Advocacy Manager-Africa

  • Anywhere
Organization: Access Now
Closing date: 29 Jul 2022

The Organization and Role

About Access Now

Access Now is a growing international human rights organization 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, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About this role

The Advocacy Manager – Africa leads and guides our efforts to follow and influence relevant policy developments, recognize campaign and strategic litigation opportunities, and advise on crafting appropriate communications. The Advocacy Manager is first and foremost, a manager, supporting each regional advocacy team member in delivering excellence and pursuing professional development, as well as charting strategic growth and stewarding all available resources. The Manager provides strategic guidance toward achieving Access Now’s mission to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk in the Africa Region.

The Advocacy Manager – Africa works closely with other Advocacy Arm teams; ensures smooth collaboration with teams across the Helpline, Development and Grants Arms; and facilitates regional Advocacy team members’ participation in global team workflows. The position sits in the Policy and International Programs Team, within the Advocacy Arm, and reports through the Director – Policy and International Programs.

What you will do

Programmatic Management and Engagement

  • Lead, oversee, and coordinate Africa-focused regional Advocacy Arm functions across communications and engagement, campaigning, policy analysis, and legal interventions – leveraging functions to achieve the greatest possible impact
  • Coordinate and collaborate on global initiatives in conjunction with other regional managers, teams, and thematic working groups within the Advocacy Arm, and facilitate regional team members’ participation in those workflows
  • Oversee development and execution of the regional team’s strategic and operational plans, as well as regional components of global or cross-team plans, in alignment with the organization’s Mission and Strategic Vision
  • Provide strategic guidance, oversight and resource allocation to regional advocacy team members, ensuring relevant processes — including those set out by the Communications and Engagement, Campaigns, and Legal teams under their remit — are followed and appropriate team members across are consulted
  • Identify opportunities to advance strategic goals through courts and other legal and remedial mechanisms, grow our network of regional jurists and litigators, and engage our Programmatic Legal Team and relevan Advocacy Team members on legal strategies and impact litigation relevant to digital rights in the region
  • Support and advise the Executive Director and Senior Management Team on cross-team organizational, programmatic, and governance questions at their request

Stakeholder engagement

  • Develop and manage regional partnerships with civil society organizations, coalitions, policymakers, investors and other relevant stakeholders; represent Access Now at high-level events, meetings, and gatherings before regional and international institutions
  • Oversee the organization of regional convenings and stakeholder events to push Access Now’s priorities and advocacy actions in the region; e.g. apéros, side events, sessions, expert roundtables
  • Oversee management of relevant Access Now regional coalitions
  • Coordinate the regional response to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the digital rights community and take initiative to promote Access Now’s views in public discussion

Management (HR/People, finances, and fundraising)

  • Lead timely and effective professional development, coaching, and performance management processes to grow and retain talent
  • Partner closely with regional and global People/HR Team Members to address and manage behaviors and issues that may have Team and Organizational impacts
  • Manage team culture and interpersonal/communication dynamics with respect to programmatic work involving regional advocacy staff and priorities
  • Proactively coordinate and communicate internally across teams and regions to ensure transparency of work plans, proposed projects, needed tools, and upcoming processes
  • Identify potential funding opportunities, and support funding proposals through program information that translates our priorities and outputs to funders
  • Support regional operations and administrative tasks, including management of regional discretionary or dedicated budgets
  • Assist in hiring selection and onboarding processes of Team Members across the Arm
  • Assist in global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Programmatic Contributions

  • Act as an expert advisor and contributor to the organization’s plans, projects and initiatives in their particular areas of thematic expertise, focusing on high-priority initiatives and outputs.

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

  • 5+ years of relevant work and management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility – preference being given to intersections with internet freedom, internet governance, human rights, legal education or practice, political communication, internet engineering, and/or new technologies
  • Solid understanding and interest in human rights, tech policy, campaigning, technology, and public organizing with a deeper knowledge in at least one of these areas
  • Ability to bridge the gap between advocacy and technology
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and management skills, and proven ability to manage teams and projects in the tech policy or advocacy sphere
  • Global perspective and ability to participate in a diverse team with people from around the world
  • Ability to lead the organization of events, workshops, and small meetings
  • Experience working in grassroots organizations with member activists
  • Fluency in English required; knowledge of other relevant languages is preferred
  • Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with bachelor or master degree equivalent in law, public administration, computer science, political science, international relations, or a similar field

The Details

Location

This is a full-time position focused on the Africa Region, with preference for Nairobi, Kenya. The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the location in which they will be based. At this time most Access Now Team Members are working through hybrid office arrangements, combining remote at-home work with intermittent use of co-working spaces.

Remuneration

Access Now offers competitive compensation – in line with skills, preparation, and depth of experience – and benefits packages that align with our regional and office presences. While skills, experience, and the specific region/location drive compensation, examples of anticipated, initial placement within the salary range for this role include:

  • between K390,000 and K600,000 KES gross monthly (Kenya)

Benefits for this specific role are tied to the location, and will vary. Regardless of location, all Team Members benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:

  • Work-life balance…including a generous paid time-off program between 36 and 40 days annually
  • Access to supplemental health care insurance policies
  • Professional development and growth opportunities
  • Extensive workplace flexibility
  • Organizational resilience and support for all team members, including paid family leave and employee assistance programs
  • Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
  • Opportunities to recharge (including one month of paid refresher leave after 4 years)

How to apply

How to Apply

*https://accessnow.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=125&source=aWQ9MjI%3D*

Please submit the following documents:

  • Résumé/CV (removing all personally identifying information such as age, gender, marital status, address, and photo)
  • Thoughtful cover letter outlining your suitability for our role, with particular attention to your experience aligning to the core functions

Our hiring teams review applications submitted through our Career Openings page; email submissions are not accepted. Please note that if you are applying via a link in a 3rd party system (examples: Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Snaphunt, Zip Recruiter), be sure that you are going through the application link in BambooHR so that you are properly uploading a distinct Cover Letter and a separate CV/Resume.

In order for us to communicate with you on the status of your application, please add apps.bamboohr.com to your contacts list, and check spam or junk folders so that you do not miss updates from us.

We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We are interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves as under-represented in their talent communities. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

Published 2022-06-06

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