Careers and Internships

Control Arms is seeking candidates for the following two positions:

ATT Monitor Researcher (Full-Time)


The ATT Monitor, an independent project of Control Arms, was established in 2015 and it is the de facto international monitoring mechanism for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It serves as a source of information on the implementation of, and compliance with, the ATT. Its authoritative research and analysis helps to strengthen Treaty implementation efforts and improve the transparency of the conventional arms trade. ATT Monitor Annual Reports, the flagship publications of the project, 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. In addition to the Annual Report, the ATT Monitor produces country Profiles that provide analysis of reporting and transfer practices of each reporting State Party, case studies, briefing papers and factsheets.


The successful candidate for the ATT Monitor Researcher position within the ATT Monitor, a project of Control Arms, has a proven background in research, data collection and analysis on issues related to disarmament and arms control, international relations and/or international security. They bring strong analytical and methodological skills to conduct independent research, policy relevant analysis, and possess superb organizational and management experience to work under tight deadlines and budgets, in a multicultural environment. Experience with editing large pieces of research is a big plus.


The ATT Monitor, a project of Control Arms, is recruiting for the ATT Monitor Researcher position. This full-time role is responsible for providing and supporting the production of top quality research for the ATT Monitor project focused on the project’s flagship publication – the ATT Monitor Annual Report, working closely with the ATT Monitor Coordinator and Editorial Team. In addition, the Researcher will support the ATT Monitor Coordinator in strategic development of the project, as well as developing and completing work plans.

REPORTS TO: ATT Monitor Coordinator



  • Authoring ATT Monitor Annual Report content
  • Conducting arms transfer data collection and analysis, including compiling, updating and analysing ATT-relevant data for all UN member states, tracking data on reporting, and developing ATT Monitor analysis on trends and indicators to ensure high standards and timely delivery of work
  • Editing and proof-reading content
  • Developing and modifying key methodology points in ATT Monitor Annual Reports
  • Conducting research and analysis to support and complement other ATT Monitor outputs, such as ATT Monitor case studies
  • Communicating the ATT Monitor’s findings at international and regional fora and on social media.


  • Supporting production of ATT Monitor Annual Reports, including developing production timelines, managing peer review, fact-checking, copy-edit and translation
  • Liaising with ATT Monitor consultants, peer reviewers and contributors
  • Coordinating final edit of ATT Monitor Annual Report content
  • Coordinating design of the ATT Monitor Annual Report along with external consultants
  • Managing fact-checking of ATT Monitor arms transfer data


  • Supporting policy recommendations based on data analysis and research
  • Liaising with policy experts and partners of the ATT Monitor and Control Arms  
  • Drafting policy briefs, advocacy briefs and interventions as part of Control Arms’ participation in the ATT CSP process
  • Drafting and editing press releases, blog posts, opinion pieces and other policy outputs
  • Representing the ATT Monitor at international and regional fora in a technical/expert capacity and providing technical assistance to government officials, civil society colleagues and other stakeholders as needed


  • Supporting the ATT Monitor Coordinator in developing annual work plans
  • Contributing to the strategic development of the ATT Monitor
  • Contributing to fundraising efforts and reporting as needed
  • Helping to maintain and develop the ATT Monitor website




  • Graduate degree in international affairs or similar field
  • Three to five years of experience in research and policy analysis, with particular emphasis on arms control, disarmament, and/or multilateral processes relating to international security
  • Working and coordinating closely with partners and consultants 
  • Coordinating and producing mid to large scale publications, including editing and design oversight, from beginning to end


  • Experience working with civil society coalitions or international organizations
  • Engagement with government officials and/or diplomats
  • Working with or helping to develop global or regional research networks




  • Keen eye for detail
  • Rigorous analytical skills and the ability to manage and analyze data trends
  • Writing and editing technical and policy briefs for a range of audiences, including experts and the general public
  • Excellent communication skills  
  • Proven ability to work remotely
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to manage multiple and competing deadlines


  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish
  • Competent in website management



  • Staying abreast of professional trends and issues affecting international arms control and disarmament and demonstrate continuous learning
  • Working effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work
  • Performing all duties appropriately for a multicultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect
  • Having an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity
  • Ability to travel as needed 



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


The Researcher can be based in a location of their choosing, however Control Arms will not be providing office facilities other than in the existing Geneva and New York offices and is not in a position to cover relocation costs. 


Please submit a CV, a recent writing sample (no more than 2 pages), and cover letter setting out how your skills and relevant experience relate to the job description, as well as your available start date to with the subject line “LASTNAME – ATTM_RESEARCH”.  

