Research Assistant with Tech Against Terrorism, including a secondment to Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC)

Job title: Research Assistant

Contract type: Internship

Closing date for applications: 15 September

Start date: ASAP

Duration:  10 months

Working for: Tech Against Terrorism

Location: London, UK – Hybrid with three days in the office and 2 days working from home. For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

Salary: £26,250 per annum

About Tech Against Terrorism

Tech Against Terrorism supports the global technology sector in responding to terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. We focus on supporting smaller tech platforms, who might not have capacity or capability to respond to this threat, through a support programme that covers open-source and threat intelligence analysis, bespoke research and threat mapping, policy-oriented support, and the development of technical solutions. We work closely with the United Nations, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), dozens of smaller tech platforms, democratic governments, and civil society.

The Role

This research internship offers a great opportunity for a junior researcher to immerse themselves in both an academic and policy-oriented environment. The successful applicant will spend 50% of their time working on a joint research project in collaboration with Swansea University’s Cyber Threats and Research Centre (CYTREC). The project will involve outlink analysis aimed at deepening understanding of terrorist propaganda dissemination strategies. For the purposes of the project, the appointee will be seconded to CYTREC and work alongside CYTREC colleagues under the supervision of Professor Stuart Macdonald. The candidate will work on this joint project for the entire 10 months. The first phase of the project will consist of data collection, during which the candidate will work alongside colleagues at Tech Against Terrorism to develop Open-source intelligence (OSINT) skills. The second phase will involve data analysis, under the supervision of world-leading academic experts at CYTREC. The final phase will focus on the production of written outputs and the dissemination of findings and recommendations via conferences and workshops.

Alongside this research project, the candidate will perform a variety of other duties to be determined by Tech Against Terrorism. This will involve helping the organisation’s work supporting the global tech industry in responding to terrorist use of the internet. This role will give you an opportunity to research a wide variety of topics such as (but not limited to) technology, tech policy, terrorism, human rights, digital rights, and international law. You will be key to supporting research project delivery, as well as day-to-day running of the organisation. In addition, you will be introduced to open-source intelligence skills. The role is particularly suited for degree educated students from programmes such as Security, Counter Terrorism studies, Politics, Computer Science, or Data Analytics – or with relevant work experience on issues related to technology, tech policy and/or human rights – who have strong communication and leadership skills.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to a joint research project on terrorist propaganda dissemination strategies
  • Lead and support with ad hoc Tech Against Terrorism projects as needed
  • Build and sustain relationships with stakeholders
  • Attend and present on Tech Against Terrorism’s work at events
  • Draft copy for blog posts and digests: press releases, analysis, and reaction pieces
  • Plan and lead meetings with internal team and external stakeholders 
  • Support day-to-day management at Tech Against Terrorism

Personal qualities

  • Collaboration: You work effectively with colleagues to meet timelines and organisational targets.
  • Organisation, time management and attention to detail: You are well-organised and are able to carry out multiple projects to a very high quality.
  • Flexible: You have the ability to move between tasks and are agile in doing so.
  • Accountable: You thrive on taking ownership of both larger projects and smaller tasks.
  • Communication: You have excellent written and oral communications skills, and you are able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with both colleagues and clients.
  • Independent worker: Ability to conduct and plan research on your own and meet internal deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic: Motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys both team collaboration and independent work.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area
  • Experience and proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience with data collection methods
  • Good level of knowledge of terrorism/violent extremism, in particular far-right and violent Jihadist ideologies.
  • Good level of knowledge about tech policy and conceptual understanding of technological subject matter.
  • Shown interest in wider issues around relevant news, policy and practices within the tech industry.
  • Good people skills for external stakeholder engagement, including sensitivity when dealing with “political” nature of relationships and topic areas.
  • Good organisational skills, can balance different work streams to meet varying deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

Desirable skills

  • Subject matter knowledge of terrorist use of the internet
  • Understanding of the policy debate around terrorist use of the internet and digital rights.
  • Some knowledge and/or experience of open-source intelligence
  • Some experience with data analysis software such as R.
  • Ability to conduct research in a foreign language (Arabic/Russian preferred).

