Digital Technology and Data Protection Senior Advisor

International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

 

Senior Advisor - Digital Technology and Data Protection -

 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada

 (Only US citizen or Green Card holders may apply)

 

 

 

CONTEXT

 

The ICRC: The International Committee of the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

 

Digital Technologies and Data Protection: The ICRC is investing in understanding and influencing how digital transformation affects humanitarian crises, situations of conflict and violence, humanitarian organizations, and humanitarian action more generally. The institution created a Digital Transformation and Data office (DTD), which contains a Data Protection Office (DPO) to help advance this work.

 

Data Protection at the ICRC: the ICRC processes personal data in conformity with the ICRC Data Protection Framework. This includes the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection, the independent supervisory role of the Data Protection Office, and an effective remedy provided by the Data Protection Commission.

 

 PURPOSE

 

The Senior Advisor will be an integral member of the ICRC Regional Delegation to the US and Canada, based in Washington, DC to fulfill the ambitions of the delegation in one of its Operational Priorities focusing on digital and new technologies.

 

The Advisor will work closely with the ICRC’s global Digital Transformation and Data office (and especially the Data Protection Office team in Geneva and the Strategic Advisor based in California), to contribute WAS expertise into institutional reflections around digital technologies and data protection.

 

She/he will be expected to do the following:
 

  • Strengthen the ICRC’s role as a reference organization on the humanitarian implications of digital transformation and new technologies in humanitarian action – be it in the conduct of hostilities or in the humanitarian response, working with other ICRC experts in law, policy, protection, assistance and other relevant sectors.
     
  • Play a leadership role in increasing the Delegation’s awareness, understanding, and analysis of evolving new technologies and implications. Focus on how these dynamics affect the protection of affected populations and humanitarian organizations; and identify digital risks (e.g. cyber operations and technology issues amongst the “Great Powers”; misinformation, disinformation and hate speech).  Engage with relevant US government agencies, local think tanks, NGOS, academia as part of this environmental exploration and analysis.
     
  • Contribute the US perspective to the institutional analysis of the implications of digital transformation on humanitarian action and more specifically on the ICRC as a trusted manager of sensitive information, and as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian actor, in cyberspace.
     
  • Develop and maintain a deeper network in the US, and with a concentration on the East Coast, of experts on technology and humanitarian action, with a view to informing debates and dialogue on responsible use of technology and data, digital risks and data protection.
     
  • Initiate, develop and support partnership building and development for R&D purposes in areas of data protection and security by design
     
  • Support partnership building efforts on digital issues with the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross
     

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  1. Strategy and Policy Development and Positioning:

 

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for developing and contributing to the implementation of the delegation’s influencing strategies and positioning the ICRC on issues of digital technology, data protection and related technology policies and regulations (in consultation with colleagues in the delegation and headquarters).

 

As the Senior Advisor develops and implements the delegation’s strategies, it is expected that the knowledge gained in the process will contribute to the overall institutional approach in this area, working with other delegation experts, headquarter file-holders, ICRC’s field operations and other internal stakeholders.

 

For instance, the Senior Advisor should provide analysis and contribute to the development of institutional digital and cyber policies and strategies, and external position papers around implications of digitalization and responsible use of technologies in the humanitarian sector. A key piece of this institutional work will be done with the Data Protection Office to advance strategies, trainings, and workshops to promote digital literacy and awareness within ICRC and to external stakeholders.

 

  1. Monitoring and Reporting on US Policy:

 

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for developing a work plan with departments across the delegation, and take the lead role in proactively monitoring and reporting on US digital, cyber, and technology policy and strategy issues within his/her portfolio to respective file holders in headquarters, policy capitals and delegation management as appropriate, connecting relevant US policy developments to ICRC operations and legal and policy priorities.

 

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for flagging US legal developments for ICRC attention and deeper analysis on implications. (Relevant legal and policy issues may include technology, cyber geopolitics, surveillance, and data protection, privacy and data governance; USG and private sector efforts to address misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech; ethics and new technologies; and bilateral or multilateral agreements involving technology and data. This work may overlap with the work of the Strategic Advisor based in California, requiring close coordination).

