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Research Project Manager – Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI)

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  • Full time: 35 hrs per week
  • Fixed term contract for 24 months
  • Full time salary: £43,200 – £45,387
  • 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 Research Project Manager, you will be responsible for managing the production and delivery of the Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI).

In addition to this role, you will look after:


  • Manage recruitment of and lead a small team; train project officers and interns as needed, and provide oversight of their performance and outputs.
  • Manage recruitment of researchers and contributions from over 200 assessors, peer reviewers, government reviewers, and institutional partners.
  • Oversee data collection for approximately 80 country assessments in TI-DS’ flagship project, guiding the research process from the recruitment of consultants and quality control of data to online publication.
  • Communicate with country assessors and peer reviewers around the quality of research, timelines, and deliverables.
  • Monitor and report research progress in regular updates, identifying and addressing any challenges as they arise to the Head of Research.
  • Liaise with other TI-DS staff to provide appropriate support to regional GDI workshops.
  • Manage GDI research budgets in partnership with TI-UK Finance and negotiate rates with consultants.


  • Ensure that high quality and rigorous standards of research are maintained within country assessments and across the dataset.
  • Perform and oversee detailed quality review and fact-checking of assessment content and sources and to prepare data and supporting information for online publication.
  • Monitor weaknesses in operationalization of methodology and raise issues 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.
  • Manage review process for governments and chapters in collaboration with TI-DS advocacy staff.


  • Act as point of contact for TI national chapters.
  • Oversee online publication of data and contribute to analytical work.
  • Provide support to advocacy work as needed.
  • Support the MEL Manager by helping to identify, track and report on results.
  • Oversee the development of GDI materials for M&E or TI-DS communications.

About you

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

  • A Postgraduate degree in Anti-Corruption, International Relations, Governance, Conflict and Security, International Development or other related field.
  • Experience managing complex multi-year projects, with responsibility for management of budget, personnel, methodology, and/or research process.
  • Experience working on complex and ideally international research projects.
  • Demonstrated qualitative research skills and knowledge of quantitative approaches.
  • Relevant expertise in defence and security, or governance and anti-corruption, or both.
  • Excellent proven line management skills.
  • Experience of working effectively in a team; excellent interpersonal skills including able to maintain effective professional relationships whilst working remotely.
  • Experience working in culturally and politically diverse contexts and of managing relationships remotely.
  • Proven experience working with multiple stakeholders, including governments, civil society, and the private sector.
  • A willingness to challenge oneself and others to improve develop knowledge openly and constructively.
  • 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)

Application Process

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 10th October 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 10th October 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.