Middle East and North Africa Policy Analyst

Access Now


  • Location: Tunis
  • Closing Date: 15/07/2016

Access Now is a growing organisation dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Position

The Middle East and North Africa Policy Analyst will be an Access Now team member based in our Tunis office and will lead the organisation’s public policy and advocacy work in the Middle East and North Africa region.

This position represents an opportunity for the right candidate to bring their skills, enthusiasm and commitment to the fight for human rights impact across the region at a pivotal moment. The Middle East and North Africa Policy Analyst will work side by side with Access Now’s global team of policy, advocacy, and technology professionals in advancing digital rights for users at risk.

Position Responsibilities

Opportunities and focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop policy recommendations and strategies that are appropriate for the legal, political and cultural context of the MENA region and the digital rights issues faced by users at risk there;
  • Research and craft legal, policy, and legislative analysis, written briefs, and comments;
  • Support and collaborate with a diverse group of organisations and individuals in Tunisia and the MENA region to advance regional community objectives on digital rights;
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings and update the policy team on developments and insights on digital rights issues relating to the MENA region;
  • Coordinate with the Advocacy team on innovative and effective regional advocacy approaches to advance digital rights in MENA, including helping to design and execute relevant local language online and offline campaigns;
  • Identify opportunities for, develop, and manage relationships with partners, policymakers, and stakeholders, and build coalitions and alliances;
  • Coordinate and represent Access Now in civil society and multi-stakeholder coalitions;
  • Assist in the development of the program for, and organisation of, Access Now’s RightsCon conference series;
  • Identify funding opportunities, and with the support of the fundraising team advance the development, submission, and follow up to funding proposals and discussions;
  • Advise our Policy Director, Executive Director, and Senior Management Team on MENA issues and strategy;
  • Report to the Policy Director and work closely with our Advocacy and Technology Teams to achieve Access Now’s mission;
  • All other duties and tasks assigned to you by Policy Director or Executive Director.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in law, computer science, political science, public policy, international relations, or a similar field;
  • Solid understanding and interest in human rights, public policy, technology, and public organising in the MENA region with a deeper knowledge in at least one of these areas;
  • Able to bridge the gap between policy and technology (technical background a plus);
  • Preference for previous work in the areas of internet freedom, internet governance, human rights, legal education, political communication, internet engineering, and/or new technologies, with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Experience engaging and supporting diverse communities including women, LGBTQI or queer communities;
  • Excellent communication and management skills, and proven ability to manage teams and projects in the public policy, political, or public affairs spheres;
  • Global perspective and ability to participate in a team with people from around the world;
  • Experience working in a grassroots organisation with member activists is a plus;
  • Ability to organise and facilitate events, workshops, and small meetings;
  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required, and knowledge of French is a plus.

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to [email protected] Please place “MENA Policy Analyst – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Women and LGBTQI individuals strongly encouraged to apply.