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We are currently accepting applications for the roles detailed on this page. To apply for any of these roles, please email your CV and a covering letter to our executive director, Chris Abbott, at [email protected], stating the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please note, we receive a large number of applications, and at particularly busy times it may take us up to four weeks to reply.


Open Briefing does not currently recruit interns; however, we intend to launch an intern programme when funding allows us to pay the Living Wage.


As Open Briefing rapidly expands the scope and reach of its work, we would like to recruit new advisers to our board. Advisers are expert practitioners who provide strategic advice and support to the executive director. As an adviser, you will fulfil many of the roles that a trustee does in a charity or a non-executive director might in a company, but without the legal and financial obligations. Advisers are also not excluded from fulfilling other paid or voluntary roles within Open Briefing.

This is a voluntary, flexible role, and appointments are made for three years at a time (renewable with mutual agreement). We estimate the commitment to be a couple of hours a month, plus one or two meetings a year. Advisers must be based in the United Kingdom.

We particularly welcome applications from potential advisers with considerable professional experience in one or more of the following sectors:

  • NGO security risk management
  • Aid and humanitarian action
  • Freelance journalism
  • Environmental defenders
  • Fundraising
  • Charity management

Our current advisers are:

  • Chris Cushing, director of innovation, Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation
  • Neil Elliot, senior humanitarian security adviser
  • Nick Mabey, chief executive and founder director, E3G
  • Paul Rogers, emeritus professor of peace studies, University of Bradford
  • John Sloboda, co-founder, Every Casualty and Iraq Body Count

Our former advisers are:

  • Hamit Dardagan, co-director, Iraq Body Count
  • Ian Davis, founding director, NATO Watch
  • Isabel Hilton, founder and editor, China Dialogue
  • Martin Quadroy, former senior adviser to the Australian government


Open Briefing is expanding its range of consultancy services and civil society clients. As such, we need to recruit a significant pool of consultants to draw upon for new contracts.

We are particularly interested in recruiting experts in the following fields:

Candidates must have at least 10 year’s relevant professional experience. It is an essential requirement that candidates have experience working with NGOs.We are a force-friendly employer, and welcome applications from military, intelligence, law enforcement and government veterans. Candidates should note that day rates will be in line with your skills and experience as well as our status as a non-profit organisation.

Ethical employer

Open Briefing is an ethical employer. We recognise the positive benefits that marginalised groups can bring to us as an organisation. To this end, we have joined the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme, and been awarded a Level 1 certificate in recognition of our achievements in this area. This scheme helps organisations successfully employ and retain people with physical and mental disabilities and those with long-term health conditions. We have also signed the Charter for employers who are positive about mental health, which has been drawn up by the NHS initiative Mindful Employer. This demonstrates our commitment to the mental well-being of our staff, consultants and volunteers and our positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

As a forces-friendly employer, we actively recruit staff, consultants and volunteers with experience in the armed forces and support them and their families as reservists and veterans. To this end, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and been awarded a Bronze Award under the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the country that those who serve or have served, and their families, will be treated fairly.

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Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association