London Office

Help Desk and AV Technician

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, is seeking to appoint a Help Desk Technician to work in its London headquarters.

Areas of core responsibilities include:

  • Provide first line IT support to staff members;
  • Assist in the set up and running of audio-visual and video conference equipment for internal staff and external customers;
  • Monitor and respond to email support requests;
  • Carry out PC and laptop repairs and builds;
  • Configure mobile and desktop telephones.

Successful candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Experience in Microsoft products
  • Experience in mobile phone support and PC hardware support
  • Highly organised and efficient with the ability to work independently and take the initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal
  • Experience of audio-visual support in customer-facing or hospitality environments would be beneficial

The post is a full-time position based at the IISS headquarters in central London. Salary up to £24,000 and will attract a pension and private medical benefits package. The flexibility to work outside normal office hours on an occasional basis is a requirement for this role.

Candidates should send their CV, a cover letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, and two referees by email to hr@iiss.org, citing ‘IISS Help Desk Technician Application’ in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of application is 26 July 2017.

Assistant Editor

(Full-time, permanent contract)

The IISS, the leading global think tank on international security affairs and conflict, has a vacancy for an Assistant Editor to work at its central London headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Fact-checking and proofreading IISS publications and reports, and copy-edit according to house style as required (including text, maps and graphics).
  • Fact-checking, copy-editing, proofreading and uploading content on global conflicts for the IISS Armed Conflict Database, an online product.
  • Participating as necessary in sales and marketing discussions for IISS publications.
  • Liaising between the Publications team and Online team to ensure the social media plan has been agreed on all IISS publications before release.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree (minimum)
  • Keen to progress in a career in publishing
  • At least two years’ previous experience of copy-editing and proofreading, and a sharp eye for detail (essential)
  • Basic experience of working with a CMS, database or online publication content
  • Experience of promoting publications via social media
  • An interest in the commercial aspects of publishing
  • An understanding of international affairs and/or global military issues (advantageous)

Only candidates with the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply. Please send a CV with cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to hr@iiss.org by no later than 7 August 2017.

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

Membership Accounts Intern

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

We are offering an internship within the Membership Accounts team starting in August 2017. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of a new membership pricing structure. This will include:

  • Supporting the administration of changes to our Customer Relationship Management system;
  • Working alongside the Corporate and Individual membership coordinators to ensure a smooth roll-out of new membership packages; and
  • Generally assisting the Corporate and External Relations, Director of Studies, and Membership Accounts departments in their day-to-day activities.

The ideal candidate would be currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a degree at either undergraduate or postgraduate level and have an interest in international relations, business administration or the workings of an international think tank.

The internship is for a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 30 hours. These hours can be tailored to fit the candidate's other professional or academic commitments.

The IISS in unable to offer a stipend but local travel costs will be covered and lunch vouchers are provided.

Applicant should send a CV and covering letter explaining the skills they would bring to the post to hr@iiss.org by 2 August 2017. Applicants should include 'Membership Accounts Team Internship' as the subject of the email.

Interviews will be held from 3–8 August inclusive. An immediate start thereafter will be required.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

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 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.

IISS–Middle East Office

Research Analyst

The International Institute for Strategic Studies, the leading authority on international security and conflict, intends to appoint a Research Analyst in the IISS–Middle East Office.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking directed research and data-gathering assignments related to the politics of the Middle East. These include assignments related to political Islamism, Iranian studies, Middle East security, Gulf politics, and Israel–Palestinian conflict;
  • Developing smaller research projects in consultation with supervisor, including publishing in-house or in external publications;
  • Providing administrative support to researchers, including preparing materials and reports for fundraising initiatives and organising conferences/workshops;
  • Project management, including delegate management, for the IISS Manama Dialogue; assisting with workshops and public lectures held at the IISS–Middle East (events expected to be held include Women and Extremism, Asian Navies in Gulf Security, Armed Groups in the Gulf, Sherpa).

The successful candidate will:

  • have a Master’s degree or practical experience gained in one (conflict) area in the Middle East or of relevance to Middle East affairs. Knowledge of GCC affairs would be advantageous;
  • demonstrate ongoing familiarity with the policy and academic literature in the field of Middle East studies;
  • have advanced written skills to contribute to co-authored articles and publish single-authored pieces;
  • welcome constructive feedback and have the desire to improve analytical and writing skills;
  • be proactive in developing ideas and projects with defined goals and outputs for consideration of supervisors;
  • show demonstrable interest in activities and initiatives across the IISS and how these may relate, or be made to relate, to their own work;
  • demonstrate professional approach to interactions with external IISS audiences;
  • have a professional and collegial attitude, and responds in a timely fashion to the needs of supervisor;
  • be fluent in English and Arabic.

This post is based in the IISS–Middle East Office in Manama, and only candidates who already possess the right to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain should apply. Salary is commensurate with knowledge and skills. Contract extendable upon mutual agreement and contingent on continued project funding.

Candidates should send their application to hr@iiss.org, citing ‘Research Analyst to the ME Programme Application’ in the subject line, and include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS
  • 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).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 August 2017. Due to the volume of expected applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Research Assistant

The International Institute for Strategic Studies, the leading authority on international security and conflict, intends to appoint a Research Assistant in the IISS–Middle East Office.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out basic research, data-gathering and fact-checking functions under the direction of supervisor;
  • Organising materials in an effective and consumable manner;
  • Performing, as required, basic administrative tasks, including general office administration, scheduling, assisting in organising in-house events and supporting supervisors’ internal and external correspondence;
  • Demonstrating strong interest in research material;
  • Absorbing and following directions, proactively seeking clarification and guidance when required;
  • Communicating in a clear and timely fashion with supervisor regarding process of work in hand and is punctilious in respect of personal organisation and time-keeping;
  • Approaches both research and administrative duties as positive opportunities for professional development.

The successful candidate will:

  • have an undergraduate degree;
  • have an interest in Middle East politics;
  • have prior experience, at least at an internship level, in a research setting;
  • have clear verbal and written communication skills;
  • welcome constructive feedback;
  • be proactive in foreseeing the needs of supervisor;
  • show interest in supporting activities and initiatives across the IISS;
  • demonstrate a professional approach to interactions with external IISS audiences;
  • have a professional and collegial attitude, and responds in a timely fashion to the needs of supervisor;
  • be fluent in English and Arabic.

This post is based in the IISS–Middle East Office in Manama, and only candidates who already possess the right to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain should apply. Salary is commensurate with knowledge and skills. Contract extendable upon mutual agreement and contingent on continued project funding.

Candidates should send their application to hr@iiss.org, citing ‘Research Assistant to the ME Programme Application’ in the subject line, and include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS
  • 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).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 August 2017. Due to the volume of expected applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.


IISS–Americas Office

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 at the IISS–Asia Office.