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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.
- Project Officer – Global Advocacy
- Researchers and Peer Reviewers: Global Defence Anti-Corruption Index (Middle East and North Africa)
- Consultant Researcher (Arabic Speaker)
- Consultant: Anti-corruption reform in Defence and Security sector (Arabic-speaking)
Project Officer – Global Advocacy
- Salary £26,000-30,000 p.a.
- Grade 2
- Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)
- 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.
The Responsible Defence Governance team works towards establishing global standards in defence and security – particularly among major, influential and emerging powers and in cooperation with civil society partners across the globe. It aims to realise wide acceptance of these standards, which should lead to a measurable reduction in corruption risk in defence and security. The team’s work is underpinned by the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) which assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. Further details of the index can be found at http://government.defenceindex.org
Our team is open and collaborative, and we offer excellent team spirit and an environment in which everybody contributes. Further details of our work can be found at http://ti-defence.org/.
The Project Officer – Global Advocacy works with the Programme Manager and the GI team to support advocacy on the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. S/he will be coordinating capacity-building of civil society organisations on the GI as well as being involved in national and regional advocacy planning.
This project requires extensive liaison with TI national chapters and other civil society organisations, as well as within TI-DS. The Project Officer – Global Advocacy will be working with our partners across the globe to translate research findings from the GI into national and regional advocacy priorities. S/he will furthermore organise and contribute to national and regional capacity-building activities for our partner organisations, and support civil society partners in accessing TI-DS funding.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone early in their career to gain experience of advocacy with a global NGO. A typical day might see you organising the content and logistics for a workshop, working with the GI research team on materials, messaging and reform recommendations for a country or region, or developing national advocacy plans with your Programme Manager, other colleagues across the team and TI national chapters.
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, a structured thinker and good communicator.
- Plan, coordinate the logistics and contribute to the implementation of capacity-building activities for civil society organisations using the GI, especially regional workshops for TI national chapters on GI methodology and advocacy;
- Identify and jointly develop national advocacy priorities with TI chapters and other civil society partners, using the GI and in close collaboration with the respective TI-DS country lead;
- Support TI chapters and other civil society partners in accessing TI-DS donor funding, in collaboration with the Operations team;
- Liaising closely with the GI team and TI-DS country advocacy leads, ensure that TI chapters have timely materials, messaging and reform recommendations in order to carry out advocacy activities;
- Track GI advocacy activities by chapters and TI DS, and their impact, and feed into monitoring and evaluation processes.
Experience and Knowledge:
- Educated to degree level in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, international relations, political science, or governance;
- Some experience in a professional environment in advocacy, policy or similar fields (including relevant internships);
- Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake and complete projects;
- Excellent writing, editing and communications skills, particularly in ensuring research is accessible to diverse audiences;
- Attention to detail and a desire to deliver high quality outputs;
- Demonstrated self-starter with a track record of taking the initiative;
- 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):
- Knowledge of the defence and security sector;
- An understanding of (anti-)corruption, governance or related subject areas;
- Fluency in an additional language, especially Spanish, is highly desirable.
- 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.
- Applications should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
- Please include your full name and the role you are applying for in the subject line.
- The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 17th June 2018. Applicants should send the following three 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);
- The completed task (below). Please note that there may be an additional task on the day of the interview for short-listed candidates.
TI-DS uses the GI to work towards defence sector reform across the world. We work with governments, civil society, multilateral organisations, and defence companies to achieve this goal. In every country, the approach is different, due to the political situation, role of the military, and openness to civil society amongst other factors.
In no more than 400 words, draft a note for the Programme Manager on why our approaches in Ghana and South Korea might be different.
Interviews for short-listed candidates will commence in the week of 24 June 2018. 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 24th June 2018. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application. Please refrain from telephoning. Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer.
Researchers and Peer Reviewers: Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (Middle East and North Africa)
Transparency International (TI) is the world’s leading non-governmental, global, anti-corruption civil society organisation, with over 90 politically non-partisan chapters. TI-DS works with governments, defence companies, multilateral organisations and civil society to prevent corruption in defence, and to build anti-corruption capacity and integrity in defence establishments across the world.
The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (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.
TI Defence & Security is looking for:
- Researchers to conduct 2018 country assessments of Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE; and
- Peer reviewers of these assessments.
The core of the index methodology consists of a lead country assessor scoring and providing detailed answers to 76 questions spanning a range of corruption risks relevant to the defence and security sector. The research requires the assessors to engage with primary sources. The assessor will also be required to write a short summary ofthe main findings based on the filled-in questionnaire as well as a summary of relevant political and social context.
