TI Defence & Security: Project Officer – Global Advocacy

Transparency International Secretariat
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 25

Position description

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 & 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.

The Responsible Defence Governance team works towards establishing global standards in defence and security – particularly among major, influential and emerging powers and in cooperation with civil society partners across the globe. It aims to realise wide acceptance of these standards, which should lead to a measurable reduction in corruption risk in defence and security. The team’s work is underpinned by the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) which assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. Further details of the index can be found at http://government.defenceindex.org.

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 Project Officer – Global Advocacy works with the Programme Manager and the GI team to support advocacy on the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. S/he will be coordinating capacity-building of civil society organisations on the GI as well as being involved in national and regional advocacy planning.

This project requires extensive liaison with TI national chapters and other civil society organisations, as well as within TI-DS. The Project Officer – Global Advocacy will be working with our partners across the globe to translate research findings from the GI into national and regional advocacy priorities. S/he will furthermore organise and contribute to national and regional capacity-building activities for our partner organisations, and support civil society partners in accessing TI-DS funding.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone early in their career to gain experience of advocacy with a global NGO. A typical day might see you organising the content and logistics for a workshop, working with the GI research team on materials, messaging and reform recommendations for a country or region, or developing national advocacy plans with your Programme Manager, other colleagues across the team and TI national chapters.

You will work as part of a dedicated international programme that is committed to fighting corruption within the defence and security sector. You will blend an international perspective, an ability to deal with complex problems and solid project implementation ability. We are looking for someone who is motivated, organised, a structured thinker and good communicator.


  • Plan, coordinate the logistics and contribute to the implementation of capacity-building activities for civil society organisations using the GI, especially regional workshops for TI national chapters on GI methodology and advocacy;
  • Identify and jointly develop national advocacy priorities with TI chapters and other civil society partners, using the GI and in close collaboration with the respective TI-DS country lead;
  • Support TI chapters and other civil society partners in accessing TI-DS donor funding, in collaboration with the Operations team;
  • Liaising closely with the GI team and TI-DS country advocacy leads, ensure that TI chapters have timely materials, messaging and reform recommendations in order to carry out advocacy activities;
  • Track GI advocacy activities by chapters and TI DS, and their impact, and feed into monitoring and evaluation processes.



  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field of the social sciences, such as security studies, international relations, political science, or governance;
  • Some experience in a professional environment in advocacy, policy or similar fields (including relevant internships);
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake and complete projects;
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills, particularly in ensuring research is accessible to diverse audiences;
  • Attention to detail and a desire to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Demonstrated self-starter with a track record of taking the initiative;
  • Excellent social and relationship building skills;
  • Excellent team working skills and a record of making a positive contribution to collective outcomes;

Desirable (but not essential)

  • Knowledge of the defence and security sector;
  • An understanding of (anti-)corruption, governance or related subject areas;
  • Fluency in an additional language, especially Spanish, is highly desirable.

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.

Application instructions

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