Asia Digital Programme Manager

Responsible to: Head of Asia-Pacific Programme.

Key relationships: Asia Finance Officer, Regional Director of Bangladesh and South Asia, Head of Projects, Senior MEL Officer, International Comms team, ARTICLE 19 country teams in South and Southeast Asia.

Contract: 1 year (renewable).

Working hours: Full time, 37.5 hours a week.

Salary: USD $46,080.00 per year.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand (preferred). Or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. 



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. 

ARTICLE 19 is headquartered in London, but in recent years has strengthened its presence in the Global South, recruiting local staff and establishing strong and operationally autonomous national and regional offices. These offices have helped the organisation strengthen relationships with civil society, better understand regional and national challenges, and respond more swiftly to opportunities and crises. 



In January 2021, ARTICLE 19 and four partners will begin implementing the Internet Freedom Initiative, a three-year project to promote Internet freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the supervision of the Head of Asia Programme, the Asia Digital Programme Manager will assume responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the Internet Freedom Initiative. He or she will coordinate the efforts of project partners, lead ARTICLE 19’s implementation of project activities, ensure compliance with the policies of the donor and ARTICLE 19, and ensure timely and accurate reporting to the donor, among other tasks.  

More broadly, the Asia Digital Programme Manager will be a key member of ARTICLE 19’s Asia team, helping to formulate ARTICLE 19’s strategy in the region, representing the organisation to external stakeholders, responding to developments impacting online freedom of expression, and helping to prepare external communications such as press releases, public statements, and submissions to international bodies. He or she will serve as the team’s foremost expert on issues relating to digital rights and online freedom of expression.



Project Management:

  • Plan and implement Internet Freedom Initiative activities, including by developing detailed work plans and coordinating the work of other team members.
  • Coordinate the efforts of Internet Freedom Initiative partner organisations, including by leading the project Steering Committee.
  • Oversee the collection and filing of Internet Freedom Initiative project-related information.
  • Plan and implement large events, including by coordinating partners, managing team members, and serving as ARTICLE 19’s most senior representative.
  • Ensure compliance with donor policies and requirements, including those relating to financial and narrative reporting.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation activities relating to the Internet Freedom Initiative.

Finance and Administration: 

  • Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting of project expenses in line with ARTICLE 19’s financial policies and procedures. 
  • Ensure expenditures are consistent with organisational and grant budgets.
  • Develop expense reports and payment requests.
  • Oversee the maintenance of project management systems by junior team members. 
  • Ensure compliance with organisation and donor financial policies and procedures, including by junior team members. 

Research, Advocacy and External Communications:

  • Monitor human rights developments in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly as they relate to online freedom of expression and information, and keep abreast of civil, political, economic, social and cultural developments in the region.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for advocacy on developments relating to Internet freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. 
  • Draft press releases, public statements, open letters, submissions to international bodies and other external communications. 
  • Contribute to ARTICLE 19’s regional social media presence. 
  • Lead research initiatives and the drafting of advocacy reports concerning digital rights issues and provide support to country offices engaging in such research activities. 
  • Represent ARTICLE 19 in meetings with diplomats, government officials, partners, companies, and others. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with partners, including NGOs, CSOs, the media, diplomats and corporate representatives. 


  • Contribute to cross-learning and collaboration with other ARTICLE 19 offices in the region and around the world. 
  • Contribute to the development of ARTICLE 19’s regional and global strategy.
  • Contribute to the identification of new areas for ARTICLE 19’s growth and impact in the region. 
  • Undertake take any other duties commensurate with the post that may reasonably be required.




Education and Experience: 

  • Post-graduate degree, preferably relating to law, human rights, or information technology.
  • At least ten years’ experience in law, human rights, or information technology; with a preference for specific experience in relation to Internet freedom. 
  • Experience organising seminars or workshops.
  • Experience working in the Asia-Pacific region and significant relationships with civil society in one or more countries in the region.
  • At least three years’ experience in project management, financial administration, and fundraising.


  • Extensive knowledge of international human rights standards relating to digital rights and freedom of expression, as well as international human rights mechanisms. 
  • Strong understanding of internet technologies, with the ability to develop expertise in this area and communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge of the political environment, cultural context, and human rights situation in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in relation to digital rights and Internet freedom.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to write communications for external audiences and donors in English language, with little or no editing needed.
  • Fluency or conversational ability in one or more Asian languages strongly preferred. 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to respond positively to challenges and time pressures.
  • Commitment to excellence and attention to detail. 

Other requirements:

  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and a commitment to non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work outside normal working hours including weekends and evenings when necessary.                                  


Application deadline is 13th 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.