Programme Officer - Digital Rights and Policy

Responsible to: Senior Programme Officer of Media and Protection

Key relationships: Programme Officers

Contract: 1 year (renewable)

Working hours: Full time

Salary: Competitive KSH

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. Our mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects. 

 

ROLE SUMMARY

The Programme Officer of Digital Rights and Policy implements and coordinates digitally-oriented projects at ARTICLE 19 as well as leads the organization in the area of digital freedom of expression and freedom of information. 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the implementation of impactful, digitally-oriented projects at the ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa regional office to expand leadership in the fields of freedom of expression and information;
  • Serve as the primary cross-organization focal point for developing and coordinate ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa regional office’s programmatic digital work;
  • Represent the ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa regional office in regional and international fora to solidify our leadership in the areas of digital freedom of expression and information; 
  • Scan (continually) the external environment and maintain a broad network with potential partners to identify project opportunities to expand the realization of the rights to freedom of expression and information;
  • Working with other programmatic and thematic leads to develop and implement programmatic activities in order to enhance program/thematic engagement;
  • Exploring the intersection between law, policy and technology and look for opportunities to include a rights-based perspective in policy and legislative FOE, privacy, access, digital security and business and human rights discussions, in collaboration with ARTICLE 19 International Office’s law programme;
  • Providing technical expertise and knowledge of digital fora in support of the ARTICLE 19’s work on human rights and digital law, policy and principles;
  • Collaborating with the communications team to provide advice and support as requested in regards to campaigning (social media) utilizing digital technologies;
  • Collaborating with the finance team, to provide advice and support as requested in relation to the digital program’s administrative and finance affairs;
  • Securing resources that will support the programmatic work in this area. 

Other: 

  •  Undertake other duties commensurate with the role as may reasonably be assigned by the Regional Director.
  • Ensure maintenance and development of media and protection programme files, and contribute to the development of relevant information systems to improve institutional memory and learning. 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL:

Education:

  • Bachelors’ Degree level or equivalent with post-graduate qualification in human rights, law, African studies, international relations, political science, media, communication, or other relevant field being an added advantage;

Experience:  

  • At least 3 years’ experience in working with digital communications administration work in the human rights sector; 
  • Experience of working with partner organizations;
  • Experience of working in a cross-cultural environment.

Knowledge: 

  • Familiarity with human rights, freedom of expression and/or democratization issues in Eastern Africa; 
  • Familiarity with international and regional mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights;
  • Knowledge of politics and societies in Eastern Africa. 

Other requirements:

  • Commitment to ARTICLE 19’s values and objectives;
  • Commitment to equal opportunities;
  • Ability to travel extensively.                                  

The incumbent should also possess the following skills:

  • Able to operate on own initiative with demonstrable time-management skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Kiswahili;
  • Analytical and strategic planning skills;
  • Excellent project management and administration skills;
  • Excellent research and report writing skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent communication skills and sensitivity in working with people from various cultural and social backgrounds;
  • Excellent organizational and logistical skills;
  • Excellent skills in word-processing and working with spreadsheets;
  • Familiarity with the use of e-mail and the internet;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with little administrative support and to meet strict deadlines.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of French;
  • Experience of working in an NGO environment;
  • Experience with civil society capacity-building, including training;
  • Experience in the human rights advocacy field;
  • Research experience; and
  • Experience of writing/editing publications.

Application deadline is 29th November 2020.

                               

ARTICLE 19 is striving to be an equal opportunities employer. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on grounds such as race, colour, nationality or citizenship, ethnic or national origins, religion, sex or gender identity, marital status, age, disability, or health status, sexual orientation or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified. We actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.