27 February 2019

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Job title:           Climate Security Consultant

Reporting to:    Director, Sustainable Security Programme

The Role:         The consultant will lead on ORG’s work on climate security, researching UK policy and organising two roundtable events in London.

Location:         Working remotely, with regular meetings at ORG’s offices in London (The Green House, E2 9DA) and Westminster, and at least one research trip within the EU.

Hours:             1 to 2 days/week (up to 50 days).

Duration:         c.32 weeks: May to December 2019.

How to Apply:  Please send a CV and short covering letter (1 page max.) to [email protected]. Please put "SSP Climate Security" in the subject box of your email.

Rate:               TBD commensurate with experience.

Deadline:         Please apply as soon as possible. We will recruit until we find the right candidate.


About Oxford Research Group (ORG)

ORG is an independent peace, security and conflict resolution NGO that has been active and influential since the early 1980s. Since 2006 we have been based in London. In 2019 we have a staff of eleven and a similar number of consultants and fellows.

ORG’s mission is to promote approaches to defence, development and foreign policies that are inclusive, accountable, sustainable and effective. We thus work to transform the way that people and policy-makers think about security, shifting to long-term, strategic measures to sustain peace. We call this breaking out of the cycle of conflict.

Our work is rigorous, realistic, and evidence-based. It is rooted in the four pillars of research, advocacy, capacity-building and dialogue. The main focus of our work is the UK and countries where British foreign and security policies are most closely intertwined with violent conflicts, not least the Middle East and North Africa.


About the Sustainable Security Programme (SSP)

SSP’s work focuses on promoting global cooperation through attitudes, structures and institutions that sustain peace and security in the long-term. The programme brings to ORG expertise on climate and environmental policy, marginalisation and development challenges, arms industry, exports and proliferation, and geopolitical tensions, particularly in the Middle East and northern Africa.

The sustainable security approach has been pioneered by ORG since the mid-2000s and prioritises the identification and resolution of underlying drivers of insecurity and conflict rather than their violent symptoms. Its emphasis is on preventative rather than reactive strategies and an exploration of alternatives to military action to manage and resolve conflicts.

The programme aims to develop new thinking around the security challenges and responses that define our age in pursuit of more sustainable approaches to peace and security in the United Kingdom and globally.


Role Description

ORG is looking for an expert on climate change and security issues to lead on implementation of a new project on integrating climate change analysis into UK national security planning processes. The role will include research and analysis, including key informant interviews and the organisation of two expert roundtables in London, and the production and promotion of an options report to inform the next National Security Strategy.

The role is expected to extend over 7-8 months from May 2019, being equivalent to about 1.5 day/week over that period, although time commitments may vary. Extension of the role beyond that period is possible subject to securing additional funding.


Person Specification

Applicants should address each of the following points in a cover letter of no more than 1 page. CVs should include details of all publications relevant to climate change and security.


Education and qualifications:

  • A post-graduate degree in International Relations and/or Environmental Science related to Climate Change and Security.


  • Record of publications on climate and security issues with relevance to UK policy-makers.
  • Experience of researching and writing evidence-based reports and briefings for a policy audience.
  • Experience of organising research events, e.g. conferences, roundtables, focus groups.


  • Expert knowledge of climate change and its linkages to conflict and security.
  • A good understanding of the UK policy context and the work of national/international security institutions, e.g. NSC, MoD, FCO, DFID, BEIS and relevant parliamentary committees.
  • Excellent contacts on climate security issues in government, military, civil society and/or academic communities.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to engage and influence policy-makers.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English at the level of a native speaker.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines.