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Working at PI

At PI we believe that for people to be treated with dignity and to preserve autonomy, we must defend the right for all people everywhere to have access to privacy protection in laws and technologies. The empowerment of the individual is core to our work.

Accordingly, PI aims to empower its staff and create a good work environment. PI celebrates diversity in its people, its approaches, and its strategy. People here are looking to change the world by developing expertise, creatively disseminating research, and conducting effective advocacy. 

Our work holds the powerful to account. We uncover their capabilities and investigate their claims. We explore the strength of laws and technologies, and test their boundaries. Safeguards and protections must be verifiable, and we ensure they are under constant review. We live up to our own demands and conduct our work in an accountable manner — to the public, our board, and our funders.

How do we work

Working at PI means joining a team of people who focus just as much on how we work as the targets of our work. Our core values are that:

  • We work with others to better understand, to engage, to change minds (including our own), and to build a movement.
  • We lead by example, set high standards, and critically evaluate our work. This means also learning from our mistakes.
  • We deliver on our promises. This means that we are accountable and we work on until we achieve our objectives.
  • We are all responsible for building and maintaining a good and strong PI and field.

We know that this is a unique moment in time where we can influence the shape of the future and we are fortunate to have this opportunity. PI is looking for people who share these values and want to build a sustainable movement to protect privacy everywhere.
 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Technology Officer

Legal Officer

Advocacy Officer

CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES
TRUSTEE OPPORTUNITIES
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES


 JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Technology Officer

April 2017

Responsible to: Tech Team Lead

Key relationships: Executive Director, Data Exploitation Programme Lead

Contract: Permanent contract

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £33,000 - £36,000

Other salary information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension

Location: London, United Kingdom

ROLE PURPOSE

The role of the Technologist is to work within the Technology Team to support the delivery of the Programme areas of Privacy International (PI). The role will require liaising with Programme Leads and Team Leads from the inception of projects right through to delivery. The Technologist will be responsible for the delivery of some internal services within PI as well as fostering relationships with the technology community. A key component of this role will be exploring our work under Data Exploitation; how it relates to consumer-devices, applications, and services; and exploring strategies for privacy protection in the future.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizational Strategy Development and Delivery

  • Implement strategies in pursuance of PI's technology goals, working closely with the Executive Director, Tech Team Lead, and Programme Leads. 
  • Support Programme teams to ensure their work adheres to acceptable tech standards, particularly our Data Exploitation programme.
  • Contribute to PI's wider organisational mission, strategy and development by participating in strategic planning and other cross-organisational processes
  • Proactively engaging with staff and PI's partners on security and surveillance issues.

Internal

  • Delivering internal services in a secure and resilient manner
  • Maintaining core services in a transparent and repeatable manner.

External

  • Developing and evaluating PI policies on privacy, data protection, human rights, technology and security.
  • Be an ambassador for PI and security best practices in the fields of human rights and technology.
  • Producing educational material about security and functionality for audiences with limited technology understanding
  • Delivering external services in a secure and resilient manner.

Project management and Programme delivery

  • Conducting technical investigations
  • Strategic engagement with key communities to identify research, cases, challenges, and encourage partnerships
  • Dissemination of PI's work to targeted audiences
  • Producing educational material about security and functionality for audiences with limited technology understanding

Communications

  • Represent PI to external audiences including media and donors when needed, and coordinate and support other staff to act as ambassadors.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support monitoring and evaluation work at PI.

 Contribute to the overall work of PI

  • Participate in wider organisational planning and review work and undertake follow up tasks as directed;
  • As required, feed into PI’s discussions; participate in staff meetings and other internal and external organisational and decision making groups; Represents PI in external events, as agreed;
  • Other tasks that may be from time to time requested by the Executive Director.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential (demonstrable with past experience)

  • GNU/Linux or Unix system administration experience, including virtualisation
  • OO Software development experience e.g. Java, Python, PHP
  • Experience in security of systems and networks
  • Experience in communication of sysadmin and cybersecurity concepts
  • Experience in Project Management, either as part of, or leading a team
  • Knowledge of Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Forensics, or Reverse-Engineering (as many as possible)
  • Knowledge of legal or regulatory interactions with technology
  • Knowledge of human rights and technology, in particular privacy

