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Transparency International (TI) is a civil society organisation leading the global fight against
corruption.Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin,
Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption, and works with partners in government,
business, and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
Transparency International Defence & Security (TI-DS) is a global programme of Transparency International
dedicated to fighting corruption in the defence and security sector globally. We work with governments, civil
society, multilateral organisations, and defence companies to work towards a world with open governments served
by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the
protection of all citizens. We’re a diverse and ambitious team with a wide range of backgrounds, from government
and public service, to the military, academia and civil society.
Research Project Manager – Government Defence Index on Anticorruption (GI)
- Role reports to the Programme Manager – Responsible Defence Governance
- Salary: £35,000 – £38,000 dependent on experience [Project Manager]
- 2- year fixed-term contract, full time
- 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 and Security (TI-DS) 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 works across three themes: with developed and emerging powers to improve governance of military power;
on conflict and insecurity – to ensure policy makers recognise the threat corruption poses to peace and to
reduce defence corruption in a fragile and conflict affected states; and tackling corruption in the global
We are looking for a Research Project Manager to manage the production and delivery of the Government Defence
Index on Anticorruption (GI).
The GI is the first global analysis of corruption risks in defence establishments. 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 defence institutions.
The Research Project Manager will manage a small team to ensure high quality research standards are
maintained and will manage contributions from over 200 assessors, peer reviewers, government reviewers, and
institutional partners. The ideal candidate will be able to draw on previous experience with complex
research projects, ideally with (governance) indices.
This is an exciting opportunity to make a real impact. You will work as part of a dedicated international
team that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector and the arms trade. You
will blend an international perspective and strong strategic thinking with solid research management
experience. You’ll be keen to work closely with a great team managing a complex multi-year project. We are
looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently. The successful candidate
will ideally have a good understanding of defence, security and/or governance challenges.
The successful candidate is expected to manage the data collection for 90+ country assessments in TI-DS’
flagship project, guiding the research process from recruitment of consultants and quality control of data,
to online publication. They will be comfortable interacting at senior level with expert researchers, and of
engaging support from our network of consultants and senior advisers. They will be expected to perform and
oversee detailed quality review and fact-checking of assessment content and sources and to prepare data and
supporting information for online publication. They will also oversee the development of GI materials
development for M&E or TI DS communications.
The successful candidate is expected to manage the research process of TI-DS’ flagship project. They will be
comfortable interacting at senior level with expert researchers, and of engaging support from our network of
consultants and senior advisers. More precisely, they will be expected to perform the following job duties:
1. Operational support
- Monitor research progress and oversee recruitment of researchers.
- Report country progress in regular updates, including areas of weakness and missed targets.
- Liaise with other DSP staff to provide appropriate support to regional GI workshops.
- Train project officers and interns as needed, and provide oversight of their performance and outputs.
- In daily operations, actively ensure that high quality and rigorous standards of research are maintained within country assessments and across the dataset.
- Monitor weaknesses in operationalization of methodology and raise issues with programme manager for solution identification.
- Oversee detailed quality review and fact-checking of assessment content and sources.
- Track research timelines for individual countries and regions, and propose adjustments as necessary.
- Finalize country assessments through a reconciliation of inputs and multiple coders, in collaboration with programme manager.
- Manage review process for governments and chapters in collaboration with DSP advocacy staff.
- Communicate with country assessors and peer reviewers around the quality of research, timelines, and deliverables.
- Oversee GI materials development for M&E or TI DS communications.
- Oversee online publication of data and contribute to analytical work.
- Provide support to advocacy work as needed, including translating country findings into policy recommendations, and acting as point of contact for chapters.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
- Graduate degree level qualification.
- Experience working on complex research projects, with increasing responsibility for management aspects of any of the following: budget, personnel, methodology, and/or research process.
- Substantial research management capability, with demonstrated qualitative research skills and knowledge of quantitative approaches.
- Relevant expertise in defence and security, or governance and anti-corruption, or both;
- Excellent command of verbal and written English.
Desirable (but not essential)
- Previous experience with governance indices.
- Knowledge of the defence and security sector.
- Additional languages an asset, especially French, Arabic, Russian or Spanish;
- A ‘self-starter’, able to quickly assimilate new information and to manage their own workload and tasks within strategic priorities and with minimum supervision;
- A strategic thinker able to work on complex projects with a view to the big picture;
- A highly organised individual;
- 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 willing to undertake travel.
HOW TO APPLY:
- The deadline for applications is midnight on 02 May 2019.
- Applicants should send the following two 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);
Applications should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer. 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.
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.