Join the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London as Assistant Research Manager: Apply!!

Assistant Research Manager (IISS)

Hours: Full-time
Contract: Fixed-term, 12 months (Maternity Cover)
Location: London

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading international think tank providing independent and objective information and analysis on military, geopolitical and geo-economic developments that could lead to conflict.

The Institute is seeking to appoint an Assistant Research Manager to work as part of the Director-General’s team in the Executive Office of the IISS located in London. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Director-General in a small, collaborative team on a wide variety of tasks. The job holder will gain a broad understanding of the Institute’s priorities and will work across our international offices.


  • Provide extensive support to the IISS Research Board, including collation and distribution of Board papers, taking comprehensive minutes, tracking Research Board activities, and coordinating research proposal submissions and actions with operational and research teams.
  • Coordinate across directorates and research programmes on behalf of the Director-General.
  • Track research proposals, submissions, and associated funding status on CRM.
  • Support the Managing Director, Executive Office as required, including providing administrative and Dialogue support, and maintaining CRM records.
  • Manage IISS Advisory Council Meetings, including event logistics, speaker liaison, budget management, and acting as a point of contact for Board members.


  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrable experience working in a similar role.
  • Excellent Excel skills would be beneficial.
  • Ability to work with initiative and organise own workload to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable interest in international relations preferred.

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The IISS provides a full employment package. More information about working at the IISS can be found here.


Candidates should submit their applications by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ blue button above and follow the instructions to submit two documents:

  • A cover letter outlining what skills and experience they can bring to the role.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (resume).

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position. Due to the volume of expected applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 7 May 2024.

The IISS is an equal opportunities employer.

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