Desirable (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Participation in open source technology for privacy and security
  • Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent experience

Knowledge of:

  • Webservers based on Apache and Nginx
  • Databases based on MariaDB, SQLite or Postgres
  • Groupware such as Redmine, CalDAV, CardDAV, Jabber or Etherpad
  • Fileservers such as Samba
  • Collaboration environments such as CVS, SVN or Git

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages)

3.  a sample of non-academic writing (for example blog or analysis piece, or creative writing)

Closing date for applications is 13th May 2017, 18.00 BST. 

Please send the material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email). Interviews will take place in London between 24 and 25 of May.  We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

There is a possibility there will be a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews has taken place. It would be held during the week commencing 29 May 2017.

Legal Officer

April 2017

Responsible to: Legal Team Lead

Key relationships: Legal Team Lead, General Counsel, Programme Leads

Contract: Permanent contract

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other salary information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension

Location: London, United Kingdom

JOB SPECIFICATION

The role of the Legal Officer is to devise, implement and manage legal advocacy and litigation designed to achieve PI's policy and advocacy objectives. As a member of the Legal Team, the Legal Officer will help execute PI's strategy across its three programmatic areas of Data Exploitation, Privacy in the Global South and State Surveillance.  This will include bringing cases against governments and companies, intervening in actions in domestic and regional courts, and advocating before regulatory bodies. The Legal Officer will be expected to understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by civil law or common law.

The Legal Officer will also contribute to PI's policy development and advocacy initiatives, from policy advocacy in national venues to international advocacy in civil liberties and human rights fora. To that end, the Legal Officer will work with the advocacy, policy and communications teams to formulate creative ways to use legal avenues and arguments to achieve policy and advocacy goals. The Legal Officer will also liaise with PI’s international partners.

The Legal Officer will report to the Legal Team Lead.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Management and Delivery

  • Contribute to and implement PI's litigation and legal strategies, in collaboration with the Legal Team Lead and Programme Leads;
  • Assist in bringing and maintaining legal cases and interventions, including by conducting legal research, drafting legal submissions, coordinating with counsel and parties;
  • Monitor current debates on relevant legal issues across the Programme areas to identify new areas of legal focus;
  • Develop advocacy and policy positions and campaigns where relevant to legal cases and interventions, or if those positions or campaigns rely heavily on legal expertise;
  • Support, where relevant and necessary, the legal, advocacy and policy work of PI’s other teams; and
  • Assist the General Counsel in assessing risks facing the organisation.

Communications

  • Contribute to the external communication of PI's legal and policy engagement; and
  • Participate in relevant conferences, meetings, fundraising events, press conferences, and media interviews.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Work with team members, and Programmes Leads, to deliver narrative and financial reports for donors; and
  • Support internal and external strategy and project reviews and evaluations.

Contribute to the overall work of PI

  • Participate in wider organisational planning and review work, and undertake follow up tasks as directed;
  • Participate in team meetings and other internal and external organisational and decision making groups; and
  • Other tasks that may be from time to time requested by the General Counsel or the Executive Director.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Experience

  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction
  • Admitted to practice, in any jurisdiction
  • Experience working in a civil law jurisdiction
  • Significant experience in NGOs/human rights organisations or law firms, working on litigation or legal action initiatives
  • Experience taking creative approaches to novel legal challenges
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards, national rights frameworks, and/or legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection and consumer rights law
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about the complex interaction between law and technology
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about vetting and launching new cases
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about submitting interventions and amicus curiae briefs

Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with counsel and partner organisations

Desirable

Experience

  • Advanced university qualification preferred (Masters, JD or equivalent)
  • Experience with assessing legal risks faced by public interest organisations
  • Experience with drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments

Skills

  • Ability to coordinate NGO coalitions
  • Ability speak to publicly, including with the media and at conferences and meetings

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is the 13th May 2017, 18.00 BST.

Please send the material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org. (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email).

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on Tuesday, the 16th of May 2017. Interviews will take place in London on the 18th and 19th May 2017 – please reserve these days for a possible interview.  We can arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing the 22nd of May 2017.

