About Access Now
Access Now (accessnow.org) 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, technology, and operations teams are present in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission. Our Tunis (Tunisia) office has been active for over five years, and has become a leading civil society voice on digital rights in the MENA Region.
About the Role
The MENA Policy Manager leads work bringing an international perspective to achieve its mission by ensuring that legislation and policies around the region respect and extend human rights in the digital age. The Policy Manager is responsible for designing and deploying our strategy in the region to achieve our objectives, and reports to the Policy Director. The Manager oversees policy staff in the Tunis office.
What You Will Do
We are looking for a creative, self-driven, motivated, and well-organized leader to join our global team as the manager in our Tunis office, and a coordinator for our work in the MENA region. As a member of our management team, responsibilities include strategic planning, staff and budget management, partnerships maintenance, developing and driving policy, and internal coordination.
Be a manager and a leader – Build and strategize on matters related to MENA policy development and execution in the Tunis office. You will work closely with staff in the office, overseeing project development and supporting professional development. Creativity in leadership will be important as you consider the best ways to pursue and implement goals in policy areas related to regional priorities.
Be a recognized expert – Display a keen understanding of the key digital rights debates of our time and the ability to carefully analyse, evaluate and recommend digital policies, particularly in the fields of new and emerging technologies, government surveillance, privacy, digital ID, free expression and/or connectivity-related matters.
Help us think through the big issues – Identify, examine, and track new and emerging issues in tech law and policy through a human rights lens. Engage in research and analysis to formulate and build out evidence-based positions and craft strategies to pursue them, including identifying short- and long-term benchmarks and opportunities for engagement.
Be an advocate – Pursue implementation of our policies by engaging with relevant regional stakeholders. We encourage you to be creative and think through what paths would be most effective in each case. This might mean taking meetings with legislative and political staff, writing comments to ministerial agencies, collaborating with partners and building coalitions, or reaching out to experts in inter-governmental bodies.
Be a partner – Represent Access Now in coalitions at meetings or events — or build your own. These coalitions may include representatives from other organizations or companies as well as experts and academics, depending on the issue.
Be a messenger – Translate our work, and the underlying issues, to our target audiences, as our policies are nothing if we can’t communicate them to the right people! This can mean researching and writing policy briefs, reports, blog posts, position papers, briefing memos, comments to public or private consultations, and talking at events and to the media. You will need to be open to international travel.
Build bridges – Engage and build important relationships with members of the MENA legislative bodies, coalition partners, journalists, government representatives, and others.
You Should Have
While you should have comprehensive experience that supports your ability to lead our policy strategies and people, there is no comprehensive list of characteristics that we believe will be indicative of a successful candidate. Please use this guide for types of relevant experience that we will be looking for:
- A level of education and experience (we’d like to see 4+ years of professional-level experience) to allow you to manage a small team and contribute to international policy development, in particular on the policy areas listed above
- Passion for mission-driven work and background in tech, policy, human rights, and/or MENA-region legislative affairs
- Understanding of and experience working with legislative and/or regulatory processes in and around the MENA region
- Comfort communicating with people from different backgrounds and with different levels of expertise
- Respect for and desire to work with a dynamic, international team of diverse and wonderful people
- Capacity to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment. This means an ability to prioritize and juggle multiple deadlines with the help of your managers.
- At minimum, a basic understanding of the internet and its related technologies
- Fluency in English, French and Arabic. Other languages are a plus.
Location and Hours
This is a full-time position based in Tunis, Tunisia. While applicants outside of Tunisia may be considered on an individual basis, the core functions are centered in Tunis, and will require extensive onsite work. As an international organization, this job may occasionally demand work outside of regular working hours and includes international travel.
Access Now offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, along with a strong benefits package.
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- Cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the role. We encourage applicants to use this opportunity to envision what you might accomplish with the position, and how – including highlighting developed expertise that fits into Access Now’s mission and priorities.
- Name, contact information, and relationship to two professional references
Open until Filled
Access Now is an international human rights organization committed to diversity and is 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. This commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.
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