Job call: Human Rights Policy Advocacy Lead

By APC 02 March 2020

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a Human Rights Policy Advocacy Lead with expertise in digital rights and internet governance to coordinate APC’s engagement in key policy processes, including international and regional human rights mechanisms.

The selected candidate will join our global policy advocacy team and work closely with relevant programmes and teams in APC.

APC is a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is to create a just and sustainable world by harnessing the collective power of activists, organisations, excluded groups, communities and social movements, to challenge existing power structures and ensure that the internet is developed and governed as a global public good.

Main purpose of the position: The Human Rights Policy Advocacy Lead will coordinate APC’s human rights policy advocacy across APC’s programmes and network. This includes ensuring that APC’s global, regional and national policy advocacy strategies are effectively linked and are aligned with APC’s priorities.

Start date: 4 May 2020.

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2020.

Reporting: The position will report to the manager of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme (CIPP).

Location: APC is a virtual and networked organisation based primarily in the global South. Location in Africa or Latin America is an advantage for this position, but applicants from other regions are welcome to apply.

APC provides an equipment allowance and requires staff to use their own computers and office equipment. International and regional travel will be required occasionally.

Remuneration and duration of contract: This is a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) position on a renewable 12-month contract. Contract renewal is dependent on performance (there will be a four-month probation period) and availability of funding. Remuneration is in the range of USD 45,000 to 55,000 per year. Short-listed applicants will receive specific information about the salary range.

Who we are looking for:

  • You believe in APC’s vision and mission and have worked for organisations or networks with similar goals and values.

  • You have sound and solid experience with the application of the human rights-based approach in the context of the global South.

  • You are an experienced human rights policy advocate with a high level of familiarity with key global processes, including international human rights mechanisms and other UN processes.

  • You are an experienced networker who is equally comfortable networking in an online environment and in person.

  • You are experienced and competent in compiling and writing reports, position papers and statements.

  • You are flexible, can work to deadlines, have a lot of initiative and like solving problems.

  • You are prepared for and enjoy travelling to meetings and events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of APC’s human rights policy advocacy activities and engagement with the relevant global and regional human rights instruments and processes, ensuring that they are implemented in a manner that reflects and integrates the APC network’s strategic priorities, approaches [1] and goals.

  • Leading research, analysis and development of APC’s positions and statements on key issues.

  • Development of strong and effective partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental entities in support of APC’s key policy advocacy goals.

  • Providing support to APC’s human rights and governance-related projects, including providing expert advice on issues and processes.

  • Providing support for the participation of APC members in APC’s policy advocacy, ensuring global, regional and national linkages.

  • Contributing towards ensuring that APC’s human rights policy advocacy interventions are sufficiently resourced to support APC’s strategic outcomes.

  • Contributing to APC's visibility, stature and influence globally and regionally through key interventions and publications.

  • Conducting policy advocacy capacity-building activities, particularly with civil society groups and APC members, to improve their level of engagement with relevant regional and global policy processes.

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have an excellent understanding of global digital and internet issues from a human rights-based, feminist and development perspective.

  • Have expertise in data protection, cybersecurity and/or sustainable development.

  • Have 10 years of experience working in policy advocacy on human rights and development, five years of which have been on digital and internet-related policy advocacy.

  • Have experience and/or capacity in women’s rights and feminist policy advocacy.

  • Have a track record as an inclusive and strategic network builder.

  • Be able to plan and think strategically, in particular to revise practices and suggest solutions to ensure the efficiency of the implementation of activities/strategies.

  • Be highly organised and self-motivated.

  • Have excellent writing, documentation, filing and communication skills.

  • Have excellent written and spoken English.

  • Have the capacity to work autonomously, take initiative, be adaptable and work as a team member.

  • Be proficient with computer skills and have in-depth knowledge of relevant software.

You will need to have access to an office space with a printer, scanner and reliable connectivity.

Also an advantage:

  • A bachelor’s degree or similar in public policy, law, international relations or other related fields.

  • Spanish, French or another second language.

APC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to ethnicity, colour, religion, sexuality or gender identity, disability or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, development and training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. APC values people from diverse backgrounds and encourages applications from people from the global South, working to create an open atmosphere of integrity, trust, honesty and respect. We particularly encourage women and trans, gender-queer/non-binary and gender-diverse people to apply.

Apply here.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 29 March 2020, 23.59 UTC. Please also note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


About APC
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was established by seven founding organisations in 1990 as an international membership-based network working to mobilise emerging electronic information and communication networks for social justice and development. APC will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020.

APC has grown into a respected network with a total of 61 organisational members and 35 individual members, working in partnership with a diverse range of people and institutions. APC’s strength comes from the experience, expertise and credibility of the people who make up the network and the organisational culture of feminist values, commitment to human rights, belief in collaboration and respect and care that APC brings to its relationship within the APC community.

APC’s vision is that the internet, digital technologies and spaces are shaped by people’s multiple lived realities and aspirations and contribute to a just and sustainable world leading to greater care for ourselves, each other and the earth.

Our mission is that APC challenges discrimination, structural inequality and power structures by working to decolonise the internet and digital technologies and spaces to create a more just and sustainable world. We do this by harnessing the collective power of activists, organisations, excluded groups, communities and social movements; embodying a feminist and rights-based approach in shaping and co-creating digital technology and spaces; and ensuring that the internet is governed as a global public resource.

[1] APC works with a combination of human rights, social justice and feminist-based approaches. APC influences discourse and analysis of internet-related issues to integrate human rights norms and standards, social and gender justice and feminist values in internet and digital technology policy, governance, development and practice.

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