Fellowship: Asia Pacific Policy and Programme

About Us

Access Now is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our Policy, Advocacy, Helpline, RightsCon, Grants, 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

Our regional policy team seeks to advance the cause of digital rights and aid in public policy discussions affecting the future of the open internet in Asia Pacific. The internet is perhaps at its most diverse and rapid growth in this region, with both tremendous opportunities and complex challenges when it comes to protecting and deepening human rights in the digital age. The Policy and Programme Support (PPS) Fellow will work within the Asia-Pacific policy team, in close coordination with the global policy team and teammates in other arms of the organisation, to help the organisation and our allies address these challenges.

The PPS Fellow will aid our Asia Pacific policy director and regional policy staff in executing our 2021 regional plan, helping conceptualise and operationalise policy programmes in support of those priorities, assist in coordination across our organisational arms for our regional policy team, and assist with stakeholder communications and engagement. The individual will report to the Asia Pacific Policy Director and principally aid him, and further assist our regional policy staff and members of other teams as necessary. The PPS Fellow role requires combining strategic planning, programme management, and process improvement across fast-moving regional non-profit on human rights and the digital sector.

What You Will Do 

  Policy programme coordination, strategy, and team assistance:

  • Keep track of key digital rights developments and initiatives, digital rights related projects from civil society organisations in the region, and monitor other trends in the region related to our key priorities and assist us in our work to support the digital rights community in Asia Pacific
  • Build out outreach and engagement strategies to groups and stakeholders identified by the Asia Pacific Policy Director and other regionals staff in support of our 2021 regional plan
  • Support management and development of our regional policy plan and supporting strategies with the Asia Pacific Policy Director
  • Assist with evaluation and regular reporting on our regional policy plan and metrics to other arms of the organisation (including our Development team)  and external partners as needed
  • Assist the Asia Pacific Policy Director with the tracking and documentation of work plans, tasks, partner commitments, stakeholder requests coming to the regional policy team and aid the team in follow up, management of responsibilities.

  Policy stakeholder engagement and outreach support:

  • Manage outreach and communications to key policy stakeholders as tasked by the Asia Pacific policy director and act as the first point of contact for scheduling and logistical needs for the Asia Pacific policy director and regional policy team
  • Manage reactive and proactive requests for regional policy staff regarding research assistance, briefings, and other engagements with policy-makers – including offices of legislators, government agencies, and regulators – in key priority countries in the region
  • Conduct research to scope new stakeholders whom our regional team should engage with in support of our 2021 plan and programmes
  • Set up and maintain resources for stakeholder relationship management for our regional programme work
  • Help our civil society allies, partners, and other stakeholders in connecting on requests for specific assistance with other arms of the organisation (Helpline, Grants, RightsCon, and others) as needed and help in oversight and management of such assistance.

  Policy Communications and Documentation support:

  • Help document, compile, update, and disseminate our policy reports, external submissions, policy talking point memos, and other regional policy team authored resources to internal and external audiences
  • If and as needed, draft blogs, reports, public statements, communications to partners and policy stakeholders, FAQs, press updates, and other materials that support our regional policy work
  • Help set up and maintain regional digital news tracking relating to our regional plan priorities
  • Assist the Regional Policy Director and Advocacy Team in both responding to press and communications asks coming from the region, and, as needed, aid with the updation of press lists and other assistance supports our proactive engagement and communications efforts.

About You

You come with:

  • Understanding of and appreciation for the key issues and challenges facing the internet, and its users, in the Asia Pacific region
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to drive processes and timelines to meet deadlines
  • Unwavering attention to detail and high levels of organization
  • Experience working with policymakers in the public and private sectors in the Asia Pacific region (particularly in South and Southeast Asia)
  • Excellent communication abilities, able to liaise with many people from various backgrounds

You are a highly enthusiastic team player, with experience working on complex projects involving many people in often different time zones.


This fellowship is full-time, estimated at five to six months, and should be based in or close to New Delhi. The successful candidate must be eligible to engage in work at the location in which they will be based. We will be unable to sponsor visas or relocations for this role.


Fellowship compensation is estimated between $800-900 USD monthly, depending on the candidate’s relevant experiences and location, and actual currency of payment. Team Members also benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:

  • Professional development and growth opportunities
  • Work-life balance…including a paid time-off program
  • Extensive workplace flexibility
  • Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
  • Organizational resilience and support for all team members

How to apply

Please submit the following documents through our Career Openings page:

  • Résumé/CV (removing all personally identifying information such as photo, gender, marital status, age, and address)
  • Cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your suitability for this fellowship

Our hiring teams review applications submitted through our Career Openings page; email submissions are not accepted. In order for us to communicate with you on the status of your application, please be sure to add to your contacts list, and check spam or junk folders so that you do not miss updates from us.

We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. As an equal opportunity employer, 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. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

Published: 2021-01-28

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