London Office

Senior Press and Communications Manager

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

Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Senior Press and Communications Manager will facilitate and manage media relations for the IISS, from its headquarters in central London.

The role will have the following responsibilities:

  • Support the development of a proactive IISS media strategy, and associated media relations and activity plans, to position the Institute in a competitive field as a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.
  • Manage the IISS press office (and relevant systems) on a daily basis, offering support to all researchers and overseas offices on media work. Evaluate activities and provide monthly reports on press work. On-call availability essential (in practice not frequently required).
  • Manage press registration, proactive IISS press opportunities and all press events/coordination, prior to and onsite at all IISS London and overseas events (launches, summits and conferences).
  • Work closely with the Online team and others to maximise tactical media opportunities for the IISS as they arise. Provide media training support to researchers and increase general media awareness across the organisation. Support and coordinate with our overseas offices to ensure uniform and professional IISS media relations.
  • Mentor and manage the Press and Events Coordinator (part-time) and interns where appropriate.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Ability to work semi-autonomously in running the press office of an international organisation on a day-to-day basis. A good understanding and experience of the workings of a 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.
  • Experience of segmenting audiences, producing tailored media target lists, and shaping pitches accordingly, on occasion working on exclusives with top-tier media, and developing and placing op-eds.
  • Experience working with international press and broadcast media, ideally with strong contacts in the UK and US.
  • Experience working on complex issues and following relevant debates and developments to identify risks and openings.
  • Experience of pursuing proactive, ‘non-news driven’ media opportunities.
  • Ability to spot a story, simplify complex materials, identify institutional risks and manage media crises.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to draft press statements, produce other relevant media materials, and manage major press events.
  • Experience proactively building and maintaining strong relationships across the media, organising media briefings with researchers/senior staff, and selling in/developing story opportunities with key journalists.
  • Experience promoting a proactive media strategy internally and securing buy-in across an organisation, building strong relationships and support from staff.
  • Experience shaping a changing communications environment within a complex, international organisation.
  • The post-holder should be a self-starter, driven by results, able to work alone and develop creative solutions, whilst also contributing as a valuable member of the broader Communications team and the Institute as a whole, with strong interpersonal, coaching and persuasive skills, resilience, and experience of managing others.
  • Proficiency in CRM databases, Excel and PowerPoint, and an understanding of media monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
  • Knowledge of international relations and/or interest in global defence and security issues are essential.
  • On-call availability and ability to travel overseas a few times a year are essential.

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 will be in the range of £35,000–40,000. Benefits package includes life insurance, private medical insurance and contributory pension scheme.

The selection process will involve 1st and 2nd interviews and a written skills test.

The deadline for application is 11 August 2017. Candidates should send their CV and covering letter to hr@iiss.org, citing ‘Senior Press and Communications Manager’ in the subject line.

Research Assistant for IISS Armed Conflict Database – China (Xinjiang)

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately two hours a week covering the China (Xinjiang) conflict. This position is for at least three months, starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing developments in the China (Xinjiang) conflict is highly desirable. He or she will be able to write clearly and concisely, and meet tight deadlines.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org by 17 August. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Research Assistant for IISS Armed Conflict Database – Afghanistan

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately 12 hours a week covering the Afghanistan conflict. This position is for at least three months, starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing developments in the Afghanistan conflict is highly desirable. He or she will be able to write clearly and concisely, and meet tight deadlines.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org by 17 August. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Research Assistant for IISS Armed Conflict Database – Myanmar

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately seven hours a week covering the Myanmar conflict. This position is for at least three months, starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing developments in the Myanmar conflict is highly desirable. He or she will be able to write clearly and concisely, and meet tight deadlines.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org by 17 August. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Research Assistant for IISS Armed Conflict Database – southern Thailand

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately three hours a week covering the southern Thailand conflict. This position is for at least three months, starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing developments in the southern Thailand conflict is highly desirable. He or she will be able to write clearly and concisely, and meet tight deadlines.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org by 17 August. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Research Assistant for IISS Armed Conflict Database – the Philippines

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately 9–10 hours a week covering the Philippines conflict (Abu Sayyaf Group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and New People's Army). This position is for at least three months, starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student (or graduate) with educational or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing developments in the Philippines (ASG, MILF and NPA) conflict is highly desirable. He or she will be able to write clearly and concisely, and meet tight deadlines.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org by 17 August. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Please note this is a freelance, self-employed position.

Research Fellow on Chinese Military Modernisation for Defence and Military Analysis Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading international think tank for the analysis of political–military issues.

We are seeking a Research Fellow who will be a specialist in China’s military capabilities, defence policy, and military modernisation efforts. The appointee will join the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme, reporting to the programme’s director. This position is based in London.

In the context of a joint initiative with the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), the appointee will engage in original research, produce papers, and contribute to a range of publications, including on online platforms.

