In April 2020 the roadmap Cybersecurity US was initiated and set up by the Netherlands government in close collaboration with the Dutch cyber sector as a Public-Private- Partnership between the Netherlands government, private companies and knowledge institutions. As part of the roadmap a Partners for International Business (PIB) was set up in December 2021. A specific action plan was formulated for the duration of three years, starting in December 2021 until December 2024. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) executes the PIB program as commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, represented by mr. Walter de Wit, represents RVO for all activities implemented in the US under this activity. Next to the CG San Francisco, the Embassy in Washington DC and the CG in Chicago are also involved in the execution of the program.
The duration of above mentioned program is from December 2021 until December 2024.
The program highlights the collective business development of a cluster of a group of Dutch cybersecurity companies looking to take advantage of the strategic relevance of the US market. With a structural and long-term approach, the cluster aims to localize itself in the market and thereby acquire the required high level of trust necessary for successful export. This will eventually lead to better business opportunities for the companies individually and collectively. The cluster and this action plan will focus on three main regions: Chicago related to the manufacturing industry (predominant focus on the physical layer) and San Francisco focused on the big-tech sector (predominant focus on the social layer). In addition, the opportunities for the government market (physical, logical and social layer) and main focus of economic diplomacy will be centered in the Washington DC Area.
In brief, the program aims at positioning of the Dutch cybersecurity sector in the US and develop opportunities for companies in the program. In order to position the Netherlands sector and the cluster, gain market access and support the cluster, a liaison officer will be appointed and contracted for a specific period of the program to be stationed in the country of the target market.
The liaison serves two interests:
The activities are concentrated especially on networking and influencing. The liaison, in cooperation with the Dutch government/representation abroad, tries to gain access to the decision makers and companies. The liaison is focal point for local governments, research institutions and possible future business partners and identifies opportunities for the sector in general.
The liaison identifies opportunities for the group of companies. He/ she is focused on connecting the group of companies with the sector and companies in the target country. (NB: It is not allowed that the liaison operates as a commercial agent of the individual companies, for example negotiating individual contracts.)
It is important that the liaison closely cooperates with the Dutch embassy/CG’s and the group of companies and obtains information on the Dutch sector and the group of companies. The liaison is physically placed outside or –depending on the added value and available office space- within the Dutch embassy’s/ CG’s/ NBSO’s office.
For this contract the liaison will plan and report his/her activities with/to the program team and he/she will execute the activities mainly in the San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC areas.
The activities of the liaison are mainly focused on:
Please direct questions about this listing to Walter de Wit (firstname.lastname@example.org). To formally apply we require the following documentation:
Please send your application to email@example.com with subject title: “application Liaison Officer Cyber – your name”. The final deadline for applications is Monday, July 25th. Successful applicants will shortly thereafter be invited for a digital interview.