Information Security Specialist/Manager

Consultancies United States


At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.  
But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential.  To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.  
IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information. 
IREX is implementing a global initiative to support civil society organizations and their organizational security approach. The program is seeking information security experts who will be engaged as a consultant   Information Security Specialist/Manager will assess and help build the information security capacity of organizations as assigned by IREX. IREX will prioritize candidates based on beneficiary geolocations. 
We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.  
Are you the next member of our team? 

Your Background & Skills 


  • Strong working knowledge of diverse IT systems and information security fundamentals.  
  • Working knowledge of networking concepts, vulnerability, and industry security technologies such as endpoint protection and network/device monitoring  
  • At least 3 years’ experience in information security, digital security principles, and safe computing practices.  
  • Very strong verbal, written, and listening communications skills (in English). 
  • Ability to work independently on assigned efforts  
  • Strong interpersonal skills as well as experience developing solid professional relationships.  
  • Broad training experience working with staff with limited technical knowledge.  
  • Ability to travel (pending global COVID-10 pandemic development)   
  • Familiar with both commercial and open-source digital security tools.  
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple activities.  


  • Existing, trust-based relationships with a wide array of stakeholders working for civil society organizations, human rights organizations, and independent media or any relevant experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information or Computing sciences.  
  • Familiarity with at least one industry recognized security framework like NIST, ISO27000, CIS and/or CSO community driven SAFETAG framework.  
  • Professional fluency in Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, or other languages. 

Your Daily Tasks 

  • Plan, manage and conduct organizational assessment, provide guidance, training, mentoring, and support on information security issues and topics to project beneficiaries.  
  • Draft Organizational Security and Risk Needs Assessment (OSRNA) report geared towards non-technical audience in mind. 
  • In collaboration with the Senior Technical Advisor/Project Director and/or Deputy Project Director, develop organizational action plan steamed from OSRNA findings and in consultation with beneficiary organization leadership, to help improve beneficiary security posture per organizational assessment findings.  
  • Lead building efforts with assigned beneficiaries’ of security awareness program, ensuring that beneficiaries learn, internalize, use, and propagate appropriate information security practices.  
  • Draft and update documentation, including policies, procedures, baselines, guidelines, etc.  
  • Write technical and programmatic reports on the activities and the program implementation  
  • Participate in conferences, trainings, and other events as needed.  
  • With supervision, provide input to internal/external reports, presentations, and other products.  
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation activities including data management and analysis if assigned.  
  • Draft correspondence with stakeholders. Guidance and/or approval before engaging stakeholders may be required. 
  • Perform additional duties as assigned. 

 Please submit a CV and Cover Letter along with a daily rate. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview for the selection process. There will be no deadline for applications.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008. 

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings. 

This position is eligible for Telework. 

This position is not ineligible for Immigration Sponsorship. 


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer 

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. 

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. 

Minorities, gender non-conforming people, and women encouraged to apply.