Director of Policy & Learning at Global Network Initiative

Working at the intersection of digital rights and corporate social responsibility, The Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeks an energetic policy professional with a strong commitment to free expression and privacy, and a desire to engage directly with tech companies and other stakeholders to build a global human rights standard supporting responsible company responses to government requests that impact the free expression and privacy rights of users.

Formed in 2008, the GNI is a unique international, multi-stakeholder collaboration between information and communications technology (ICT) companies, human rights and press freedom groups, socially responsible investors and academics. Our small, secretariat staff works with a hands-on global Board of Directors and more than forty- five individual and organizational participants.

The key activities of the GNI include:

  • Maintaining a framework of international human rights-based Principles and Implementation Guidelines designed to help companies make responsible and informed decisions regarding free expression and online privacy in markets around the globe.
  • Overseeing an independent accountability mechanism focused on the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines, which our member companies sign up to, including internal and public reporting of that process.
  • Staffing support for the GNI Board, Board Committees and collaborative work-streams focused on developing and strengthening GNI’s approach to shared learning, policy engagement, communications, accountability and other issues.
  • Devising and executing learning opportunities and events with our participants, designed to develop resources, strategies and other mechanisms to respond to complex and emerging online privacy and free expression issues.
  • Engagement with policymakers, media and other key stakeholders around the world to leverage our unique voice in global debates around free expression, privacy and company responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities

The Policy and Learning Director will ideally be based in Washington DC. Reporting to the Executive Director based in Amsterdam, he or she  will also work closely with GNI’s Communications and Outreach Director, the GNI Board, GNI Committees and international member organizations and participants.

The position responsibilities include:

  • Formulating and articulating GNI’s policy positions and strategic learning agenda in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board Committees.
  • Working with the GNI Executive Director to implement, shape, review and update GNI’s annual policy and learning plans.
  • Conducting research and policy analysis on issues relating to freedom of expression and privacy online, and draft policy papers, reports, and other documents.
  • Developing policy initiatives, directing consultations and drafting recommendations aimed at international, regional and domestic institutions.
  • Engaging with policy makers and other key stakeholders around the world to organizing public and private policy/learning events globally.
  • Working with GNI’s Learning Committee to develop and facilitate the sharing of best practices, including shared learning and policy development with companies from the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue.
  • Facilitating the work of the Board and Board Committees on policy, learning and accountability, including the organization of meetings, conferences, learning and policy calls and other events.
  • Conducting other tasks as appropriate to support GNI's mission.

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

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field and a demonstrated interest and experience in public policy related to one or more of these fields: international human rights law or policy, corporate social responsibility, technology policy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Confidence in multi-stakeholder settings and working with diverse constituencies.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills, resourcefulness and attention to detail. Ability to work independently, under pressure, and in a small team.
  • Fluency in English is required and proficiency in another language preferred.

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 two writing samples (ideally previously published – include links) to [email protected] and [email protected] (GNI Board Secretary).

Location: Washington DC (consideration will be given to candidates based elsewhere)

Closing date: 16 May 2016