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Digital Security Consultant

July 15 - September 30, 2019
Closing date: 
Until filled

With funding from The Department for International Development (DfID) and the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID) CONNECT, IWPR in consortium with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is implementing the Aswat Horra (Free Voices) project. During the Co-Creation phase, a 9-month period ending in January 2020, the IWPR Consortium will develop evidence and learning for effective approaches to expanding freedom of expression in challenging contexts. The IWPR Consortium will partner with 30 civil society organizations (CSOs) to undertake the scoping, individual capacity appraisals and research/production of a workplan to strengthen freedom of expression in challenging contexts. The resulting public report will be the focus of a day-long conference, followed by training for partners on the needs identified. All participants will take away an increased understanding of their own potential, a broader support network, and support on key skills. CSOs participating in the project will be called on to participate in a series of context mapping, analysis and capacity assessment interviews, in addition to a final conference, the date and location of which will be determined at a later stage in the year.

The Role:

Under this assignment, IWPR is seeking the services of a qualified digital security expert to moderate a session as part of a Consortium Partners meeting with the goal of providing the input on the following:

  • Discussion of digital landscape in target countries in the MENA region;
  • Discussion of best DS practices while programming in target countries in the MENA region or with target CSOs; and
  • Specific DS concerns or lines of enquiry for a Gendered Political Economic Analysis (GPEA) and CSO partner assessments.

The Successful Candidate Will Have:

  • Strong information  technology (IT) skills and knowledge including hardware, software and networks;
  • Understanding and experience of the different contexts and environmental challenges in the MENA region;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IT systems;
  • A forensic approach to challenges;
  • A deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld;
  • Ability to seek out vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures;
  • Ability to facilitate conversations with and relate to a variety of stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work under tight deadlines;
  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in Arabic is an asset.

The consultant will work remotely but must be available for possible travel to the MENA region.

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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.