Advocacy Officer

Responsible to: Advocacy & Policy Team Lead

Key relationships: Global South Programme Lead

Team: Advocacy and Policy

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension

Location: Clerkenwell, London

Role Purpose                       

The Advocacy Officer will play a leading role in the design and delivery of Privacy International's (PI) advocacy strategies. Working with the Advocacy and Policy team and relevant members of programme teams, the Officer will design and deliver core advocacy strategies, building relationships with key national and international decision makers and influencers, monitoring relevant policy and debates while identifying opportunities to engage in policy developments.

In particular, this role will focus on providing support and capacity development to multi-year and multi-partner projects falling under PI’s Global South programme which consists of engaging with CSOs and experts in the Global South through an innovative approach that sustains an international privacy movement while supporting complementary socio-economic and civic struggles at the national level.

Key Responsibilities

Organisational Strategy Development and Delivery

  • Manage the development and implementation of advocacy strategies targeting decision-makers and actors of change in countries of engagement, but also amongst the wider international community;
  • Work within PI’s International Network to develop strategic interventions responding to changes in policy, developing advocacy strategies with stakeholder identification, messaging, and dissemination strategies in place;
  • Devise advocacy and dissemination plans for PI's research and investigation outputs, working closely with PI’s Research and Investigation Team and the Communications and Campaigns Team;
  • Lead and contribute to the development and implementation of policies identified together with the Team Leads and the Programme leads;
  • Work closely with PI’s Advocacy & Policy team to develop engagement strategies for human rights mechanisms and fora.

Capacity building and mobilisation

  • Support to develop and contribute to implementation of the cross-organisation education strategy of Privacy International;
  • Develop and implement  capacity  building  activities and/or tools to support partners of the Privacy International Network to successfully advocate for the right to privacy, and to meaningfully engage within the advocacy and campaigning activities of the Privacy International Network;
  • Conduct needs assessment of partners of the Privacy International Network;
  • Develop and implement peer learning activities for partners of the Privacy International Network and other stakeholders on good practices related to legal, political and/or social change (e.g. legislation, public policy, implementation of laws and policies, social awareness, etc.)
  • Ensure strategic allies at the national and international level are equipped to sustainably engage;

Communications and alliance-building

  • Develop Privacy International's online network to become a central place for discussion and organisation across the Privacy International’s Network;
  • Responsible, alongside the Global South Programme Lead in developing, coordinating and strengthening PI’s International Network;
  • Represent PI to external audiences and stakeholders in promoting across PI's strategic programmes (Global South, Surveillance and Data Exploitation);
  • Working within PI’s Advocacy & Policy Team to oversee the development of the country-based analysis in collaboration with PI’s International Network (i.e. State of Privacy briefings);
  • Work closely with the PI’s Campaigns & Communications Team to develop strategic engagement with national and international media to promote the work of PI and its International Network;
  • Work with the PI’s Campaigns & Communications Team in developing new and innovative ways to present and disseminate PI’s content and policy positions;
  • Participate in relevant conferences, meetings, fundraising events, press conferences, and media interviews.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy strategies conducted by PI and its network of global partners, including through developing monitoring and evaluation plans, indicators and processes;
  • Support the Advocacy and Policy Team in the monitoring of the effectiveness, efficiency, quality and equality of the team’s work and to bring forward proposals for continuous improvement;
  • Work with team members, and other Programmes Leads, to deliver narrative and financial reports for donors;
  • Support internal and external strategy and project reviews and evaluations.

Essential

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or equivalent experience. 
  • Extensive experience in advocacy, campaigning or strategic communications, in the Global South and/or within an international environment in partnership with stakeholders in the Global South.
  • Detailed knowledge of national and regional and international advocacy processes involved in human rights, particularly in relations to the Global South.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of privacy, data protection, and technology issues.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures, with or in Global South.
  • Experience in managing projects, monitoring and evaluating of impact, and managing the work of others.
  • Experience of working with and in small teams.
  • Experience of organising events and/or capacity-building workshops.
  • Experience of working in and/or with the national and/or international NGO sector.
  • Fluency in English and one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills in liaising, communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers.
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills, both written and oral, with a proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally very frequently.

