Advocacy Officer at Privacy International

Privacy International to find an Advocacy Officer, a vital role leading their engagement in international and regional human rights mechanics. This is great role for a small, but hugely ambitious, international human rights charity.

Main duties:

  • Coordinate PI's engagement with the Universal Periodic Review system and the Human Rights Committee, producing reports and executing advocacy strategies to advance the visibility of privacy issues in the UPR
  • Lead Pi's campaign for a new special rapporteur on the right to privacy, seizing advocacy and lobbying opportunities, building relationships with relevant States and UN bodies, and catalysing public support for the campaign
  • Facilitate the engagement of PI's global partners with the UPR process, in collaboration with the Global Surveillance Monitoring and Advocacy team
  • Continue to develop and implement, in conjunction with the Big Brother Incorporated team, PI's engagement with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and advocate for BBI's aims in other business and human rights fora
  • Develop individual complaints to the Human Rights Committee under the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, and design and execute related communications strategies
  • Continue PI's advocacy for a new General Comment on the right to privacy, in conjunction with coalition partners
  • Engage on behalf of PI with special procedures mandate holders to encourage the inclusion of privacy and surveillance issues in a broad range of UN reports
  • Work with partners to develop amicus briefs for privacy-related cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and in other strategically useful jurisdictions
  • Represent PI in international fora, at conferences, debates and in the media in order to advance PI's strategic public outreach and campaign objectives; in addition to the above-named fora, represent PI in events and processes initiated by the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the UN General Assembly.
  • Represent PI in international coalitions and work collegiately with relevant NGOs and advocacy partners to strategically advance PI's aims
  • Support other initiatives within PI by elaborating new and potential advocacy and engagement opportunities in human rights

Skills:

  • Advanced academic qualification in human rights, international law or international relations; demonstrable understanding of human rights law, issues and processes
  • A proven track record in the human rights field, and experience engaging with UN Human Rights Council processes and treaty-body mechanisms
  • A passion for challenging human rights issues, and interest in privacy and surveillance
  • Proven track record in the human rights field
  • Experience in designing and implenting advocacy strategies that utlise UN human rights promncesses like the Universal Periodic Review

Person specification: 

  • Ability to exercise strategic judgment, take initiative, and design and implement advocacy strategies independentl
  • A passion for challenging human rights issues, and interest in privacy and surveillance
  • Intellectucally curios person passionaote about privact who wants to make an impactful contribution to the filed
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative, to work unsupervised and to take responsibility for managing relationships with partner organisations. 
  • Willingness to travel frequently within Europe, and to spend long periods of time (up to two weeks) in Geneva for Human Rights Council sessions (March, June and September each year) 

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Closing date: 11 August 2014

Location: London, UK

Salary: £34,600 per annum

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