Security Evangelist (Remote) – Code for Africa (CfA)

July 4, 2022

Job Description

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Establish a security standard that all technologies and solutions at CfA, managed by your fellow technologists, must be held against to ensure the online safety of both internal and external users.
  • Build a dynamic pan-African digital security community for the media and other civic watchdogs, based on peer-learning and peer-support.
  • Manage a virtual ‘hotline’ and support service for African newsrooms and/or journalists who need urgent help on digital security and investigative technology issues.
  • Develop and deliver a range of technical and non-technical presentations / webinars / classes to help impact digital security skills and investigative technology awareness.
  • Manage an onboarding and support service for newsrooms and/or journalists who adopt any CfA-endorsed technologies or digital solutions.
  • Identify events, organisations, and other approaches to build awareness of CfA security projects, tools, and technologies and to drive partner activation.
  • Develop metrics to measure success in raising awareness and activating partnerships, for progress tracking by the core CfA team and partners.
  • Provide ongoing support to regional CfA teams in their own outreach efforts.

Minimum requirements include:

  • A minimum of 3 years work experience, with 1+ years in a similar role.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent Engineering discipline.
  • A technical understanding of security controls, including but not limited to; data protection, user access management, and general application security.
  • A passion for helping vulnerable or at-risk users in the media or other civic watchdogs, specifically women in journalism and politics 
  • An ability to translate complex technical ideas to simple, easy to understand language for non-technical users
  • Experience developing user-facing content and comfortable presenting to different types of audiences, large and small.
  • Amazing verbal and written communication skills, with English as your primary work language
  • French and/or Arabic are highly desirable additional languages, alongside major indigenous African languages such as KiSwahili or Hausa

Candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:

  • Knowledge of modern software development and deployment tools (e.g. Python, Docker, etc.), and public cloud provider technologies (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.).
  • A technical understanding of CDNs, DDoS, web caching, DNS and related technologies will be a major advantage.
  • Strategic thinking and great problem-solving skills.
  • Evidence of experience at successfully building and maintaining a wide array of relationships with both internal colleagues and external partners
  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively as part of a geographically distributed multicultural team will be an advantage

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: CfA has labs located in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. However the role can be performed remotely, and applicants across Africa will therefore be considered.
  • Languages: English
  • Preferred but not required: Arabic, French, KiSwahili or any other major language spoken in Africa.

What We Offer

  • A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth, both in terms of career path and public stature.
  • A dynamic workplace, with a transnational team, occasional international travel, and generous vacation benefits.
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn new cutting-edge skills and techniques/technologies to future-proof yourself in a rapidly evolving industry.
  • A chance to shine on a global stage, writing for international audiences and interacting with colleagues around the world.
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