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Researcher – Monitoring and evaluation of corruption risks in military operations and security assistance

Task summary

Transparency International – Defence and Security is seeking a researcher to prepare a paper on monitoring and evaluating the risk that corruption can pose to military operations and security assistance. The paper should look at existing methods of assessing corruption risks in military operations, especially within NATO, the United Nations, and the EU; and in security assistance, using existing practices from missions the researcher identifies and recommends. The researcher should also analyse and assess corruption monitoring methodologies in development projects in FCAS, including practices from the World Bank, USAID, and DFID, and draw any practices which could be useful in military operations. Primary and secondary material analysed should form a basis for lessons identified and good practice-based recommendations.

This paper will form part of a larger project, the ‘Interventions Integrity Toolkit’, which will offer analysis and guidance on mitigating corruption risks in military operations and security assistance.


Project rationale

Corruption threatens international security, destroying the legitimacy and effectiveness of governments and the defence and security sector, hindering economic development, and providing a powerful call to arms for violent extremist movements. It can also impair the effectiveness of security assistance and military operations.

The malign impact of corruption on operations and security assistance is increasingly being recognised in civilian and military circles. Recognition, however, needs to be followed up with practical recommendations to allow military personnel to implement concrete measures. TI has therefore begun work on an ‘interventions integrity toolkit’. The toolkit will provide analysis and recommendations for strategic and operational planners, implementers, and monitoring personnel involved in security assistance and military operations. It will comprise four elements:

  • UNDERSTAND: case studies explaining the links between corruption and interventions;
  • ANALYSE: analysis illustrating the impact of corruption on mission goals and at tactical, operational and strategic levels;
  • REVIEW: recommendations for mission planning and implementation;
  • APPLY: a repository of scenarios applicable to exercises, including UN and NATO training.


The task: monitoring & evaluation of corruption in military operations and security assistance

The purpose of this paper is to analyse and assess the ways in which corruption levels and types, as well as the risks they pose to military operations and security assistance, can be monitored and evaluated. The research should consider risks affecting the deployed forces, the recipient nation, and those that develop at the interface between domestic and international forces (such as contracting or delivery of humanitarian aid). The researcher will be expected to approach the case study with an open mind, prepared to identify and analyse challenges, good practice, and existing gaps.


Desired output and research methodology

The output foreseen for this case study is a 20-page brief addressing, at a minimum, the following:

  • Analysis of existing corruption M&E methodologies used in military operations and for security assistance (including SSR forming part of military operations), with examples. It is expected that methodologies used by NATO, the EU, the UN, and national government departments such as DoD will be relevant;
  • Analysis of corruption M&E methodologies in FCAS, including those used by the World Bank, USAID, and DFID, as well as recommendations for adapting them to military operations and security assistance;
  • Analysis of good practice, challenges, and recommendations.

The researcher is expected to refine the methodology and sources, but at the least, the case study should be based on a mixture of literature review, primary source analysis, and interviews with stakeholders who have experience in assessing corruption and governance risks to military operations and security assistance. The researcher will be required to identify relevant interlocutors and make contact with them, although the TI-DS team will assist as much as possible.

The expectation is that the assignment will be carried out remotely, without travel.

Researcher qualifications


  • Proven expertise in M&E pertaining to military operations and security assistance
  • Proven expertise in corruption and governance issues
  • Native-level fluency in English
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills


  • Experience carrying out similar projects
  • On-the-ground experience of military operations and security assistance

Remuneration and time involved

The timeline for the research is foreseen at 20 working days, though it can be extended through mutual agreement and if the research design warrants it. The assignment can be carried out part time, subject to approval of the TI-DS Research and Policy Manager.

Remuneration will be £150-200 per day, depending on qualifications and location. TI-DS will also reimburse reasonable expenditures incurred in the process of carrying out the research, provided they have been pre-approved by the TI-DS Research and Policy Manager, and that they comply with the TI-DS Consultant Guidelines.

The research will be overseen by the TI-DS Brussels-based Research and Policy Manager, with weekly progress reports. The researcher will also need to interact with peer reviewers appointed for the study, and to incorporate comments and suggestions made by the peer reviewer if required. Depending on the amount of work, this could be paid additionally and the amount of time needed will be agreed in due course.

How to apply

Please send a CV, and a writing sample in English (no less than 3 and no more than 5 pages), and a 1-page outline of how you propose to go about the research to jobs@transparency.org.uk by 1200 GMT on 15 November 2017. Please refer to the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

Please note that due to the large volume of applications we receive, only those shortlisted will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us in two weeks after the deadline, please assume you application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Thank you for your interest – we look forward to seeing your application.





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