About Access Now
Access Now (accessnow.org) is a growing international human rights organisation dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, working on issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, RightsCon, grants, legal, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.
About the Role
The Campaigner drives and expands global campaigns to protect human rights and defend the internet – working with team members around the globe, and reporting to our Senior Policy Analyst – Africa. Core focus is on the #KeepItOn campaign, a broad movement and coalition of more than 150 member organizations across the world that fights and advocates against internet shutdowns. The Campaigner builds momentum for this movement and coalition, raising awareness, coordinating grassroots actions, raising funds, and developing media strategies, communications, web properties, and media content.
The Campaigner’s primary responsibility is to passionately defend human rights in our increasingly digital world. You will have the opportunity to take Access Now’s organization-wide campaigns to a new level of size and impact on a global stage.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work across the organization to run and build campaigns in a sustainable and scalable manner Help manage and sustain the growing #KeepItOn community, including updating information
- Identify opportunities for norm-setting and policy development at all levels
- Produce engaging and dynamic content for a range of audiences through articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign materials, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to keep track of internet shutdowns across regions
- Build out and strengthen the Shutdown Stories project to collect and celebrate narratives with the specific focus on helping shift norms and policies around internet shutdowns
- Host or coordinate online and offline convenings around geographies and issues
- Expand our reach beyond the digital rights community; develop regional hotspots with local partners; and run thematic campaigns, in coordination with regional campaigners and our digital engagement team
- Work with tech and telecommunications companies, governments and other stakeholders to raise awareness and hold them accountable to their actions
- Research fundraising and partnership opportunities, including innovative collaboration
You Should Have
As an advocate and movement builder, you should be able to lead and grow campaigns to ensure maximum impact. You should have an instinctive knack for identifying and developing the strategies and partnerships needed to protect the internet and those who use it, and the global experience and outlook to do it right.
Top candidates will have:
- Proven experience in building and managing global campaigns and coalitions
- Experience in movement building (communication, campaigning, advocacy, public relations, journalism) and in outreach positions (campaigner, strategist, lobbyist, community manager, ambassador of fun, etc), with progressively increasing levels of responsibility
- A demonstrable knowledge of relevant international human rights and technology policy issues and experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, and the proven ability to apply this capacity towards complex and concurrent goals
- A proven capacity to synthesize complex information in fluid and rapidly changing contexts, and the ability to design solution sets to achieve meaningful change
- Knowledge of policy and advocacy environment in at least one region where internet shutdowns often occur
- Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive writing and editing skills
- Cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people from around the world
- Fluency in at least one language other than English, preferably, French, Arabic, Swahili, Hindi or Urdu
- Ability to travel internationally and domestically
We know that it will be helpful to have:
- Technical understanding of internet infrastructure, security, and censorship circumvention
- Graduate degree related to human rights, communications, journalism, law, or similar
- Experience having lived and worked in Global South, and/or in regions affected by shutdowns
- Fundraising experience, writing and securing grants from foundations or public institutions
This is a full time position based in one of Access Now’s registered locations in Washington, D.C. or New York City (USA), Brussels, Berlin, Tunis, or San José (CR). Competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits.
Send an email with the subject line: “Campaigner – [Your Name]” to email@example.com with the following documents attached:
- Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role
- Two references
As an international human rights organization committed to inclusion, Access Now is an equal opportunity employer/contractor. We value and encourage diversity, and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. This commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination. For further information, please contact Bryan Rogers, Human Resources Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org; PGP Key: 0x676DA406.