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Security Clearance Requirement: US Citizenship and with the ability to obtain and maintain and a SECRET clearance issued by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).

Language Requirement: Spanish Fluency at a level equivalent to a Foreign Service Institute 3/3 or DLPT 2+/2+/2+.

Are you looking to make a difference in security cooperation?

Sincerus is looking for an experienced Cybersecurity professional to provide expert advisory services to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Joint Cyber Command Directorate (COCIBER) in support of Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP) initiatives. GDRP is a US State Department-funded program that, in close coordination with US Department of Defense, focuses on assisting Partner Nations with defense reform and civil-military institutional capacity building efforts. The Advisor will serve in a full time, twelve-month long commitment abroad in the Host Nation with the end state being the COCIBER becoming an effective... organization within a national cybersecurity environment.

Advisor duties and responsibilities will likely include:

The Senior Advisor shall provide expert guidance and provide the advice and technical assistance needed for COCIBER to become an effective organization within a national cybersecurity environment. The Senior Advisor will also support effective interagency coordination by the Ministry of Defense within the Government of Ecuador (GOE) around cybersecurity. The Senior Advisor's focus shall be on:
• Assisting the Ministry of Defense with aligning its overall cyber policies and strategies to the GOE's National Security Strategy.
• Developing and refining foundational and strategy documents for COCIBER to ensure it aligns with the GOE's National Strategy.
• Drafting protocols that outline lines of action and roles and responsibilities of COCIBER that will help both COCIBER leadership and the GOE to better understand and define the role and function of COCIBER
• Helping COCIBER and the MOD to understand the role of a defense ministry within the overall national cybersecurity environment.
• Providing the necessary expertise to ensure COCIBER and MOD leaders and their staff understand the cybersecurity implications of their decisions.
• Supporting interagency coordination and encouraging dialogue on cyber roles and responsibilities within the GOE.
• Enhancing the knowledge and capacity of GOE staff and leadership involved with COCIBER and interagency cyber efforts. The Senior Advisor should ensure that local GOE partners are empowered to make and maintain the recommended changes within COCIBER and that the institution has a higher level of capacity as a result of the Senior Advisor's guidance and efforts.
• The Senior Advisor shall act as the trusted advisor for the GOE and COCIBER. The Senior Advisor shall also brief the Embassy's Cybersecurity Working Group (including the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Political and Economic Sections, Regional Security Office, Office of Regional Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Security Cooperation Office (SCO), and the Defense Attach Office (DAO).
• Where other barriers to institutional change with regards to strategic planning exist, the Senior Advisor will work to identify those barriers, make recommendations to the GOE and COCIBER to overcome them, and, where possible, work to address them in support of the desired end state.

Required qualifications include:

The Senior Advisor shall be qualified for the work performed as documented by education, certifications, licenses, permits, test reports, judgments, and similar documentation. At a minimum, the Senior Advisor shall possess the following qualifications.

Master's degree in one of the following or a similar subject area: Cybersecurity, Cyber Defense, Global Technology and Development, Information Systems Security, Digital Forensics, AND six (6) years of professional experience working in cybersecurity;


Bachelor's degree in the aforementioned areas AND at least ten (10) years of professional experience working in the relevant specialized discipline(s).

• Have reached, at a minimum, the rank of O-5 in the military or equivalent in a civilian capacity (i.e. FS-02/GS-14).
• Two (2) years of experience developing cybersecurity and cyber defense strategy, policy, or procedures.
• Experience leading projects associated with bilateral and/or multilateral cybersecurity capacity building initiatives.
• Experience communicating cybersecurity policy and technical concepts to a variety of stakeholders.
• One (1) year prior experience advising foreign governments.
• Demonstrated understanding of cybersecurity challenges in emerging markets.
• Fluent in Spanish, both conversational and professional in technical environments which includes: speaking, writing, reading and listening at a level equivalent to a Foreign Service Institute 3/3 or DLPT 2+/2+/2+.
• Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance issued by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) prior to contract/task order performance.
• U.S. citizen
Quito Ecuador


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