Cyber Operations Specialist

Full time

Job Description

Have you ever dreamed about a cyberspace at peace? Do you find that intrusion-as-a-service is an aberration? Do you have civil society experience, working closely with victims of cyberattacks, notably state-sponsored? Let’s talk.

As a Cyber Operations Specialist, you will support the CyberPeace Institute in providing assistance to vulnerable populations in their response and recovery after cyberattacks. In doing so, you will work closely with an experienced team of cyber investigators and forensic analysts, using the latest technology in collaborative analysis to shed light on some of the most damaging practices in cyberspace.

The successful candidate will create a decentralized incident handling capacity, working in close cooperation with a network of cybersecurity volunteers, training and equipping them so as to offer a localized first line of defense to vulnerable populations, victims and/or potential victims of malicious cyber operations. In doing so, the successful candidate will gather evidence of nefarious practices in cyberspace such as intrusion as a service, and co-develop detection tools and counter-measures, with the technical staff of the Institute and its academic and industry partners. Last but not least, the successful candidate is also expected to support the Institute’s advocacy unit, helping everyone understand better the real life impacts of cyber operations on people.

This is a tremendous hands-on opportunity for you to make a dent 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 NGO. 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 are excited to receive your application.


Under the leadership of the Chief Operations Officer, the Cyber Operations Specialist will work on a daily basis with cyber experts to;

  • Collaborate with the Institute experts, partners and volunteers to provide incident response services to vulnerable populations around the world;
  • Train volunteers around the world on advanced cyber operations;
  • Together with the Accountability function, collect information and analyse collaboratively cyber operations targeting vulnerable populations, and co-develop detection tools and counter-measures against malware used in cyber operations;
  • Together with the Advancement function, liaise with relevant stakeholders across industry, academia and civil society, and relevant public sector entities to track and report on cyber operations;
  • Perform additional tasks in support of the Institute, across various teams, projects and initiatives.

Experience, skills and attributes

  • Experience as a cybersecurity researcher in civil society;
  • Strong and diverse technical background with a proven track record in multiple disciplines such as incident handling and information security research and development;
  • Demonstrated critical analysis, verbal, written and presentation skills, including through publications in technical and non-technical blogs, academic journals and events;
  • Outstanding people skills to build trust in sensitive contexts and to mentor others;
  • Meticulous attention to detail, diligent, and able to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Have a strong sense of team spirit and enjoy working in teams composed of people from different fields and backgrounds;
  • Eagerness to learn.


The working language of the Institute is English. An excellent command of this language, including related to cybersecurity, is required. Showing strong command in other languages will be considered 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 contract: Permanent Contract
Working rate: 100%
Starting date: January 2021
Location: Geneva (Switzerland), with remote working possibilities


Please submit your application via the online form including;

  • a CV (2 pages max), in pdf format.
  • a cover letter (1 page max) describing your motivation, in pdf format.
  • examples of previous work related to cyber operations in the past 5 years

Deadline for application is Monday the 30th of November 2020 at 23:59 CET.

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