Cybersecurity Operations and Analytics Engineer, Budapest, Hungary

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Office: WHO Budapest, Hungary

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Cybersecurity Operations and Analytics Engineer

( 2301946 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 24 months

Job Posting: Mar 1, 2023, 3:56:38 PM

The Information Management and Technology (IMT) function strives to leverage technology to innovate, collaborate and transform WHO for a healthier world. The IMT Department at HQ leads IT teams across the Organization to deliver the common mission of connecting and empowering people, automating and optimizing digital WHO to deliver its strategic goals. The Department has teams based in Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Budapest. The Cybersecurity team as part of it is in the centre of excellence within the department, that defines the technology roadmap for cybersecurity infrastructure and applications, develops architectural strategy and design, implements security measures to protect WHO’s information assets, manages the network and telecommunication services, and identifies the appropriate and cost-effective technological solutions based on functional requirements for the business.


Work with sources of intelligence (adversary behaviours, active incidents, national and international events, etc.) to identify possible attack vectors and threat actors targeting WHO.

Perform regular analysis of existing cybersecurity measures and how they compare to possible attack vectors.

Perform regular audits of effectiveness of cybersecurity measures by identifying weaknesses and provide mitigation plans.

Identify and test key threat scenarios using adversarial tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Replicate sophisticated cyber-attacks to continuously test and improve the capability of the WHO Cybersecurity Operations Centre (CSOC).

Validate cyber defences and hardening of critical systems to mitigate future cyber risk.

Perform security audits, application and infrastructure level vulnerability test using known red teaming tools.

Perform Risk assessments for WHO applications.

Monitor and respond to incidents raised by Cybersecurity Operations Center.

Develop solutions to help mitigate security vulnerabilities related to people, process, and technology.

Conduct situational awareness based on intelligence and threat information and formulate and report an operational view of the external environment.

Provide responsive information to Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT’s).

Conduct research to identify vulnerabilities and their impact, risk analysis, advise on criticality.

Coordinate implementation of critical security updates.

Perform other related duties as assigned.




University degree in Computer Science, IT Security, Information Security or a closely related field.

One or more Industry certifications covering IT security such as CISSP, CISM, SSCP, OSCP, GCIH or equivalent.

Desirable: One or more advanced Industry certifications covering IT security such as CISA, CRISC, ISO 27001 Implementer; ITIL Service Management; Internationally recognized Project Management Certification such as PMP or Prince 2 are highly desirable.


Essential: A minimum of 5 years IT experience which at least 2 years at the international level and five years focused on IT security.


Extensive experience in working across multiple time zones without the need for face-to-face meetings.

Experience in ICT audit, compliance or governance.

Experience working in an environment where work hours are scheduled shifts corresponding to forecasted activity.

Experience working outside of core business hours, including early morning, late evening, overnight, weekends, and/or holidays as needed.


Functional Skills and Knowledge

Possession of a diverse IT background with demonstrated continued professional development training path.

Advanced knowledge and extensive experience working with various hardware platforms, network protocols and services (SSH, HTTP/S, DNS, SMB, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, TCP/IP, ARP, etc.), various Operating Systems, Identity and Access Management (IAM).

Excellent technical knowledge of mainstream anti-malware solutions, automated policy compliance tools, and desktop security tools.

Ability to adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs.

Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Strong team oriented interpersonal skills with a strong ability to interface wide variety of people and teams in a cross functional environment.

Ability to articulate and enforce organization policy.

Experience in application behaviour-based security approach.

Essential Skills

Advanced knowledge of ICT security standards, frameworks and best practices.

Knowledge and strong understanding on the creation/implementation of secure networks, firewalls and intrusion-detection systems in geographically dispersed enterprise environments.

Experience in a technical role in the areas of Security Operations, Detection Engineering, Threat Intelligence, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Purple Teaming, Threat Hunting or Incident Response.

Experience working with Windows security logging in either a forensic, threat hunt, incident response investigation, or red team operational security research capacity.

Strong understanding of specifically how they gain access, move laterally, privilege escalate, set persistence, and evade defenses to achieve objectives.

Capability to critically evaluate Organization Security measures from threat actor perspective and clearly articulate the risk.

Proficiency in vulnerability assessments, assign severity levels, recommend remediation plans and retest to confirm closureIn-depth knowledge and understanding of information risk concepts and principles.

Experience with red team security assessments, web application and infrastructure penetration testing and able to stay in tune with the changes in this area.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of project management, and experience with creating and managing project plans, including budgeting and resource allocation in a cross-functional environment.

In-depth knowledge of risk assessment methods and technologies.

Strong understanding of business applications, including ERP and financial systems.

Excellent understanding of web application security and OWASP Top 10.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Beginners knowledge of WHO official language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 62,692 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1113 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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