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Solidarity Playbook: Case studies on cybersecurity
Research Consultant – Terms of Reference
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The International Civil Society Centre (ICSCentre) is looking for a research consultant to support its Solidarity Action Network (SANE) with capturing three to five case studies looking at how (international) civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – have dealt with cyberattacks and digital risks. This will be an extension of the Solidarity Playbook – a collection of case studies and best practices on strategies, resilience, and solidarity mechanisms – with a topical focus on cybersecurity. The aim is to make experience, strategies and lessons learned available for other civil society actors who have faced or might face similar attacks and challenges in the future. The cases will address (I)CSO professionals across departments (non-technical audience) as cybersecurity needs to be everyone’s responsibility.
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The Solidarity Action Network (SANE), hosted by the International Civil Society Centre (ICSCentre), focuses on strengthening resilience of and solidarity among civil society actors when faced with civic space restrictions or changing operating conditions. It connects international and national civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – across all sub-sectors and brings them into discussions on civic space challenges and opportunities.
The Solidarity Playbook is an integral part of SANE with a focus on collecting case studies and best practices to help other (I)CSOs respond to undue scrutiny and challenges, and to enable learning on how to act in solidarity with civil society actors, particularly local partners.
The Solidarity Playbook particularly captures:
Building on positive feedback of the Playbook’s first (2019) and second edition (2020-2021), we are extending the collection by adding three to five case studies with a particular focus on addressing cyberattacks. The cases will show concrete experience, responses, and resilience mechanisms developed by (I)CSOs. The examples will likely deal with phishing attacks, domain spoofing, ransomware attacks and denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. A technical advice and recommendations will be provided by the CyberPeace Institute, with whom we have recently published “Navigating cybersecurity: Guidance for (I)CSO professionals”. The case studies will be jointly identified by the ICSCentre and the CyberPeace Institute.
The new case studies will have a similar length (2,000 – 2,500 words each + executive summary) and follow a similar structure of already published Solidarity Playbook case studies. The chapters will likely encompass: 1) what happened; 2) how organisations responded; 3)
outcomes; 4) organisational learnings, including experienced challenges and main lessons learned.
The published cases will be made available to ICSO and CSO professionals across departments and will also target non-technical audience as we believe cybersecurity needs to be everyone’s responsibility.
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We expect the overall consultancy to encompass max. 10 working days if five cases are selected (the expected workload is 1,5 – 2 days per each case).
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To apply, please send:
to Eva Gondorová (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 25 July 2022 COB.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Miriam Niehaus (email@example.com).
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual interview in the first half of August.