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Policy and Campaigns Officer

Closing date: 28 Nov 2021

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  • Full Time
  • Remote

Website Digital Action

Digital Action brings people and ideas together to strengthen democracy in a digital age. Democracy and human rights can thrive in the digital age, but only if we work together to ensure it is the people writing the rules, not unaccountable Big Tech.

Digital Action was launched in 2019 with a mission to strengthen democratic rights in a digital age. We are a campaigning organisation, and everything that we do is focused on making manipulation of the online world harder to do. We run campaigns aimed at improving the accountability of global ad tech platforms, and at strengthening protections from online harms. We apply a human rights framework to our work, and prioritise areas where online harms lead to real world marginalisation and violence, and where they have outsized impact on already marginalised groups. 

We work in a unique way for this sector, focusing on collective action. Our model borrows from the experience of Crisis Action, who have a long track record of enabling collaboration within the humanitarian sector to protect civilians from armed conflict. This means that everything we do is in collaboration with partners. Not making it about us, but about how our partners can bring about real change. It’s why much of what we do happens in the background, but you can see some of our recent campaigns on this page of our website. You can read some insights as we develop our model on our Medium page. You can also read more about the Crisis Action model, which we continue to adapt, here. 

Digital Action is a growing organisation. We are supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations, Luminate, Unbound Philanthropy, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation, as well as having received support from the Media Democracy Fund, a project supported by the Wallace Foundation. At present we are fiscally sponsored by the New Venture Fund (NVF). 

We are  looking for a Policy and Campaigns Officer. This new role will support our team to ensure our campaigns are designed around the highest impact advocacy asks. 

Role purpose: 

To support the Digital Action team and our collaborators to deliver targeted and impactful campaigns, through providing policy expertise and synthesis, political judgment and analytical and communication skills. 

Responsibilities of role: 

  • As part of a small, dynamic campaigns team, you will play a key part in ensuring that our campaign design and asks are as strategic and impact focused as possible. Your responsibilities will include:  
  • Supporting campaign development processes so they are focused on achieving maximum impact > Analysing and synthesising research and policy papers to ensure that the team is up to date on the latest developments in the field of platform accountability, digital threats to democracy and online harms 
  • Creation of easily digestible briefing notes for campaigners and partners
  • Building and tracking relationships with a broad network of expert partners, including think tank staffers and academics, activists and advocates, researchers and technologists
  • Ensuring that insights from campaign activities are captured, and turned into useful outputs for the team and our collaborators, including maintenance of our contacts database
  • Supporting in the running of a small, fast-moving organisation. As a new organisation, everyone is expected to pitch in with a range of tasks that will change over time, including some administrative work and maintaining contact databases

Person specification: 

Below are the skills and experience we’re looking for. Please consider this as a menu, not a list of requirements: we do NOT expect any one candidate to have ALL of these covered. What we will be looking for as we evaluate applications is demonstrable experience in at least some of these, and evidence of capacity to build skills in other areas. So, if you see yourself in SOME of these descriptions, then we encourage you to apply. 

  • You understand the debates and dilemmas around tech policy and democracy and you are open-minded about the best way to resolve these dilemmas to strengthen democracy
  • You take a global perspective when it comes to your analysis and understanding of online harms, and have an understanding of the issues at play outside of the US and Europe
  • You are a succinct and clear communicator, able to understand what an audience needs, and deliver information in as efficient a way as possible
  • You are knowledgeable about the key players in our field: you can identify the thought leaders on platform accountability, online harms etc. and understand their perspectives in the context of the debates in this area of work.
  • You understand how change happens in holding governments and companies to account – including formal and informal levers of influence. And you understand how to build strategies to pull these levers and learn from the process and results.
  • You are driven by purpose, you recognise the power and privilege of working for social justice and democracy, and strive for the most impact, comfortable with running with ideas that come from other people and allowing others to get the public credit.
  • You are a team player and you are self-sufficient, you take the initiative, and you are comfortable performing the full range of tasks necessary in a small organisation
  • You have at least two years relevant experience

To apply for this job please visit digitalaction.co.

Any other details

Location: The successful candidate will be remote-working with a team based in London, Dublin and Beirut. Proximity to one of these hubs is preferred.

Travel: You should be willing to travel up to one week every couple of months. (Local government advice will be applied to all travel decisions).

Reporting: This role will report to our Senior Campaigner.

Salary range: €30,000-35,000 gross per year or £25,000-29,000 gross per year.

Employment package: includes a pension contribution and 25 days of annual leave. You will also have access to an employee assistance programme, offering remote counselling and well-being support.

Contract duration and type: 12 months initially. It may be extended, funding dependent. Because we are currently a fiscally-sponsored project of US-based New Venture Fund, team members hired outside of the US are typically employed through a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) engaged by NVF.
Digital Action is open to flexible working arrangements and will provide you with the equipment you will need to work remotely from your home. If you are based in Beirut, Dublin or London, you will be able to avail of a desk in the co-working space used by your fellow team members.

How to apply

To apply, please complete this application form. (You will be asked to upload your CV, but without a photo please).

Digital Action wishes to collect anonymous data on all job applicants so that we can monitor levels of diversity objectively. To this end, we ask all applicants to complete this Equality Monitoring form on an optional basis.

The application deadline is Sunday 28th November (midnight, GMT).

It is anticipated that a first-round interview as well as a second-round interview will be held as part of the process for this role. The first-round interviews are provisionally planned for the week commencing Monday 6th December and will be held via video-conference.

If you have any queries, please email [email protected]

This is Digital Action’s Applicant Data policy, which clarifies how we use the information we collect from applicants.

If this sounds like you and you’re interested in the role, we would be happy to arrange a short, video-call one to one with a Digital Action team member so you can learn more about the role and our organisation.

Digital Action values diversity. We have developed a recruitment process that we hope will be inclusive. We strongly encourage and welcome people from ethnic minorities and other groups that are under-represented in civil society organisations to apply for this role.

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Job Details

Organisation: Digital Action

Location: Remote

Salary: £20,000 - £30,000 (€30,000 - 35,000 euros)

Closing date: 28 Nov 2021

Contract type: Fixed (1 year with possibility of extension funding dependent)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: yes

About the Organisation

Digital Action brings people and ideas together to strengthen democracy in a digital age. Democracy and human rights can thrive in the digital age, but only if we work together to ensure it is the people writing the rules, not unaccountable Big Tech.

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