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Job Title - Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Reporting Line - Country MD/CEO & Group CISO



1. Establish Governance & Build Knowledge

  • – Facilitate an information security governance structure within the Country/Region by implementing a hierarchical governance program.
  • – Provides regular reporting on the current status of the information security program to enterprise risk teams and senior business leaders as part of a strategic enterprise risk management program, thus supporting business outcomes.
  • – Develops, socialises, and coordinates approval and implementation of security policies within the Country/Region.
  • – Works with the vendor management office to ensure that information security requirements are included in contracts by liaising with vendor management and procurement organisations.
  • – Directs the creation of a targeted information security awareness training program for all employees, contractors, and approved system users and establishes metrics to measure the effectiveness of this security training program for different audiences.
  • – Understands and interacts with related disciplines, either directly or through committees, to ensure the consistent application of policies and standards across all technology projects, systems and services, including privacy, risk management, compliance and business continuity management.
  • – Provides clear risk-mitigating directives for projects with components in IT, including the mandatory application of controls.
  • – Embeds Cyber Judgement across a decentralised or distributed decisionmaking model.
  • – Leads the security champion program to mobilise employees in all locations.

2.  Leadership

  • – Leads the information security function within the Country/Region to ensure consistent and high-quality information security management in support of the business goals
  • – Determines the information security approach and operating model in consultation with stakeholders and aligned with the risk management approach and compliance monitoring of non-digital risk areas
  • – Manages the budget for the information security function within the Country/Region, monitoring and reporting discrepancies.
  • – Manages the cost-efficient information security organisation within the Country/Region, consisting of direct reports and dotted line reports (such as individuals in business continuity and IT operations). This includes hiring (and conducting background checks), training, staff development, performance management and annual performance reviews.

3.  Strategy

  • – Develops an information security vision and strategy that is aligned with the country/region’s priorities and enables and facilitates the business objectives, and ensures senior stakeholder buy-in and mandate
  • – Develops, implements and monitors a strategic, comprehensive information security program to ensure appropriate confidentiality, integrity, availability, safety, privacy and recovery of information assets owned, controlled or/and processed by the organisation.
  • – Assists with the identification of non-IT managed IT services in use (“citizen IT”) and facilitates a corporate IT onboarding program to bring these services into the scope of the IT function and apply standard controls and rigour to these services; where this is not possible, ensures that risk is reduced to the appropriate levels and ownership of this information security risk is clear.
  • – Works effectively with business units within the country/region to facilitate information security risk assessment and risk management processes and empowers them to own and accept the level of risk they deem appropriate for their specific risk appetite.

4.  Framework Development

  • – Develops and enhances an up-to-date information security management framework based on the following: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2700X, ITIL, COBIT/Risk IT and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, PCI-DSS.
  • – Creates and manages a unified, flexible, risk-based control framework to integrate and normalise the wide variety and ever-changing requirements of international laws, standards and regulations.
  • – Develops and maintains a document framework of continuously up-to-date information security policies, standards and guidelines. Oversees the approval and publication of these information security policies and practices.
  • – Creates a framework for roles and responsibilities regarding information ownership, classification, accountability and protection of information assets.
  • – Facilitates a metrics and reporting framework to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, facilitates appropriate resource allocation, increases the maturity of the information security, and reviews it with stakeholders at the executive and board levels.

5.  Collaborative Functions

  • – Provides input for the IT section of the company’s code of conduct.
  • – Creates the necessary internal networks among the information security team and line-of-business executives, corporate compliance, audit, physical security, legal and HR management teams to ensure alignment as required.
  • – Builds and nurtures external networks of industry peers, ecosystem partners, vendors and other relevant parties to address common trends, findings, incidents and cybersecurity risks.
  • – Liaises with external agencies, such as law enforcement and other advisory bodies, to ensure that the organisation maintains a strong security posture and is well-abreast of the relevant threats identified by these agencies.
  • – Liaises with the enterprise architecture team to build alignment between the security and enterprise (reference) architectures, thus ensuring that information security requirements are implicit in these architectures and security is built in by design.

6.  Operational Functions

  • – Creates a risk-based process for assessing and mitigating any information security risk in the ecosystem consisting of supply chain partners, vendors, consumers and any other third parties.
  • – Works with the compliance staff to ensure that all information owned, collected or controlled by or on behalf of the company is processed and stored per applicable laws and other global regulatory requirements, such as data privacy.
  • – Collaborates and liaises with the data privacy officer to ensure that data privacy requirements are included where applicable.
  • – Defines and facilitates the processes for information security risk and legal and regulatory assessments, including reporting and overseeing treatment efforts to address negative findings.
  • – Ensures security is embedded in the project delivery process by providing the appropriate information security policies, practices and guidelines.
  • – Oversees technology dependencies outside of direct organisational control. This includes reviewing contracts and the creation of alternatives for managing risk.
  • – Manages and contains information security incidents and events to protect corporate IT assets, intellectual property, regulated data and the company’s reputation.
  • – Monitors the external threat environment for emerging threats and advises relevant stakeholders on appropriate action.
  • – Develops and oversees effective disaster recovery policies and standards to align with the enterprise business continuity management (BCM) program goals, with the realisation that components supporting primary business processes may be outside the corporate perimeter.
  • – Coordinates developing the implementation of incident response plans and procedures to ensure that business-critical services are recovered during a security event; provides direction, support and in-house consulting in these areas.
  • – Facilitates and supports the development of asset inventories, including information assets in cloud services and other parties in the organisation’s ecosystem.

Knowledge & Skills

  • – Knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2700X, ITIL, COBIT/Risk IT and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, PCIDSS.
  • – Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ITIL, COBIT, and those from NIST, including 800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework.
  • – Sound knowledge of business management and a working knowledge of information security risk management and cybersecurity technologies.
  • – Up-to-date knowledge of methodologies and trends in both business and IT.
  • – Demonstrated experience and success in senior leadership roles in risk management, information security, and IT or OT security.
  • – Degree in business administration, a technology-related field, or equivalent work- or education-related experience.
  • – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor/Lead Implementer or other similar credentials.

How to apply

Send CV and cover letter to:

Hard Copies should be forwarded to the reception desk at HQ, 15 Charlotte Street, Freetown

Deadline: 20/08/2023