,000 - £35,721
  • Location: Office in Rivington Street EC2A 3AY, with opportunity for blended working

About us

Transparency International is a global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government politics, business and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Transparency International UK is the UK national chapter of this movement. We work with the British government, parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector to tackle corruption at home, addressing the UK’s global corruption footprint and helping multinational companies prevent corruption by operating with integrity. We are also home to two major global programmes tackling corruption in the Defence and Security sector and Global Health on behalf of the wider Transparency International movement.

Transparency International – Defence & Security (TI-DS) is one of TI’s global programmes and is committed to tackling corruption in the global defence and security sector. Located in London and hosted by Transparency International’s UK chapter, the programme works with defence institutions, governments, defence industry, civil society and international organisations worldwide to strengthen transparency, accountability and oversight systems in a traditionally opaque and secretive sector. We contribute to broad-based coalitions and collective action working with reform-minded actors to bring about change.

About the role

As TI-DS GDI Research Project Officer, you will contribute to the delivery of specific project tasks within the scope of the Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI), including quality control of data, liaison with expert researchers, and consolidation of research inputs.

In addition to this role, you will look after the following:


  • Deliver high quality research tasks across the work conducted through the Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI).
  • Undertake detailed rigorous review and fact-checking of country assessment content and sources from a variety of experts, including assessors, peer reviewers, government reviewers, and institutional partners.
  • Prepare research data and relevant information for online publication.
  • Review assessment process and provide suggestions for improvements in methodology.
  • Coordinate with part time researchers or contractors, as may be required to assist with research
  • Communicate with country assessors and peer reviewers around the quality of research, timelines, and deliverables.


  • Assist online publication of GDI research data and contribute to analytical work.
  • Assist with advocacy work as needed.
  • Contribute to GDI material development for M&E or TI DS communications.
  • Provide assistance in preparation of data and helping analysis for online publication.
  • Contribute to internal and external events that aid the Defence and Security Programme strategy and as determined by the Programme Director, Head of Research or GDI Project Manager.

About you

To be successful in the role you will have/will be:

  • Educated to a degree level, preferably a Master’s, in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, international relations, political science, or governance.
  • Experience of supporting research projects, including data collection experience.
  • Able to analyse qualitative and quantitative data for narrative and communications outputs.
  • A demonstrable interest and understanding of anti-corruption and governance work, preferably in the defence and security area.
  • Excellent written skills and able to produce information in a clear and accessible format.
  • Excellent communication, inter-personal, and time-management skills
  • A willingness to openly and constructively challenge oneself and others to improve and develop knowledge.
  • Able to identify complex problems and work with management for solutions.
  • A commitment to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice, and Democracy.


In exchange we will offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Up to 5% contributory pension
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced sickness and family friendly policies
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A flexible and friendly working environment, with the opportunity for blended working (more details of this can be found on our website)

How to apply

We use Applied for our recruitment. Applied is a recruitment platform that uses anonymised applications with the aim of removing bias and ensuring a fair recruitment process. You can find more details on their website

After the advert closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Please note that your CV does not form part of the sift process and you should therefore take the time to answer the specific questions fully and where appropriate with your relevant evidence.

The Applied platform also asks some demographic questions before you start your application.  Transparency International UK will not see the responses to these demographic questions with your application. We only see summary statistics to help us check if our candidate pool is balanced and if everyone has an equal chance to get hired irrespective of their background. If you prefer, you can easily opt out of answering these questions.

Please follow this link to start your application:[TIUKwebsite]

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to a first interview. At the end of the process, we will provide you with some feedback on how you have performed.

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2023. We will be shortlisting and interviewing on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit your application early. We reserve the right to close the role before the closing date if we find a suitable candidate.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.