Working at PI

At Privacy International (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 objectives 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. People at PI are curious about the state and direction of the world. We seek to understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. We are advocates that wants to fight for change and ensure that our voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. We want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning, and contribute to its strengthening. We work across projects and issues and skills-sets.

If you are, like us, keen to learn new ways of achieving change, then please apply for our posts below.

What we do with your data

If you apply for a position at PI, your application is shared with relevant staff internally until you become a candidate for employment (or volunteering).

In the recruitment process, further data may be collected from you for the purposes of progressing your application, this will either be with your consent, because there is a legal requirement to obtain the information or because it is necessary for the purposes of entering into a contract. Where you are applying to be a volunteer, we will rely on our legitimate interest in processing your application and also your consent. This data may include biographical information, contact details, immigration-related information, references, and payment details for reimbursement purposes. This will only be shared on a need to know basis with relevant PI staff and our trustees. 

For successful candidates, we will keep this data as long as necessary for the purpose of your employment or volunteer period with PI, otherwise we will securely delete your data 6-12 months after the end of the recruitment process. 
We keep all accounting and administration information for auditing purposes, in accordance with standard practice and UK law.

For more information about how PI’s personal data practices please see PI’s Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy includes information about your rights in relation to your personal data, including the right of access and your right to make a complaint to the data protection regulator, the ICO.

Legal Officer, 1 year Parental Leave Cover

Position Type
Time-Limited Contractual
Application Closing Date

Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 1 year Parental Leave Cover

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund


The role of the Legal Officer is to devise, implement and manage legal advocacy designed to achieve PI's policy and advocacy objectives. The Legal Officer will be expected to understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law.

The Legal Officer will work alongside people across PI on advocacy, policy, research, and public engagement in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change and achieve policy and advocacy goals set by PI and, as relevant, our International Network of partner organisations. This will include bringing cases against governments and companies, intervening in actions in domestic and regional courts, advocating before regulatory bodies, and using other legal tools to assist with PI's advocacy and research.

About our work: The Legal Officer will help execute PI's strategy in accordance with its new multi-year strategic plan, which includes interventions designed to prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; defend against government assaults on civic engagement; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new systems; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. You are an advocate that wants to fight for change and ensure that 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 across projects and issues and skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.




  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction.
  • Experience taking creative approaches to novel legal challenges.
  • Experience in NGOs/human rights organisations, law firms or in house, working on litigation or legal action initiatives.
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations. 
  • Experience drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and/or national rights frameworks.
  • Knowledge of legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection, or the legal concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about the complex interaction between law and technology.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with counsel, partner organisations and coalitions.
  • 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 individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers.



  • Advanced university qualification preferred (Masters, JD or equivalent).
  • Admitted to practice, in any jurisdiction.
  • Knowledge of and experience advocating for the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.


  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and meetings.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally.


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 18 January 2020, 23:59 BST

Please send the requested 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). 

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on 22 January 2020. Interviews will take place in London on 27 and 28 January 2020 – 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 03 February 2020. 

For information about how Privacy International will use your data during recruitment please see Privacy International’s website.


Terms of Reference - Consultant on processing of biometric data in national and regional counter-terrorism measures

Position Type
Time-Limited Contractual
Application Closing Date


Privacy International (PI) has been exploring the global counter-terrorism agenda as strategies and policies are often decided at the international level. However, these policies are often used to drive increasing surveillance, justify measures that erode human rights protections and ultimately put people's security at risk. These policies are developed by political and corporate actors with no democratic accountability, no public debate or and no involvement or scrutiny from civil society.

One area of concern is how identification systems across the world increasingly rely on biometric data. In the context of border management, security and law enforcement, biometric data can play an important role in supporting the investigation and prevention of acts of terrorism.

However, biometric data is particularly sensitive and revealing of individual’s characteristics and identity. As such it has the potential to be gravely abused. Identification system relying on biometric data are also vulnerable to security breaches, whose consequences for the individuals concerned, and for the overall security of society are extremely grave.

This work is part of a broader programme of work aimed at challenging the drivers of surveillance, including among others the counter-terrorism policies as a driver of increased surveillance. Governments have at the moment unprecedented surveillance capabilities that outstrip people’s freedoms and safeguards and they constantly invoke different reasons to justify new and overreaching surveillance measures.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The aim of the research is to build up on the work PI has been doing on this topic to provide further in-depth case-studies on the collection and processing of biometric data in counter-terrorism in particular in at least one of the following regions: Northern Africa, Middle East, Sahel and Asia, and to document the implications of the adoption of identification systems based on biometrics on human rights.

The consultant will have a global understanding of counter-terrorism policies and practices, and in particular knowledge and expertise in at least one of the aforementioned regions. They will have a background in research, law/policy, or academia and have a demonstrable ability to collect, interpret, and summarise law and policy from a wide variety of sources, and present evidence-based case-studies.

  • The consultant shall ensure that only clearly lawful methods of research are used.
  • The consultant shall provide documentation and/or references to support your analyses which can be verified by PI.
  • The consultant shall ensure that any information obtained from fee-based online databases is done so in line with the database’s terms of service.

