As networked communication environments, encompassing the internet and telecommunications, continue to disrupt and revolutionise almost every aspect of modern society, the interplay of interests for states, private sector and civil society in moulding the evolution of the digital and media spheres are becoming ever more apparent.
ARTICLE 19 has a unique role to play as a leading global freedom of expression and information (FoE) organisation with the network, skills and standing to propose and promote standards for the modern era. As such, ARTICLE 19 will focus on interpreting and applying existing international standards and conventions with the goal of defending the rights of the individual and media within the complex digital eco-system comprised of states, multilateral institutions, legacy and digital media, corporations, and numerous specific-interest groups.
ARTICLE 19 will focus discussions and development of governance / regulation, policy and access for digital communications on the rights of the individual and media to express themselves without undue interference or hindrance. Civil society, including the new generation of exclusively digital activitists, must become a stronger, more coherent and equal actor to fight for the rights of individuals to FoE.
By adding technical knowledge and digital activism expertise to our legal expertise, ARTICLE 19 will become the key interlocutor between the traditional rights-based civil society, digital activists, and the state and private sector. This will build on our existing strengths enabling ARTICLE 19 to translate policy to beneficiary impact by:
- Developing cutting edge policy standards and legal analysis on FoE;
- Advocating with national, regional and international policymakers;
- Empowering through digital human rights trainings;
- Protecting people and institutions exercising their FoE, including whistleblowers, disadvantaged and minorities;
- Developing and deploying technology tools defending and promoting FoE;
- Raising international standards awareness in national settings.
The Head of Digital will lead ARTICLE 19’s work on embedding human rights principles in Internet governance and standard-setting bodies, and advise on cutting-edge issues on the border of technology and freedom of expression online. She/ he will also support ARTICLE 19’s work relating to digital rights, internet governance and the intersection of human rights and technology. The Head of Digital will manage a global team of experts, so experience of people management at a senior level is essential.
The ideal candidate will bring a substantial understanding of both human rights and technical expertise, and a solid understanding of the various internet governance instruments, fora and discussions. She/ he will provide expertise to ARTICLE 19 on how the internet is structured from a technology perspective and where Human Rights frameworks apply. Additionally, the candidate should have a track record in developing and/or strengthening effective collaborations across multiple internal and external stakeholders (including experience of multi-stakeholder processes), a proven ability to work effectively in a fluid and fast paced work environment, and a history of being a strong team leader.
The world of digital technology is fast-moving, requiring flexibility and adaptability. Reflecting this, we envision a portfolio that will encompass the following areas:
- Lead an internationally-based team to deliver cutting-edge programs that push the envelope of freedom of expression protections in a digital environment. Excellent people and time management will be essential.
- Serve as the primary cross-organisational focal point for developing and coordinating ARTICLE 19’s global programmatic digital work;
- Support the development of ARTICLE 19’s global strategy, particularly on areas of digitally-oriented programs;
- Represent ARTICLE 19 in international fora to solidify our leadership in the areas of digital freedom of expression and information;
- Continually scan the external environment and maintain a broad network with potential partners to identify project opportunities to expand the realisation of the rights to freedom of expression and information;
- Work with programmatic and thematic leads to develop digital programmatic activities that correspond with ARTICLE19’s strategic priorities, in line with the implementation of A19’s gender and sexuality policy, MX Method. Lead on the implementation of these activities and support the offices and programmes on the effective use of digital technologies;
- Lead ARTICLE 19’s work relating to internet governance, providing technical expertise and internet-architecture knowledge, as well as engagement with broader technical civil society community;
- Drive ARTICLE 19’s work to explore the intersection between Human Rights and technology, looking for opportunities to include a rights-based perspective in technical and business discussions;
- Provide technical expertise and knowledge of digital fora in support of the law programmes and regional offices work on human rights and digital law, policy and principles;
- Work closely with the International Communications Team to deliver outstanding targeted communications that support the delivery of the Expression Agenda. Participate in the development of knowledge, information and security management issues within ARTICLE 19.
- In collaboration with our regional offices, support the development and design of programmes that respond to local/ regional opportunities and needs of protection of the digital freedoms;
- Lead efforts to secure resources that will support the programmatic work in this area.
- Support the global team intellectually, strategically and also logistically.
- 7+ years experience in managing technical digitally-oriented projects;
- Track record demonstrating extensive technical knowledge, including (ideally) the latest developments in AI, network routing and protocol developments, coding experience or experience building digital tools or platforms.
- Substantial experience with human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information; and a strong emphasis on internet governance issues.
- Experience of matrix and remote management of international teams
- Experience of working with an international rights-based organisation;
- Demonstrable experience of designing successful strategic, fundraising and project plans.
- Experience of creating or working within agile, innovative, change focussed environments.
- Experience of working within a multi-cultural and multi-lingual workplace
- Experience of developing, commissioning, undertaking or approving research outputs.
Skills and abilities
- Demonstrable leadership and management skills.
- Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills.
- Proven ability to deliver, and be accountable for, effective, tangible results.
- Proven ability to build an international team located in different time-zones and cultures.
- Strong writing skills with an emphasis on writing for digital platforms.
- Ability to work under pressure and manage time effectively;
- Proven ability to communicate complex topics in an accessible manner to a broad audience;
- Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of at least one other language is highly desirable (particularly French, Spanish, Portuguese , Russian or Arabic)
- Good interpersonal and advocacy skills with a range of actors.
- Extensive technical knowledge, including (ideally) the latest developments in AI, network routing and protocol developments, coding experience or experience building digital tools or platforms
- Educated to degree standard essential with a post-graduate qualification desirable;
- Knowledge of human rights and/or key freedom of expression issues, internet governance and digital technology essential;
- Knowledge of digital technology that can be used to enhance the work of a campaigning and advocacy organisation.
- Understanding of research and research management and / or methodologies.
- A commitment to excellent performance and a practical understanding of how to promote shared learning and innovation across diverse regions;
- Must already have the right to work in the country of main base.
- Commitment to work within ARTICLE 19’s philosophy and objectives with strong desire
- To contribute to the effectiveness of regionalisation policy;
- Cultural sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunities;
- Experience of working in other countries, particularly in the Global South;
- Willingness to work outside normal working hours including weekends and evenings;
- Willingness and availability for regular, and sometimes extended, overseas travel.
Application deadaline is 26th September 2017.