Special opportunity: NATO Transformation Seminar Young Professionals Day

Are you a leading young professional, aged 25–35, a citizen of a NATO Member Country or NATO Partner Country, and engaged in the key political and security debates confronting us today?

Then the NATO Allied Command Transformation, in collaboration with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), welcomes you to apply to join our Young Professionals Day, to be held on 21 March 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

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London Office

Research Assistant Vacancy, Defence and Military Analysis Programme (full-time or part-time)

An opportunity has arisen for the role of Research Assistant in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP).

This position should appeal to individuals who have, or would like to acquire and use, detailed knowledge of military organisations or global defence policies, and are looking to gain experience in the field of military analysis or strategic studies. An interest in military aerospace and a working knowledge of the Russian language would be advantageous.

The Research Assistant’s core task is providing general research and administrative support to DMAP Senior Fellows and the Director of DMAP. General duties may involve researching, maintaining information holdings and providing regular updates on the organisation and equipment of armed forces around the world, arms procurements, military operations, current armed conflicts, and wider defence policy matters.


  • Completion of, or enrolment on, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course relating to strategic studies or military affairs.
  • OR a professional background in military or defence intelligence.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Experience of research using written and online sources.

Initial period of contract: 15 March 2017 to 15 September 2017.  Possibility of contract extension subject to satisfactory performance. Part-time employment (20hrs/week) possible.

Salary £10.00 per hour.

Please apply with:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter.
  • Official transcript(s) for all post-secondary schools and universities attended (photocopies are acceptable).
  • Contact information for two references (email and telephone, preferably from both academia and the workplace).

Candidates should email their CV and cover letter to hr@iiss.org no later than 24 February 2017.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. The IISS regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or work permits for this position.

Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, only those candidates who are called for interview will receive a reply.


Geo-economics and Strategy Intern

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, has a vacancy in its London office for an intern to work for six weeks as part of its Geo-economics and Strategy Program (GES). The GES programme is devoted to analysis of the interplay between economics and geopolitics at the global level.

The vacancy would be suitable for an Economics/Geopolitics Studies graduate with good writing skills and an interest in international economics and finance, and/or geopolitics. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the compilation and analysis of macroeconomic and trade-related data and contribute to the preparation of presentations, reports and publications.

The successful candidate should be able to manage and maintain large data sets, and have the habit of data analysis and report writing. They will also demonstrate proficiency in using Excel and data-analysis software. Knowledge of foreign languages (particularly Chinese, Arabic, and Russian) is an advantage.

We offer interns lunch vouchers and assistance with local London travel costs. You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this internship.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a shorter covering letter, citing 'Geo-economics and Strategy Internship' in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

Recruitment Administrator

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict, is seeking to appoint a part time Recruitment Administrator to join the Human Resources Department.  The role is based at the IISS London office.

The Recruitment Administrator will support a busy HR office. Tasks will include:

  • Coordination of the candidate application process: logging and acknowledging incoming CVs, managing the review process
  • Assisting in placing advertisements, job boards
  • Liaising with candidates to arrange interview meetings and facilitate interview logistics
  • Assisting with testing arrangements
  • Providing post-interview feedback to candidates
  • Reference checking and pre-employment compliance administration
  • Carrying out office tours
  • Supporting general administrative tasks

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree as a minimum
  • Previous administration or office experience
  • An interest in human resources
  • Good organisational skills and a team-player attitude
  • Basic experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

This is a part time six month contract. Salary £10 per hour. Hours flexible, ideally 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Potential for contract renewal.

Only candidates who already have the right to work in the UK should apply and should send a CV, plus a cover letter demonstrating their suitability for the post to hr@iiss.org, citing Recruitment Administrator in the subject line, by 20 February 2017.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

Information Specialist

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading think tanks and the foremost authority on strategic and military capability globally. We are looking to recruit an energetic, dedicated information professional who is enthusiastic about providing high level support to our users.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge and Information Services, the Information Specialist will provide high level support to researchers in our UK and international offices, based in the Central London office.

The IISS has had a library since its foundation in 1958, providing the Institute’s research staff with the information resources and services they need to carry out their work. These services include both the provision of books, newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets for loan and reference use, and increasingly online databases and e-journals. There is also some active support for specific research projects. Despite these developments, the library remains, in essence, a print collection designed for visitor access.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications, experience, skills and attributes:


  • A degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information science
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional self-development


  • Significant experience of working in a library or information centre including the provision of research assistance and reader services
  • A track record of delivering high-quality, innovative information services
  • Previous use of a library management system


  • A good understanding of the role of an information service in supporting user research needs
  • Ability to support colleagues with information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis
  • Thorough understanding of print and digital information sources and digital technologies
  • Working knowledge of IT in a library/information centre context including databases, catalogues, e-journals and Microsoft Office packages
  • Core technical collection management skills - cataloguing, indexing and stock selection
  • The ability to work on own initiative and organise own work load to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail


  • Strong client focus, customer-service ethos and dedication to service delivery
  • Knowledge of or interest in international affairs
  • Strong team working values
  • Flexible, adaptive and responsive in relation to duties and working hours
  • Ability to build relations, collaborate and gain support from different groups of people

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, citing ‘Information Specialist’ in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

IISS-Middle East Office

There are no vacancies at present.

IISS–Americas Office

IISS-Americas Graduate Internship

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


Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program 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 US. IISS-Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include your work eligibility in your application.


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

Duties will include:

  • 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, or 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.


  • 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 – Spring 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.

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

IISS–Asia Office

The Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017

The International Institute for Strategic Studies–Asia (IISS–Asia) invites applications for the Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017, which will be tenable for a period of three months during 2017 at the IISS–Asia office in Singapore.

Dr Gerald Segal, who died in November 1999, had been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies since September 1997. He joined the IISS in September 1991 as Senior Fellow for Asian Studies. During his career, Gerald Segal was unusually productive: he wrote more than a dozen books and published 130 articles. Though his published work encompassed diverse topics, his greatest contribution was in the analysis of Asian strategic and security issues. Alongside his own direct contributions, Dr Segal also did much to encourage research and writing on Asian security by younger and less widely-published colleagues.

The Gerald Segal Research Internship provides an opportunity for a postgraduate student of any nationality to spend three months with the IISS–Asia office in Singapore working on his or her own research project concerned with an aspect of international relations or international security in the Asia-Pacific region, while simultaneously contributing to the activities of the IISS–Asia office, in terms of both assisting in research projects and involvement in operational support for meetings including the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. Since 2013, IISS–Asia has expanded its research and other activities, and is now located in new, larger premises in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

The intern will be paid a stipend of SGD800 per month to cover daily expenses. IISS–Asia will provide assistance in securing the necessary temporary work permit for the intern, but finding accommodation will be the intern’s own responsibility.

Interested candidates should submit their CVs, synopses of their proposed research projects (which may be directly connected to their postgraduate programmes), and covering letters to Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia via Huxley@iiss.org by 6 February 2017.