Program Assistant, Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative

About ORF America & the Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative

The Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America) is an independent, non-partisan, and nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing global policy challenges, with a particular focus on relations between the developed and developing worlds and between India and the Americas. It produces research, curates diverse and inclusive platforms, and develops networks for cooperation between the developed and developing worlds based on common values and shared interests. ORF America was established in 2020 and is an overseas affiliate of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India’s premier non-government think tank. Its areas of focus include strategic and security affairs; technology policy; climate, energy, and sustainability; and economic policy. ORF America is an equal opportunity employer and hires staff without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

The Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative at ORF America convenes experts, promotes dialogue, and produces quality research on current challenges to security and stability in cyberspace. The Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative was started in 2009 at the EastWest Institute and initiated some of the earliest dialogue on the critical issues of cooperation in cyberspace. Now at ORF America, the initiative is focused on promoting international cooperation and building capacity to address cyber threats in emerging economies. The initiative currently runs the Global Cyber Policy Dialogues, a series of regional dialogues aiming to improve cyberspace governance and cooperation by bringing together stakeholders on a regional basis to improve trust and cooperation. The project convenes regional meetings in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America around key cyber challenges such as cyberspace governance, emerging technologies, and public-private partnerships.


Job Summary

The Program Assistant will provide administrative, logistical, and research support for the Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative, in particular the Global Cyber Policy Dialogues project. This is a seven-month contract position. International travel is required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the preparation and execution of events as part of the project, including preparing background and meeting materials, assisting with organizational and logistical tasks, agenda setting, and notetaking
  • Identify potential participants and speakers, maintain database, handle registration and communication with participants including travel arrangements
  • Assist with research for the Global Cyber Policy Dialogues including contributing to background briefs, meeting reports, and event write ups
  • Monitor current policy, technology, and business developments related to ICT security and attend relevant events
  • Provide administrative and operational support for the initiative and assist with other assignments as requested


Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's


  • College degree in international relations or related field and 1-2 years of administrative and/or program support experience; or a graduate degree
  • Familiarity with cyber policy issues is an asset
  • Experience with meeting and event planning desirable
  • Able to prioritize, work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and perform in a fast-paced international environment
  • Communicative, team player, and fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Reliable, positive, open-minded, and self-starter
  • Computer skills: Office365 and Google Workspace; Internet-research and database savvy
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
Posted: March 21, 2022
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