Access Now is hiring a
The Organization and Role
About Access Now
Access Now is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.
About this role
The Africa Policy and Advocacy Manager leads and guides regional efforts to follow and influence relevant policy developments, recognize campaign and strategic litigation opportunities, and advise on crafting appropriate communications. The Africa Policy and Advocacy Manager is first and foremost, a manager, supporting each regional Advocacy Team Member in delivering excellence and pursuing professional development, as well as charting strategic growth and stewarding all available resources. The regional manager provides strategic guidance toward achieving Access Now’s mission to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk in the region.
The Africa Policy and Advocacy Manager works closely with other Advocacy Arm teams; ensures smooth collaboration with teams across the Helpline, Development and Grants Arms; and facilitates regional Advocacy team members’ participation in global team workflows. The position sits in the Policy and International Programs Team, within the Advocacy Arm, and reports through the Director - Policy and International Programs.
What you will do
Programmatic Management and Engagement
Management (HR/People, finances, and fundraising)
Skills, education, and mindset you will bring
As a top candidate you will bring:
5+ years of practical experience, to allow you to manage dedicated staff and contribute to regional and international policy development, in particular on the policy areas listed above
Passion for mission-driven work and senior educational or practical background in tech, policy, human rights, and/or regional legislative affairs
Experience engaging national governments, legislatures, human rights institutions, and industry bodies/companies in the continent. Specific experience on regional institutions – like the African Union – is a plus
Excellent interpersonal, communication and management skills, and proven ability to manage teams and projects in the tech policy or advocacy sphere
Comfort communicating with people from different backgrounds and with different levels of expertise
Respect for and desire to work with a dynamic, diverse and international team
Capacity to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment. This means an ability to prioritize and juggle multiple deadlines with the help of your colleagues and manager.
Creative and decisive leadership, to consider the best ways to pursue and implement goals in policy areas related to regional priorities.
Clear understanding of the internet and technologies related to the mentioned policy priority areas
Fluency in English; Swahili or French languages are a plus
Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with bachelor or master degree equivalent in law, public administration, computer science, political science, international relations, or a similar field
This is a full-time position, to be filled in or around the African Region. The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the location in which they will be based. At this time most Access Now Team Members are working through hybrid office arrangements, combining remote at-home work with intermittent use of offices and/or co-working spaces.
Access Now offers competitive compensation and benefits packages that align competitively with locations and regions around the world. For illustrative purposes, if filled at the regional manager level in Nairobi, Kenya, initial placement within the salary range for this role is estimated around K700,000 Ksh gross monthly. Benefits for this specific role are tied to the location, and will vary. Regardless of location, all Team Members benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:
Work-life balance...including a generous paid time-off program between 36 and 40 days annually
Access to supplemental health care insurance policies
Professional development and growth opportunities
Extensive workplace flexibility
Organizational resilience and support for all team members, including paid family leave and employee assistance programs
Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
Opportunities to recharge (including one month of paid refresher leave after 4 years)
How to Apply
Please submit the following documents by close of day 5 March 2023:
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We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We are interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves as under-represented in their talent communities. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.