Job Opening

Posting Title: Researcher (Cyber portfolio, Resident Consultant)
Department/Office: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 November 2018 - 25 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research-105985-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Researcher shall provide UNIDIR with the following outputs:
1. Produce original research and analysis;
2. Set up, manage, coordinate and oversee implementation and evaluation of activities within the cyber portfolio, including organization of the annual Cyber Stability Conference and management of the Cyber Policy Portal, within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
3. Prepare, facilitate and follow-up on project-related events, including workshops, consultations, meetings and side-events;
4. Support the development of future cyber activities within the SecTec Programme;
5. Liaise with partners to support the operationalization of activities; and
6. Provide substantive advisory support on SecTec activities.

Work Location


Expected duration

12 months, with the possibility for extension. Desired start date: January 2019

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research—an autonomous institute within the United Nations—conducts research on disarmament and security. The Institute explores current issues pertaining to a variety of existing and future armaments, global diplomacy, and local tensions and conflicts. Working with researchers, diplomats, government officials, NGOs and other institutions since 1980, UNIDIR acts as a bridge between the research community and Member States.

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.

Travel will be required as part of this consultancy. Dates, locations and costs are to be determined during project implementation.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Qualifications/special skills

Integrity & professionalism: the successful candidate has demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; fair degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.

Planning and organization: the candidate shall demonstrate the ability to effectively plan and organize project activities, including budget and time management, and to coordinate adequately with the SecTec Programme and the Institute as a whole.

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.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Excellent analytical capacity and ability to conduct research and analysis;
Excellent budget and time management skill to ensure activities are implemented within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international affairs, political science, international law or a related field.

Experience: A minimum of seven 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.

A track record in project management is strongly desired, including the following: 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.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Additional Information

This resident consultant position is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

List of relevant publications must be listed in the Personal History Profile (PHP)

The consultant will be required to provide the following documents prior to the issuance of the contract:
• Copy of highest education degree/diploma obtained
• Copy of national passport
• Certificate of good health and proof of medical insurance
• Certificate of UN security training module(s)

No Fee


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