Desirable

  • Passion for technology and the role it plays in the governance and protection of human rights.
  • Experience of working with regional and international partners to deliver joint policy and advocacy projects.
  • Proven experience to conduct gender mainstreaming in M&E and learning strategy as well as programme design and implementation.
  • Competency to conduct gender-sensitive risk management.

Application Process

To apply, please send:

1. a CV (not more than two pages);

2. a cover letter (not more than one page) outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria;

3. a sample of non-academic writing (for example, blog or analysis piece, or creative writing) (no page limit).

The closing date for applications is the 13th May 2017, 18.00 BST.

The CV and cover letter must be submitted as a single PDF file of no more than three pages. Please submit the sample of non-academic writing as a separate PDF file. Please send both files to recruitment@privacyinternational.org.

Interviews will be held in London between 22nd and 23rd May 2017.

We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside London.

 

TRUSTEE OPPORTUNITIES

Privacy International is looking for additional trustees to join our Board. Positions are available from September 2017 to replace existing Board members retiring at the end of their term of office. Initial terms are for three years.

We are looking for Trustees who are committed to PI’s aims and objectives, have leadership experience and/or experience serving on Boards, and diverse skills including strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications, and charity law.

We would particularly welcome applicants with knowledge of technology, global diversity, human rights law and civil liberties, consumer policy/protection, working with vulnerable groups, development, as well as entrepreneurship and business.

No remuneration is payable for these positions, but expenses will be reimbursed, and appropriate assistance will be provided to enable suitable candidates to serve.

Closing date: March 31

Full description of Trustee duties is below.

 

Board of Trustees description

Privacy International is a UK-registered charity. Our charitable objectives are to promote the human right of privacy (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, specifically:

  1. To raise awareness of, to conduct research about, and to provide educational materials regarding threats to personal privacy; 

  2. To monitor and report on surveillance methods and tactics employed against individuals and groups; 

  3. To work at national and international levels toward the provision of strong and effective privacy protections; 

  4. To monitor the nature, effectiveness and extent of measures to protect privacy, and to seek ways through information technology to protect personal information. 


The Board has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that Privacy International maintains its institutional integrity while advancing its mission, values and mandate.

Primary duties:

The primary responsibility of the Board is to provide strategic leadership for the organisation by formulating and regularly reviewing its strategic aims in consultation with the senior staff, setting overall policy, regularly evaluating the charity's performance and ensuring that it complies with UK law.

As a member of the Board, each individual has responsibilities that include:

  • Making and reviewing major policy decisions, especially when they involve significant risks or shifts in direction. 

  • Providing guidance to the Executive Director as s/he develops PI’s strategic and annual work plans, and ultimately considering and adopting those plans. 

  • Approving PI’s annual budget, monitoring the financial health and integrity of the organisation by reviewing quarterly financial materials including the budget-to-actual reports, and audits (including management letters), ensuring that adequate financial controls are in place and approving decisions involving major financial obligations. 

  • Appointing the Executive Director and conducting his/her annual performance evaluation, and monitoring the Executive Director’s annual evaluation of staff.
  • Maintaining constructive relationships with the staff of the organisation, consistent with the general principle that the Executive Director supervises and is responsible for the work of the staff. 

  • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the organisation’s work, and ensuring PI’s overall programme is consistent with its mission, values, focus and priorities. 


Board members are expected to: 


  • Regularly attend Board meetings; 

  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings; 

  • Serve as an active member of committees or task forces; 

  • Take on and fulfil special assignments as assigned by the Board and/or the Chair; 

  • Use specific skills, knowledge and expertise to help the board members reach collective sound decisions; 

  • Ensure systematic, open and fair procedures for the recruitment/co-option of Board members and Chair; 

  • Serve as an advocate for the organisation as required, including for specific issues or events; 

  • Work to establish links and access to, and credibility with, key constituencies; introducing staff members to significant individuals and institutions; 

  • Board members will consider PI a philanthropic priority and will be expected to contribute to PI’s fundraising efforts as assigned by the Board. 
 


