£26,000 - £30,000 per year
Contract, Temporary, One year with possibility for extension; 6 months probation period, Full-time
Job description


BASIC promotes meaningful dialogue amongst governments and experts in order to build international trust, reduce nuclear risks, and advance disarmament. We envision a world that uses cooperative measures, rather than the threat or use of force, to achieve peace and security. This world will be achieved by taking steps that promote mutual security at the international, regional, national, and individual levels, and sustained through resilient international norms and law.

Role Description

The Programme Assistant is a highly-motivated early career expert who has a strong sense of affinity with our mission and who has longer term career ambitions to work in disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. They will have mastered the core professional skills around drafting, research, speaking and organisation and will be comfortable working as part of a close-knit and friendly team. They will be familiar with the general working of a think tank or research institute and show initiative when identifying and completing tasks but are still largely in a supporting role, being closely supervised by a Policy Fellow or Programme Manager.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

Project related:

  • Can independently take charge of end-to-end organisation of events: first drafts of participant lists, first draft of invitation text, sending all invitations and keeping track of RSVPs; arranging any necessary travel arrangements, room bookings, catering etc independently; has a good knowledge of all the tasks that are needed for events management and can keep track of them themselves. 

  • Confident drafter who can independently transform event notes into a roundtable report; good research skills.

  • Strong proofreading skills, can provide feedback to colleagues, including senior colleagues. 

Role Requirements

Essential Criteria:

  • Educated to Master’s level
  • 2-4 years of work experience in a think tank, research institute, NGO, foundation or government working on international security issues
  • Passion and commitment to our organisational mission of promoting dialogue to advance global security
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and with broad variations in seniority and function
  • Excellent analytical and methodological skills, and an organised approach to research
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including evidence of working successfully as part of a team
  • Experience organising policy roundtables and workshops, international travel
  • Willingness to travel internationally when required
  • Strong organisational skills and an eye for detail

Further Information

Please include a CV, cover letter and two writing samples in your application.  

Interviews: week commencing 25th July 2022 - it is expected that you will be available to interview during the week.  

Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to acknowledge receipt of all applications and only shortlisted candidates will be notified. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you have not been successful.

Posted on: 28 June 2022
Closed date: 17 July 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: Programme Assistant (June 2022)
Tags: Admin, Policy/Research

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