Benefits

The work we do is hugely impactful and engaging, but it’s our talented team which is our greatest asset. Tech Against Terrorism takes pride in providing a collaborative environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to do their best work. You’ll experience a fun and thriving culture, with the following benefits as part of life at Tech Against Terrorism:

  • £26,250 per annum salary
  • Friendly and supportive culture with all the benefits of working with private sector stakeholders while advancing the goals of an NGO at Tech Against Terrorism
  • As a secondee at CYTREC, you will have access to all CYTREC facilities and resources and have the opportunity to attend CYTREC events including guest lectures and research seminars
  • Flexible working to support families and varying needs, including hybrid and flexible hours
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Numerous perks, discounts, and rewards
  • Regular team-wide events held in-person and virtually
  • Top notch IT equipment
  • A fully stocked supply of breakfast, fruit, and refreshments for the days when you are in the office

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply here, by submitting your CV and one-page cover letter.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, due to the volume of applications we normally receive.

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]


Head of Communications

Closing date: 3rd August

Working for: Tech Against Terrorism

Location: London, UK – Hybrid home/in office. For this role, the right to work in the UK is required

Salary: £45,000 – £55,000 per annum

Start date: As soon as possible

Length of contract: Permanent – Full Time

Job details:

About Tech Against Terrorism

Tech Against Terrorism supports the global technology sector in responding to terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. We focus on supporting smaller tech platforms who might not have capacity or capability to respond to this threat through a support programme that covers open-source and threat intelligence analysis, bespoke research and threat mapping, policy-oriented support, and the development of technical solutions. We work closely with the United Nations, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), dozens of smaller tech platforms, democratic governments, and civil society.

The Role

As Head of Communications, you will be responsible for developing and implementing Tech Against Terrorism’s communications strategy for Tech Against Terrorism. You will play a key role in raising awareness of the work we do and building the reputation of the organisation and be shaping the way in which we communicate with stakeholders, including government bodies, global organisations, tech companies and journalists.

This is a standalone role so it’s a fantastic opportunity to make your mark and get creative, whilst finding real meaning in your work as you contribute to something that truly has a global and social impact.

You’ll need to be able to distil complex topics and research into media pitches, articles and news stories, generating positive news coverage, profile pieces and features across a broad media spectrum.

Further, as a senior member of the TAT team this role will see you represent the organisation at conferences alongside senior stakeholders so a broad understanding of our work will be required.

The role is well suited for someone with previous experience in tech policy, cybersecurity, international law, counterterrorism, security and risk analysis, and international politics and/or candidates with subject matter knowledge of terrorist use of the internet or counterterrorism. Experience of being an online representative for an NGO or other 3rd sector organisation is a strong plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Devise and implement an ongoing media strategy for TaT in order to raise the organisation’s public profile.
  • Draft regular press releases based on TaT activity and reacting to relevant news within the industry.
  • Manage all digital profiles across our website and social media.
  • Regularly promote content such as newsletters, podcasts, whitepapers, reports and research articles.
  • Collaborate with and advise cross-functional teams on compelling communications opportunities.
  • Develop a wide range of communications materials such as op-eds, blogs and editorial content.
  • Lead coordination with design partners to implement graphic design and marketing deliverables
  • Being the PoC to support and lead on reactive media enquiries
  • Manage stakeholder relationships alongside the Director and Chief of Staff
  • Public speaking on behalf of Tech Against Terrorism at various in-person and virtual conferences and webinars
  • Representing the organisation at events, including e-learning webinars, online roundtables, and in-person workshops as required

Personal qualities

  • Accountability: You thrive on taking ownership of both larger projects and smaller tasks
  • Collaboration: You work effectively with colleagues to meet timelines and organisational targets.
  • Organisation, time management and attention to detail: You are well-organised and are able to carry out multiple projects to a very high quality
  • Eye for design: You’ve got a flare for content production and knowledge of social media strategy that you can help bring TaT into the spotlight.
  • Problem solving: You are solution oriented and innovative in how you approach challenges and blockers
  • Analytical and innovative mindset: You identify gaps in existing processes and suggest improvements by regularly bringing new ideas forward.
  • Communication: You have excellent written and oral communications skills, and you are able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with both colleagues and clients
  • Management: You have experience in project management and demonstrate leadership, and demonstrate capacity to support and upskill junior team members.

