Information Security Specialist

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 3 August 2018

Job Description


Counterpart International is seeking a full-time Information Security Specialist for an “Internet Freedom” project focused on supporting civil society organizations, human rights activists, and independent media in Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries and Central Asia. The Information Security Specialist will provide dedicated support and mentoring to organizations and activists to help them address their information security needs. Applicants should have preexisting relationships or experience with trusted parties working for such organizations such that he/she could provide immediate assistance to those in need. Applicants should have a strong technical background in information technology and a firm understanding of internet security issues, including familiarity with methods of encryption for data during storage and transmission, circumvention of censorship, patch management, business continuity principles, social media security/privacy, mobile device security, and secure web hosting.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Based in FSU, Central Asia or East Europe the Information Security Specialist will provide assessment, guidance, training, mentoring, and support on information security issues and topics to local partners.
  • Travel up to 50% of time to support local partners in approved countries.
  • Will have two international trips to a global conference and a staff retreat.
  • In partnership with the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party, develop a country strategy and action plan based upon the program’s global work plan.
  • Ensure that partners learn, internalize, use, and propagate appropriate information security practices.
  • Disseminate knowledge on information security and potential uses of new technologies.
  • Train local counterparts about information security.
  • Stay-up-to-date on new technologies and emerging trends and issues related to information security.
  • Participate in conferences, trainings, and other events as needed.
  • Develop Training of Trainers cadre within CSO community
  • Translate materials, as necessary, from English to Russian/Ukrainian or Russian/Ukrainian to English.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Existing, trust-based relationships with a wide array of stakeholders working for civil society organizations, human rights organizations, and independent media.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in information security, digital security principles, and safe computing practices
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required (Information or Computing sciences disciplines preferred)
  • Fluency in English and Russian required; fluency in Ukrainian and other regional languages desired
  • Solid understanding of internet’s building blocks (DNS, SSL, IP, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills as well as experience developing solid professional relationships.
  • Broad training experience.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong writing skills (English) required
  • Familiar with both commercial and open source digital security tools
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple activities.

Counterpart is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Counterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.

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