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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.

TI-DSP, a TI programme led by the UK chapter, is dedicated to fighting corruption in the defence and security sector globally. TI-DSP works with governments, defence companies, multilateral organisations, and civil society to build anti-corruption capacity and integrity across the world.TI-DSP is a small, hard working team from all around the world. We offer research, training and practical tools for a clean and accountable defence and security sector.

Vacancies

 


 

MENA Regional Defence Programme Manager

Introduction

TI Defence and 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 towards open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens. We believe the defence industry supporting these institutions should provide capability based on clear national defence strategies in a fair and open market, and be held to account through effective and independent oversight mechanisms rooted in functioning civil societies and efficient government procurement. Our team is open and collaborative, and we offer excellent team spirit and an environment in which everybody contributes.

This role is a newly created post and would be based in TI’s Beirut office – TI Lebanon.

 

Role Profile

We are looking for a permanent Regional Project/Programme Manager to lead Transparency International’s work on defence and security in the Arab world. The role will involve developing and leading projects to increase oversight and accountability of defence forces, in collaboration with local TI partners.   This will be 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. We are looking for someone who is passionate, able to work independently, and is ready for a challenge.

 

Key Duties

Your responsibilities will include identifying well thought through strategies for influencing change, managing researchers and complex research projects, and communicating TI’s work to the public. The Regional Manager will play a vital role in delivering TI’s flagship research on defence and security issues, the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI), including advocating at senior levels for the implementation of TI’s recommendations within defence institutions. They will be expected to develop strategies to influence reform in Lebanon and 1-2 other countries in the region (the first is likely to be Tunisia), and to help manage a regional research programme that covers the majority of states in the Arab world.

 

Experience and Knowledge

 

Essential

 

Desirable

 

Person Specification:

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is 9th October 2017, 5pm GMT. Applicants should send the following two items, preferably in pdf format:

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

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

Only applications with both of the requested components will be considered.

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 October 1. If you have not been notified by this date, you should assume that we do not wish to proceed further with your application.

Transparency International and the Lebanese Transparency Association are equal opportunity employers.


Operations Manager

 

Introduction

The failure of many countries to provide security and justice for their people, or to forge stable and predictable relationships with their neighbors, is a root cause of some 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.

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 http://ti-defence.org/.

 

Role Profile

We are looking for a permanent operations manager to ensure the day to day management of an increasingly complex operation runs smoothly. The Defence & Security team is growing, including by establishing a permanent presence embedded in other TI chapters in multiple locations. We will shortly have staff based in London, Washington, Brussels, Lebanon, Abuja, and Kiev, who are working across multiple projects often managed by members of the team in a different location. At the same our donor base is both expanding but reporting requirements are becoming more stringent.

The candidate will help to establish effective systems and working practices across a networked team, including ensuring the programme staff have effective monitoring and evaluation systems in place. The candidate be the lead interface with the multiple finance teams across the TI network that the programme relies on, and will lead on both grant management and play a significant role in project and programme design when new funding opportunities are identified.

This is an exciting opportunity to make real impact. You will work as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector and the arms trade. You will blend an international perspective, an ability to deal with complex problems and solid project implementation experience. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently, and with an interest in building the capability of staff in TI chapters.

 

Key Duties

The role will be involve establishing effective management process across the team to ensure common management expectations and efficient working practices, as well as trouble shooting in programme implementation. You will ensure the smooth reporting to donors and ensure that all programme spending is well accounted for and tied to outcomes, including facilitating monitoring, evaluation and learning across the programme.

You will make a substantial contribution and often be in the lead in designing effective programmes and projects in collaboration with staff from across the team, though others will be primarily responsible for identifying new fundraising leads. You will also lead on ensuring programme risks are identified and appropriately managed. You will take pride in ensuring DSP has a strong sense of team spirit, and play an important role in developing staff and partner capacity on all aspect of project development and implementation.

