Africa Programme Assistant – Transparency International, Defence and Security Programme – London, UK

Transparency International (TI) is a civil society organisation leading the global fight against corruption. Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption, and works with partners in government, business, and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

TI-DSP, a TI programme led by the UK chapter, is dedicated to fighting corruption in the defence and security sector globally. TI-DSP works with governments, defence companies, multilateral organisations, and civil society to build anti-corruption capacity and integrity across the world.

This is an exciting time to join TI-DSP. We are a growing team (currently 14 full-time staff and 9 senior advisors) with a vast network of TI chapters internationally. We are currently working on the second round of our Defence Anti-Corruption Indices, one on governments and one on defence companies, as well as major research on stabilisation operations and lessons learned from Afghanistan and Mali, amongst others. As part of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI), TI-DSP has funding to cover all 54 African nation states, and for tailored preparation and follow-up work in a selected number.

The Africa Programme Assistant will support the Programme Lead in coordinating this project. They will ensure that the highest administration and planning standards are maintained at all times. They will lead on the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) aspects of the programme, demonstrating its impact and identifying lessons learned to be shared and discussed with various stakeholders. They will also be involved in GI research itself (including country assessments) and liaise closely with more than one hundred assessors, peer reviewers, as well as across the TI movement.


  • Leading on the administration and organisation of the 54 African nation states covered in the GI.
  • Leading on the administration and organisation of related capacity building and training, such as leadership days.
  • Liaising with country assessors, peer reviewers, as well as government points of contact, working closely with the team producing the 2015 GI.
  • Leading on the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) of TI-DSP’s Africa work and coordinating with existing MEL within TI-DSP. Producing regular reports on progress, both for internal information sharing and for the donor(s).
  • Working on GI country assessments.
  • Leading on the administration and organisation of Africa launch activities for the GI in 2015.

Required skills and knowledge

  • Highly enthusiastic. This is a very stimulating and innovative team and you will be a key member of it.
  • Educated to a Bachelors- or Masters-level; preferably in international relations, political science, or a related discipline.
  • Able to work effectively across a federated organisation of over 100 independent national TI Chapters.
  • Experience of administering projects and liaising with various stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management skills and strong attention to detail.
  • High level of numeracy.
  • Self-starter with the capacity to work unsupervised and take work forward independently.
  • Fluency in English and French. Additional languages are a strong asset (Arabic, Portuguese).
  • No restrictions on the right to work in the UK.

Highly desirable

  • Experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of, or proven interest in, Africa, key African nation states and regional organisations.
  • Knowledge of, or proven interest in, defence and security issues.
  • Knowledge of, or proven interest in, corruption.
  • Skilled at networking and building strong working relationships with individuals and organisations.

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