London Office

Editor, Armed Conflict Survey /Senior Fellow for Armed Conflict

The IISS wishes to appoint a Senior Fellow for Armed Conflict who will serve as Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey (ACS) and drive the effort to make that publication the equal of The Military Balance. The successful candidate will also direct work on the Armed Conflict Database as part of the Conflict, Security and Development programme, reporting to the programme head and working in central London. She/he will line-manage one Research Associate within the programme and will be jointly responsible for tasking an Associate Editor working on the ACS. We would like the new appointee to join us at the start of October 2018.

Key duties

  • To further improve the methodological and statistical rigour of the ACS, and to promote the book as a canonical work through engagement with academic, think tank and government audiences. This will be a core strand of our effort to raise the profile and impact of the Conflict, Security and Development programme.
  • To commission and edit (with the support of an Associate Editor) our annual Armed Conflict Survey, including its bylined essays, conflict analyses, and maps and graphics, as well as data tables. As with all IISS publications, ACS should be accurate and insightful, and written in a compelling, authoritative, jargon-free manner.
  • To direct the work of the Armed Conflict Database, so that it provides timely, accurate and insightful data and analysis on armed conflicts globally.
  • To generate research proposals, identify and secure funding, conduct and supervise original research, and produce high-quality outputs in the form of reports, speeches and briefings.

Applicants should have established their credentials as a recognised authority on armed conflict, with a considerable track record of publications. They should have a decade or more of relevant experience, most likely in a think tank, international organisation, university or government, and an MA or PhD. The successful candidate will be a compelling public speaker and a dynamic, collaborative team leader.

The essential attributes for this role include: first-rate writing and editing skills; deep expertise in the field of conflict studies; command of statistical methods and data sources relevant to the study of armed conflict, fatalities and human displacement; strong verbal and written communication skills; a collaborative approach to working across teams and business functions; and a demonstrated ability to identify sources of funding and produce proposals that secure funding.

Desirable attributes include: experience of working with online publications; and an understanding of government, corporate and tertiary-sector audiences for these publications.

Starting salary will be in the range £55,000–65,000. The IISS provides a full employment package. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] no later than 27 May. First-round interviews will take place in London in the week commencing 18 June, with final-round interviews one week later. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to undertake an editorial test and make a presentation to IISS research staff.

Consultant Research Assistant for Armed Conflict Database – Egypt

The highly regarded IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) provides data and analysis on conflicts worldwide. We are looking to hire a Consultant Research Assistant to provide research support on the conflict in Egypt (Sinai). The successful candidate will be a PhD or Masters student/graduate with a strong interest in the Middle East and a solid experience in conflict monitoring and analysis; be able to demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concisely; and be able to meet challenging deadlines. This position requires working with Arabic language sources, therefore understanding Arabic is highly desirable. There may be opportunities to work on other Middle Eastern conflicts.

This role is on a retained, self-employed basis and requires a commitment of approximately 30 hours a month. The position is for at least three months starting as soon as possible, with a possibility of renewal. The work can be carried out remotely. To apply please send your CV, a cover letter telling us why you are suitable for the role and a writing sample (preferably on the Middle East) to [email protected] by 18 May. Due to the high volume of applications expected, only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Head Of Communications

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – a leading global authority on geopolitics, defence and security policy, and geo-economics – is looking to appoint a Head of Communications who will enhance the impact and reach of IISS research, analysis, conferences and products, and work with the Directorial team to set and deliver a strategy for IISS communications. She/he will line-manage a small team and report to the Deputy Director-General.

The key duties for this role will involve:

  • Planning and delivering communications around major product launches and key events, including international security summits.
  • Oversight of all IISS media accounts and responsibility over content for the IISS website. Using the website, email and social media analytics to better understand user experience, benchmark against competitors, and develop the IISS offer and approach in response.
  • Supervision and support of direct reports as they deliver press engagement and communications.
  • Providing support to all IISS offices on communications, and leading internal communication of the team's activity within IISS.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with more than five years' experience in press and/or digital communications, who has experience leading communications for an organisation. Candidates will have strong digital communications experience spanning social media, websites and e-news, and experience managing the press and media.

