Information Security Advisor

Full Time
Washington, D.C., DC
Areas of Interest: All Source Intelligence, Vulnerability Assessment and Management
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Internews works at the intersection of media, information, and development. Our purpose is to ensure that all people are fully empowered with the information they need to have a voice in their future and to make informed choices for their families and their communities. Over 35 years, we have cultivated and supported partners, people, and offices in more than 90 countries. We operate in the hardest places on earth, helping build deeply local solutions that incorporate technologies appropriate to each local context. We are committed to reducing information darkness over the next five years, testing and iterating new solutions, and asking ourselves repeatedly, “What more can be done?”

Position Summary

Internews is seeking a full time Information Security Advisor to drive the development and implementation of an open source digital security framework for civil society organizations. The Information Security Advisor will be a leader in advancing a community-based, Creative Commons‑licensed framework for improving the organizational security of human rights defenders and independent media outlets around the world. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to assess organizational risks and threats to civil society organizations in high-risk environments, as well as information security risk management practices. She or he will be able to explain complex technical subjects clearly and kindly to non-technological audiences, while maintaining and building excellent relationships with counterparts and donors in the digital security community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Information Security Advisor, who is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director of Global Technology Programs, is responsible for the following:

  • Collaborating with the SAFETAG community of practice to advance the architecture of the SAFETAG organizational security assessment framework and lead the development and maintenance of SAFETAG documentation and best practices.
  • Cultivating and strengthening relationships with international and local partner organizations to ensure that SAFETAG implementation responds to the needs of partners and beneficiaries.
  • Conducting and/or supporting security assessments of organizations and providing digital security as needed to staff and partners.
  • Supervising foreign assistance programming, including subgrants, which will include strategic oversight, monitoring and evaluation to measure the impact and implementation of activities, project reports, and privacy-respectful data aggregation.
  • Respecting and upholding Internews’ Core Values.
  • Serving as a collaborative, committed member of Internews’ Global Technology team.


We’re seeking candidates who bring technological expertise, common sense, and dedication to strengthening the organizational security of CSOs. We are seeking a team member who excels in building relationships, and can manage a project in addition to analyzing digital security practices.  You should have:

  • A proven ability to understand and analyze organizational risks and threats to CSOs in high-risk environments.
  • Experience with information security risk management practices, including: threat modeling, risk assessment, and/or digital security evaluation of tools, platforms, or organizations. Candidates who are familiar with implementing audits based on the SAFETAG methodology, or who are pursuing/in possession of CISSP certification, are encouraged to apply, but this is a plus - not a requirement. Experience with technical project management, software development, testing and/or quality assurance engineering is also a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to explain complex technical subjects in lay language to less technically-experienced persons.  Experience providing in-person training and/or developing technical documentation related to digital security tools and tactics is a plus.
  • At least 4 years of progressively responsible prior work experience, including work with civil society organizations and project management. Experience with diverse information environments and technologies that support access to information is a plus.
  • A strong reputation for developing collaborative working relationships with diverse counterparts and partner organizations.
  • The proven ability, or overwhelming desire, to work in a multicultural environment requiring frequent travel and coordination across multiple time zones. Language skills and field experience a plus.
  • Optimism, a sense of humor, and excitement about joining a supportive, skilled, diverse team that is devoid of rock stars.  

Hiring Process

This position is based in Washington, DC.  Salary is negotiable, but Internews is unable to cover relocation costs.  International travel will be required for this position. 

Our hiring process for this position reflects guidance from The Management Center and Project Include.  Candidates should submit a resume or CV, but need not submit a cover letter.  Rather than reviewing resumes first, we will screen candidates based on answers to specific questions in our hiring portal.  We will then invite top applicants to complete a brief written assessment.  Based on the results of that assessment, we will select candidates for interviews.  At that point, we will review a candidate’s resume in preparation for the interview. 

Diverse teams are strong teams. Our team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. 

Benefits Information:

This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network's offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internewspage.

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Internews Network

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. 

Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information. 

Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress. 

Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments. 

Formed in 1982, Internews is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in California. Internews has worked in more than 70 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

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