Privacy International's Board of Trustees meets five times per year. Meetings take place in London and unfortunately we are unable to cover travel. However, Board members based outside of the UK have the option of participating by teleconference. 
 


The fulfilment of Trustees' duties is unlikely to exceed 10 hours per month, more if serving on one of the Board’s committees. 


Required qualifications:

The Board should be composed of members with:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the organization and its aims and objectives.

  • Organisational leadership experience or experience of serving on Boards.

  • An appropriate and diverse set of skills, including members with experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications and charity law.


Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of technology, global diversity, human rights law and civil liberties, consumer policy/protection, working with vulnerable groups, development, as well as entrepreneurship and knowledge of business.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Want to volunteer for a charity that holds governments and companies to account on their intrusions into our private lives? Then apply to join Privacy International’s volunteer program!

Privacy International is a London-based charity that’s committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. 

In our volunteer program, you won’t be making coffee or doing the photocopying. Volunteers are treated as full members of the team, and we want you to play a meaningful role in our campaigns, litigation, research and advocacy projects.

Here’s what we’re looking for in volunteers:

  • a strong commitment to fighting intrusions into our private lives by governments and corporations
  • pursuing or holding a degree in law, political science, public policy, communications or similar academic studies
  • a knowledge or interest in the intersection of rights and technology
  • maturity and independence
  • initiative and demonstrated ability to work without supervision
  • excellent communications skills

Volunteers will assist Privacy International's team at our London offices. We ask that you commit to a minimum of three days per week for three months. However, based on your personal, academic and/or professional commitments, we are very flexible about this.

We have four intakes of volunteers per year, although there is flexibility over start and finish dates:

  • Spring intake (approx 1st March- 31st May): Application deadline - 4th January
  • Summer intake (approx 1st June - 31st August): Application deadline - 5th April
  • Autumn intake (approx 1st September - 30th November): Application deadline - 7th July
  • Winter intake (approx 1st December - 28/29th February): Application deadline - 6th October

Please take a look at our projects and legal actions to get a sense of our current work before applying. As well as individuals with an interest in law, policy and advocacy, we are also interested in hearing from individuals who want to work in communications, campaigning and fundraising. 

How to apply

  • Please send your CV and a short covering letter (maximum 300 words) to harmitk@privacyinternational.org
  • Your cover letter should clearly indicate what specific area(s) of our work you would like to get involved in and why you think you have the appropriate skills and interest.
  • In your application, please clearly state which intake you are applying for. We will NOT consider any applications until after the application deadline date. 
  • We will respond to you within four weeks of the application deadline.

Important notes for applicants

  • If you are not a European Union (EU) citizen, you will be responsible for making all appropriate visa arrangments. If you are applying from outside the EU, please ensure that you research visa requirements, and the timeline and costs before applying to volunteer at Privacy International. Unfortunately, Privacy International cannot contribute to any costs that you may incur in arranging your visa and neither can we apply for a 'certificate of sponsorship' on your behalf. You may want to consider applying through the BUNAC programme, which gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to work as a volunteer in the UK for up to six months. Details of this programme can be found at http://www.bunac.org/usa/intern-abroad/professional/britain. 
  • We will cover reasonable travel and lunch expenses while you volunteer at Privacy International.
  • We ask volunteers to use their own laptop if they can. Do please let us know if this will be difficult for you.

What’s it like to volunteer at Privacy International?

I learned a lot of things during my time at PI and it broadened my knowledge of important issues in the world today. It was also good fun working with a team of friendly, like-minded people and I would recommend this program to anyone I know. - George Dallas, Summer 2013 Volunteer

I had a fantastic experience as a volunteer at Privacy International. In addition to gaining a practical insight into human rights work and learning something new everyday, I felt a great sense of satisfaction from doing positive and meaningful work as part of a really inspiring team. - Beth Lubin, Spring 2013 Volunteer

When you volunteer at Privacy International, you are not treated as a volunteer but one of the team. The people who work at PI are very enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, which makes volunteering here both exciting and fulfilling. I have been given responsibility to do work on cutting edge projects since day one. - Emily Linnea Mahoney, Winter 2013 Volunteer