The country assessment requires a commitment of around 12 weeks to complete the research. The peer review process requires a commitment of around 4 weeks. Remuneration to be agreed on appointment, dependent upon experience.
- A 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 3 years.
- Fluency in Arabic is essential.
- Excellent command of written English, unless otherwise discussed.
Application Closing Date: 1 June 2018 (applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Job Start Date: 5 June 2018 (for country assessors)
Duration: 12 weeks
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter, a writing sample, and a response to a question of your choice from the GI (please find the questions for the GI 2015 online, here) to GI@transparency.org.
Please state in the subject line of the email “[INSERT COUNTRY NAME]: Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index”.
Within the email please indicate the country assessment and role you are applying for.
Consultant Researcher (Arabic speaker)
- Defence governance/corruption researcher required to perform an assessment of Tunisia’s military acquisition process and availability of information
- Final research fee: GBP 1,500-2,000 dependent on experience
- Consultant contract (equivalent to a minimum of 15 days work) ideally to complete by early March
- Location: Preferably Tunis, or easy access to, to facilitate interviews.
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 Chapters worldwide, 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. In conflict and fragile states, corruption features centre stage. Corruption drives conflict through entrenching inequality, it plays a key role in the power-struggle between competing groups and weakens a military’s ability to respond effectively to security threats.
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, not self-enrichment.
We are looking for an experienced and skilled researcher with a solid understanding of procurement processes in Tunisia, who can conduct Transparency International’s research into areas of corruption risk in defence procurement in Tunisia and perform an assessment of the availability of information and corruption risks in Tunisia’s military acquisition process. The researcher will need to use their understanding of the Tunisian context to build on Transparency International’s typology of defence procurement corruption risk and make it relevant to the Tunisian context. They will identify data sources and assist in compiling policy recommendations relevant to Tunisia’s defence sector.
The complexity and opacity of defence contracting can offer numerous opportunities for theft, for example via the exploitation of emergency, non-competitive tendering procedures or by bribing officials testing equipment or monitoring deliveries. Further along in the tendering process, post-award documentation may be falsified to create opportunities for corrupt contractors to improve their margins and earn additional fees to fund kickbacks and further bribes.
The aim of this research is understanding these corruption risk patterns, which in turn can lead to better detection of corruption. Civil society can play an important role as an independent monitor exposing abuse in even the most well developed procurement systems. Governments can also benefit from understanding the patterns of corruption risk in order to develop mechanisms to address them and to fill in gaps in process and oversight that allow such risks to develop. Transparency International is working on research across a number of countries to understand where these corruption risks lie within the defence procurement cycle. The insights and lessons from this research will guide our future training materials for officials, oversight agencies, journalists and NGOs on how defence procurement corruption is most likely to occur and how to monitor for red flags. The data collected in this research will be used to substantiate the first report in TI DS’ series of ‘How to Reform Defence Procurement’ guides.
This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled senior researcher to contribute to meaningful reform being sought by Transparency International in the anti-corruption field and the defence sector.
- Complete a typology we have designed that analyses at which stage in the defence procurement cycle specific corruption risks are most likely to occur, which corruption mechanisms are most prevalent, lucrative, and what specific publicly available data would facilitate the identification of these red flags. Initially this will be a desk-based review of publicly available data, expanded to include interviews with defence procurement and governance experts to gain an up-to-date insight on both issues and controls.
- Assist in compiling policy recommendations: classifying the most commonly exploited and prevalent weaknesses will position us to give specific policy recommendations and training on how the Tunisian military can increase its anti-corruption controls.
- Consultant contract (equivalent to a minimum of 15 days work) ideally to complete by early March
- Preferably located in Tunisia, to facilitate conducting interviews.
Experience & Knowledge
- Experienced and skilled researcher, analyst and interviewer.
- Demonstrable understanding of the causes and effects of corruption, and the relationship between corruption and public procurement.
- Excellent analytical and drafting skills.
- Knowledge of public or military procurement, open data and transparency issues, corruption/governance issues
- Subject knowledge of the political systems, actors and dynamics in Tunisia
- Fluency in Arabic
- Excellent command of English.
- A commitment to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice and Democracy.
- Experience carrying out similar projects, knowledge of investigations, corruption risk assessments, the defence sector, the Tunisian legal system and the role of oversight agencies in the public/military acquisition process.
- Working knowledge of French
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:
- 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;
- a writing sample in English (no less than 3 and no more than 5 pages) in one PDF document
Applications should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line. 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. Transparency International UK is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.