London Office

Head of Library & Information Services, The International Institute for Strategic Studies

£Competitive, full-time, permanent, Central London

The IISS, headquartered in central London, is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.  The Library & Information Department supports the work of the Institute’s research staff, and provides library and information services to members of the Institute.

As the department enters an exciting phase of development, it seeks a professionally-qualified Librarian and information specialist with significant experience of library & information management in the special library sector, including the provision of high-quality, specialist reader services and research assistance, together with physical and electronic collection management and detailed MARC21 cataloguing.  Knowledge of the SirsiDynix Symphony library management system would be advantageous but is not essential.  Knowledge and interest of international current affairs is desirable.

The role has responsibility for the overall management and development of Library and Information Services.  Leading a small team of professional librarians, the post holder will manage the Department’s resources, services, operations and projects; plan and implement the strategic development of library & information services in response to the evolving research needs of the IISS; and play an active part in all aspects of day-to-day technical work and reader services.

Further Particulars

Applications should be made by submitting your full CV; covering letter setting out your suitability for the position; and the details of two referees to hr@iiss.org. Closing date 10 June 2015.  

Candidates must possess the right to work in the United Kingdom. Strictly no agencies.

Visit the IISS Library web page at http://www.iiss.org/en/library


Intern, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic intern to contribute to the work of the Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Programme. The NPDP is responsible, inter alia, for research and convocation activity on issues involving proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missiles, nuclear security and arms control and disarmament matters.   Reporting to programme director Mark Fitzpatrick, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on current non-proliferation issues. In the process, you will gain insight into how a think-tank like IISS delivers its products and services.

You will be involved in:

  • Preparations for upcoming IISS events on non-proliferation and disarmament issues.
  • Consultations on the Iran nuclear deal.

You should possess or be studying for an undergraduate or Master’s in the field of international relations, arms control or Middle East studies.

You need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, an astute and diplomatic manner, advanced research skills, attention to detail, methodical working and a flexible approach to work. Essential skills: strong writing ability and familiarity with arms control issues. Desirable skills:  Farsi language.

The internship programme has a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 20 hours. It can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments. Applicants must be able to start immediately or as soon as possible. The work cannot be confined to university breaks and summer term.

Please note that this internship is voluntary and therefore unpaid.  However, reasonable local travel expenses and internal luncheon vouchers are provided. 

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by 20 May, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and how you would hope to benefit from the internship. Please also state your immediate availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over 6 weeks. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


Research Events Administrator - Fixed-Term One-Year Contract

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic Research Events Administrator to work on the organisation of internal research events, research administrative coordination and conference support. The role is a dynamic one, at the heart of the Institute’s activities and under the joint supervision of the Conference and Events Manager and the Coordinator for Research and Fundraising, in the Office of the Director of Studies.

The role will comprise:

 Coordination of the IISS research events programme including:

  • Organisation of a range of research programme activities, including workshops, seminars and discussion meetings 
  • Logistical support for corporate-member breakfast briefings
  • Communication with event participants, including invitation issuing, monitoring and logging responses on the IISS CRM, and managing telephone and email queries                                           
  • Coordination with IT, catering and building support services to ensure research events are delivered successfully
  • Liaison with external speakers where appropriate regarding invitation copy, onsite requirements and other queries
  • Coordination of relevant colleagues to assist on the day of events
  • Onsite management of events including creation of timeline, escorting speakers, greeting participants, and ensuring catering is set up and IT team is prepared for live streaming
  • Working in partnership with the Senior Conference and Events Coordinator and Conference and Events Manager to ensure best practice in the delivery of events; also reviewing current procedures and updating if necessary.

Administrative support to the Office of the Director of Studies:  

  • Assistance with Director of Studies events and productions, including the video features for the website 
  • Updating relevant monitoring documents to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed of progress, including research proposals grants
  • Maintenance of internal databases, including the IISS Network of Experts
  • Tracking and reporting of research-event activities on CRM
  • Acting as principle liaison with Council Members for logistical and administrative queries, including for the preparation of the annual Council Meeting.

International events support, including:

  • Administrative support for designated international events, which may include issuing invitations, database/CRM maintenance and data entry 
  • Logistical support, for example arrangement of shipments, website coordination, ensuring adherence to royal protocol, transport liaison, organisation of associated dinner, liaison with embassies and contractors such as interpretation and transcription companies.
  • Onsite support for international conferences including collation of delegate materials, management of delegate queries and support with registration.

