International Institute for Strategic Studies – IISS-Europe

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  • International cooperation | Foreign & security policy


For 60 years, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has helped to shape the strategic agenda for governments, businesses, the media and experts across the world. We earn our revenue from the sale of our databases and publications, host-nation support for conferences, corporate sponsorship, research work, consultancy, and donations from private individuals and foundations. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world leading authority, whose researchers produce independent analysis to advance a wider understanding of global security, geo-economics and geopolitics.

The IISS generates facts, produces analysis and exerts influence.

The IISS is international in character, composition and perspective. As employees we strive for the highest professional standards in both our work and conduct, engaging with others with respect, precision, courtesy and good humour.

We have a truly international workforce, currently totalling 22 nationalities. We value the diverse makeup of our organisation and the rich perspectives this brings to our work.

We endeavour to be lean and disciplined, keeping bureaucracy to a minimum so that we can work to productive effect and get things done.

Employee development

We take employee development seriously at IISS, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to continually improve and increase their skills. We do this through training and by providing on-the-job opportunities to expand each individual’s range of experience. We believe people should never stop learning.

To do this, we have a professional competency framework designed to ensure fairness, transparency and to be inspiring. Within the framework, each employee’s role is defined and a job profile prepared identifying the standards required in the areas of: (a) knowledge and technical abilities; (b) business skills; and (c) behavioural factors. This allows for structured development to take place in preparation for promotion opportunities as they arise.

This framework is delivered through our performance management system, which provides for annual reviews and mid-year objectives discussion and adjustment.

A clear line manager support structure ensures staff are tasked appropriately and given clear direction on a daily basis. A bespoke management training programme is open to all and supports the competency framework. This allows for staff to develop their business and soft skills, alongside their chosen technical field.

From time to time secondment opportunities to our international offices arise. We see this as a valuable experience enabling IISS to retain the expertise and to develop the individual internationally.

Employee benefits

The Institute offers a range of benefits including group life assurance, contributory pension scheme with access to salary exchange, private medical insurance, health cash-back plan for everyday health expenses, access to a season ticket loan facility and a cycle-to-work scheme.

The Institute seeks to be a family-friendly employer, offering generous maternity, paternity and adoption benefits. Statutory time off for dependents, supplemented by discretionary compassionate leave, is supported where merited.


We work hard at having fun and there are many opportunities to take part in a wide range of social activities. We have an enthusiastic social committee who arrange activities, led by staff demand. These include yoga, a book club and sporting activities.

We hold a summer party and a Christmas party each year, to which staff are warmly encouraged to bring their partners.

Employee wellbeing

We understand that to have healthy employees we need to make it as easy as possible for staff to look after themselves.

To provide support on a practical and mental health level, the Institute provides an employee assistance programme with access to professionals who can help in the areas of family matters, bereavement, relationships, work, stress and financial guidance.


We aspire to create a culture that is inclusive and diverse. We work hard to attract and retain outstanding and internationally focused people throughout our worldwide network of offices.

As an equal opportunities employer, the IISS does not discriminate against any employee or job candidate because of their race, gender or social background.

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