Senior Programme Officer - Digital

Responsible to:                Head of Digital Programme

Key Relations:                  Digital Team, Law and policy program, Projects team and                                            finance team, Communications and Campaigns.

Contract:                           Permanent

Working hours:                 Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Special conditions:          Travel required, occasionally extended



ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured.

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities.



The Senior Programme Officer (SPO) will be responsible for leading and implementing ARTICLE 19’s work on freedom of expression and access to information in internet protocols and technical standards at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The SPO will be responsible for day-to-day management of the IETF/ICANN portfolio of work and will also contribute to the strategic growth of the team. Where relevant s/he provides qualitative management to consultants and fellows. The SPO also contributes to wider policy discussion and campaigns, as well as cross-learning and collaboration with other regional/thematic programmes.



Strategy Development 

  • Contribute to the identification of new areas for ARTICLE 19’s growth and impact on digital issues and internet governance.
  • Support the management of activities in technical standards bodies by developing engagement strategies, as assigned.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluating the impact of ARTICLE 19 Team Digital using performance indicators and other outcome measures.

Project Management and Implementation 

  • Support ARTICLE 19 strategic engagement in the IETF to esnure human rights considertaions become part of their technical standards. 
  • Support ARTICLE 19 strategic engagement in ICANN to ensure healthy multi-stakeholder ecosystem that meets its human rights obligations. 
  • Engage directly in the processes of technical standards bodies, as assigned.
  • Implement activities in technical standards bodies, as assigned.
  • Maintain regular contact with external actors and partners and internal ARTICLE 19 stakeholders to support a collaborative approach to ARTICLE 19’s global digital work.
  • Support the Law and Policy programme on digital issues.

Communications and Thought Leadership

  • Represent the organisation in external meetings as a spokesperson for ARTICLE 19 and Team Digital.
  • Contribute to research or write blogposts and articles for the ARTICLE 19 Digital Team.
  • Support the production of reports, statements and other organisational outputs covering internet governance issues for ARTICLE 19 publications and website, in collaboration with the communications team.

Team Development

  • Support the development of funding proposals.
  • When relevant, support the development of substantive projects for the Digital Programme in the light of the ARTICLE 19 global and regional strategies. 
  • Provide financial, logistical and administrative support to the Digital Programme as required.
  • Produce timely and compliant internal reporting as per the annual and quarterly reports and donors’ reports.
  • Contribute to maintenance and development of knowledge building and institutional memory in the Digital Team. 




Education and knowledge

  • Educated to degree standard in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, international relations or law.
  • Have a profound passion for and knowledge of the internet and its workings on both a technical and policy level and their implications on human rights in general and freedom of expression in specific.
  • Knowledge of human rights trends, particularly on freedom of expression and information.
  • Knowledge of historical context and recent political, economic and social developments in internet governance.


  • Demonstratable experience of work in the field of human rights and specifically freedom of expression and information.
  • Demonstratable experience of familiarity with project development and management. 
  • Demonstratable experience with project development and management.
  • Written materials including donor reports, writing and/or editing materials for publication. 
  • Experience in advocacy at national and international levels.
  • Experience in external communications, particularly in dealing with press.
  • Experience in contributing to strategy and policy development. 

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Good writing skills, including the ability to write materials suitable for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent IT skills, preferably with free and open source software.


  • Explicit and strong commitment to work in a multi-cultural work environment and with a commitment to non-discrimination and equal opportunities. 
  • Willingness and availability for regular, and sometimes extended, overseas travel.



  • Diversity and cultural competency across gender, geopolitical origin, race or dis/ability.
  • Demonstratable experience with programming or systems administration and has general computer literacy. 
  • Knowledge of international human rights law and awareness of mechanisms for the protection of human rights at international, regional and national level.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining relations with donors and in successfully fundraising from institutional donors or large trusts.
  • Experience managing US government funded grants and projects.
  • Fluency in a foreign language, especially Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Swahili, or Bangla. 
  • Has the right to work in the US, EU or UK. 


Application deadline: 17 February 2019