London Office

DEFENCE AND MILITARY ANALYSIS PROGRAMME

Land Warfare, Research Assistant (to work on The Military Balance)

The IISS office in London is looking for a research assistant to work on The Military Balance and other projects in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP).

The selected individual will work closely with the editor of The Military Balance and other members of the DMAP team.

This position should appeal to individuals who have, or would like to acquire and use, detailed knowledge of military organisations globally and are looking to gain experience in the field of military analysis or strategic studies.

Tasks:

Duties may involve researching, maintaining information holdings and providing regular updates on:

  • the organisation and equipment of national defence structures; armies and other land forces including amphibious, airborne and special forces;
  • arms procurements;
  • military operations and training exercises;
  • wider defence policy matters.

In addition there may be a requirement for general administrative support.

Requirements:

  • 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, including the analysis of orders of battle and equipment capabilities; 
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • Experience of research using written and online sources.

Initial period of contract: 28 March 2016 to 28 September 2016, for a maximum of 20 hours per week, possibility of contract extension subject to satisfactory performance.  Salary: £9.15 per hour.

Candidates must also be eligible to work in the UK. The IISS regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or work permits.

Your application should include: 

  • 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).

Please send these details, preferably by email to hr@iiss.org, to arrive no later than Friday 29 February 2016. Please note that only those candidates who are called for interview will receive a reply.

Research Assistant, Defence and Military Analysis Programme 

An opportunity has arisen at The International Institute for Strategic Studies for a Research Assistant post in London 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 defence policy globally and are looking to gain experience in the field of military analysis or strategic studies.

The core task of the Research Assistant is to provide general research and administrative support to DMAP Senior Fellows and the Director of DMAP. 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.

Requirements:

  • 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: 14 March 2016 to 16 September 2016, to a maximum of 20 hours per week, possibility of contract extension subject to satisfactory performance. Salary £9.15 per hour.

Application:

  • 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 must also be eligible to work in the UK. The IISS regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or work permits.

Please send these details, preferably by email to hr@iiss.org, to arrive no later than Friday 19 February 2016. Please note that only those candidates who are called for interview will receive a reply.

SOUTH ASIA DEPARTMENT

Research Analyst, South Asia Programme: 13-month  Fixed-Term Contract

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a leading authority on global security, defence and geo-economics, seeks to appoint a Research Analyst within the South Asia Programme.

The programme is responsible, inter alia, for policy-relevant research and publications based around ‘track-1.5’ conferences and workshops on regional security issues. These include extremism and terrorism; Afghanistan and regional stability; India–Pakistan tensions; India’s foreign and security policy in the neighbourhood and the Indian Ocean; and South Asia’s relations with China.

This Research Analyst will provide support across these areas, particularly regarding research, conference and speaker coordination, web-based publications, and fundraising activities.

Job responsibilities will include

  • To provide timely and policy-relevant research support to the Senior Fellow for South Asia and the Research Associate for South Asia. This will include monitoring briefs and specific requests for data collection and analysis.
  • To coordinate speaker and workshop arrangements in London and provide immediate post-event summaries for the IISS website.
  • To publish occasional analytical pieces on the IISS website, with a particular focus on Pakistan’s domestic security, foreign policy and civil-military relations.
  • To support the organisation and management of select South Asia security workshops outside the UK, including in South Asia and the Gulf region.
  • To carry out focused research on fundraising opportunities for the programme.

The successful candidate will have:

  1. Education: A Masters’ degree in a relevant field.
  2. Professional:  Specialised research-related work on South Asia with an understanding of regional politics and security issues as well as a demonstrated ability to write and publish to high standards of English.

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 commensurate with knowledge and skills. Contract extendable upon mutual agreement and contingent on continued project funding.

Candidates should send a letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, enclosing a CV and a list of referees by email, citing ‘Research Analyst’ in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org . The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 February 2016. Due to volume of expected applications only those selected for interview will be contacted.



IISS–Middle East Office

MIDDLE EAST AND GULF SECURITY PROGRAMME

Research Internship 

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Middle East is currently seeking an intern to support the research programmes of its office in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. 

You will be involved in:

  • Research assistance for programmes focused on regional security (notably the Armed Conflict Database)
  • General administration and operations support in the management of the office
  • Compilation and preparation of draft reports

Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate programme or have an undergraduate degree relating to the study of international relations or regional politics
  • Possess excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Be fluent in English and Arabic
  • Possess the right to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain 

Application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter, outlining your experience and suitability
  • Sample of recent writing

Please send the above by email to iiss-middleeast@iiss.org by 1 March 2016. Please note that only those candidates who are called for interview will receive a reply.

The IISS is happy to consider applications for full-time or for part-time internships. The programme can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments, and a monthly stipend will also be offered. Internships at the IISS-Middle East run for three months, but can be renewed or extended by mutual agreement.

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


IISS US Office

RUSSIA AND EURASIA PROGRAMME
Summer Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is currently seeking a volunteer intern to support the Russia and Eurasia Programme, which is based at the IISS-US in Washington DC.

Responsibilities: 

The internship involves substantive research on the politics, foreign policies and political economy of Russia and the states of post-Soviet Eurasia, and US/EU policy toward them. Interns will be required to provide administrative and operational support, conduct research, and assist with event and media management for Russia and Eurasia Programme staff. Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

Requirements: 

  • Be a current graduate student with a major or significant coursework in Russia/Eurasia area studies;
  • Be proficient in Russian (particularly reading);
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent from a non-US institution;
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-US cannot assist in any way with procuring visas or entry permits. 

Application: 

Your application should include the following:

  • CV;
  • Cover letter (please specify dates available and preference for full- or part-time);
  • 3-5 page analytical writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to conduct substantive, original research (may be a portion of a longer paper);
  • Two letters of reference from faculty members and/or current or former employers. 

Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. 

Contact:

Managing Director, IISS-US
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1-202-659-1490
Fax: +1-202-659-1499
internships-washington@iiss.org

To be considered for the Summer 2016 session, kindly submit a complete application to internships-washington@iiss.org no later than 25 March 2016.


IISS Asia Office

No vacancies at present.