ICT Senior Assistant (Cybersecurity Assistant)

  • Entry-level
  • Posted on 12 February 2021

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the ICT Senior Assistant (Cybersecurity Assistant) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participates and contributes to the Secretariat’s global incident response team.
  • Responds to information security incidents and provides assistance during the entire life cycle of the incidents. Analyses root causes of the security incidents and proposes preventive controls and mitigations.
  • Coordinates escalation, response, and remediation efforts liaising with local IT focal points and operational teams to ensure timely resolution of security incidents and implementation of the required countermeasures.
  • Contributes to and performs digital forensic analyses.
  • Creates and improves incident response playbooks, processes, and procedures.
  • Performs continuous monitoring and revision of security events.
  • Analyses alerts and correlates events from multiple data sources and tools.
  • Participates and contributes to threat hunting campaigns proactively searching for anomalies and evidence of compromise across the Secretariat.
  • Assists in developing, tuning detection rules and aligning use cases with the business and organizational requirements.
  • Contributes to the cyber threat intelligence program through the collection, correlation and analysis of events and threat information from various sources to identify artefacts and patterns of suspicious activities, and methods used by adversaries.
  • Tracks and monitors threat actors relevant to the organization.
  • Performs research of innovative and effective information security technology solutions, their configuration and integration into the organization’s existing ICT landscape.
  • Contributes to the maintenance of internal security tools and related infrastructure.
  • Assists in the development and improvement of internal tools, integrations, and automation of processes.
  • Contributes to the formulation of the policy and other supporting documents including procedures and guidelines.
  • Provides expert advice on the security architecture and configuration of complex ICT solutions.
  • Performs other duties as as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.
Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • High School/Secondary School Diploma is required;
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) with 1 year of relevant work experience may be accepted;
  • A technical professional diploma in computer science, information security or related field may substitute for some of the required years of experience;
  • Certifications in Information Security (such as certifications issued by organizations including ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, and Offensive Security) are an advantage.



  • A minimum of five years of experience in information security, network administration, information systems or cloud administration or related field;


  • Experience as a SOC analyst and/or demonstrable knowledge in SIEM products and technologies;
  • Experience in Cyberthreat Intelligence, Incident Response and Threat Hunting;
  • Experience in general-purpose scripting languages (e.g. Python, Bash, PowerShell, etc.).

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat;
  • For this position, fluency in English (read, write and speak) is required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information: Sustainable Development Cluster(SDC)

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

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