It is essential that candidates exhibit first-rate written and verbal communication skills, strong managerial, leadership and organisational abilities, have a hands on approach, and are able to display initiative. Some international travel will be necessary.

The post is based at IISS headquarters in central London and you must have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom to apply for this role.

To apply, candidates should send a covering letter explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS, along with a CV and a list of referees by email, citing Head of Communications in the subject line, to hr@iiss.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 May.


IISS–Middle East Office

Senior Fellow for Middle East Policy, IISS–Middle East office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading independent authority on global security issues, providing information and analysis on a wide range of international security and political risk questions. The Institute conducts research on the problems of conflict, however caused, that may have a significant military dimension, and also analyses international trends, including financial and economic developments, which may have strategic implications. The Institute convenes high-level conferences that bring together government officials, business leaders and opinion-formers at the most senior level, in order to enhance diplomatic exchanges and to enable the crafting of more effective public policy on strategic matters.

The IISS, headquartered in London with regional offices in Singapore, Bahrain and Washington DC, is seeking to appoint a Senior Fellow in Middle East Policy who is regionally focused; politically aware with a well-grounded knowledge of international relations and security. The position will be based at the IISS–Middle East office in Bahrain.

Reporting to the Research Director, the new Senior Fellow will conduct research in regional security dynamics; defence transformation; defence procurement; national defence capacities and alliance relations. While it is expected that this research will have a strong Middle East regional focus, the Institute intends that the Senior Fellow will work closely and cooperatively with colleagues in the other IISS offices who are concerned with the Middle East.

The Senior Fellow will be an analyst of high calibre and strong in people management to enable the mentoring and coaching of junior researchers.

Candidates should have a proven publishing record; a Doctorate (advantageous) or degree relating to Middle East studies, or an equivalent professional background in related fields; and a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience. The candidate must be able to write well in English and conduct research in at least one of the regional languages.

Candidates should email their application to [email protected] by 31 May and provide the following:

  • 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)

This position is for a fixed term of two years and may be considered for renewal at the end of the contract. Salary is competitive with a full benefits package.


IISS–Americas Office

IISS Cyber, Space and Future Conflict Programme Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is seeking a volunteer graduate intern for Fall 2018 to work 15–20 hours per week in support of the IISS Cyber, Space and Future Conflict Programme in Washington, DC.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate programme studying foreign relations, international law, military affairs, cyber security, computer science, or a related field. Preference will be given to students focusing on issues in the Cyber, Space and Future Conflict portfolio, including emerging technology and critical infrastructure protection.
  • 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 

The Director for Cyber, Space and Future Conflict seeks analytic and administrative support to assist him in his roles as (1) Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, (2) a co-organiser of the Roundtable on Military Cyber Stability between China, Russia, and the US, and/or (3) sponsor of the quarterly Strategic Technologies Roundtable hosted by IISS-Americas.  Graduate interns also have the opportunity to contribute to the IISS weekly Cyber Report and other publications. Specific duties will be tailored to meet the intern's academic background, professional interests, and weekly time commitment.

Application

  • Resume

  • Cover letter (specify dates, times available, and specific topics of interest)
  • Brief writing sample (no longer than five pages, may be a section of a longer piece) that demonstrates the applicant’s best analytical work

The resume, cover letter, and writing sample should be sent as three separate PDF files via email to [email protected], with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Semester, Year FCCS 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
[email protected]

 

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 2018.

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 [email protected], with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Semester, Year 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
[email protected]

 

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 2018.

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 [email protected], with the subject line: ‘Your Name – Semester, Year 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
[email protected]

 

IISS-Americas Internship Program FAQs

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

Senior Administrator

IISS–Asia is the Singapore-based subsidiary of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank with its headquarters in London. Established more than 15 years ago, the IISS–Asia office plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue conference for defence ministers and also the IISS Fullerton Lecture series.