Requirements

  • Degree in a field relevant to TAT’s areas of work
  • Practical work experience in the counterterrorism or technology sector
  • Previous experience managing fundraising activities for a scaling organisation
  • Experience in a senior comms-focussed role, ideally at a civil society organisation or within PR or journalism
  • Experience of content production and social media strategy
  • Experience and strong interest in media evaluation and tracking
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, manage, and execute multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining good decision making in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits

The work we do is hugely impactful and engaging, but it’s our talented team which is our greatest asset; we take pride in providing a collaborative environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to do their best work. You’ll experience a fun and thriving culture, with the following benefits as part of life at Tech Against Terrorism:

  • £45,000 – £55,000 per annum salary
  • Friendly and supportive culture with all the benefits of working with private sector stakeholders while advancing the goals of an NGO
  • Generous monthly training & conference budget to help you upskill
  • Flexible working to support families and varying needs, including hybrid and flexible hours
  • Option to work abroad up to one month of every year
  • Top tier private healthcare
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Numerous perks, discounts, and rewards
  • Regular team-wide events held in-person and virtually
  • Top notch IT equipment
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension contribution scheme
  • A fully stocked supply of breakfast, fruit, and refreshments for the days when you are in the office

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply here, by submitting your CV and one-page cover letter.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we normally receive.

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]


Head of Commercial Partnerships

Closing date: 3rd August

Working for: Tech Against Terrorism

Location: London, UK – Hybrid home/in office. For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

Salary: £45,000 – £50,000 per annum

Length of contract: Permanent – Full Time

About Tech Against Terrorism 

Tech Against Terrorism supports the global technology sector in responding to terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. We focus on supporting smaller tech platforms who might not have capacity or capability to respond to this threat through a support programme that covers open-source and threat intelligence analysis, bespoke research and threat mapping, policy-oriented support, and the development of technical solutions. We work closely with the United Nations, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), dozens of smaller tech platforms, democratic governments, and civil society.

The Role

Tech Against Terrorism is looking for its first ever Head of Commercial Partnerships to drive the implementation of our work and support programmes for the global tech industry. You will be responsible for building and managing commercial and strategic partnerships with expert organisations and lead the creation and implementation of TATs commercial strategy.

This role will be leading and driving high value, strategic and transformational partnerships, you will lead commercial efforts such as monitoring and identifying new potential clients and donors, drafting proposals and leading all discussion for contract negotiation.

Further, as a senior member of the TAT team this role will see you represent the organisation at conferences alongside senior stakeholders so a broad understanding of our work will be required.

The role is well suited for someone with previous experience in tech policy, cybersecurity, international law, counterterrorism, security and risk analysis, and international politics and/or candidates with subject matter knowledge of terrorist use of the internet or counterterrorism. Experience of being central to the running of an NGO or other organisation is a strong plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Forge strong relationships with current and prospective clients to drive our revenue and help grow the organisation.
  • Identify potential platforms that would benefit from a working relationship with TAT
  • Draft service proposals (with input from team leads and wider TAT team)
  • Build new connections and engages in long-term relationships with current donors and potential donors.
  • Support senior management with capital allocation decisions as well as investor relations and fund-raising efforts
  • Lead creation and implementation of organisational processes, systems, and structures in collaboration with the Chief of Staff.
  • Public speaking on behalf of Tech Against Terrorism at various in-person and virtual conferences and webinars
  • Report key developments to organisation Director and forecast team and organisational growth from potential fundraising activities
  • Representing the organisation at events, including e-learning webinars, online roundtables, and in-person workshops as required

Personal qualities

  • Accountability: You thrive on taking ownership of both larger projects and smaller tasks
  • Collaboration: You work effectively with colleagues to meet timelines and organisational targets.
  • Organisation, time management and attention to detail: You are well-organised and are able to carry out multiple projects to a very high quality
  • Problem solving: You are solution oriented and innovative in how you approach challenges and blockers
  • Analytical and innovative mindset: You identify gaps in existing processes and suggest improvements by regularly bringing new ideas forward
  • Communication: You have excellent written and oral communications skills, and you are able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with both colleagues and clients
  • Expertise: Deep interest and demonstrated knowledge in the subject matter we work on every day, including terrorist use of the internet, tech policy, and human rights in the internet age.
  • Management: You have experience in project management and demonstrate leadership, and demonstrate capacity to support and upskill junior team members.

