One year contract. Based in Washington DC, with domestic and international travel.

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups) investors and academics are members of and actively engaged in the initiative.

The central pillars and key activities of the GNI include:

  • A framework for action rooted in international human rights standards and centered on high level Principles and Implementation Guidelines. This framework is designed to help companies make responsible and informed decisions regarding online privacy and expression
  • An independent accountability mechanism focused on the implementation of the GNI Principles and Implementations Guidelines by member companies. This includes public reporting and internal dialogue regarding implementation challenges
  • Board committees and collaborative workstreams focused on developing and strengthening GNI’s approach to shared learning and policy engagement, outreach and communications, governance and accountability, and other issues
  • Shared learning opportunities with both internal and external participants, designed to develop resources, strategies and other mechanisms to respond to complex and emerging issues in this space
  • Engagement with policymakers and other key stakeholders around the world

Position: In this newly created position, the primary responsibilities of the Policy and Communications Director would be to:

  • Formulate and articulate GNI’s policy positions in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board committees
  • Draft policy papers, reports, consultation responses and other pieces on the Internet and freedom of expression and privacy, including leading the creation of GNI’s annual report
  • Grow and manage GNI’s presence through varied communications activities, channels and venues, including development and coordination of GNI’s online presence, and the organization of meetings, conferences, learning calls and other events
  • Conduct research and policy analysis on issues relating to freedom of expression and privacy online
  • Facilitate the work of the Board and Board committees on policy, learning, outreach and communications

Qualifications: This position is applicable for people with at least 5 years of relevant experience. An ideal candidate would demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in internet/technology policy, human rights, and/or media policy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfort in multi-stakeholder settings working with diverse constituencies
  • Nuanced understanding of and engagement in the new and social media space, including content development
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail, resourcefulness, and creativity
  • Self-motivation, personal accountability, and team-orientation
  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field and interest in public policy related to human rights, business, and technology

ORGANIZATION: GNI is a newly incorporated non-profit organization and the position will require initiative, energy and comfort with a high degree of dynamism, autonomy and uncertainty.

COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience. GNI provides a benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, paid vacation, sick days and parental leave.

TO APPLY: Please send an email explaining your interest in GNI and freedom of expression and privacy online, along with a resume and short writing sample, to susanm@globalnetworkinitiative.org. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 August.