Cyber Security Policy Adviser - Luxembourg

10 January 2023

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, independent and impartial organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Red Cross and Crescent Movement in situations of armed conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles.

The humanitarian sector has been undergoing a significant digital transformation in recent years, creating both opportunities and risks. On the one hand, people affected by humanitarian emergencies are increasingly connected, and humanitarian organizations are developing and offering digital humanitarian services. On the other hand, unauthorized access to or extraction of humanitarian data by malicious actors, to gain operational advantages or for other non-humanitarian purposes, can create significant risks for the dignity and safety of vulnerable people whilst undermining the work of humanitarian actors.

The recent creation of an ICRC Delegation for Cyberspace aims at creating a safe R&D environment to develop a response to the challenges brought by digitalization, notably in conflict settings, and anticipate those that will continue to emerge with its expansion. The ICRC Delegation for Cyberspace aims at exploring new ways to support, enable, and protect the ICRC's digital footprint, which is made up primarily of the data that affected populations entrust it with. Understanding what adherence to the fundamental principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence of exclusively humanitarian action means in a digital world, and adapting its operating modalities and technology choices accordingly, is a key component of this. This is essential for the ICRC to gain and preserve the trust of affected populations as well as interlocutors, to continue to have access to affected areas, also by digital means, to ensure that affected communities access essential humanitarian services, and to ensure the acceptance and safety of its own staff.
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About the role

Purpose of the post
The purpose of this role is to advance ICRC priorities vis-a-vis cyberspace and the challenges brought by an increased digital footprint of the humanitarian sector.
This will be driven by developing knowledge and analysis concerning the prevailing geopolitical situation vis-à-vis cyberspace, with a focus on the impact for the ICRC, the humanitarian sector and for communities affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence, of the application of new technologies in warfare and humanitarian action.

The ICRC is investing in understanding and influencing how digital transformation affects crises, means and methods of warfare, dynamics of conflict and violence, and humanitarian action more generally. The global objective for the ICRC, is to map, support, sustain, and protect a neutral, impartial digital humanitarian space and its own cyber-perimeter. The ICRC seeks to influence relevant actors on the development and deployment, or the regulation, of new technologies as to enhance opportunities and/or to mitigate risks to which conflict affected populations may be exposed.
In order to ensure that the work of the ICRC Delegation for Cyberspace benefits from, and channels all the sectoral expertise of the different ICRC programmes at HQ in the area of cyber, digital and privileges and immunities, the ICRC has established a Delegation for Cyberspace Support Group which will provide input into the development of internal and external policies and guidelines to operationalise relevant HQA protections in dialogue with the host country. It will also provide input into the development of policies and guidelines aimed at adapting the organization's and the humanitarian sector's operating modalities to the specificities of cyberspace.

Duties and responsibilities
• Analysis. Advises on geopolitical affairs in the area of cybersecurity and how they impact principled humanitarian action. Analyses the views and policy objectives of key interlocutors and stakeholders in the area of cybersecurity (government, civil society, private sector, "weapon bearers", hackers) and the dynamics related to conflict and humanitarian affairs in cyberspace. Interfaces pro-actively with key teams in Geneva, diplomatic and operational delegations providing policy input, feedback and advice.
• Developing a "Cybersecurity Playbook". Assists the Head of Delegation in the coordination of the Delegation for Cyberspace Support Group at HQ, identifying priority areas to be tackled by the Support Group, and a roadmap for addressing them. Develops draft guidance, policies, and operating procedures aimed at adapting ICRC existing policies and operating procedures to cyberspace, in close cooperation/consultation with the ICRC Policy unit at HQ. Coordinates consultation and input from the Support Group in relation to these policies, guidance, and operating procedures. Liaising with relevant stakeholders in the Host State, develops policies, guidelines, and operating procedures to operationalise the new provisions relating to cybersecurity included in the HQA.
• Diplomacy. Contributes to regional/global diplomacy and policy as required. Represents the ICRC independently. Effectively communicates complex policy issues to diverse audiences. Works with the ICRC network of delegations in London, Moscow, Paris, Washington, Beijing, Brussels, African Union (AU) Addis Ababa and New York, to leverage relevant contributions towards better understanding of the geopolitical challenges faced by the ICRC in cyberspace as well as propose and leverage their capacity to deliver policy/humanitarian diplomacy outcomes.
• Networking. S/He will undertake effective strategies to further the delegation engagement with, and ability to influence, key targets. Crafts, builds and maintains a strong network of stakeholders important for both the delegation and the ICRC as a whole.

Person Specification (Qualifications, skills & experience required)
• Fluent in both written and spoken English, French proficient, other ICRC language an asset.
• University Degree in a relevant subject (e.g. international relations, social and/or political sciences).
• Doctorate/Master degree or specialization in a related subject/policy issue a must.
• Significant overall professional experience (indicative is 10-12 years' overall professional experience).
• At least 3 years of experience in humanitarian action, cybersecurity and digital affairs and policy, or political affairs.
• Strategic understanding of national/regional/global relations and their interplay with humanitarian affairs and cyber-related issues.
• Team player, record of collaboration and experience in multicultural environment.
• Strong analytical, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills.
• Prior exposure to humanitarian sector a plus.
• People management experience an asset.
• Knowledge of multilateral organizations/fora/agencies and platforms.

What we offer
• An inspiring opportunity to practice your profession in a multicultural environment for the largest humanitarian organization in the world.
• Progressive development, training and stimulating benefits package.
• A full-time, open-ended (permanent) resident contract under the Luxembourg law with a competitive salary. Grading: C1 under the ICRC scale.
• Reporting directly to the Head of delegation
• Place of work: Luxembourg, with occasional travels.

Application Process
The closing date for applications will be midnight on Sunday 12 February 2023. Interviews are expected to take place in February 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview.
To apply, please send an email to, and included "Cyber Security Policy Adviser" in the subject.

Please note that we will not be able to assess speculative CVs.