Privacy International: Head of International Advocacy

Privacy International
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 11 May, 2012
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Privacy International’s mission is to defend the right to privacy across the world, and to fight surveillance and other intrusions into private life by governments and corporations. Its vision is a world in which privacy is protected by governments, respected by corporations and cherished by individuals. Privacy International was founded in 1990 and is the oldest international privacy organisation in the world.

Privacy International seeks to appoint a Head of International Advocacy, based in London, to represent the organisation in the media and at conferences and events around the world. This role will also involve administering PI’s ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in privacy issues, familiar with the development sector and extremely comfortable in public-facing scenarios like conducting live television interviews and delivering lectures to large audiences. Please note this role will involve a good deal of travel outside the UK, primarily but not exclusively in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


  • Supporting and advising partner organisations in developing countries on campaign strategy and privacy issues, by phone and e-mail and in person;
  • Managing and administering the finances of the ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project and reporting to the project’s funders;
  • Organising and hosting workshops and other events for partner organizations, in London and abroad;
  • Meeting with senior governmental, parliamentary and regulatory officials and representatives of international institutions to discuss local and international privacy issues;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of privacy and technology issues, with a particular focus on those specific to, or with a bearing on, developing countries;
  • Drafting written responses to public consultations on new laws and policies at national and international levels in consultation with the Executive Director and/or the Head of Research;
  • Contributing to research and policy development across the organisation, ensuring that various strands of work within Privacy International take full account of issues in developing countries;
  • Liaising with PI’s international advisory board.     



  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, a wide range of privacy issues;
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Enthusiasm for development work and foreign travel;
  • Willingness to spend up to 25% of work time travelling to Asia, Latin America and Africa, including to medium-risk/high-risk environments on occasion;
  • Proven track record of previous project and funding management experience;
  • Proven ability to conduct research and to devise and evaluate research plans and methodologies;
  • Proven ability to understand and effectively communicate complex policy issues to a range of audiences and identify opportunities for effective advocacy;
  • Pro-active and self-motivated individual capable of engaging persuasively with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Experience of working with and in small teams;
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to get on with a wide range of people;
  • Right to live and work in the United Kingdom.


  • Fluency in at least one language other than English, preferably Spanish;
  • Post-graduate degree with proven track record of research;
  • Familiarity with the development sector;
  • Experience of fundraising from trusts, foundations and/or statutory bodies;
  • Experience of giving presentations and delivering lectures to large audiences;
  • Experience of writing briefing papers and reports on complex issues;
  • Experience of organising events and/or workshops;
  • Track record of initiating, developing and managing both stakeholder and media relationships;
  • Field experience in one or more developing countries.

The initial contract is one year, to be made a permanent position if funding permits.

Salary: £33 000 per annum.

To apply, please submit a CV (including contact information for two references) and covering letter (both documents together no more than four sides of A4) outlining your suitability for this role and reasons for your application to

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Interviews will take place on 21 and 22 May 2012 in London, and the successful candidate will be notified on 25 May 2012. The successful candidate would ideally take up the position on 25 June 2012 or ASAP, but need to attend at least one day of a workshop being held over the weekend of 23 and 24 June 2012.

Privacy International will notify both successful and unsuccessful candidates of the outcome of their applications on 15 May 2012. However, due to the high volume of applications expected, Privacy International  will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates at this stage.

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