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Human Rights Policy Advocacy Lead

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Flexible

Organization: Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

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.

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.

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.

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