London Office


DIRECTOR-GENERAL'S OFFICE

Head, Director-General's Office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading think tank on global security, political risk and military conflict with offices in London, Singapore, Manama and Washington DC.

We are recruiting a Head of the Director-General’s Office, based in London. The Director-General leads the Institute, setting strategy, leading fundraising and income generation activity, and maintaining high-level contact with government leaders, private sector chief executives and important personalities in the expert and opinion forming communities.

The Head of the DGO will be responsible for, but not limited to:

Support to the Director-General:

  • Overseeing the Director’s meetings and engagements, maintaining his diary and contacts database.
  • Managing the Director’s travel itineraries including all transport, visa documentation, accommodation, in-country appointments and other requirements.
  • Acting as first point of contact for calls, visitors and other enquiries.
  • Organising internal staff meetings and focus-groups; attending and minuting meetings of the Directing Staff and Board of Trustees; following-up on decision making as required.
  • General assistance to the Director-General, including support for his research and writing output.

External Engagement:

  • On behalf of the Director, conducting outreach and relationship management with individuals at the highest levels of government, business and the expert community.
  • Managing the Director-General’s event series, consisting of roundtables, briefings, dinners and receptions. Contribute event ideas; recruit and liaise with speakers; research target audiences and conduct delegate management; oversee venue, catering and technical requirements; onsite event management.
  • Attendance of the Institute’s major international conferences as part of the onsite management team.
  • Shadow writing the Director’s external comms including emails, letters and other material as required.

Internal Communications:

  • Produce regular reports on the Director’s activities, coordinate internal announcements and communiques, write ad hoc memos and contribute to staff policies.
  • Maintain regular contact with staff in all departments and offices, in particular other Heads of Department and Managing Directors of the Institute’s international offices, to facilitate cross-organisational cooperation and consistency.

To be successful in this role you will need to have the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum degree level education in politics, international relations or a related field;
  • Exceptional personal integrity, diplomacy and discretion;
  • An international outlook, cultural awareness, and a desire to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • A flexible approach to work, the capacity to cope with change and to multi-task in high pressured environments;
  • Excellent command of the English language and interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate persuasively with colleagues and clients at all levels, across a range of mediums;
  • An analytical mind-set and aptitude for problem-solving; an ability to innovate and implement changes in the workplace.
  • Emotional intelligence, good judgement and the capacity to navigate personal politics;
  • Attention to detail, methodical working and a high level of accuracy;
  • Highly developed planning, time-management and organisational ability, ideally informed by past experience supporting C-suite executives.

In return, you will receive a comprehensive range of benefits including Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance and contributory Pension Scheme. This position will attract a competitive salary, dependant on experience, with 21 days of holiday in the first year of employment and 26 days per year thereafter plus UK Public Holidays.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and two referees by email, citing ‘IISS Head of the DGO Application’ in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 26 August 2016 or until the position is filled – early applications are encouraged.

Only applicants who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES OFFICE

Head, Director of Studies Office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the leading global authority on geopolitics, defence and security policy, and geo-economics. Headquartered in the UK, the Institute also has offices in the US, Singapore and Bahrain. 

The IISS is seeking to appoint a Head of the Director of Studies (DoS) Office. The DoS works with regional and thematic research programmes and international offices to set the IISS’s intellectual objectives, develops and implements strategies to raise funds to support research, projects policy analysis to key audiences in government, business, academia and the media, and is the interface for the Institute’s global network of individual members.

The Head of the DoS office will provide crucial support in the following areas:

  • Day-to-day supervision and implementation of DoS strategies and plans, and provision of liaison function with respect to other IISS departments.
  • Generation of research grant proposals and other funding applications, and management of key relationships in the research funder and donor community.
  • Mapping international opportunities for research funding among governments, corporations, philanthropic foundations and private individuals, and provision of a clearing-house function connecting research programmes to sources of financial support.
  • Production of seminars, roundtables and briefings to project and disseminate IISS analysis, and the development of regular reports measuring IISS research impact.
  • Preparation of the annual meeting of the IISS Council, the Institute’s international advisory board.

The successful candidate will be a professional with:

  • Strong managerial and organisational abilities, and an entrepreneurial and business-minded approach to work. 
  • A track record in fundraising or revenue-generation.
  • Experience of working in a policy environment, whether a think tank or an organisation consuming international policy analysis.
  • First-rate written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Proven project-management skills and experience of line-managing others.

The post is based at IISS Headquarters in central London. Salary commensurate with experience.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and a list of referees by email, citing ‘Head, Director of Studies Office Application’ in the subject line to hr@iiss.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 29 August 2016.

Only applicants who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Media Relations and Communications Officer

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading global think tank on security affairs, is seeking to appoint a Media Relations and Communications Officer.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Media Relations and Communications Officer will facilitate and manage media relations for all global offices for the IISS, from its headquarters in central London.

The Media Relations and Communications Officer role will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate proactive and targeted media engagement plans around the Institute’s global research and publications. The successful candidate will work with research staff to develop media strategies, including drafting messages for press campaigns and placing op-eds.
  • Create an efficient media relations office for the IISS to manage and coordinate media engagement, including responding to media enquiries, setting up interviews and managing media logistics at events.
  • Manage and administer press activities prior to and on-site at all major IISS overseas events and all London-based press launches.
  • Maintain the Institute’s database of media contacts and manage the distribution of press releases and invitations to journalists.
    • Ensure the content of the press area on the IISS website is updated in close coordination with the online editorial team. Assist in drafting content for social media platforms working closely with the online team, and contribute to the overall social media strategy for the IISS. 
    • Work with the Director of Communication to improve communications tools for use internally and externally.

