Deadline for application: 22 November 2015
Privacy International is committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world.
It is looking for a highly capable researcher who is passionate about technology, human rights, and international development. The Research Officer will join the Research and Investigation Team to support the implementation of the multi-country research and capacity building work. S/he will work closely with Privacy International's Programme Lead on the Global South, one of the three key programme areas, which focuses on privacy in the developing world. One of the main aims of this programme is to build research leaders to respond to issues around privacy, data governance and data exploitation, surveillance and surveillance technology, development and human rights.
The candidate will be ideally well-versed in privacy and related issues, familiar with the development sector, knowledgeable in human rights, experienced in research methodologies, and capable of high quality research and investigation. The role will involve frequent travel, particularly to Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The post holder will be someone who will want to build a body of research that informs policy-making across the world. He or she will also want to participate in organisation-wide processes and discussions to advance Privacy International's thematic priorities and develop its methodological approaches.
• Proven experience of conducting high quality research;
• Significant experience in devising and implementing strategies to build an organisation's research methodology, preferably in a global context;
• Expertise in human rights, policy, development, or technology, with a particular appreciation for the intersection of technology and rights;
• Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, a wide range of privacy, data protection and surveillance issues;
• Ability to conduct research interviews and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including marginalised groups, witnesses, industry and government officials.
• Capable of researching and analysing complex human rights issues in a rigorous, nuanced and efficient manner;
• Exceptional communication and presentation skills, in both written and spoken English;
• Fluency in at least one language other than English, preferably Arabic or Spanish would be highly desirable;
• Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
• Experience of travelling to medium-risk/high-risk environments;
• Experience of working with and in small teams;
• Cultural sensitivity and ability to get along with a wide range of people.
• Passion for technology and the roles it plays in the governance and protection of human rights;
• Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law;
• Experience of giving presentations and delivering lectures to diverse audiences;
• Record of initiating, developing and managing stakeholder relationships;
• Experience in researching gender issues and adopting a gender-sensitive research approach and;
• Enthusiasm for development work and foreign travel, and willingness to travel frequently.
This post is a permanent full time position, based in Privacy International's office in Clerkenwell, London.
How to apply
To apply, please send:
• a CV (not more than two pages)
• a covering letter (not more than two pages)
• a sample or extract of academic style writing
• a sample of non-academic writing (for example, blog or analysis piece or creative writing)
Please send all materials in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing dates for applicants will be 22 November 2015. Interviews will be held in London on 8 and 9 December 2015 in London.
We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.