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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


Project/Programme Manager – Conflict and Insecurity

 

Introduction

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 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.

The goals of the TI-DS Conflict, Insecurity and Corruption Programme are to ensure that corruption is recognised as a threat to security and peace; to reduce corruption and increase accountability in defence establishments in fragile and conflict affected states; and to advocate for interventions that encourage accountability and help reduce corruption.

Role Profile

We are looking for a permanent project manager to join TI-DS’s dynamic conflict and insecurity team which is implementing projects in Mali, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ukraine and the Middle East. The ideal candidate will be able to draw on previous experience either working in the development or NGO sector and will build on TI-DS’s knowledge of anti-corruption programming to deliver high impact projects in challenging environments.

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. You will blend an international perspective, experience and expertise working on defence issues and Africa, and strong strategic thinking with solid project implementation experience. You’ll be keen to work closely with a great team working in some difficult contexts. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently, but with an interest in building the capability of staff in TI chapters. The successful candidate will ideally have a good understanding of defence governance challenges, and military experience would be an asset.

Key Duties

The successful candidate is expected to have responsibility for designing and managing the delivery of projects in multiple locations. The programme is expanding in a number of geographic areas – including building country programmes in the Middle East and Africa, and several thematic areas, particularly anti-corruption on UN peace operations and understanding the role corruption can play in undermining peace settlements. The precise portfolio of responsibilities be finalised on appointment of the successful candidate, but will include managing multiple projects in West Africa.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an in-depth understanding of the political and practical barriers to the development of more accountable and transparency defence institutions in a particular context and, in conjunction with in-country programme staff or delivery partners, develop clear strategies for tackling them. Projects might include capacity building activities, research, or advocacy, and the successful candidate will be comfortable working with TI’s network of consultants and senior advisers, drawing on the programme’s and chapter’s existing experience workshops, as well as introducing new thinking. The project manager will be responsible for ensuring strong budget management and effective relationships with donors and other international organisations.

Experience and Knowledge

 

Essential

Desirable

Person Specification:

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on November 26th. Applicants should send the following three 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.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will commence in December 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 1 December, 2017 at the latest. 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.


Research & Policy Officer

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/.

This role will form part of the Defence and Security Programme’s ‘Industry Integrity Team’ which is responsible for addressing corruption within the global arms trade, defence industry and military procurement. The Industry Integrity Team is seeking to address some of the most challenging corruption threats which plague the sector and conduct research into anti-corruption measures and emerging threats; conduct advocacy with the industry and governments, seek procurement and legal reform and work to achieve a more hostile environment for corrupt actors.

 

About the role

The Industry Integrity Team is looking for a 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 assist in the development of the methodology for a 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 6th December 2017. Applicants should send the following two items, in one PDF file:

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 11th December 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 Monday 11th December 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.


Researcher – Assessment of UN peacekeeping mission corruption risks

Task Summary

Transparency International – Defence and Security is seeking a researcher to conduct an assessment of the corruption risks within UN peacekeeping missions at the headquarters level. The assessment should look at the weaknesses in the oversight and control mechanisms that govern UN peacekeeping operations at this level, while also providing recommendations to improve these anti-corruption systems. The research should include an initial review of the assessment framework and scope for data collection; research into existing UN documentation and media and public sources; and interviews, which should be coordinated and conducted by the researcher. The assessment should conclude with a report detailing the corruption risks identified, including any relevant case studies of consequent corruption in UN peacekeeping missions, and a short summary of recommendations for the UN.

Project Rationale

Corruption threatens international security; it can destroy the legitimacy and effectiveness of governments and the defence and security sector, hinder economic development, and provide a powerful call to arms for violent extremist movements. It can also dramatically impair the effectiveness of security operations and peacekeeping missions.

In order to effectively tackle this corruption, a deeper understanding of the weaknesses of oversight mechanisms and anti-corruption systems is necessary, so we can provide peacekeeping institutions with appropriate and effective recommendations to improve their anti-corruption efforts.

The Task

The objectives of this assessment are to firstly better understand the weaknesses in oversight, control, and anti-corruption systems governing UN peacekeeping operations at the headquarters level, and secondly to make recommendations concerning improvements to these anti-corruption systems and to guide TI’s policy recommendations to the UN. The research should be framed around five main risk areas, including political risks, personnel risks, procurement, finance, and operations. The researcher will be expected to approach the assessment with an open mind, and be prepared to identify and analyse challenges, good practice, and existing gaps.

Research Methodology and Desired Output

The methodology will include an initial review phase, wherein the researcher is expected to draw upon their understanding of UN peacekeeping missions in order to refine the assessment framework and define the scope of the data collection. Subsequently, the assessment should include desk research into existing UN documentation, which may include consultations with DPKO and other relevant UN agencies, and a review of media and public sources. The researcher is also expected to coordinate interviews with relevant experts and officials; the researcher will select appropriate interviewees, design the questions for each interview, and transcribe the answers for subsequent analysis.

The desired output of this project includes:

Researcher qualifications

Required:

Desirable:

Remuneration and time involved

The timeline for the research is foreseen to take 35-50 days over a period of 5-6 months, with final delivery of outputs in May. The researcher can work from their preferred location and will be responsible for their own working days and time, but must commit to regular communication and will be responsible for delivering all phases of research to deadlines agreed with TI-DS.

Remuneration will be a total of £7,500, and will be paid as follows:

20% on delivery of final research plan and scope rationale

30% on completion of data collection and analysis

50% on delivery of final report to satisfactory standard

TI-DS will also reimburse travel expenses and other reasonable expenditures incurred in the process of carrying out the research, provided they have been pre-approved by TI-DS, and that they comply with the TI-DS Consultant Guidelines.

The research will be overseen by a TI-DS project manager, with regular progress reports. The researcher will also need to interact with peer reviewers appointed for the study, and to incorporate comments and suggestions made by the peer reviewer if required.

How to apply

Please send a CV, a cover letter detailing any experience relevant to this project, and a writing sample in English to jobs@transparency.org.uk by midnight on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Please refer to the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

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 in two weeks after the deadline, please assume you application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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


Consultant: Anti-corruption reform in Defence and Security sector (Arabic-speaking)

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’s Defence and Security global programme (TI-DS) is looking for enthusiastic Arabic speaking former senior military officers or defence experts to work with our programmes team to implement reform-focused projects in defence and security sectors in countries across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Your capacity to persuade a senior military/defence audience of the importance of addressing corruption and the means to do so amidst competing priorities will be vital. The role will mainly focus on delivering training on counter-corruption to military personnel at various levels, as well as advocacy to senior personnel working at the service or ministerial level. Experience in operational command, human resources, procurement or strategic communications are all highly desirable.

Successful candidates will be added to a roster of consultants who can be deployed for a variety of short-term activities, usually for a few days at a time. Consultants are expected to be able to travel, sometimes at short notice.

The primary track of activities through which experts take part in the work of TI-DS will be engaging in meetings and helping in the delivery of training and workshops. Depending on the applicant’s skills and experience, he/she may be invited to contribute further advisory support to the programme.

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Profile:

Desirable:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possibly. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@transparency.org.uk, with the role title (“Consultant: Anti-corruption reform in Defence and Security sector”) and your name in the subject of the email.