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Privacy International seeks Policy Officer

Privacy International 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 10 Jun 2018

Job Description

Policy Officer (Technology, Rights and The Global South)

Responsible to: Advocacy & Policy Team Lead
Key relationship: Global Programme Lead
Contract: Fixed Term Contract 1 year (Maternity Leave Cover) – Must have right to work in the UK
Salary: £36,000 pa
Hours: Full-time


The Policy Officer develops and implements Privacy International’s (PI) policy strategies. The Policy Officer will primarily focus on the nexus between privacy and security through the exploration of the intersection of technology and rights. Working with the Advocacy & Policy team and relevant members of programme teams, the Officer will develop PI’s policy strategies, build relationships with key national and international decision makers and influencers, monitor relevant policy and debates while identifying opportunities to shape policies, and support the advocacy work of PI’s strategic programmes and the work undertaken by the Privacy International Network.

In particular, this role will focus on providing support and capacity development to multi-year and multi-partner projects falling under PI’s Global programme which consists of engaging with Civil Society Organisations and experts in the Global South through an innovative approach that sustains an international privacy movement while supporting complementary socio-economic and civic struggles at the national level.

The Policy Officer will also lead in organising and implementing targeted workshops and training by coordinating logistics and content development and represent, and be an ambassador for, Privacy International at conferences, meetings, workshops and other events as required.



  • Degree in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or equivalent experience;
  • Extensive experience in advocacy, campaigning or strategic communications, in the Global South and/or within an international environment;
  • Detailed knowledge of national and regional and international advocacy processes involved in human rights, particularly in relations to the Global South;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of privacy, data protection, and technology issues;
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures, with or in Global South;
  • Experience in managing projects, monitoring and evaluating of impact, and managing the work of others;
  • Experience of working with and in small teams;
  • Experience of organising events and/or capacity-building workshops;
  • Experience of working in and/or with the national and/or international NGO sector;
  • Strong interpersonal skills in liaising, communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers;
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills, both written and oral, with a proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences;
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally.


  • Fluency in one of the following languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish;
  • Passion for technology and the role it plays in the governance and protection of human rights;
  • Experience of working with regional and international partners to deliver joint policy and advocacy projects;
  • Proven experience to conduct gender mainstreaming in M&E and learning strategy as well as programme design and implementation.


To apply, please send:

  1. a CV (not more than two pages);
  2. a cover letter (not more than one page) outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria;
  3. a sample of non-academic writing – for example, blog or analysis piece, or creative writing (no page limit).

The CV and cover letter must be submitted as a single PDF file of no more than three pages. Please submit the sample of non-academic writing as a separate PDF file. To apply, please send both files to no later than 10pm GMT on 1 July 2018.

Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email.

Interviews will be held in London the week of 9 July 2018. We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside London.

As this is a maternity leave cover, the candidates need to be available to start at the latest early September 2018.

Only complete applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates selected for the interview will be contacted.

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