 

Experience and Knowledge

 

Essential

 

Desirable (but not essential)
Person Specification:

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on 24 September 2017. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:

 

Task

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index is a core part of TI DS’s work. The Africa regional programme manager has been tasked with recruiting researchers and peer reviewers to complete full GI assessments for 20 countries. Pull together a no more than one page outline of issues and risks you might bring to the attention of the TI DS management team before this goes ahead and any recommendations you might have to manage these.

The current iteration of the GI can be found here: http://government.defenceindex.org

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

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. 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 29 September 2017. 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.

 


Short-term Researcher: Corruption and Plan Colombia

 

 

Introduction

 

Transparency International – Defence and Security is seeking a researcher to prepare a case study on corruption risks affecting, exacerbated, or mitigated by the US programme of assistance to Colombia’s armed forces (Plan Colombia). The assessment should identify corruption risks and manifestations affecting Plan activities, considering risk and manifestations within the programme itself as well as its interactions with the recipient government and defence forces. Case study material should form a basis for lessons identified and good practice-based recommendations.

The case study will form part of a larger project, the ‘Interventions Integrity Toolkit’. The malign impact of corruption on operations and security assistance is increasingly being recognised in civilian and military circle; 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’, to 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:

The purpose of this case study is to explore the links between corruption and security assistance, including the ways in which corruption can diminish the effectiveness of security assistance in building effective security forces and, if shown by the material, the role that assistance can play in reinforcing or mitigating corrupt practices. Colombia has been one of the largest recipients of US military and civilian aid, with over $10bn underpinning Plan Colombia since 2000. The researcher is expected to approach the case study with an open mind, prepared to identify key corruption risks as well as lessons learned and good practice as and when supported by available evidence.

 

Case study: desired output, research methodology, reporting

 

The output foreseen for this case study is a 10-15-page brief addressing the following:

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 and interviews with stakeholders involved in Plan Colombia both in Colombia and the US. Interviewees are likely to involve members of Colombian armed forces, the US Southern Command, and Departments of State and Defense.

The researcher will be required to identify relevant interlocutors depending on the functions they performed in 2000-2016, and to make contact with them.

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 the peer reviewer appointed for the case study, and to incorporate comments and suggestions made by the peer reviewer if required. If necessary, this will be paid additionally and the amount of time needed will be agreed in advance.

The researcher will likely need to travel to Colombia and/or the US. TI-DS will cover the cost of overseas travel if required, subject to receipts being provided. The researcher will be expected to abide by TI-UK regulations regarding travel, accommodation, and meal reimbursement, including travelling economy and choosing best-value accommodation.

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

Required:

 

Desirable:

How to Apply

Please send a CV and a writing sample in English (no less than 3 and no more than 5 pages), in one PDF file, to jobs@transparency.org.uk by 1200 GMT on 2 October 2017. 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 three weeks after the deadline, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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

 


Consultant – Review GI methodology

Introduction

The consultant’s task is to conduct a short review of the methodology of TI’s Defence Anti-Corruption Index. The goal of the project is to identify if, and how, the methodology might be adapted for the forthcoming third edition of the index, as well as providing proposed updated guidance documents for assessors and any additional recommendation related to the conduct of the research gleaned through the process.

 

Project rationale

Security forces are crucial to protecting peace, establishing the rule of law, and reducing instability. But security institutions can also become one of the greatest barriers to peace and development when they lack responsible governance:

 

The Government Index

 

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) underpins all TI-Defence and Security (TI-DS)’s work. The index is an institutional risk assessment covering the full spectrum of corruption risks that government’s experience in the defence sector. This ranges from political factors such as weak oversight over defence policy right through to the theft of state resources due to poor procurement and finance practices. It is the only international benchmark promoting good governance in defence. It is a practical tool enabling governments, militaries, civil society, researchers, journalists and citizens to understand the quality of political oversight and accountability mechanisms, the integrity of personnel, procurement, and finance systems, as well as an evaluation of how militaries behave on operations. (View the index here: government.defenceindex.org)

Compiling the GI is a big task. Previously the GI has been put together using a network of experts in around 100 countries. Each assessment has involved an evidence-based analysis, normally by a country-based assessor, which has been subject to two peer reviews, and where possible peer review by representatives from Ministries of Defence and the relevant TI chapter. Evidence has been drawn from a wide variety of sources across 77 indicators to provide a detailed assessment of the integrity of defence institutions world-wide.