Against the background of China’s evolving role as a security actor with global reach, the appointee will play a key role in assisting with the collection and assessment of data for IISS publications The Military Balance and/or Military Balance+, and the expansion of that dataset in their area of expertise. Candidates should have outstanding writing skills as well as experience of public presentation, and be able to play an active role in conferences and events.

Salary will be in the range of £45,000–50,000 based on proven capabilities and experience.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Please email application letter, CV and a recent writing sample (PDF, max. 10 pages) to hr@iiss.org, by 28 August 2017.

This position is for a fixed-term appointment of 12 months (full-time). The IISS aims to fill this position by 2 October 2017 or soon thereafter. Please note that only those candidates who are called for an interview will receive a reply.

Part-time Production and Administration Assistant

(Renewable six-month, fixed-term contract)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the world’s leading international think tank for global security issues, has two vacancies for part-time Production and Administration Assistants to join the IISS Publications team. These exciting roles are based at the IISS central London headquarters and would begin in October 2017.

The Production and Administration Assistant will:

  • proofread and copy-edit to IISS house style timelines and reports on conflicts around the world for the IISS Armed Conflict Database;
  • upload final content to the IISS Armed Conflict Database;
  • assist with editorial and production duties on other IISS publications as necessary;
  • monitor the online sales inbox for orders and queries;
  • fulfill and record customer orders for IISS publications;
  • respond appropriately to customer sales queries for publications;
  • maintain stocks of in-house publications.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • a bachelors degree as a minimum;
  • basic experience of html, working with content management systems, databases or online publication content;
  • a demonstrably keen eye for detail and great organisational skills;
  • an interest in the commercial aspects of publishing;
  • enthusiasm and the ability to be a team player;
  • previous office experience (desirable);
  • an understanding of international affairs and/or security (advantageous).

The posts are for an average of 15 hours per week at the rate of £10 per hour.

The closing date for application is Friday 1 September 2017. Candidates should email a letter explaining the skills and experience they would bring to this role, enclose a CV and a list of referees, to hr@iiss.org, citing Production and Administration Assistant Application in the subject line.

There will be a short editing test as part of the interview process.


IISS–Middle East Office

There are currently no vacancies in the IISS–Middle East Office.


IISS–Americas Office

IISS–Americas Graduate Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is seeking a volunteer graduate intern to work 20–30 hours a week to support the activities of its Americas office in Washington DC, for Fall 2017.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate programme studying security studies, international relations, or a related field. Preference will be given to students focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent.
  • Be proactive and a self-starter able to work in a small team environment.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States. IISS–Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include your work eligibility in your application.

Responsibilities:

Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

  • Research support. This includes ad hoc projects to support the work of the Executive Director/Director of the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, as well as IISS researchers in London, Singapore, and Bahrain, as necessary.
  • Event, administrative, and operations support. You will be expected to assist with IISS–Americas events and daily administrative tasks. Those with previous office experience are preferred.

Application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (specify dates and times available)

The resume and cover letter should be sent as two separate PDF files via email to internships-washington@iiss.org, with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Fall 2017 Graduate Internship Application’. Please include your full name in the title for each separate document.

This internship is unpaid. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. The deadline is rolling until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to respond to every single one.

Contact:

Internship Coordinator
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

IISS–Americas External Relations Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is seeking volunteer undergraduate interns to work on a part-time basis to support the activities of its Americas office in Washington DC, for Fall 2017.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least a college sophomore in good standing studying security studies, international relations, or a related field. Only currently enrolled students will be considered.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent.
  • Be proactive and a self-starter able to work in a small team environment.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States. IISS–Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include your work eligibility in your application.

Responsibilities:

Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

  • Database management.
  • Assisting with Congressional and federal government outreach and external relations.
  • Event, administrative, and operations support. You will be expected to assist with IISS–Americas events and daily administrative tasks. Those with previous office experience are preferred.

Application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (specify dates and times available)

The resume and cover letter should be sent as two separate PDF files via email to internships-washington@iiss.org, with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Fall 2017 External Relations Internship Application’. Please include your full name in the title for each separate document.

This internship is unpaid. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. The deadline is rolling until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to respond to every single one.

Contact:

Internship Coordinator
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

IISS-Americas Internship Program FAQs

The internship recruitment period for Summer 2017 has ended. Please check back in mid-July for Fall 2017 internship applications.

When are your application cycles?

Fall internships run from September to December. Applications open in July/August and close once all positions have been filled.

Spring internships run from January to May. Applications open in November/December and close once all positions have been filled.

Summer internships run from June to August. Applications open in March/April and close once all positions have been filled.

Can I send in a resume/cover letter outside of the regular application cycle?

Only resumes/cover letters sent during a regular application cycle will be considered.

I have just graduated from my graduate/undergraduate program. Am I eligible to apply?

No, unfortunately only currently enrolled students are eligible to apply.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students can apply as long as you are eligible to work in the US. We regret that we cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits.


IISS–Asia Office

There are currently no vacancies in the IISS–Asia Office.