IISS–Asia is seeking to appoint a Senior Administrator. Reporting to the Executive Director of IISS–Asia, and working closely with relevant staff in the London headquarters as well as other IISS offices, the Senior Administrator will be responsible for the general administration of the IISS–Asia office, including budgetary management (notably invoicing and managing cash flow), managing local HR matters, ensuring regulatory compliance (which will involve close liaison with relevant Singapore government ministries and agencies), support for institutional governance, and providing relevant and up-to-date input to the IISS–Asia pages on the IISS website.

The appointee will play an important role in the organisation of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Fullerton Lecture series and other major IISS meetings. The appointee will be responsible for managing a small team of event staff in the IISS–Asia office and – in close coordination with senior colleagues at IISS–Asia and IISS headquarters – be involved in high-level liaison with government departments and agencies, and identify and invite senior figures to functions. Occasional late working, weekend work and travel outside Singapore may be required. The Senior Administrator will have some support from the office’s Executive Assistant.

We are looking for a confident, outgoing and energetic individual with at least five years’ relevant employment experience and, preferably, a demonstrable interest in international affairs. She or he will be pleased to work flexibly as part of a small team in an international office environment, have an eye for detail and possess first-class communications skills, with excellent spoken and written English. Familiarity with office IT systems and proficiency in MS Office will be required.

Applicants will be expected to hold a university degree and must be Singaporean citizens.

This post will be offered with an initial two-year fixed-term contract, which may be considered for renewal by mutual agreement. The initial salary will be in the range of S$5,000–6,000 per month, and there will be a thirteenth-month bonus. Other benefits will include comprehensive health insurance, a generous annual leave provision and a Christmas/New Year stand-down.

Applications should consist of:

  • The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Copies of transcripts from universities attended
  • Contact information for two potential referees (email and telephone)

Candidates should email their applications to [email protected] no later than 31 May 2018.

Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy

The International institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which has its headquarters in London, was founded in 1958 with an initial research focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. In the Institute’s 60th anniversary year, these remain among its key research themes. Among a wide range of other IISS programmes that address the challenges of international and domestic conflict, the newly established research programme in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy will investigate the important connections between domestic political dynamics and the making of foreign policy throughout Southeast Asia.

To assist in this work, The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia (IISS-Asia) office in Singapore is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Political Change and Foreign Policy. Reporting to the Executive Director of IISS-Asia, the Research Fellow will be responsible for organizing and leading the research programme, conducting wide-ranging research (including through fieldwork and interviews) throughout Southeast Asia, writing extensively for IISS publications on the main themes of the research programme, and fund-raising in support of the programme. IISS publications expected of the Research Fellow will include a monograph-length work. The Research Fellow will be expected to travel frequently and to organise seminars and workshops in Singapore and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and will be involved in supporting the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue process, including its Southeast Asian Young Leaders’ Programme.

The Research Fellow should already have a detailed understanding of the domestic politics and foreign policy of at least two Southeast Asian countries, and should have written and published widely on these countries and more generally on Southeast Asian politics and foreign policy as a whole. Candidates should hold a postgraduate degree in political science, modern history, international relations or Asian area studies and have a minimum of five years’ relevant employment experience; they should also be able to work comfortably in a Southeast Asian environment, and a working knowledge of one or more major Southeast Asian languages would be preferred.

Applications should consist of:

  • The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Copies of transcripts from universities attended
  • Contact information for two potential referees (email and telephone)

This post will be offered with an initial three-year fixed-term contract, which may be considered for renewal if funding is available. The salary will be competitive, and other benefits will include comprehensive health insurance, generous annual leave provision and Central Provident Fund or Supplementary Retirement Scheme payments, as appropriate.

Candidates should email their applications to [email protected] no later than 15 June 2018.