Cyber Security Policy Outreach Coordinator - Luxembourg

10 January 2023

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, independent and impartial organization 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 endeavors 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.

Under the direction of the Head of Delegation, the Cybersecurity Policy Outreach Coordinator will support the Delegation for Cyberspace in mobilizing the cybersecurity stakeholders' network (internal and external) and in expanding knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity for humanitarian organizations and communities affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence both internally and externally:
• Positioning the ICRC as a reference organization in terms of cybersecurity in humanitarian action.
• Streamlining partnerships and engagements central to innovation, research and development in policy, law, and technology pertaining to the objectives of the Delegation for Cyberspace, and policy developments.
• Consolidating internal access to Data Protection and cybersecurity trainings and good practices.
• Convening relevant consultations and discussions.
• Elaborating communication and dissemination tools to socialize the findings of the research and development being carried out by the Delegation for Cyberspace in an impactful manner, and in a manner that can be consumed by a large audience.

Duties and responsibilities
Positioning and streamlining partnerships
• Under Head of Delegation's guidance, overseas and supports the development and implementation of an ambitious multi stakeholders' engagement strategy in support of R&D and policy development, in support of socializing ICRC policies and practices, in support of the cybersecurity stakeholders' network.
• Include and liaise with relevant Communication departments, and in close coordination with other members of the Delegation's team for inclusion and coordination with the field and other relevant HQ departments.
• Notably in charge of consolidating the dialogue engaged with various actors.
Developing and coordinating joint research opportunities on data protection in humanitarian action
• With a view to ensuring that the Delegation for Cyberspace can leverage the best and most meaningful cooperation with academia, tech sector and government bodies while upholding the fundamental principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence of exclusively humanitarian action the Policy Outreach Coordinator coordinates the creation of a cooperation framework for engagement and cooperation tools.
• Where necessary, coordinate and liaise, internally, with internal and external stakeholders (such as the University of Maastricht Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, the EPFL and the ETHZ, and other humanitarian organizations) to maximize synergies and impact.
Serving as focal point for trainings, learning and development
• Develop, where relevant in partnership with relevant internal services, teaching and coaching materials on cybersecurity for ICRC staff across program areas.
• Develop and implement a strategy on institutionalizing the trainings developed by the Data Protection Office and the Delegation for Cyberspace (e.g. the Data Protection Officer (DPO) in Humanitarian Action Training and Certification program, and the Cybersecurity Policy Geopolitics and Strategy programme) and making participation more accessible for colleagues in different departments.
Socializing Cybersecurity internally and externally
• Support on positioning efforts on the subject of cybersecurity, data protection and technology.
• Notably, develop key messages, presentations, infographics etc. to improve the accessibility of cybersecurity challenges and requirements for a general audience of non-experts internally and externally.
• Elaborating communication and dissemination tools to socialize the findings of the research and development being carried out by the Delegation for Cyberspace in an impactful manner, and in a manner that can be consumed by a large audience.

Person Specification (Qualifications, skills & experience required)
• Fluent in both written and spoken English, knowledge of French, other ICRC language an asset.
• University Degree in a relevant subject (e.g. International Relations, Security Studies, Law, Cybersecurity).
• 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' 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.
• Strong experience in turning complex concepts into accessible products
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
• Experience in developing and delivering training
• Proven experience in cultivating networks and influencing others.
• 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 Outreach Coordinator" in the subject.

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