DAI Global

Kosovo Technical Lead

	 	 

JOB TITLE:                                    Kosovo Technical Lead

REPORTS TO:                                Deputy Program Director

LOCATION:                                     Pristina, Kosovo

DATE:                                              ASAP  

LEVEL OF EFFORT:                       Full-Time Employee (40 hours/week)

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:    February 2022 – January 2023 (with possibility for extension)

ORGANIZATION & VALUES

DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.

DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work.  DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.

DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

POSITION OVERVIEW

DAI seeks a Kosovo Technical Lead to support the implementation of a 5-year USAID-funded Critical Infrastructure Digitalization and Resilience (CIDR) program. The Technical Lead will manage CIDR activities in Kosovo and provide technical and project management support to program design, implementation, and relationship-building with stakeholders in Kosovo, and regionally as requested.

CIDR supports the Governments of E&E countries (including the Western Balkans, Black Sea region, and Caucasus region) in assisting critical infrastructure entities to incorporate cybersecurity best practices into organizational operations, planning, and procurement; prioritize cybersecurity investment needs; select appropriate mandatory or voluntary standards and corresponding security controls; and establish the basis for region-wide cybersecurity information sharing. Through a regional approach targeting improved policies and legislation, information sharing, workforce development, and capacity-building, the program targets sectors such as energy (electric, natural gas, oil, district heating), water (transmission, distribution), transport, healthcare, finance, and telecommunications.

The Technical Lead will be responsible for the day-to-day technical implementation of the CIDR activities in Kosovo. He/she will undertake regular assessments of the broader political environment within which the project operates to ensure flexibility and rapid reprioritization of activities when necessary. The Technical Lead will act as the key liaison between DAI and project stakeholders in-country, representing CIDR and DAI in meetings, activities, and forums in Kosovo.

The position requires a strong technical understanding of cybersecurity and broader issues related to ICT, excellent communication and coordination skills, in-depth understanding of national sociopolitical developments, experience in working with stakeholder of all levels of seniority and professional backgrounds, and an ability to ensure coherence and consistency of work in a challenging environment.  The Technical Lead will work closely with other members of the team based throughout the region and the United States.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee day-to-day implementation of program activities in Kosovo.
  • Provide technical program leadership to program implementing partners and key stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders across the country, including government, private sector, academia, civil society, international donors, and other cybersecurity-focused organizations.
  • Design and implement program activities.
  • Manage and advise staff and consultants, where applicable.
  • Facilitate meetings and events with key national cybersecurity and critical infrastructure stakeholders.
  • Facilitate and lead technical activities such as stakeholder mapping, legislation drafting, technical support to cybersecurity emergency response teams, and coordination of key cybersecurity stakeholders.
  • Draft or contribute to program reports, workplans, monitoring and evaluation plans, and communications materials.
  • Keep abreast of cybersecurity trends in country and region, including existing and emerging cybersecurity projects, campaigns, or tools being used to combat threats.
  • Other tasks as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in information technology, engineering, social and/or information science, or related area. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with key cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection notions and policies; cybersecurity related certifications are a plus.
  • At least five years of experience in implementing donor-funded programs in Kosovo; 10 years of progressively responsible experience preferred.
  • Substantial experience working effectively with counterparts at various levels of government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and other key stakeholders in implementation of international development assistance projects.
  • Experience serving as a client-facing liaison for technical projects.
  • Experience in all stages of project management.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and spoken) in English and Albanian, including public speaking. Ability to present and write concisely and accurately, even when describing complex issues.
  • Ability to work with people of various cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

Preferred

  • Extensive networks and relationships with cybersecurity stakeholders in Kosovo.
  • Experience operating complex programs in a dynamic working environment, with multiple partners and teams and U.S. Government-funded project experience.
  • Experience in or knowledge of information and communications technology (ICT) in international development programming.

Supervisory Requirements

  • The Technical Lead will be responsible for direct oversight of local technical consultants and will potentially oversee other local staff.

Interested candidates should submit their application at https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DAINC&cws=1&rid=6686

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. DAI does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, veteran status, or other non-merit factor

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