Please note: We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background

Program Manager Consultancy (Temporary 4-month appointment with possibility for extension)


Control Arms brings together over 150 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) 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 governments and civil society, and facilitate policy dialogue. 

We work toward achieving our mission primarily by supporting universal membership to and effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) through three distinct workstreams: 

  1. Coordination of high quality and representative civil society engagement in the ATT CSP process;
  2. Development and delivery of carefully tailored research and training programs for government officials and civil society to support effective ATT implementation and encourage universalization on the national, regional and international levels;
  3. Cutting-edge independent research and analysis provided by the ATT Monitor Project. 

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. Control Arms works to ensure the effective implementation and universalisation of the ATT, and the Program Manager will play a crucial role in the delivery of all Control Arms research and training programs as well as contribute to the development and implementation of effective and impactful outreach efforts.


The successful candidate is a positive self-starter with a passion for international relations, arms control or disarmament, a can-do attitude, and a great deal of initiative. They have excellent organizational skills to meet multiple demands, strong project management experience, a willingness to support the team on all tasks big and small, and a drive to ensure the efficient running and continuous improvement of Control Arms’ programs.


The Control Arms Program Manager is a full-time position. The Program Manager is responsible for designing and managing innovative and impactful programs, projects, events and panels in support of the Arms Trade Treaty’s universalization and robust implementation, including the ATT Academy technical training. In addition, the Program Manager will also contribute to the development, drafting and editing of research papers, policy briefs, Control Arms submissions to UN bodies and other relevant materials. 

REPORTS TO:  Control Arms Director



  • Develop, manage, implement and administer all program work undertaken by the Control Arms Secretariat
    • Develop, coordinate and manage technical trainings (in-person/virtual)
    • Facilitate training sessions and provide individual support to participants
    • Manage program related personnel / consultants
    • Communicate and coordinate with donors and implementing partners 
    • Track program expenditure in accordance with budget 
    • Ensure timely delivery of all programme outputs (events, publications, reports etc)
  • Oversee the production and delivery of program related narrative and financial grant reports Conduct research and analysis in support of Control Arms research outputs, publications, and submissions to UN bodies 
  • Develop, edit and proof-read program-related content, including media/promotional materials.
  • Draft briefing papers for civil society, governments, arms control experts and diplomats
  • Design and organize technical trainings and thematic meetings in support of the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Develop new initiatives and project proposals and create, draft and submit funding proposals, 
  • With support from the Director, collect and prepare narrative and  financial reports and information for  the donor


  • Represent Control Arms at international and regional meetings and conferences, and in public fora, as well as with policy makers, government officials, and diplomats.
  • Manage and foster high-level relationships with government Missions to the UN, specialised agencies of the UN and relevant civil society actors, and maintain effective relationships with industry and private sector actors
  • Engage with target countries, ATT Presidency, Facilitators of the ATT working groups, and other relevant leaders to promote universalisation and effective implementation of the ATT.
  • Conduct coalition briefing meetings and side events 



  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international law, international relations, or a related field. 
  • A minimum of three years of work experience in policy analysis, programme development/management/implementation related to arms control issues
  • Experience in working with intergovernmental bodies and organizing events
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and policies relevant to arms trade, armed violence, conflict, terrorism and other related issues. 
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and contribute to the solution of problems/issues.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and ability to establish and maintain productive relationships.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of international and United Nations policies, procedures, protocol and operations



  • Self-motivated 
  • Strong advocacy and drafting skills are highly desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • French and/or Spanish language skills highly desirable
  • Strong organizational and computer skills
  • Ability to work under deadlines and juggle priorities and projects
  • Ability to work effectively with partners on a long-distance basis
  • Works in a way that demonstrates the Control Arms Secretariat’s values and behavioural competencies:
    • Honest and transparent
    • Accountable
    • Team Player
    • Professional and striving for excellence
    • Proactive and solution oriented



  • Staying abreast of professional trends and issues affecting international arms control and disarmament and demonstrate continuous learning
  • Working effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based work culture.
  • Performing all duties appropriately for a multicultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns and demonstrates strong support for the mission of Control Arms Coalition
  • Ability to travel as needed


LOCATION: The Program Manager can be based in a location of their choosing and will be expected to work remotely. Control Arms will not provide office facilities.


Please submit a CV and cover letter setting out how your skills and relevant experience relate as well as your earliest start date to with the subject line “LASTNAME – PGM_MGR”.

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

Deadline: 30 September 2021