Advocacy Officer - Closed

Application Closing Date
15th January 2023 23:59 GMT

Title: Advocacy Officer

Location: London office (Central London)

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £39,520

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, resources for learning & development, we can offer a modest relocation fund

About PI: We are a London-based charity that campaigns globally for legal and technological solutions to protect people and their data from exploitation. We envision a world where freedom and privacy will be the foundations of tomorrow’s societies. We target companies and governments who exploit our data and technologies. We expose harm and abuses, mobilise allies globally, campaign with the public for solutions, and pressure companies and governments to change. We are delivering our multi-year strategic plan to protect democracy, defend people’s dignity, and demand accountability from the powerful institutions who breach public trust.

About our work: Everyone at PI works to build a good and resilient organisation, where we are always looking to learn and grow. We lead by example to make the most of our opportunities to shape the future. We work with others, including our network of partners across the world, to understand, engage and build a movement. We use creative approaches to deliver our work and share what we learn.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in bolstering power and shaping the future. You are an advocate who wants to fight for change and ensure your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work with colleagues and partner organisations across a variety of projects and use different skill-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving global change.


The Advocacy Officer will work across PI to help deliver on our strategic plan, build a resilient organisation, and support our global movement.

Staff at PI are expected across all their work to:

  • devise and implement advocacy designed to achieve PI’s strategic objectives;
  • engage with targeted stakeholders globally, including governments and industry, and the public;
  • support, join, and promote our partner organisations’ advocacy.

The Advocacy Officer will conduct advocacy to achieve PI’s goals. This will include researching, monitoring and documenting policies and practices of data exploitation and surveillance conducted by different stakeholders including governments, industry and other third-parties as well advocacy, policy, outreach, public engagement initiatives, in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change globally, including working with our partners across the world.

Experiences and Skills

Essential Experience

  • Degree in journalism, social or political science, politics or international relations, law, human rights, or equivalent experience.
  • Detailed knowledge of national, regional and/or international policy and advocacy processes related to human rights.
  • Experience in identifying, researching, monitoring and documenting data exploitation policies and practices of governments and industry and other third-parties.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with and targeting decision-makers and actors of change including governmental actors, civil society and the media, but also amongst the wider international community, inter-governmental, industry including big tech and industry representatives, and other non-state actors.
  • Experience in producing and disseminating accurate, comprehensive, engaging, and timely communication and advocacy materials that are targeted to identified audiences, including policy-makers, global institutions, the media, civil society, and industry.
  • Experience working on issues relating to technology and its interaction with human rights.
  • Experience working in and/or with the national and/or international NGO sector from across the world.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.

Essential Skills

  • Ability to design and implement advocacy strategies in particular targeting global targets.
  • Ability to manage projects, work in teams, and incorporate lessons into future planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that can be applied to communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and stakeholder meetings.

Desirable Experience

  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and mechanisms and/or national rights frameworks, and with the human rights community.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate coalitions of organisations and experts.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of privacy and/or data protection, and/or the concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Passion for technology and its interaction with human rights.
  • Knowledge of and experience of the broader rights frameworks, and in particular advocating for the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.
  • Basic understanding of how modern technologies and their underlying infrastructure function.

Desirable Skills

  • Fluency in a language other than English, with one of the other 5 UN languages (Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Chinese) an asset.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally, when permitted


To apply, please send:

  • a CV (not more than two pages)
  • a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2023.

Please send the requested material in one email to (Please include “Advocacy Officer - 2” in the subject of the email).

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on 23 January 2023.

Interviews will take place the week of 06 February 2023 – please reserve these days for a possible interview, which can be arranged in person or as a video conference.

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 of 13 February 2023.

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