 

 

  1. Networking, Representational Activities and Partnership Development; Research and Development in Data Protection and Security by Design:

The Senior Advisor will be expected to develop and maintain a network with relevant USG experts, private sector, academia, think tanks, National Societies and other stakeholders. We expect the concentration of the networking to be on the East Coast, and to be done in close communication and collaboration with the networking effort by the West Coast ICRC presence. It is expected that the work in this domain will focus on:

 

  • helping lead and coordinate on specific R&D projects with industry and academia concerning digital tools for humanitarian action and application of data protection and security by design and by default.

 

  • developing venues for expert dialogue, both internal/closed discussions and public events
     
  • representing the ICRC at events and dialogues in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies, digital and technology policy, and cybersecurity strategy with particular reference to new technology and humanitarian action;
     
  • Playing a key role in exploring, and coordinating dialogue on, technology partnership and collaboration possibilities with the American and Canadian Red Cross

 

 

  1. ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection Advisory Activities:

 

   The Senior Advisor will become familiar with the specific data protection legal regime applicable at the ICRC, based on the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection, which will inform the above activities. The Senior Advisor supports the ICRC Data Protection Office in advising on the application of the ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection as required, especially when shaping R&D projects and partnerships.

 

 

MANAGING AND REPORTING LINE

 

  The Senior Advisor reports to the Head of the Regional Delegation and is expected to collaborate with colleagues in the Policy, Legal, Protection, Communications, and other units in the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties. S/he will have a functional reporting line to the Head of the DPO. S/he will ensure a close collaboration with the Strategic Advisor in California

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

 

  • At least, 5-8 years of professional experience in digital, cybersecurity, and technology policies, and digital innovation;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, Political Science or a Related Field; Masters or JD a plus, but not required;
  • Strong analytical, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Team player with record of initiative, collaboration and experience in multicultural/multisectoral environment
  • Ability to travel (some domestic and international travel required)

 

Desired but not required knowledge and experience

 

  • JD and experience in cybersecurity law and policy;
  • Background in humanitarian/ development policy and operational experience
  • Experience in partnership development
  • Working level of French

 

 

Work Site: Duty station will be Washington, DC; the position may start as virtual/remote work and is expected to resume in person, as COVID health protocols and Delegation guidance determine.

 

 

GENERAL DUTIES

 

  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

  • Please email your resume and a separate Word document letter of interest in support of your application, including salary expectations, to Marcia Wong, Head of Policy, at [email protected]
  • On the subject line of your email, please enter: Senior Advisor, Digital and Tech application
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.
  • All applicants must confirm in their initial application that they have the right to work permanently in the United States.
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Start Date: ASAP

 

We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

 

 

Our Diversity Commitment. The ICRC is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural environment and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ to apply.

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

 

  • At least, 5-8 years of professional experience in digital, cybersecurity, and technology policies, and digital innovation;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, Political Science or a Related Field; Masters or JD a plus, but not required;
  • Strong analytical, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Team player with record of initiative, collaboration and experience in multicultural/multisectoral environment
  • Ability to travel (some domestic and international travel required)

 

Desired but not required knowledge and experience

 

  • JD and experience in cybersecurity law and policy;
  • Background in humanitarian/ development policy and operational experience
  • Experience in partnership development
  • Working level of French

 

 

Work Site: Duty station will be Washington, DC; the position may start as virtual/remote work and is expected to resume in person, as COVID health protocols and Delegation guidance determine.

 

 

GENERAL DUTIES

 

  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

  • Please email your resume and a separate Word document letter of interest in support of your application, including salary expectations, to Marcia Wong, Head of Policy, at [email protected]
  • On the subject line of your email, please enter: Senior Advisor, Digital and Tech application
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.
  • All applicants must confirm in their initial application that they have the right to work permanently in the United States.
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Start Date: ASAP

 

We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

 

 

Our Diversity Commitment. The ICRC is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural environment and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ to apply.