Chief Public Policy Officer

Full time

The CyberPeace Institute 

The CyberPeace Institute is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Geneva that works to enhance peace, justice and security in cyberspace. We believe that cyberpeace exists when human security, dignity, and equity are ensured in digital ecosystems. We deliver and accelerate assistance at scale to the victims of cyberattacks. We perform, facilitate, and coordinate collective and collaborative analysis, research and investigation into sophisticated cyberattacks to promote evidence-led accountability. We advance the role of international law and norms governing the behavior of state and non-state actors in cyberspace. We analyze global cyber challenges and we forecast and investigate opportunities, risks and threats associated with emerging and disruptive technologies.


Job Description

Do you believe in a cyberspace at peace? Do you have experience in analysing the many aspects of harms in cyberspace, from indiscriminate attacks to non-respect of international norms and law? Let’s talk.

As part of the leadership team and a key manager within the Institute, you will serve as the Head of the Advancement unit. You will lead the CyberPeace Institute efforts in operationalising and advancing international laws and norms in digital ecosystems. You will unveil the societal impacts of attacks to inform policies, support research and advanced diplomacy. In doing so, you will lead a team of researchers and policy experts. You will engage daily with cyber analysts and forensics investigators, using the latest technology in collaborative analysis to promote evidence-led accountability.

This is a tremendous hands-on opportunity for you to make a mark in cyberspace, to both shed light on the many obstacles to cyberpeace and to actively protect the most vulnerable. The CyberPeace Institute is a young and dynamic civil society organization. If you wish to work in a demanding yet challenging and rewarding environment, surrounded by a diverse team of cybersecurity experts across all disciplines, we look forward to receiving your application.



Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Public Policy Officer’s daily tasks will include:

  • Directing programs to advance the role of international law and norms governing the behavior of state and non-state actors in cyberspace, including  policy and legal research streams;
  • Telling the powerful stories of those who have no voice and mobilize supporters and volunteers around the world to campaign for peace in cyberspace;
  • Analyzing testimonials of impacted communities, in close cooperation with the Institute’s cyber  analysts and forensics investigators.
  • Developing and leading the implementation of global, regional, and country-level advancement strategies, with a particular focus on international laws and norms in cyberspace;
  • Monitoring and reporting on accountability gap;
  • Providing input to multi-stakeholder initiatives in the context of stability in cyberspace, and representing the CyberPeace Institute in this context;
  • Developing and maintaining a regionally organized community of researchers and academics, in order to inform the Institute’s strategic deliveries;
  • Building and managing a successful multi-disciplinary team to deliver and improve the Advancement products and services.
  • Scanning the legislative and normative environment for gaps and acting to bring about continuous improvement
  • Promoting the vision, the mission and the values of the Institute.


Experience, skills and attributes

This position requires an experienced advocate and a skilled manager with significant knowledge and expertise in the fields of cybersecurity and cyberpeace. 

Candidates must have extensive experience in leading the design and implementation of cyber-related advocacy strategies in a multi-stakeholder environment.

As a seasoned manager, you have the following track record:

  • 5+ years in digital diplomacy and/or cyber research at senior level;
  • 5+ years in engaging with multi-stakeholder initiatives, governments and international organisations in the context of cyber-related policies and governance of digital ecosystems;
  • Ability to comprehend societal impact of cyberattacks, and be able to translate it into strategic narratives and compelling stories;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, especially in English (French will be considered an asset);
  • Experience in developing and coordinating campaigns and policy work at international level;
  • 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;
  • Dedicated to putting the interest of vulnerable populations at the centre of your work;
  • A strong team spirit, enjoying managing teams composed of people from different fields and backgrounds.



The working language of the Institute is English. Fluency in this language is required, with a deep understanding of cybersecurity jargon. Additional languages will be considered as an asset.


Equal opportunities

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


Additional information

  • Type of role: Open ended
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Geneva (GVA), with remote working possibilities
  • Advancement team size: 3 Full Time Employees



Please submit your application via the online form including

  • A CV (2 pages max), in a pdf format
  • A cover letter (one page max) describing your motivation, in a pdf format
  • Two examples of previous written work in the field of policy and/or international law


Deadline for application is 22 January 2021 at 23:59 CET.

Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.