Senior Advisor cyber capacity building: Pacific cyber policy and communications

Job Vacancy: Senior Advisor cyber capacity building: Pacific cyber policy and communications

Location: Home-based in the South Pacific

Start date: anticipated 1 June 2022

Salary: Regionally competitive on the basis of a long-term adviser consultant contract

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) is seeking a confident, self-motivated, flexible, proactive individual, who is able to work independently and as part of a multinational team, with strong communication and policy advice skills. The “Senior Advisor cyber capacity building: policy and communications” will be part of the GFCE Pacific Hub’s team and based in the Pacific region.


Established in 2015, the GFCE is a multi-stakeholder community of more than 150 members and partners consisting of governments, international organisations, companies, academia and project implementers from all regions of the world. Its mission is to strengthen cyber capacity and expertise globally by being a pragmatic, action-orientated and flexible platform for international collaboration.

The GFCE delivers its mission by facilitating coordination to avoid duplication of efforts and blind spots; sharing knowledge to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of projects; serving as a Clearing House to connect requests for assistance with offers of support; and identifying and filling knowledge gaps through a global cyber capacity building (CCB) research agenda.

Context of the GFCE’s presence in the Pacific

The GFCE recognises the unique regional characteristics that necessitate a tailored, respectful, demand- and community-driven approach to cyber capacity building. Therefore, the GFCE will establish a Pacific Hub alongside other regional hubs in Africa and Latin America.

The GFCE Pacific Hub is set to grow into a regionally embedded, independent, impartial, and credible go-to-place for the multi-stakeholder Pacific cyber community to find information, advice, assistance and expertise on cyber capacity building.

Further, the Hub will serve as a conduit for the Pacific cyber community to gain access to the GFCE’s global networks and tools, such as the Cybil knowledge portal, the Clearing House mechanism, research committee, and the GFCE’s working groups.


Under the leadership of the Director of the GFCE Pacific Hub, the Senior Advisor CCB: policy and communications will produce and implement a communications strategy with a strong focus on community engagement. They will produce policy-relevant materials on cyber issues for the Pacific community and will contribute to sharing Pacific insights in broader regional and global forums. 

The success of the Hub, given its unique role, operations, and offer for the Pacific, will depend on team members’ ability to build relationships across the Pacific cyber community and their inter-cultural communications skills. 

The Advisor CCB is a confident individual with a pragmatic, outgoing person with a strong policy-oriented mindset. They have the skills and experience to operate in an impartial, culturally sensitive and unbiased manner. They should be able to “read and translate” Pacific cyber requirements and offer GFCE support in a responsive manner. 

The Advisor will report to the Director of the GFCE Pacific Hub.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research, document and capture Pacific Island Countries cyber capacity building needs, alongside mapping international cyber ‘donor’ resources and ‘implementer’ expertise and experience.
  • Produce and implement a communications strategy aimed at increasing engagement for the Pacific Hub.
  • Publish short issue-papers on public policy cybersecurity issues of interest and concern to the Pacific community, including good practice reports from local CCB initiatives, projects and programs.
  • Facilitate organic and informal mentorship on cyber policy, strategy and legislation for Pacific Island countries, including through issue- or project-specific brainstorm or clearing house sessions at the request of one or more stakeholder(s).
  • Working with the Pacific hub director in organizing annual regional meetings of the Pacific CCB community, as well as helping design and implement Hub events.
  • Develop and keep up-to-date relevant data on Pacific cyber capacity building initiatives in the region and connect Pacific data to the Cybil Portal.
  • Establish effective means of communication with the community, for instance on community training and other professional development opportunities, help make common resources available to the community and assist in localisation of content.

Candidate profile: qualifications, and skills 

  • Evidence of high-quality, innovative and engaging communication and presentation skills, utilising different media channels and communication tools to convey results, opportunities and impact to Pacific audiences
  • Graduate or post-graduate degree in (Cyber) Security Studies, International Development, Information Technology, Business Administration, Public Administration, or Communications
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience, including 5 years in the field of cyber capacity building, either at national or international level.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and ability to manage delivery of products in local Pacific languages and context.
  • A willingness and ability to travel across the Pacific once COVID-related travel restrictions ease.

Additional experience that will be considered positively include:  

  • Experience collaborating with various stakeholder groups in the GFCE community.
  • Demonstrable personal interest and commitment to (cyber) developments in the Pacific.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter of max. 1 page outlining your motivation in applying for the role, addressed to Ms. Marjo Baayen, GFCE Secretariat Director, plus your CV by 20 May 2022 (CET) to Interviews will be held in May. Please ensure references are included on your CV as a reference check could be part of the selection procedure.

*The GFCE is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.