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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 Individual Membership Officer or the Corporate & External Relations Manager, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on the 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 the 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 analysing the data output to maximise 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;
  • On occasion, providing support to the department for the events it organises
  • 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 any field.

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 17 April 2015 at 2pm, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability and stating your immediate availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over six weeks. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

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

IT Project Coordinator

About Us
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 a Project Coordinator to join our expanding IT Department on a one-year, fixed-term contract.

Reporting to the Technical Project Manager and working closely with the IT Manager, the role supports key project work throughout four global offices and is based from the Central London Head Office.

The department has three main programmes which this position will support:

Interactive / Web: the development of our online presence and deployment of updates and new products to support the Publications Department.

Infrastructure: improvements to the underlying IT services which include servers (physical & virtual), desktop (including Citrix XenDesktop), networking (LAN and WAN for international offices).

Event Management: the technical delivery of major international conferences and events.

About You
The successful candidate will be accustomed to working in a Project Management Office and experienced in supporting multiple, concurrently running technology projects. Experience in Microsoft products is essential, in particular Outlook, Excel & Project.

  • We are looking for someone to join our team with the following attributes:
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail, able to follow tasks and improvise where necessary.
  • Well organised, professional and self-motivated person.
  • A team player.
  • Understanding of PRINCE2, Agile, PMBOK and/or APMP would be advantageous.

About the Role

The role will be exciting and varied. It has the opportunity to develop rapidly with the right candidate. New processes, systems and technologies are implemented frequently as the organisation expands. The IT Department successfully supports around 250 users worldwide, so international travel may be required.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • All administration related to projects and programmes.
  • Creating and maintaining project documentation, including plans, reports (risk, lessons learned, etc.) & budgets.
  • Assisting Project Managers in delivering projects aligned with the department’s three core programmes.
  • Project performance monitoring.
  • Running of small projects where required.

Salary £23K – £28K (dependant on skills and experience) plus benefits.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org  quoting reference by Friday 20 March 2015, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. 

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.  We apologise that due to expected volume of applications only shortlisted candidates will receive a reply.

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


Outreach Manager, Corporate & External Relations office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic outreach manager to promote the growth of the Institute’s membership base, through recruitment, publicity and corporate development. Reporting to the Managing Director, Corporate & External Relations, the outreach manager will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on individual membership recruitment, corporate and strategic partnership development, marketing, PR and sales. 

Primary Responsibility: 60% 

  • Researching individual membership opportunities via the IISS staff and network, social media and online, and external engagement
  • Coordinating and delivering recruitment drives including events, outreach campaigns, and PR promotions
  • Researching prospective high-net-worth individuals who may be patrons of the Institute
  • Working with the IISS international offices to promote regional membership recruitment
  • Supporting the departmental strategy on marketing initiatives, including the development of visuals and copy, and the management of the appropriate channels for outreach and distribution 
  • Working with colleagues across the IISS to raise the Institute’s profile and leverage the profile to develop the individual members’ base
  • Coordinating and conducting periodic surveys of competing organisations with a view to upgrading IISS benefits, products and services 

Secondary Responsibility: 25%

  • Utilising the existing IISS membership base to identify gateways and advocates for potential strategic partner engagement (recruitment of corporate members/strategic partners/sponsors)
  • Proactively approaching individuals to convert an agreed/expected number of relationships from individual membership to strategic partnerships or institutional memberships
  • Researching institutions worldwide for outreach potential for individual memberships and/or strategic partnerships/institutional memberships, and proactively coordinating and delivering recruitment campaigns. 

Tertiary Responsibility: 15%

  • Management of team activities relating to individual membership (including responsibility for supporting the Membership Officer, the Corporate & External Relations Administrator and the Membership Accounts Assistant in their processes and procedures);

Candidates should possess at least an undergraduate degree and must be prepared to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with minimal supervision. A minimum of six years of experience in marketing/sales/outreach and/or PR is essential, as is an entrepreneurial approach to work.  

Candidates must demonstrate excellent organisational skills, an astute and diplomatic manner, effective time management, excellent writing skills and a flexible approach to projects. Great attention to detail is required as is a methodical approach to this multi-task role. Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Suite (including Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and MS Dynamics – or another CRM database - is required. Demonstrable experience in project management, line management, marketing and PR and development/outreach is essential.   

This is a permanent post, subject to a probationary period of three months. Salary range: £34,000 to £38,000 in line with skills and experience. Benefits package included.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by 16:00 on Tuesday 24 March, 2015, attaching CV and covering letter outlining experience and suitability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Due to the high volume of applications expected, only candidates invited for interview will receive a reply. Interviews will be held week commencing 6 April 2015.