Comprehensive administrative support to the conference and events team

  • Projects could include the support or coordination of private dinners hosted by the Director General and Chief Executive, organising travel itineraries, and covering calls during DPO staff absence.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, methodical working, the ability to multi-task and a flexible approach to work. In addition, they will be able to show they can work within and across departments, and will have familiarity with CRM or similar business information software. A proven interest in the work of the Institute and an undergraduate degree in international affairs, or similar, is an asset.  

Salary circa £20,000 gross per annum, pro-rata. Please apply by e-mail to hr@iiss.org by 31 May 2015, attaching your CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


Corporate & External Relations Internships, Corporate & External Relations Department

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking two energetic interns to contribute to the enhancement of corporate & external relationships between the Institute and its corporate members, partners and contributors.  Reporting to the Outreach Manager or the Corporate & External Relations Manager, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on an exciting and challenging new project of refocusing the outreach and re-configuring the processes and practices of the Corporate & External Relations division. In the process, you will gain insight into how a charitable institute like IISS fosters and develops relationships with corporates and individuals.

You will be involved in:

  • Using systems including Microsoft Dynamics to manage client relationships, through inputting and outputting data, and analyzing the data output to maximize sales and leverage opportunities;
  • Researching prospective and existing corporate members, partners and contributors for IISS and IISS Consulting;
  • Researching government bodies including ministries and embassies that can be engaged in IISS work as strategic members;
  • Targeting universities as sources of both institutional membership and of expert individual members;
  • Researching and targeting individuals who should become engaged in the IISS community and network;
  • Supporting the department with events that it organizes from time to time;
  • Marketing and business development groundwork for the Institute and IISS Consulting, including the development of visuals and copy, and the management of the appropriate channels for outreach and distribution. 

You should possess or be studying for an undergraduate or Master’s in a relevant field (international relations, economics, business studies).

You need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, an astute and diplomatic manner, the ability to write with minimal supervision, attention to detail, methodical working, the ability to multi-task and a flexible approach to work. Solid knowledge of Microsoft Suite (including PowerPoint, Excel and Word) is essential; Publisher and MS Dynamics are desirable.

The internship programme has a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 20 hours (with some flexibility). It can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments. Applicants must be able to start immediately or as soon as possible. The work cannot be confined to university breaks and summer term. Previous applicants need not reapply.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by Friday 29 May 2015 at 6pm, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and how you would hope to benefit from the internship. Please also state your immediate availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over 6 weeks. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.




IISS–Middle East Office

There are currently no vacancies.


IISS–US Office

Managing Director, IISS-US

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), headquartered in London and with offices in the US, Bahrain and Singapore, is the leading non-partisan provider of analysis on global security and defence issues and the convenor of major conferences and dialogues on these themes. The Institute is now seeking a Managing Director to work in its Washington DC office (IISS–US).

The IISS–US is tasked with developing networks in the US expert, government, business, media and philanthropic communities, projecting a distinct international perspective into US policy debates and drawing prominent Americans into global IISS activities. The Managing Director has responsibility for the operations of the IISS–US, including co-ordination of all finance, HR, ICT and facilities, and oversees governance and regulatory compliance. They are intimately involved in the development and execution of strategies to: recruit senior US official delegations to events such as the Shangri-La Dialogue and Manama Dialogue; promote IISS journals, books and digital publications; develop a strong programme of analytical events in Washington DC and New York; grow the IISS Individual and Corporate Membership; and identify fundraising opportunities to support IISS initiatives in the US and elsewhere. The Managing Director will collaborate closely with colleagues in other IISS international offices.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years’ work experi­ence in international affairs and/or non-profit management; hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in international affairs, public administration or business administration; possess superb written and oral communication skills; and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair.

Salary competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. The IISS–US provides a generous package of benefits, including full health coverage and a retirement plan with matching contributions.

Candidates should submit a résumé, cover letter and a list of three refer­ences by email, citing ‘Managing Director, IISS–US Application’ in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 29 May 2015.

Candidates should be aware that inter­views for this role will take place in our Washington DC office in the week commencing 8 June 2015.


IISS–Asia Office

There are currently no vacancies.