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Consultant (Elections Cybersecurity)

Location: Home-Based, with travel
Closing date: 14 December 2018
Contract duration: Until March 2020

Duration: 14 Months

The Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD) is the lead Directorate in the Commonwealth Secretariat for promoting the rule of law, separation of powers, democratic values, and good governance. Within GDP, the Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform (OCCJR), Rule of Law Section and Elections Section are jointly responsible for the delivery of a project entitled “Strengthening Election Cybersecurity in the Commonwealth,” supported by the Government of the United Kingdom, through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The project ‘Strengthening Election Cybersecurity in the Commonwealth’ is being implemented by the Secretariat alongside three other projects in support of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, focusing on cybercrime and electronic evidence training for investigators, prosecutors and judges in the Caribbean region, cyber resilience review and cybercrime legislative reforms in two Commonwealth countries in Africa region, and strengthening of pan-Commonwealth international cooperation in cybercrime investigations.

The purpose of the project on election cybersecurity is to strengthen understanding of the impact of cybersecurity on the conduct of elections. As a result of the outputs delivered by the consultancy, it is expected that the planning and delivery of cybersecurity aspects of elections will be strengthened across the Commonwealth. In addition, cybersecurity aspects of forthcoming elections will be reinforced in two selected Commonwealth member countries.

The successful candidates will undertake in-depth research and expert review in two Commonwealth member countries, to produce a draft pan-Commonwealth Good Practice Guide to elections cybersecurity. You will also be required to deliver training based on the Good Practice Guide to elections management officials, and deliver in-country technical assistance to elections management bodies over a period of two to three months in two Commonwealth member countries. Full details can be found in the terms of reference.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will need to have Degree(s) in one of more of computer science, cybersecurity, law, politics, social science, or international relations. Advance degree is preferred. You will also need to have Minimum of 10 years (3 years if applying as part of a consortium) of professional expertise in technical, policy or capability aspects of cybersecurity, and Practical professional experience in provision of advice and analysis to government or other public sector institutions. Direct professional experience in elections management and/or cybersecurity aspects of elections is a strong advantage.

Please be advised that this consultancy is for up to four positions. The selected consultants will, collectively, deliver the specific tasks described in these terms of reference. Consortia of consultants are eligible to apply. Each member of a proposed consortium should apply to the position individually, specifying the consortium name or reference in the application. Please refer to the terms of reference for full information.

Closing date: 14 December 2018, 23:59 GMT

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