Requirements

  • Degree in a field relevant to TAT’s areas of work
  • Practical work experience in the counterterrorism or technology sector
  • Previous experience managing commercial and fundraising activities for a scaling organisation
  • At least two years of experience acting as a senior manager within a smaller organisation within the 3rd sector.

Benefits

The work we do is hugely impactful and engaging, but it’s our talented team which is our greatest asset; we take pride in providing a collaborative environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to do their best work. You’ll experience a fun and thriving culture, with the following benefits as part of life at Tech Against Terrorism:

  • Friendly and supportive culture with all the benefits of working with private sector stakeholders while advancing the goals of an NGO
  • Generous monthly training & conference budget to help you upskill
  • Flexible working to support families and varying needs, including hybrid and flexible hours
  • Option to work abroad up to one month of every year
  • Top tier private healthcare
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Numerous perks, discounts, and rewards
  • Regular team-wide events held in-person and virtually
  • Top notch IT equipment
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension contribution scheme
  • A fully stocked supply of breakfast, fruit, and refreshments for the days when you are in the office

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply here, by submitting your CV and one-page cover letter.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we normally receive feedback times may vary.

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]


Chief of Staff

Closing date: 3rd August

Working for: Tech Against Terrorism

Location: London, UK – Hybrid home/in office. For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

Salary: £55,000 – £65,000 per annum

Length of contract: Permanent – Full Time

About Tech Against Terrorism

Tech Against Terrorism supports the global technology sector in responding to terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. We focus on supporting smaller tech platforms who might not have capacity or capability to respond to this threat through a support programme that covers open-source and threat intelligence analysis, bespoke research and threat mapping, policy-oriented support, and the development of technical solutions. We work closely with the United Nations, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), dozens of smaller tech platforms, democratic governments, and civil society.

The Role

Tech Against Terrorism is looking for its first ever Chief of Staff to drive the implementation of our work and support programmes for the global tech industry. You will be responsible for line managing coordinating the efforts of the Tech Against Terrorism delivery team leads and acting as liaison between team leads and TAT’s Director.

You will help lead the creation of an overall organisational strategy and support delivery across our three delivery teams: open-source intelligence analysis, research, and policy. You will also lead the creation and implementation of organisational processes, systems, and structures in collaboration with the Operations and HR team.

The role is well suited for someone with previous experience in tech policy, cybersecurity, international law, counterterrorism, security and risk analysis, and international politics and/or candidates with subject matter knowledge of terrorist use of the internet or counterterrorism, however, experience in these areas is not essential. Experience of being central to the running of an NGO or other organisation is a strong plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead on organisational strategy in collaboration with department leads and the Executive Directors
  • Oversee delivery of all core TAT programmes and select project-based activity, including coordinating and supporting the efforts of the delivery teams and managers to ensure smooth running of projects, to anticipate issues and blocker and to assist the team managers in addressing such issues and blockers
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure he is kept abreast of all activity and/or issues within the organisation
  • Act as a central point of contact for the Executive director and team managers, ensuring effective communication throughout the organisation and with stakeholders
  • Coordinate and lead weekly team meetings
  • Facilitate the decision-making process by supporting team managers in breaking down issues and finding solutions, and ensuring effective communication with, and escalation to, the Executive Director where appropriate
  • Lead creation and implementation of organisational processes, systems, and structures in collaboration with the Operations and HR team.
  • Report key developments to organisation Director and forecast team and organisational growth

Personal qualities

  • Accountability: You thrive on taking ownership of both larger projects and smaller tasks
  • Collaboration: You work effectively with colleagues to meet timelines and organisational targets.
  • Organisation, time management and attention to detail: You are well-organised and are able to carry out multiple projects to a very high quality
  • Problem solving: You are solution oriented and innovative in how you approach challenges and blockers
  • Analytical and innovative mindset: You identify gaps in existing processes and suggest improvements by regularly bringing new ideas forward
  • Communication: You have excellent written and oral communications skills, and you are able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with both colleagues and stakeholders
  • Expertise: Deep interest and demonstrated knowledge in the subject matter we work on every day, including terrorist use of the internet, tech policy, and human rights in the internet age.
  • Management: You have experience in project management and demonstrate leadership, and demonstrate capacity to support and upskill junior team members.

