EC4R, London
£26,442 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Project Officer – Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI)

  • Role reports to the Project Manager – Government Defence Integrity Index
  • Salary: £26,442
  • Fixed term (9 months) full time
  • 28 days holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Location: London, UK/ working from home initially due to the Covid-19 outbreak

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 (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 improve 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.



We are looking for a Project Officer to contribute to the production and delivery of the Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI).

The GDI 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.

The Project Officer will work alongside other researcher(s) to manage the delivery of external assessments for around 90 countries, and ensure a high level of quality control. This includes intensive review of qualitative data from a variety of experts, including assessors, peer reviewers, government reviewers, and institutional partners.

This is 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’ll be keen to work closely with a great team managing a complex multi-year project. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised and able to work independently. The successful candidate will ideally have some knowledge of qualitative research approaches.


The successful candidate is expected to manage the data collection and quality control for a number of country assessments in TI-DS’ flagship project. They will be comfortable interacting at senior level with expert researchers, and of engaging support from our network of consultants and senior advisers. They will be expected to perform detailed quality review and fact-checking of assessment content and sources and to prepare data and supporting information for online publication. They may also contribute to GDI materials development for M&E or TI DS communications.



  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, political science, or governance; or of business studies with an interest in defence and corruption
  • First rate research skills and familiarity with a range of social and qualitative research methodologies;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake and complete a project;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and multi-task;
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills, particularly in making research accessible to diverse audiences;
  • Attention to detail and desire to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Demonstrated self-starter with a track record of taking initiative;
  • Excellent social and relationship building skills;
  • Experience working in teams and making a positive contribution to collective outcomes.

Desirable (but not essential)

  • An understanding of (anti-)corruption, governance or related subject areas;
  • An understanding of public sector reform
  • Work experience in a professional environment in research, policy, analytics or similar fields;
  • Experience working on complex research projects end-to-end;
  • Languages would be useful, but by no means essential.

Person Specification:

  • A ‘self-starter’, able to quickly assimilate new information and to manage their own workload and tasks;
  • Capable of demonstrating creativity in applying solutions;
  • An organised individual, able to effectively contribute to project management;
  • A commitment to Transparency International’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice and Democracy;
  • No restrictions on right to work in the UK and willingness to undertake travel.
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Refreshed on: 17 April 2020
Closed date: 26 April 2020
Tags: Policy/Research

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