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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.



Programme Intern – Defence and Security Programme




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 some of the world’s most significant security challenges. TI Defence & 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 create global standards for the 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 arms trade.

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


What to Expect from the Role

We are looking for a paid intern to contribute to work across the TI-DS team for six months. TI DS is growing and establishing a permanent presence, embedded in other TI chapters, in a number of global locations. At the same time our funding base is expanding and the team is initiating new projects across all three thematic areas.

The candidate will report to the Operations Manager and will be exposed to work across the programme’s three themes. They are likely to gain experience of a range of skills from supporting improvements in administrative and management practice, to conducting short term research tasks or advocacy planning in support of country or thematic projects.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing organisational training alongside their colleagues, who receive professional development training in areas such as: communications, advocacy, networking and writing style. They will also benefit from working with a highly dynamic, motivated and diverse team who have a wide range of professional experience which includes diplomacy, civil society, law enforcement, the military and law.

This is an exciting opportunity to explore the work of a leading INGO and to gain experience of working in the governance, security and defence sector. You will not need previous NGO experience or specific skills, but will have a strong academic track record, be enthusiastic, willing to learn and keen to support the team with its priorities.


Key Duties

The exact focus of the role will be highly dependent on the week-to-week requirements of the team. Fundamentally it will be a supporting role for the programme’s activities. You may be expected to pick up basic administrative tasks, such as helping to ensure effective information management one week, or assisting in the logistical arrangements for an international event the next. You will also be asked to assist with the collation and processing of data for monitoring and evaluation. However there will also be opportunities for the right candidate to contribute to the programme’s research into corruption and its role in the programmes thematic areas. Although a level of self-reliance and initiative will be expected, you will be guided and supported throughout by experienced staff from a friendly and experienced team.


Experience & Knowledge




Desirable (but not essential)


Person Specification:


Application Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 30th July 2018. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:



The Director of TI-DS, Katherine Dixon, has asked you to draft a letter to the South Korean Minister of Defence. The purpose of the letter is to secure a meeting with the ministry to discuss the work of the Defence and Security Programme with the ultimate goal of expanding the programme’s work in South Korea. This letter should be presented as a formal final draft from the Director and should not exceed 500 words.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to


Please include your name and the role you are applying for in the subject line.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will commence in late September/early October. 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 10th August 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:

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.



Application Closing Date: 15 June 2018 (applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Job Start Date: ASAP (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

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.


Call for Applications: International Member of the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO)


 Country: Ukraine

Engagement type: Committee membership; appx. 1 week per quarter

Notice type: Call for applications

Issue date: 11/6/18

Closing date: 15 July 2018, but applicants will be considered on a rolling basis

Honorarium: £1,800 per quarter


Tackling corruption and building integrity in Ukraine’s national defence establishments is vital for the country’s security, stability and prosperity. Efforts are underway to tackle defence sector corruption through international training and capacity building efforts, and this should be supported with independent, external monitoring of corruption risks and reform.


The Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (Nezalezhny Antikorrupciynii Komitet z pytan oborony, or “NAKO”) is a joint initiative established by Ukrainian activists, journalists and international experts to fight corruption in the Ukrainian defence sector. Established in October 2016, it has already had an impact – for example, helping to secure an audit of Ukroboronprom; overseeing the integrity of medical procurement; and influencing government policy. Its approach enables civil society – including women and other marginalised groups – to have a strong, expert voice in defence reform debates. The Committee helps promote transparency and strengthen accountability in defence institutions. NAKO combines local knowledge of corruption challenges in defence with international expertise on good practice in defence anti-corruption and integrity.


NAKO is an initiative of Transparency International, a 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. NAKO is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can find out more about the NAKO, including its strategy, mandate and terms of reference, on its website.


Role Description


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about integrity and accountability in the defence sector, and who has a proven track record of leadership and expertise in this area.


There are six members of the NAKO, three nationals and three internationals. We are currently seeking an international member of NAKO, and are particularly seeking a candidate with senior level military experience.

Ideal candidates will have:




Our expectations of the members is that they will:


Application process


Interested candidates should please provide a CV and brief covering letter to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.