TI-DS is now working in the process of compiling the third iteration of the index and is keen to undertake a short external evaluation of our methodology.

 

Desired output and research methodology

The scope of work would need to cover the following questions:

 

Overall questions of methodology

 

Specific issues around judgments and measurement

 

How the research is run

 

General

 

Consultant qualifications

 

Required:

 

Remuneration and time involved

The timeline for the research is foreseen at 20 working days over no more than a 6 week period, with submission of this work being due at the end of October/early November. The assignment can therefore be carried out at least partially part-time, and may be split among several individuals subject to approval of TI-DS.

Remuneration is expected to be around £200-250 per day, depending on qualifications and location. TI-DS will also cover the cost of overseas travel if required, though this is not envisaged at this point. The lead consultant or contracting organisation will be expected to abide by TI-UK regulations regarding travel, accommodation, and meal reimbursement, including travelling economy and choosing best-value accommodation.

The research will be overseen by the TI-DS Director, with weekly progress reports. The consultant will also need to seek input from a wide variety of sources – including TI staff, chapters, governments, assessors and peer reviewers.

Expressions of interest

The lead consultant should submit a CV by 1700 GMT 20 September, to jobs@transparency.org.uk along with a brief description of how they meet the required qualifications and additional detail on how they propose to complete this work (if for example as part of team).


Senior Research and Policy Officer – Industry Integrity

 

Introduction

TI Defence and 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 towards open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens. We believe the defence industry supporting these institutions should provide capability based on clear national defence strategies in a fair and open market, and be held to account through effective and independent oversight mechanisms rooted in functioning civil societies and efficient government procurement. 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 Industry Integrity Team is responsible for addressing corruption within the global arms trade, defence industry and military procurement. The team have delivered a number of projects in the past including the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (2012, 2015). The Industry Integrity Team is seeking to address some of the most challenging corruption threats which plague the defence industry; including how to foster a genuine ‘culture’ of anti-corruption within companies and how to engage the assistance of governments in mitigating the threats companies face within corruption prone markets. Other aspects of the team’s work include government engagement, procurement and legal reform and enhancing pressure on corrupt actors.

 

About the Role

The Industry Integrity Team is looking for a Senior Research and Policy Officer to project manage and undertake defence industry research. The role will include the delivery of a key project analysing and addressing defence industry influence on US foreign policy in the Middle East. The right individual will have significant autonomy over the direction and management of the study, drawing on a demonstrated track record of successful research delivery and an in depth understanding of US politics and policy making. The successful candidate will also collaborate and assist on other relevant projects across the programme including research for the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index, and contribute actively towards the establishment of TI-DS in the US.

This is an exciting opportunity to make real impact, working as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector. Our approach promotes and values initiative, development, and intellectual creativity.

 

Key Duties

The role will require the candidate to develop research methodologies for defence industry projects and conduct this research. The ideal candidate will be able to diligently manage research projects including time and budget management. Writing to a high standard and being able to work with others in formulating policy recommendations will be essential.

The successful candidate will work to develop the methodology for a new project examining the influence of the US defence industry on policy making, with a particular focus on the Middle East. The candidate will then carry out the research to completion, working with the wider team to develop policy recommendation and ensure effective advocacy. The candidate will also conduct research on other team projects, particularly the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index.

Other duties will include staying abreast of current and emerging events within the defence industry in terms of corporate compliance, relevant legislation and defence industry developments. Although there is initially no plan for the candidate to have line management responsibilities, they are likely to co-ordinate contracted or part-time researchers who may contribute to projects and quality assure their work.

 

Experience and Knowledge

 

Essential

 

Desirable (but not essential)

 

Person Specification:

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on 9th October 2017. Applicants should send the following three items, in one PDF file:

Task:

Write an article of no more than 600 words addressing ‘The impact of defence industry influence on US foreign policy’.
 
Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

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

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place during the weeks commencing the 16th and 23rd of October 2017. 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 Friday 13th October 2017. 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.