Public Policy Advisor

15/10/2022

The CyberPeace Institute is an independent and neutral non governmental organization who works to enhance the stability of cyberspace by decreasing the frequency, impact, and scale of destructive cyberattacks. The Institute works in close collaboration with relevant partners to reduce the harms from cyberattacks on people’s lives worldwide, and provide them assistance. By analyzing cyberattacks, the Institute exposes their societal impact, how international laws and norms are being violated, and advances responsible behavior to enforce cyberpeace.

Your Mission

The Institute is seeking a hands-on professional to join the dynamic Advancement (Policy) team contributing to efforts to promote responsible behavior in cyberspace through engagement and influence strategies to advance cybersecurity policies, and to operationalise and advance international laws and norms. This position contributes to active collaboration with policymakers, cybersecurity experts, and industry leaders to inform and influence policies, including of the societal impacts and harm of cyberattacks, and to develop best practices, support research, engagement and diplomacy efforts.

The successful candidate will conduct cross-disciplinary research, analysis and engagement aimed at assessing the current ecosystem of international laws and norms related to cyberspace, and policy initiatives. Through analysis, research, publication, and stakeholder engagement, the successful candidate will assist the Institute to promote human centric solutions.

Your Responsibilities

Under the leadership of the Chief Public Policy Officer, the Public Policy Advisor will work with a range of in-house experts ;

  • Research and analyze the current legal and normative landscape governing the behavior of state and non-state actors in cyberspace, including policy and legal research streams;
  • Track and report on developments in cyber and internet governance at the international and domestic levels;
  • Collaborate with the Institute cyber data analysts to analyze legal and policy implications of cyberattacks and operations, notably by analyzing how attacks violate legal instruments and norms;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of global, regional, and country-level policy and engagement strategies;
  • Provide input and position papers to multi-stakeholder initiatives in the context of peace and justice in cyberspace;
  • Produce policy briefing, position papers, blogs and other materials on topics of strategic importance for the Institute;
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders across industry, academia and civil society, and relevant public sector entities;
  • Perform additional tasks in support of the Institute, across various teams, projects and initiatives.

Your Experience, Skills, and Attributes

This position requires an experienced policy advisor with significant knowledge and expertise in the fields of cybersecurity and relevant laws and norms. Candidates must have experience in leading the design and implementation of cyber-related advocacy strategies in a multi-stakeholder environment. As an experienced public policy advisor, candidates should have the following track record:

  • 3-5 years in cybersecurity policy, digital diplomacy and/or cyber research;
  • 3-5 years of experience in developing and implementing policy work at international level;
  • Proven experience of engaging with multi-stakeholder initiatives, governments and international organizations in the context of cyber-related policies;
  • Demonstrated critical analysis and writing skills, including through publications in blogs, academic journals, and presentations, related to international law and policy (i.e. cyber norms, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, etc.);
  • Ability to understand societal impact of cyberattacks, and be able to translate these into policy recommendations and influence/engagement strategies;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English (with strong oral and written skills in French considered an asset);
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously whilst dealing with ambiguity, adversity, change, and real-time adjustments;
  • Appetite to work in a fast-paced environment, with strong planning skills and commitment to excellence;
  • Lateral thinker, capable of listening to other people’s points of view and integrating multiple internal and external perspectives;
  • A strong team spirit, enjoying engaging with people from different fields and backgrounds and an ability to create and foster relationships with stakeholders;
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment at the international level;

Languages

The working language of the Institute is English.

  • An excellent command of this language, including related to law and cybersecurity, is required.
  • Showing strong command in other languages will be considered an asset.

Additional information

  • Working rate: 100%
  • Type of role: Open ended
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland (for eligible work permit holders/applicants only), or remote working
  • Advancement team size: 3 full-time Employees
  • Contract and salary: Local contract and salary level according to your country of residence.

Equal Opportunity

The CyberPeace Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

When applying:

  • Please submit your application to [email protected]
  • Please provide the following:
    • A CV (2pages max),in a PDF format
    •  A 1-2 page cover letter describing your motivation, in PDF format
    • Two examples of previous written work in the field of policy and/or international law
    •  Indicate your salary expectations according to your local job market and in your local currency
    • Indicate‘Public Policy Advisor” as email’s subject line
    • Deadline for application is 15 October 2022

Please read carefully: We will only consider applications that comply with all the required enclosures, salary information and deadline submission. As much as we would like to respond to all applicants, we can only guarantee responding to candidates selected for the interview process. Thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in CyberPeace Institute.