Employment Opportunities


Researcher (two positions)

We are no longer accepting applications for these two posts. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in coming days. Thank you for considering working with VERTIC.

VERTIC is looking to appoint two researchers for a fixed term of 12 months, with the possibility of extension for up to six months, subject to funding. The positions are based in London (one) and New Zealand, preferably Christchurch (one).

VERTIC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation. Our mission is to support the development, implementation and effectiveness of international agreements and related regional and national initiatives, with particular attention to issues of monitoring, review, legislation and verification.

VERTIC’s Special Projects Programme is implementing a project on ‘Improving Global Implementation of Maritime Sanctions on North Korea’, in a consortium with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and King’s College London (KCL). The project aims to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes by preventing North Korea from obtaining revenue via prohibited maritime trade that directly funds North Korea’s nuclear and missile efforts.

We are looking for two self-motivated and experienced individuals that can take responsibility for and implement current work under this project, which concerns maritime sanctions implementation and enforcement, particularly ship registry regulation. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to champion the development of new work areas for the organisation in the field of international security.

  • The London post is open to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals.
  • The New Zealand post is open to New Zealand nationals and permanent residents. This post will be offered as a consultancy, where the post-holder will be responsible for local social security and tax payments.

VERTIC reserves the right to make an appointment at a lower or higher staff grade, depending on skills and experience.


The researcher will:

  • Provide assistance to States for the implementation of agreements relevant to the project, including by preparing analyses of United Nations DPRK sanctions implementing regulations; contribute to the development of regulatory compliance assessments and drafting tools; provide drafting assistance remotely and during workshops; and participate in awareness-raising, needs assessment and drafting workshops.
  • Assist in co-ordinating VERTIC’s participation in in-country workshops, such as by organising administrative and logistical arrangements (London-based post).
  • Liaise with project partner organisations, project funders, government officials and private companies in partner countries, as well as other organisations and individuals as appropriate.
  • Implement and coordinate project activities under the direction of the Acting Programme Director;
  • Supervise interns and volunteers as agreed with the Acting Programme Director;
  • Implement financial management policies under the direction of the Acting Programme Director;
  • Provide assistance to the Acting Programme Director in raising funds for the programme;
  • Provide input to project grant reports under the direction of the Acting Programme Director;
  • Conduct research on the implementation, monitoring and verification of agreements relevant to the programme; produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organisations; and conduct other research tasks as agreed with the Acting Programme Director.
  • Communicate the findings of his or her work to the public through the publishing of reports; articles in newspapers and journals; interviews with print and broadcast media; and lectures and seminars; he or she also updates online content as agreed with the Acting Programme Director.
  • Carry out administrative and other tasks as agreed with the Acting Programme Director.

The researchers will also be expected to represent VERTIC at in-country workshops to conduct awareness-raising, regulatory needs assessment and drafting. The role requires a willingness to travel frequently and extensively, as well as proactive network-building and direct engagement on technical, policy and financial matters with diplomats, policy-makers, technical government and other experts, representatives from international organisations, academia, media, civil society and the private sector.

Reports to:

The Acting Programme Director for Special Projects.

Responsible for:

The posts do not entail personnel responsibilities.

Skills and Experience:



  • The candidate should have at least two years’ experience working in the legal or nongovernmental sectors. International relations-related experience in governmental or intergovernmental organisations is also accepted; and
  • Undergraduate and advanced university degrees in law, including study in public international law.


  • Demonstrated experience in legal interpretation;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of United Nations sanctions and/or maritime registry regulation (demonstrated through a publications or presentations track record);
  • A demonstrated experience in presenting at conferences, symposia or workshops; and
  • A proven ability to build and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders.


  • Demonstrated experience in project management and fundraising;
  • Some knowledge and interest in nuclear, chemical or biological arms control;
  • Some knowledge and interest in international security and international relations;
  • Some understanding of the preparation of funding proposals, reporting and accounting, as well as general grant administration; and
  • Some experience in organising and running events and workshops.

In return, we offer:

  • A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate's background and experience;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Resettlement support;
  • An education and training budget; and 24 days annual leave allowance.

Deadline and required documentation:

Please submit your application by Thursday, 29 March 2018 by 23:59, British Summer Time. Applications submitted after midnight will not be considered.

Interviews will be held in the week starting Monday, 9 April 2018. Interviews may be conducted via Skype.

What we require for the application:

Please submit one letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and details for two referees to:

  • For applicants from New Zealand: vertic [at] vertic.org, using reference line Application: SP/Researcher/NZ;
  • For applicants from UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland: vertic [at] vertic.org, using reference line Application: SP/Researcher/London.

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer.