Vacancy: UNIDIR Cyber Researcher – Security and Technology Programme
Starting date: 18 November 2019 (Negotiable)
Duration: 12 months
Occupational rate: 100%
Posting Period: 9 October 2019 – 26 October 2019
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – UNIDIR is an autonomous institution within the United Nations that conducts independent research on disarmament and related problems, particularly international security issues. The vision of UNIDIR is a stable and more secure world in which States and people are protected from threats of arms-related violence. The role of UNIDIR is to support Member States, the United Nations and policy and research communities in advancing ideas and actions that contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world. UNIDIR is based in the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
UNIDIR’s Security and Technology Programme (SecTec) is seeking a Researcher to work on new research and other activities to contribute to the strategic goal of achieving greater cyber stability through the generation of new knowledge and ideas on strengthening cyber conflict prevention and management, as well as multi-stakeholder cooperation on norms implementation.
Under the direction of the SecTec Lead and UNIDIR’s senior management, the Researcher will coordinate and implement the Institute’s cyber portfolio and its activities related to the international security dimensions of cyber security. The Researcher will produce original research and analysis, and author papers, briefs and studies. In addition, the Researcher will support the organization of multi-stakeholder dialogues in the form of workshops and symposia, sometimes in collaboration with external partners. In addition, the Researcher will support Programme-level activities, as requested. The Researcher is also expected to support the development of new activities
An ideal candidate for this position would possess an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), have at least seven years of working experience in the field of disarmament and arms control, in particular on cyber issues, and have a proven track record of producing written outputs and publications.
Under the supervision of the SecTec Programme Lead, the Researcher shall perform the following duties:
1. Conduct research and analysis:
· Producing original research and studies related to international cybersecurity including, but not limited to, the following areas: multi-stakeholder implementation of specific cyber norms; exploring opportunities to strengthen the capacity of regional organizations and inter-regional collaboration; and current approaches to cyber crisis prevention and crisis management, cyber measures of restraint, cyber deterrence strategies, and new thinking on doctrine; and
· Designing a set of scenario-based exercises for policymakers to explore cyber crisis management.
2. Implement cyber portfolio activities, including:
· Organizing meetings, seminars, and workshops for the cyber portfolio (including, but not limited to, drafting invitations, distribution lists, agenda, logistical notes, as well as substantive preparations for, and facilitation during, project-organised events), including UNIDIR’s annual Cyber Stability Conference;
· Producing meeting summaries, reports, briefs and analysis papers from consultations, meetings and events held or attended by UNIDIR on issues relevant to cybersecurity;
· Supporting the further development and maintenance of UNIDIR’s Cyber Policy Portal;
· Building relationships and securing buy-in on activities from key stakeholders, including funders, partners and beneficiaries;
· Establishing implementation plans and milestones for the cyber portfolio; and
· Monitoring and evaluating implementation of activities.
3. Support the development of new SecTec Portfolio activities:
· Support the Programme Lead in the development of cross-cutting activities across the Institute’s research programmes, for example at the intersection of cyber and nuclear issues.
Core competencies are the skills, attributes and behaviours which are considered important for United Nations personnel. The Core Competencies for this position include:
· Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the field of Security and Technology including producing policy papers, guidelines and training materials. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
· PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
· Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group
decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
· Communication: excellent spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise analytical documents; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to appropriately communicate with experts from governments, international and regional organizations.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international affairs, political science, international law or a related field.
· A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in conducting policy-focused research in the field of international cyber-related security policy is required.
· A track record in drafting written outputs on cyber issues for policy-makers, including meeting summaries, research briefs and articles, is required (relevant publications to be listed in the Personal History Profile).
· Knowledge of multilateral cyber processes and practices, including demonstrated interest in cyber norm development and implementation, and national cyber doctrines, is desirable.
· Experience working with multilateral processes, in particular in areas related to international or intergovernmental cyber processes, is desirable.
· Experience developing scenario-based exercises is desirable.
· Experience in project management is strongly desired, including: developing project activities; monitoring timelines and milestones; implementing activities within budget and on time; managing budgets; conducting follow ups on project activities; preparing and facilitating events; and evaluating and reporting on project activities.
· For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
· Knowledge of French and/or other official UN languages is desirable.
Interested in this position?
Please send us your CV and cover letter in PDF format titled as SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to Ms. Alisha Anand, Programme Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “UNIDIR SecTec Researcher Application” in the subject line. The application deadline is 26 October 2019.
We thank all those who apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.