Specific Tasks to be Performed by the Consultant

We invite interested consultants to submit a proposal on how they would undertake the following tasks on two or more countries in at least one or more of the following regions: Northern Africa, Middle East, Sahel or Asia.

  1. Research and document case-studies on the processing of biometric data in counter-terrorism  policies and practices; and
  2. Map out some of the implications of the adoption of identification systems based on biometrics in the identified case-studies.

Outputs, Timelines, and Renumeration

This report which are to be based on primary and secondary research and analysis are to be delivered by 30 June 2020 as per a schedule of deliverables to be agreed between PI and the selected consultant. All the data and evidence mentioned in the memos should be free to publicly use without constraints.

The consultancy shall last a total of 12 days. Remuneration is £200 per day, and the total fee to be awarded shall not exceed £2,400.

Please send your proposal outline and CV to Ilia Siatitsa at ilia[at]privacyinternational[dot]org by 1800 BST on 17 February 2020. To see how we handle your data see here.


Position Type
Application Closing Date

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund


The Technologist will explore and uncover how data is exploited by industry and government. The role will conduct research that will appeal to policy-making processes around the world. The Technologist will analyse devices, applications, and services, and their generation and uses of data, and what it takes to secure them. The role will explore the use of software defined networking and infrastructure, for both internal and external use. With the rest of PI team and our global network of organisations, the Technologist will explore strategies for privacy protection into the future.

The role will join our Tech Coordination Group to support the delivery of PI's Programme areas. The Technologist will also support the development and deployment of secure and sustainable internal and external services for us and our partners across the world.


Organizational Strategy Development and Delivery

  • Supporting Programme teams to ensure their work adheres to acceptable tech standards, particularly our Corporate Exploitation programme.
  • Contributing 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 across the world on security, privacy, data, and surveillance issues.

Internal and External services

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


  • Developing and evaluating PI policies on privacy, data protection, human rights, security, data analysis, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other emerging debates.
  • 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

Project management and Programme delivery

  • Conducting technical investigations and research.
  • Strategic engagement with key communities to identify research, cases, challenges, and encourage partnerships.
  • Disseminating PI's work to targeted audiences.


Essential (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Graduate degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Informatics
  • Knowledge of the intersection of human rights and technology, in particular privacy
  • Experience in communication of sysadmin and cybersecurity concepts
  • GNU/Linux or Unix system administration experience, including virtualisation, specifically VirtualBox and KVM
  • OO Software development experience e.g. Java, C#
  • Experience in Project Management, either as part of, or leading a team.

Desirable (demonstrable with past experience)

  • Experience in legal or regulatory interactions with technology
  • Experience in security of systems and networks e.g. IPTables, LUKS, PKI
  • Participation in open source technology for privacy and security
  • Experience working in diverse environments and working globally

Knowledge of:

  • Webservers based on Nginx
  • Databases based on MariaDB, SQLite or Postgres
  • Groupware such as Redmine and Nextcloud
  • Collaboration environments such as CVS, SVN or Git
  • Web design and development processes, specifically in relation to Drupal
  • Emergent technologies such neural networks, machine learning or blockchain

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages), explaining why your experiences would benefit PI, your thoughts about the future of privacy and specific projects or technologies you would like to work on

Closing date for applications is 19 February 2020, 18.00 UTC0/GMT.

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 during the week commencing 24 February 2020.  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 1 March 2020.

For information about how Privacy International will use your data during recruitment please see Privacy International’s website.

Volunteering Opportunities

Position Type
Application Closing Date

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 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 play a meaningful role in our campaigns, litigation, and research projects.

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

  • A knowledge or interest in the intersection of rights and technology;
  • Pursuing or holding a degree in law, political science, communications, social sciences, or similar academic studies;
  • Initiative and demonstrated ability to work without supervision; and
  • Excellent communications skills.

Volunteers will assist Privacy International's team at our London office. 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 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

Please take a look at our projects and legal actions to get a sense of our current work before applying. We are  interested in hearing from individuals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 

How to apply

  • Please send your CV and a short covering letter (max 300 words) to caitlinb@privacyinternational.org
  • Your cover letter should clearly indicate which 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 https://www.bunac.org/usa/intern-abroad/professional/britain.
  • We will cover reasonable travel (within Greater London) and lunch expenses while you volunteer with us.
  • We ask volunteers to use their own laptop if they can. Let us know if this will be difficult for you.

What’s it like to volunteer at Privacy International?

While I have done internships before, my time at PI gave me a remarkable opportunity to carry out detailed research on real life surveillance techniques. The team at PI does not treat you as a run of the mill volunteer, but actively gives you engaging work and encourages you to participate in brainstorming, team meeting and court and parliament hearings. I enjoyed my time immensely. - Sneha Saumya, Autumn 2017 Volunteer

Volunteering at PI was a great opportunity to develop my research skills related to privacy issues. I was able to work closely with team members and contribute to meaningful projects in a fun and challenging work environment. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in learning about and contributing to the fight for privacy. - Nick Lally, Autumn 2017 Volunteer