Researcher ATT Monitor

Control Arms
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 22

Position description

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first global legally-binding agreement to regulate the conventional arms trade, and offers an important humanitarian tool for addressing the challenges posed by the flow of weapons to some of the world's worst conflict zones and least developed areas. It entered into force in December 2014, after more than a decade of campaigning by the Control Arms Coalition.

Throughout the world, both the persistence of cyclical conflicts and high levels of armed violence are hampering development, increasing human rights abuses and exacerbating poverty. Poorly regulated and irresponsible arms deals exacerbate and fuel these problems. The Control Arms Coalition campaigns for tough international arms controls, and to reduce armed violence and conflict.

Control Arms brings together hundreds of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from around the world and from many different fields, including human rights, poverty alleviation, conflict reduction, weapons specialists, health, youth, gender, survivor networks, parliamentary networks, and legal expertise. Together, we provide evidence-based research and analysis, conduct outreach to governments, supporters and the public, generate traditional and digital media coverage, build capacity and expertise among both governments and civil society, and facilitate policy dialogue.


In 2015, Control Arms established an independent ATT Monitor to track the global implementation and impact of the ATT. The ATT Monitor launches its flagship Annual Report at the yearly conference for ATT States Parties, and over the last three years has been firmly established as a central source of credible, independent analysis and guidance on the ATT.

The ATT Monitor is the only international monitoring mechanism for the Treaty. It ensures that States and civil society have the information necessary to assess the effectiveness of Treaty implementation. The ATT Monitor project’s research outputs take stock of existing practice, create greater transparency in how the Treaty is implemented, inform the work of the CSPs and intersessional meetings, and ensure accountability for Treaty commitments. Without this global resource, ATT States Parties would have less credible information to meaningfully scrutinise

Treaty implementation and review the way the ATT is impacting the global arms trade. The ATT Monitor provides timely information and analysis on:

  • Universalization of ATT norms both through legal adherence and changes in the practice of non-States Parties
  • ATT implementation, including the establishment of national legal and control systems and the application of the ATT criteria to arms transfers
  • Adherence to ATT reporting requirements
  • Key challenges to address at each stage of the universalization and implementation process. 

The Researcher will be a key part of the team delivering the ATT Monitor, working closely with the ATT Monitor Coordinator, and an Editorial Team who help guide the development of the ATT Monitor’s high-quality research and analysis.


To provide and manage top quality research for Control Arms’ ATT Monitor project.

REPORTS TO ATT Monitor Coordinator


• Leading research for the ATT Monitor, including for the Annual Report, drafting case studies and conducting ongoing analysis of international arms transfers.

• Tracking and analysing data on ATT reporting, universalization progress, implementation efforts, and transfer decisions, including developing analysis on trends and indicators.

• Liaising with and helping to manage external experts conducting commissioned research

• Support the Coordinator in project managing the delivery of the ATT Monitor Annual Report, including overseeing the work of external researchers, fact checkers, designers and copy editors to ensure high standards and timely delivery of work.

• Editing and proof-reading content.

• Identifying and initiating other cutting-edge research that supports our activities in key thematic areas.

• Consolidating and building a strong network of strategic partners to deliver our research activities.

• Helping with policy analysis (including managing the content analysis team and note taking at major meetings etc.)

• Communicating the ATT Monitor’s findings, including presentations and media work.

• Representing Control Arms at international, regional and national meetings, explaining and championing our work to governments, civil society colleagues and other stakeholders.


• You will stay abreast of professional trends and issues affecting international arms control and disarmament and demonstrate continuous learning.

• You will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect

• You will have an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity.

• Periodic travel will be required up to a maximum of ten weeks per year.


A comprehensive salary and benefits package will be provided commensurate with experience.

25 days paid annual vacation. This is a three year position, with the potential to extend upon renewed funding.


You are an experienced researcher with a passion for international arms control and disarmament, with a great deal of initiative and the ability to self-manage and thrive without continual oversight. You have an ability to multitask, an eye for detail, a willingness to support the team on all tasks big and small, and a passion a passion for learning about and challenging the international trade in arms and ammunition.



• Degree in international affairs or similar field.

• At least five years experience in research and policy analysis, with particular emphasis on arms control, disarmament, and/or multilateral processes relating to international security.

• Project management of publications, including commissioning research, editing and design oversight.

• Experience working with international civil society coalitions, international organizations and regional research networks.

Communication and Writing

• Rigorous research and analytical skills, ability to manage and analyze data trends

• Excellent verbal and written communications in English (additional Arabic, French or Spanish would be an advantage).

• Clear writing style, with experience writing for non-native English speaking audiences.

• Good alliance and relationship-building skills.

• Excellent analysis and critical thinking skills.


• Advanced knowledge of research methods and analysis.

• Strong understanding of arms control issues and the Arms Trade Treaty.


• Strong team player, able to work in a fast-paced environment.

• Able to work as part of a global team, communicating online.

Project Management

• Strong time management skills, and ability to work independently and deliver to demanding deadlines.

• Proficient at synthesising large amounts of information.

• Proficient in all Microsoft office packages and Wordpress.

• Ability to manage budgets and maintain accurate financial records.

Application instructions

The closing date for applications is midnight GMT Sunday 4th February.  Please complete the job application form (, setting out how your skills and relevant experience relate to the person specification, and send to [email protected] with the subject line “LASTNAME – RESEARCHER”.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

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