PRIMARY FUNCTION/PURPOSE: IFES seeks a Global Cyber Diplomacy Specialist to implement programs and make policy recommendations that will (1) support the effective use of technology (where appropriate) to facilitate more inclusive, transparent, and accountable elections and governance; and (2) counter evolving threats to democracy from election technology and cyber vulnerabilities. This individual will work closely with frontline defenders and election experts to help democratic institutions flourish in the face of rising anti-democratic trends.
Technology can be leveraged to combat corruption, facilitate access to justice, enhance transparency and accountability, and support marginalized groups’ democratic inclusion. At the same time, new election technologies are increasingly offered to overcome trust deficits with voters and increase electoral processes’ efficiency. Still, the approach also creates new domains for electoral manipulation. Even as cyberattacks become more sophisticated in nature, electoral processes are becoming increasingly reliant on the types of technology ripe for exploitation. This means that electoral administrators and other stakeholders must expand their limited conceptions of security and proactively address evolving threats that can jeopardize elections’ integrity.
IFES is a global leader in how election technologies can be applied in each part of the electoral process (from delimitation to voter registration, polling, results transmission, and complaints management) and in the service of other democratic institutions (for example, for asset disclosures and integrity checks by anticorruption commissions). From this experience, we have a clear understanding of the challenges arising from the use and misuse of technology in elections and democracy. Our long-standing bilateral, regional, and global partnerships with election management bodies and other institutions of democracy uniquely position us to provide sound advice and assistance on technology and cybersecurity grounded in comparative experience.
Outreach and Partnerships
Technical Assistance/Quality Assurance
Business Development and Program Design
Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree or higher preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge:
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Familiarity with industry standards such as ISO 27001, CIS 20, NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). CRISC, CISSP, CISA, or CISM certification is a plus.
Travel: Travel to IFES field offices will be required as part of this position. Travel for conferences or other professional engagements is also anticipated.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Flexible work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
WHAT WE OFFER:
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