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Countering Proliferation Finance via Crypto and other New Payment Methods: Research Analyst

Closing date: 04 Aug 2021

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  • Full Time
  • London

Website RUSI

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical and innovative analysis to address today’s complex challenges. The Centre for Financial Crime and Security (CFCS) at RUSI is a leading authority on the intersection of finance and security. Its research aims to strengthen and transform the ways in which finance can be used to identify and disrupt a range of global threats. Since its inception in 2014, CFCS has become a central figure in the policy landscape, working with governments and the private sector to identify and tackle current and emerging challenges in the world of financial crime and threat finance. A noted area of CFCS expertise covers counter proliferation finance (CPF). Since starting our CPF project in 2015, RUSI has been at the forefront of global policy development on CPF by publishing standard-setting research and collaborating closely with governments, intergovernmental bodies, and financial institutions around the world and has included a dedicated focus on the role of cryptocurrencies in North Korea sanctions evasion and proliferation finance. Thus, via the contribution of expertise on cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies and new payment methods more broadly, this role would contribute to the further growth of this centre of excellence within the team.

This Research Analyst (RA) role provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to join the team and build on the cryptocurrency work done to date as well as be involved in the Centre’s growing body of work examining the use of economic and financial sanctions in foreign policy.  This role will also provide an opportunity to place the study of ‘international security and new payment systems’ alongside the other core topics within RUSI’s CFCS.

Ultimately, this role will allow the successful candidate to develop subject matter expertise in a field of finance and security that is likely to dominate policy dialogue in the coming years.

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow responsible for CPF and sanctions research, the Research Analyst will work on the following activities day-to-day:

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training and technical assistance on CPF/sanctions and new payment methods, either virtually or anywhere in the world*.
  • Execute and further develop topic relevant research projects, including literature reviews, policy monitoring, and fact checking.
  • Contribute to and publish topic relevant research, including larger research publications and shorter commentaries and guidance papers.
  • Support the development of topic relevant research-related events, such as workshops, seminars, and conferences, working closely with and supporting RUSI’s Outreach and Implementation Manager.
  • Contribute to the generation of new topic relevant research ideas, especially on the issue of economic and financial sanctions.
  • Support new and existing country stakeholder relationships, where required and in the subject matter expertise.
  • Develop profile as subject matter expert on the security dimension of new payment systems
  • Ad-hoc programme support across CFCS.

**The above list of is not exhaustive, the post holder will be required to undertake such duties that may reasonably be expected within the scope and grade of the role**

Essential Criteria

  • Evidenced interest in and understanding of key topic-related issues in counter-proliferation financing and new payment methods as they relate to financial crime.
  • Demonstrated topic relevant research and analysis skills.
  • A postgraduate qualification in a related field, and previous experience in a similar position (or equivalent professional experience in lieu of degree).
  • Excellent organisational and multi-tasking skills, and ability to prioritise.
  • Comfortable communicating with stakeholders from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and with broad variations in seniority, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proactive thinker with the ability to work independently, as well as in a team.
  • Proficiency in Office tools.
  • Willingness to travel internationally*.

*(This job will initially be home-based with all overseas engagements delivered virtually due to COVID-19 travel restrictions).

To apply for this job please visit royalunitedservicesinstitute.peoplehr.net.

Other benefits

RUSI offers several additional benefits, including Pension (6% employer contribution), season ticket loan, as well as free access to RUSI’s world-leading programme of events and conferences, research materials and library and other benefits.

Location: RUSI London

Salary: competitive, subject to experience

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Terms and Conditions

The Research Analyst will be employed on a fixed term contact for one year, with the possibility to extend, with a six-month probationary period.  It will initially be home-based and then at RUSI’s office in Pall Mall.

Please be advised that we are unable to sponsor a work permit for this position. All candidates will need the right to work in the UK and will be asked to provide evidence.

How to apply

To apply, please use the link below. You will be asked to include your CV, a statement of interest (max 200 words) and a short writing sample (in English). The writing sample should be a maximum of 500 words considering the question below. As the system will only allow you to upload two documents, please upload your CV and statement of interest together, as first attachment, and the writing sample separately, as second attachment.

How should governments and the private sector collaborate to disrupt the use of cryptocurrencies as a tool of sanctions evasion?

The closing date for applications is 23:59 BST Wednesday 4 August 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Early submissions will be viewed favourably. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews via Teams. Only shortlisted applicants will be informed they have been selected for interview.  Following a successful interview, a further written test will be requested (no preparation required) as part of the final round interview.

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Job Details

Organisation: RUSI

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 04 Aug 2021

Contract type: Fixed (1 year)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Temporarily due to Covid-19

About the Organisation

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical and innovative analysis to address today’s complex challenges. The Centre for Financial Crime and Security (CFCS) at RUSI is a leading authority on the intersection of finance and security. Its research aims to strengthen and transform the ways in which finance can be used to identify and disrupt a range of global threats. Since its inception in 2014, CFCS has become a central figure in the policy landscape, working with governments and the private sector to identify and tackle current and emerging challenges in the world of financial crime and threat finance. A noted area of CFCS expertise covers counter proliferation finance (CPF). Since starting our CPF project in 2015, RUSI has been at the forefront of global policy development on CPF by publishing standard-setting research and collaborating closely with governments, intergovernmental bodies, and financial institutions around the world and has included a dedicated focus on the role of cryptocurrencies in North Korea sanctions evasion and proliferation finance. Thus, via the contribution of expertise on cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies and new payment methods more broadly, this role would contribute to the further growth of this centre of excellence within the team.

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