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Cybersecurity Community Coordinator (White Hat Hacking)

Requisition ID:  21015
Region:  Europe & Central Asia
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Who We Are


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, independent and impartial organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Red Cross and Crescent Movement in situations of armed conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. 
The ICRC Delegation for Cyberspace in Luxembourg is a pilot ICRC delegation, whose main aim is to explore the role of our organisation in the Cyberspace. 
ICRC has a responsibility to use the opportunities offered by digital transformation responsibly and ethically, to better protect people affected by conflict and other situations of violence, and in a manner compatible with our humanitarian mandate. The central objective is to ensure that digital technologies do not expose people to further risks and that humanitarian digital responses effectively create positive and protective outcomes for affected populations. It also means ensuring that the growing resort to digital means for humanitarian action does not jeopardize our ability to operate in line with the fundamental principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence. 
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ICRC celebrates diversity and we strive to make inclusion part of what we do every day. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination and we are committed to creating a diverse, multicultural environment.  
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An important workstream to explore in light of the objective above is white hat hacking from partners across the globe. requiring the capacity to leverage partnerships with the government, private sector, civil society, academia, and think tanks and mobilize communities. 

The purpose of this role is to advance ICRC priorities vis-a-vis cyberspace and the challenges brought by an increased digital footprint of the humanitarian sector.  

The ICRC invests in understanding and influencing how digital transformation affects crises, means and methods of warfare, dynamics of conflict and violence, and humanitarian action more generally. The global objective for the ICRC is to map, support, sustain, and protect a neutral, impartial digital humanitarian space and its own cyber-perimeter.  The ICRC seeks to influence relevant actors on the development and deployment, or the regulation, of new technologies to enhance opportunities and/or to mitigate risks to which conflict-affected populations may be exposed.

FOSS is an important avenue for the Delegation for Cyberspace to explore. The notion that the tools used by a humanitarian organization can be analyzed and vetted by third parties and are accessible for all to audit is, in principle, a notion that is closely linked to the principle of Neutrality, Impartiality, and Independence, and one that can help in the effort of establishing trust in a digital environment.

The idea of incentivizing scrutiny of the tools developed with this spirit from communities originating from all sides and from a global geopolitical constituency is also an important avenue to explore with this objective in mind. 
This will be driven by identifying key partners within the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (the Movement), as well as communities of expert free and open-source software developers and white hat hackers. 


Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


Under the direction of the Head of Delegation, and with Functional Reporting to the Head of Technology, the Cybersecurity Community Coordinator will support the Delegation for Cyberspace in White Hat hacking:


  • Identifying relevant communities and possible partners within and outside of the Movement in the area of white hat hacking;
  • Mobilizing and coordinate these partners and cooperations with a view to contributing to the evaluation of the tools developed by the ICRC Delegation for Cyberspace in order to support the application of Neutrality, Impartiality and Independence in a digital environment, for the benefit of the ICRC, the Movement, and the wider humanitarian community;
  • Mobilizing the cybersecurity stakeholders’ network (internal and external) and in expanding knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity for humanitarian organizations and communities affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence both internally and externally;
  • Developing training opportunities for the members of the white hackers communities involved and engaged both relating to the specificities of humanitarian action, and technical white hat hacking;
  • Developing and consolidating suitable policies, operating procedures, and guidelines for the work on white hat hacking for the Delegation for Cyberspace and the relevant communities;
  • Streamlining partnerships and engagements central to innovation, research and development in white hat hacking pertaining to the objectives of the Delegation for Cyberspace; 
  • Convening and organizing relevant consultations, discussions, and white hat hacking hackathons.
  • Interacting and coordinates across the Luxemburg office and with peers across other delegations, and with HQ (notably Law and Policy Department, Special Envoy on Techplomacy, Data Protection Office, Regions.



The Coordinator reports to the Head of Delegation and has Functional Reporting to the Head of Technology;



  • Under the supervision and in close coordination with the HoD, interacts with government, private sector, civil society, academia, and think-tanks.
  • Coordinates with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners. 



  • Interacts and coordinates across the LUM delegation and with peers across other delegations, and with HQ (notably Law and Policy Department, Special Envoy on Techplomacy, Data Protection Office, Regions)


Experience and profile required



  • Fluent English
  • Significant overall professional experience (indicative is 5-10 years’ overall professional experience.)
  • Significant experience in free and open source engineering and participation in white hat hacking (indicative is 3 years)
  • Proven experience in leading implementation complex solutions in cloud-type architecture 
  • Proven experience be part of the OpenSource R&D projects or creation of Linux/Unix/python based solutions
  • Sound understanding of cyber security and information security technology, policy, strategy, and geopolitics 
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of PETs (Privacy Enhancing Technologies) 
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience in developing and delivering training
  • Proven experience in cultivating networks and influencing others. 
  • Master's degree or specialization in a related subject 
  • Team player, record of collaboration and experience in multicultural environment;
  • Strong analytical, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills



  • Proficient French
  • Demonstrated prior experience of international organization – host state dynamics 
  • Willingness to travel where necessary 
  • Existing network to relevant tech community.
  • Prior ICRC field experience and/or experience with the Movement or other humanitarian organizations, government Foreign Affairs or similar.
  • People management experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of multilateral organizations/fora/agencies and platforms.



What we offer


  • An inspiring opportunity to practice your profession in a multicultural environment for a humanitarian organization.
  • Progressive career development, training and a stimulating benefits package
  • Occasional travel to HQ in Geneva. 
  • A full-time open-ended resident contract under the Luxembourg law with a competitive salary package, pension scheme and health insurance. Grading: C1 under the ICRC scale. (A relocation package is not included.) 
  • Place of work: Luxembourg, with the possibility of partial homeworking


Additional information


Type of contract: 
Working rate: 100%
Starting date: ASAP
Location: HQ - Luxembourg
Hardship: H0
Job level: C1
Type of position: Resident


Ready to apply? 

You will need to upload your resume and a cover letter. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview. 

Please note that we will not be able to assess speculative CVs.