Requirements

  • Degree in a field relevant to TAT’s areas of work
  • Practical work experience in the counterterrorism or technology sector
  • At least two years of experience acting as a senior manager within a smaller organisation within the 3rd sector.

Benefits

The work we do is hugely impactful and engaging, but it’s our talented team which is our greatest asset; we take pride in providing a collaborative environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to do their best work. You’ll experience a fun and thriving culture, with the following benefits as part of life at Tech Against Terrorism:

  • £55,000 – 65,000 per annum salary
  • Friendly and supportive culture with all the benefits of working with private sector stakeholders while advancing the goals of an NGO
  • Generous monthly training & conference budget to help you upskill
  • Flexible working to support families and varying needs, including hybrid and flexible hours
  • Option to work abroad up to one month of every year
  • Top tier private healthcare
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Numerous perks, discounts, and rewards
  • Regular team-wide events held in-person and virtually
  • Top notch IT equipment 
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension contribution scheme
  • A fully stocked supply of breakfast, fruit, and refreshments for the days when you are in the office

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply here, by submitting your CV and one-page cover letter.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we normally receive feedback times may vary.

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]


OSINT Analyst

Description

Our team is growing! We have an opportunity for an OSINT Analyst to join the Tech Against Terrorism team. Tech Against Terrorism supports the global technology sector in responding to terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. We focus on smaller tech platforms who might not have capacity or capability to respond to this threat without support.

We work closely with the United Nations, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), dozens of smaller tech platforms, democratic governments, and civil society. Our mission is to support smaller tech companies in tackling this threat whilst respecting human rights and to provide companies with practical tools to facilitate this process.

The role

Tech Against Terrorism’s OSINT team works to track, analyse and disrupt terrorist and violent extremist exploitation across platforms. The OSINT team’s findings and analysis supports colleagues in our research and policy teams, and our intelligence output aims to inform effective and proportionate decision-making by our stakeholders.

The role will involve collecting, collating and analysing publicly available information at scale as well as drafting analytical reports. You will be responsible for conducting online investigations for a variety of our stakeholders including in the public and private sector, and IGOs. Please note that this role involves exposure to graphic and/or otherwise distressing content; specialist support and training will be provided. Depending on skills and experience the successful candidate may be taken on at junior, intermediate or senior level.

Requirements

  • At least two years of OSINT and SOCMINT experience
  • Investigative mindset, excellent problem solving and conceptual thinking abilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge around terrorist/violent extremist use of technology and the internet
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the various online behaviours exhibited by hostile actors
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to analyse and describe complex findings
  • Experience using well known OSINT and social media analysis tools and ability to describe advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Experience of planning and conducting social media archiving and data management at scale
  • Ability to find open-source information from a wide range of mainstream and niche social media sites
  • Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Somali, Russian, Portuguese or Spanish languages skills (working proficiency)

The following skills would be advantageous but are not essential:

  • Proficient coding ability (R, python, SQL, etc)
  • Relevant work experience (academia, government/military, risk consultancy, etc)
  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in relevant subject (Security, War Studies, Intelligence, etc).

Benefits:

  • £26,000 – £38,000 salary (dependent on skills and experience)
  • Friendly and supportive culture with all the benefits of working with private sector stakeholders while advancing the goals of an NGO
  • Generous monthly training & conference budget to help you upskill
  • Flexible working to support families and varying needs, including hybrid and flexible hours
  • Option to work abroad up to one month of every year
  • Top tier private healthcare
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Numerous perks, discounts, and rewards
  • Regular team-wide events held in-person and virtually
  • Top notch IT equipment
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension contribution scheme
  • A fully stocked supply of breakfast, fruit, and refreshments for the days when you are in the office

Please submit applications here.

If you are interested, please apply below submitting your CV and a cover letter of no more than 300 words.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we normally receive feedback times may vary.

For this role, the right to work in the UK is required.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]