Senior ICT Security Officer

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

HELSB Zambia

Employment Opportunities
The Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board (HELSB) is a statutory body
established by the Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Act No. 31 of 2016 to
provide for the administration, granting, investment, payment and recovery of
student loans; provide for the administration and granting of scholarships; facilitate
the mobilisation of financial resources for loans and scholarships, and provide for
matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
HELSB is inviting competent, enthusiastic and qualified candidates to apply for the
following positions to be based in Lusaka, on permanent and pensionable terms:
1. Senior ICT Security Officer – 1 Position
a. Job Purpose
Reporting to the Manager – ICT, the Senior ICT Officer shall manage the
provision of ICT Security Services in order to facilitate the effective and
efficient operation of the Institution.
b. Principal Accountabilities
 Undertakes effectively the acquisition, configuration, installation and
maintenance of server applications in order to facilitate availability of e-
services and applications;
 Undertakes effectively the design, development, acquisition and
management of application systems in order to promote innovations and
efficient service delivery;
 Undertakes effectively design, development, acquisition and
management of database systems in order to ensure highest levels of
data security, integrity and availability;
 Undertakes effectively the development and maintenance of the
institutional web applications in order to facilitate transactions and access
to information;
 Undertakes regularly the design, installation, monitoring, troubleshooting
and upgrading of networks, and security programmes in order to facilitate
smooth operation of ICT infrastructure and ensure data integrity;
 Undertakes effectively the acquisition, configuration, installation and
maintenance of Server Infrastructure in order to facilitate availability of e-
services and applications;
 Undertakes the availability of disaster recovery infrastructure and
procedures in order to guarantee business continuity;
 Undertakes timely servicing, repair and rehabilitation of ICT infrastructure
and assets in order to prolong life span of the equipment and facilitate
replacement; and
 Undertakes efficiently the provision of ICT Technical support in order to
facilitate smooth running of business.
c. Other Job Expectations
 Safeguards information system assets by identifying and solving potential
and actual security problems;
 To provide various reports / information that would normally be used by
management for decision making and planning;
 Protects system by defining access privileges, control structures, and
 Recognizes problems by identifying abnormalities; reporting violations;
 Implements security improvements by assessing current situation;
evaluating trends; anticipating requirements;
 Determines security violations and inefficiencies by conducting periodic
 Upgrades system by implementing and maintaining security controls;
 Keeps users informed by preparing performance reports; communicating
system status;
 Maintains quality service by following organization standards;
 Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops;
reviewing publications;
 Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed;
 Conduct vulnerability scans on all SIT, UAT and Prod Servers;
 Patch detected vulnerability in production after UAT testing and
 Review all traffic on externally exposed system for Internet threats; and
 Conduct Regular cyber security training to HELSB staffs. Both Physical and
d. Qualifications and Experience
 Full Grade 12 Certificate with 5 credits or better including Mathematics,
Science and English;
 Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or
 Minimum relevant pre-job experience of 5 years of which 3 should be at
supervisory level;
 Advanced ICT Certification such as SANS GIAC/GCIA/GCIH, CISSP or
CASP and/or SIEM-specific training and certification;
 Hold DoD-8570 IAT Level 2 baseline certification (Security+ CE or
equivalent) at start date;
 Experience in developing and deploying signatures (e.g. YARA, Snort,
Suricata, HIPS);
 Hands-on experience in analyzing high volumes of logs, network data
(e.g. Netflow, FPC);
 Experience with vulnerability scanning solutions;
 Understanding of mobile technology and OS (i.e. Android, iOS, Windows),
VMware technology, and Unix and basic Unix commands.
e. Other Skills and Attributes
 Understanding of mobile technology and OS (i.e. Android, iOS, Windows),
VMware technology, and Unix and basic Unix commands
 Advanced understanding of TCP/IP, common networking ports and
protocols, traffic flow, system administration, OSI model, defense-in-depth
and common security elements.
 Familiar with Crowdstrike and Darktrace platforms
 Proficiency with any of the following: Anti-Virus, HIPS, ID/PS, Full Packet
Capture, Host-Based Forensics, Network Forensics, and RSA Security
 In-depth knowledge of architecture, engineering, and operations of at
least one enterprise SIEM platform (e.g. Nitro/McAfee Enterprise Security
Manager, ArcSight, QRadar, LogLogic, Splunk).
Application Procedure
Candidates who meet the above Job Specifications and Competencies, Skills and  Attributes should send their applications enclosing their detailed Curriculum Vitae,
Photocopies of NRC, Professional and any other relevant documents in hard copy
form only to:
The Chief Executive Officer Or Hand delivered to:
Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board United Church House
P.O. Box 50464 Second (2nd) Floor
LUSAKA. Mosi-o-Tunya Road
Closing date for receipt of applications is 15th March, 2023.
HELSB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the employment of any person on the basis of race, health, tribe, sex, political affiliation, religion or physical ability.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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