Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Information Security Specialist Consultant - Ecuador

    Job Locations EC-Quito
    Category
    Programs
    Employment Type
    Consultant
    Job Type
    Local
  • Overview

    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 Ecuador.  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.

    Responsibilities

    • Based in Quito, Ecuador, 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.
    • In partnership with the 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/to English and Spanish.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • 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 Spanish required;
    • 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.

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