Information Security Officer

Permanent employee, Part-time · Berlin

About us

Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 with the mission to enable access to high-quality education for refugees and underserved communities through digital solutions. Our team of Kironistas is international, agile and thinks out-of-the-box. We are education experts, techies, designers, project managers, communicators, grant writers, researchers, coffee-drinkers, innovators and dreamers, all united in our passion to democratize digital education.

In order to achieve our goal, we are looking for someone who will bridge the gap between our software development, our internal processes and our data security responsibilities and obligations towards partners and in our projects. 

About the position

As our new Information Security Officer… 

…you will ensure that we handle student and other private data responsibly across the organization, whether through the Kiron Campus, through external platforms, in projects with our partners, through our operational processes or through our internal IT setup. You will also be the liaison between Kiron and our external data privacy officer.

In this role, you will

All processes that involve handling of private data, for our students / users, partners and internal stakeholders 

Internally, your tasks will include…

  • Ensuring GDPR compliance across all systems and processes.

  • Ensuring data privacy and competent handling for Kiron campus users. 

  • Providing internal IT and data support.

  •  Conducting data security audits

  • Conducting internal data security and GDPR compliance trainings

  • Working on legal documents, such as data processing agreements or VVTs and TOMs

Working with partners and projects, your tasks may include…

  • Conducting security audit

  • Systematic analysis of security tests

  • Developing a roadmap for further development of external platforms securing functionality

  • Develop a security concept for these platform

  • Developing, implementing and ensuring compliance with data protection guidelines

  • Assessing or responding to legal issues as they arise

  • Managing of data sharing agreement

Internal stakeholders

  • Product teams

  • Operations team / People team

  • Project managers

External stakeholders

  • Data Privacy Officer 

About You

To succeed and grow in this position, you will likely be:

  • An expert in information and data security

  • clear communicator, able to translate complex information into understandable language, to set up clear guidelines and to help stakeholders navigate these topics 

  • Proactive in identifying gaps in data security and taking ownership to resolve

  • Flexible and resilient, able to work on a  variety of different tasks related to data security (IT, process management, legal/contracts) and to interact with different stakeholders

  • Detail-oriented (e.g. in ensuring accurate legal documents), yet able to keep a bird’s eye view of Kiron’s data and IT infrastructure.

  • Passionate about our mission to democratize education and to protect our students’ data

… and will likely have: 

  • Professional experience in data protection management, information security or similar areas 

  •  A relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Very good knowledge of English and German

  • Outstanding IT and tech skills

Ideally, you might also have: 

  • Fluency in Arabic

  • Have worked with a range of data (from employees, to students, to partners)

This profile draws on our experience of people who have been successful in this role in the past. We warmly encourage you to apply if you feel your experience and skills equip you for this job but are not listed here!

Your milestones

This is what you can expect…

  • After your first month, you will complete the onboarding process and develop a good understanding of the IT infrastructure and processes at Kiron involving the processing of personal data.

  • After three months, you will take ownership over the topic of data security, critically evaluate existing internal policies and work on necessary adaptations and new policies in collaboration with the operations team, developers and other internal stakeholders.

  • After six months, you will have a solid understanding of data security in the context of Kiron, including in our collaboration with partners, and will lead the implementation of data processing policies within the organization.

  • After 1 year, you will have implemented robust data processing and data security systems within Kiron and for our projects.

Why you should Join Kiron
  • We are a mission-driven organization committed to making a difference for underserved communities and passionate about the potential of education to change the world. 

  • We offer a flexible, agile and entrepreneurial work environment, where purpose, enthusiasm, and your ideas are valued.

  • We are a vibrant and international team based in Germany, Jordan and Lebanon.

  •  We offer 30 days vacation, flexible and remote work arrangements, benefits and discounts, team-building activities and opportunities for professional development. vacation, flexible and remote work arrangements, benefits and discounts, team-building activities and opportunities for professional development.

Now Apply

Are you ready to join our mission? Then please submit your application here.

If you have questions about the position or would like to discuss individual requirements relating to the application process and/or the demands of the role itself, please contact

Kiron Open Higher Education is committed to empowerment and inclusion and continuously works to create a diverse, safe and inclusive work environment. Therefore, we welcome applications from all people - regardless of cultural and social background, gender, age, religion, world-view or sexual orientation. In line with our values, we especially encourage people with refugee- or migration background, as well as people with disabilities, to apply. If you have any questions, including on the topic of inclusion, we are happy to answer them, and also welcome constructive feedback.

Send ​us your application!

 Please contact our People Team if you have any queries about the position or your application. 

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