The successful candidate will have the following: 

  • Experience of working with international press and broadcast media.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to draft press statements and manage press events for an international audience.
  • Ability to proactively build and maintain strong relationships across the Institute and the media; to master IISS content and communicate it effectively whilst identifying potential media opportunities (such as interviews and op-eds) for disseminating IISS research and publications.
  • Excellent knowledge of digital/social media and ability to generate ideas for proactive press/media campaigns.
  • A good understanding of and experience of the workings of a busy press office and the ability to juggle day-to-day management of enquiries with forward planning and administration of media for forthcoming launches and events.
  • Proficiency in CRM database, Excel and Powerpoint and an understanding of media monitoring and web metrics.
  • Knowledge of international relations and/or interest in global defence and security issues is an advantage.
  • The post-holder should be a self-starter, creative and a team player with strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and an ability to build relationships with journalists. 

The post is based at the IISS headquarters in central London, and only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply. 

Salary range is between £35,000 and £40,000.  Benefits package includes Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance and contributory Pension Scheme.

The interview process will involve first and second interviews and a written skills test.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and a list of referees by email to hr@iiss.org citing ‘Media Relations and Communications Officer Application’  in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of applications is 29 August 2016.


Assistant Editor, Digital Communications

The International Institute for Strategic Studies, the leading global think tank on international security affairs and conflict, is seeking an Assistant Editor to join its Communications and Online team at its central London headquarters.

We are looking for an experienced online editor, who is able to copy-edit with sensitivity and flair, and write in a clear and compelling way to engage online audiences. They should be able to apply digital best practice to help ensure that the IISS website is a compelling and engaging platform for its international audiences.

In addition to editing, writing, proofing and uploading IISS website content, the Assistant Editor will play a key role in developing a forward editorial plan for the website and working on strategies to promote IISS research and publications via social media. Other responsibilities include updating web pages, writing and editing IISS communications material, contributing to the IISS Digital Annual Review and producing online content for events such as the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.  

Successful candidates will have excellent editorial skills and meticulous attention to detail when writing and editing content. They will also have a track record in managing content for a site with a high quantity of pages. An understanding of website architecture and best practice for creating engaging content would be useful.

Candidates must be team players and able to work well with authors and research teams across the Institute, as well as other website stakeholders, including membership accounts, IT, events and the international offices.

University-educated, the successful candidate will ideally have a knowledge of online content management systems (e.g. Sitecore, Drupal or WordPress), while a basic grasp of html language and Photoshop would be beneficial. A keen interest in international affairs and an enthusiasm for social media would also be advantageous.

Salary range: £27,000–£32,000.

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply. Please apply by e-mail to hr@iiss.org no later than 4 September 2016, attaching a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and an editing test.

Only applicants who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


IISS-Middle East Office

No vacancies at present.


IISS–Americas Office

IISS–AMERICAS INTERNSHIP

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking volunteer interns on a part- or full-time basis to support the activities of its office in Washington DC, for Fall 2016.

Requirements: 

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least a college junior in good standing (recent college graduates will also be considered) or a graduate student studying international relations, security studies or a related field;
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent;
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include this information in your application.

Responsibilities: 

Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank. Duties will include research support, administrative and operational support, and assistance with event management. Applicants with previous office experience and a proven professional demeanor are preferred.

Application:

1)      Résumé;

2)      Cover letter (please specify dates available and preference for full- or part-time);

All materials should be sent in PDF format via email to internships-washington@iiss.org, with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Fall 2016 Internship Application’. Please include your full name in the title for each separate document. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received.

The deadline is rolling until all positions are filled.

Contact:
The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1.202.659.1490
Fax: +1.202.659.1499
internships-washington@iiss.org


RUSSIA AND EURASIA PROGRAMME INTERNSHIP

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is currently seeking a volunteer intern to support the Institute’s Russia and Eurasia Programme, which is based at the IISS–Americas in Washington, DC. To be considered for the Fall 2016 session, kindly submit a complete application no later than 26 August 2016.

Requirements:

  • Be a current graduate student with a major or significant coursework in Russia/Eurasia area studies;
  • Be proficient in Russian (particularly reading);
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent from a non-US institution;
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS–Americas cannot assist in any way with procuring visas or entry permits


Responsibilities: 

The internship involves substantive research on the politics, foreign policies and political economy of Russia and the states of post-Soviet Eurasia, and US/EU policy toward them. Interns will be required to provide administrative and operational support, conduct research, and assist with event and media management for Russia and Eurasia Programme staff. Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

Application
 (by email): 

1)      Résumé;

2)      Cover letter (please specify dates available and preference for full- or part-time);

3)      3–5 page analytical writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to conduct substantive, original research (may be a portion of a longer paper);

4)      Two letters of reference from faculty members and/or current or former employers. 

Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. 

Contact:

Managing Director, IISS–Americas
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1-202-659-1490
Fax: +1-202-659-1499
internships-washington@iiss.org



IISS–Asia Office

No vacancies at present.