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

 

Corporate & External Relations Administrator, Corporate & External Relations office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic administrator to contribute to the enhancement of corporate & external relationships between the Institute and its corporate members, partners, contributors and individual members. Reporting to the Managing Director, Corporate & External Relations, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on individual membership development, outreach and administration, and corporate & external relations administration.

Primary Responsibility: 70%

  • Using systems including Microsoft Dynamics to manage IISS’s relationship with its members (corporate and individual) and partners, through inputting and outputting data, and analyzing the data output to maximize sales and leverage opportunities;
  • Processing member applications and corporate members’ nominations using the website, Microsoft Dynamics, and any other relevant systems, and ensuring that data is kept up to date, complete and clean; 
  • Processing members and corporate members enquiries, by email or phone, working with colleagues to respond when appropriate;
  • Creating logins, user ids and passwords for members and corporate member nominees;
  • Writing text for emails to individual members with notifications and other information, with support from colleagues when required;
  • Running mail merges using Microsoft Dynamics;
  • Supporting, when required, the Membership Accounts Assistant in processing payments and ensuring renewals and/or cancellations;  
  • Supporting, when required, the work of the managers within the team and of the Managing Director on initiatives of marketing, including the development of visuals and copy, and the management of the appropriate channels for outreach and distribution; 

Assistance to the Managing Director: 5%

  • General administrative support to the Managing Director of Corporate & External Relations.

Ad-hoc tasks: 25%

  • Researching prospective and existing members, partners and contributors for IISS and IISS Consulting;
  • Researching bodies including Universities, Ministries and Embassies that can be engaged in IISS work as strategic members;
  • Research into IISS competitors and a competition analysis;
  • Supporting the Corporate & External Relations office with members and corporate members’ events;

You should possess an undergraduate degree and a keenness to work in administration. You need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, an astute and diplomatic manner, the ability to prioritize and time-keep; to write with minimal supervision, attention to detail, methodical working, the ability to multi-task and have a flexible approach to work. Some knowledge of Microsoft Suite (including Excel and Word) is essential; Publisher, PowerPoint and MS Dynamics are desirable.

This is a permanent post, subject to a probationary period of three months. Salary range £22,000 to £24,000 in line with skills and experience. Benefits package.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by Friday 13 March 2015 at 16:00, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Due to the high volume of applications expected, only candidates invited for interview will receive a reply. Interviews will be held week commencing 23 March 2015.

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


IISS–Middle East Office

Research Fellow

The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Middle East wishes to hire a full-time Research Fellow in Middle East Politics based in its office in Manama, Bahrain.

The selected candidate will work as part of a dynamic and cross cutting team focusing on the politics, security and economics of the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East and North Africa region.  In particular we aim to develop a strong stream of policy relevant research into the nature, evolution and impact of all varieties of political Islamism and related ideological movements and the responses of governments to the political and security challenges they pose. He/she will develop an original research programme in coordination with the senior staff in the various IISS offices, contribute to the various IISS publications, collaborate with other IISS scholars and help organise and take an active part in the various IISS conferences and activities (most notably the Manama Dialogue).

The selected candidate will possess superior analytical, communication and writing skills. He/she will display intellectual and operational versatility and demonstrate an ability to operate as part of a team as well as independently. He/she will conduct outreach to the various IISS audiences (IISS members, governments, media, corporations, civil society). 

Profile:

  • Postgraduate degree relating to Middle East studies with an emphasis on political Islamisms and other regional political ideologies.  Recent PhD, DPhil or Masters with 5 years of professional experience (in research, academia, government, journalism or similar).
  • Regional focus on the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Iraq and the Levant. An interest in North Africa or a willingness to develop one would be an advantage.
  • Functional focus on the origins, causes, ideological trends, organization and impact of political Islamism and at least two of the following subject areas: political violence and terrorism; regional security; state-building, civil-military relations; demographics, human security, water, food and environmental security; conflict studies; political economy and economic development; energy economics and geopolitics. 
  • Excellent command of English and fluency in Arabic.
  • Proven experience conducting primary research, interacting with government and non-government actors and
  • Significant experience living in the Middle East. 

This is a permanent post, subject to a probationary period of three months.  Salary range BHD 50,000 - 55,000 in line with skills and experience.  Benefits package. 

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by Friday 27 March 2015, attaching CV, covering letter outlining your experience and suitability and a list of three references. Candidates will be required to present a writing sample at interview

Selected candidates will be invited for an initial interview.  Due to the high volume of applications expected, only candidates invited for interview will receive a reply.  


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