Access Now is hiring for Senior Designer, Grants Program Officer, Legal Compliance Fellowship & more

Access Now is a growing international human rights 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. Their 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 their mission. Check out their open vacancies.

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Grants Program Officer

What you will do

  • Lead proactive outreach to identify new grantees that are a strategic fit for the Program
  • Build deep and collaborative connections with civil society, activists, and other funders
  • Identify emerging issues and trends for the Program to support
  • Facilitate consultations with other team members at Access Now about regional and issue based trends and potential grantees
  • Respond to requests for support and grant referrals received by the Program and carry out background research as needed in order to develop an initial strategic assessment
  • Organize initial information consultations and intake with potential grantees
  • Provide strategic review and develop funding recommendations for potential grants within the Program Officer’s portfolio
  • Provide guidance and support to potential grantees throughout proposal processes
  • Process and review funding applications in grants management system, ensuring Access Now has all required documents, and a strong understanding of the request for funding; conduct reference checks, and complete internal and external due diligence
  • Support Director – Grants in presenting funding recommendations to senior leaders
  • Work the Grantmaking Operations Manager to structure and design grant contract strategies
  • Follow grantees’ work throughout the grant period via check ins and reviews of grant progress
  • Identify opportunities to support and elevate grantees’ work through blog posts, networking, conferences, connections to other parts of Access Now
  • Review grantee reports, including financial reporting in order to document outcomes for internal/external sharing and complete grant closeout reports
  • Lead discussions with grantees on funding, renewals, and phase-outs of funded projects
  • Support strategic assessment of grantees and portfolio-level assessments of Program contributions and achievements related to Access Now’s mission
  • Plan engagement of grantees via site visits, RightsCon convenings, and grantee events
  • Contribute to donor reports and fundraising efforts of Access Now’s Development Team
  • Assist in global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

  • Minimum 5 years professional-level work experience involving grantmaking, human rights, digital rights or social justice
  • Knowledge of human rights norms and systems and digital rights policy issues
  • Knowledge of digital security tools, resources, and training approaches
  • Experience working with and/or in support of grassroots organizations, particularly in constrained or repressive contexts
  • Strong professional networks and a strong track record of building trust and working collaboratively within human rights movements in the Global South; and with human rights funders
  • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in addressing inequality and historical and systemic discrimination
  • Familiarity with grantmaking processes (either as a funder or as a fundraiser)
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation approaches that are well suited to human rights work
  • Experience analyzing budgets and financial audits preferred
  • Competency in working across and between geographies and cultures, and with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Effective and compassionate written and spoken communication skills and the ability to represent the Grants Program with internal and external stakeholders
  • Track record of strong and consistent attention to detail while managing a large portfolio in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Arabic, Burmese, French, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and/or other languages helpful and preferred
  • Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with bachelor or master degree equivalent in a relevant field

Legal Compliance Fellowship

What you will do

The Fellow can expect the following responsibilities, tasks, and experiences:

  • Draft legal documents for use by Access Now’s Operations, Finance, Grants, Advocacy, Policy, and RightsCon (the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age) teams.
  • Gain specialized knowledge at the crossroads of human rights, data privacy, and technology, informed by the perspective of civil society and activists across the globe.
  • Research and evaluate different legal risk factors relating to the organization’s global operations and compliance.
  • Monitor threats to civic space, including grassroots actors, and advise on countermeasures and best practices to prevent and mitigate risks.
  • Assist in the drafting and review of key contractual policies and procedures, including on employment/labor, non-disclosure and confidentiality, defamation, and other operational topics.
  • Research, write, and edit briefs, publications, and blog posts (with your name on them!).

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

Access Now seeks a motivated, organized, and reliable law graduate/lawyer with an interest in digital rights and eager to work in a fast paced, global civil society organization.

The role requires:

  • JD, LLM, or an equivalent advanced legal degree;
  • Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive legal research and writing skills, in English (at minimum);
  • An affinity for contracts, compliance, and international legal work; and
  • Precise attention to detail.

Legal Officer – LatAm

What you will do

  • Draft and negotiate legal documents for use by Access Now’s Operations, Finance, Grants, Advocacy, and RightsCon teams, in alignment with Legal team workflows
  • Research and evaluate different legal risk factors relating to the Organization’s Latin America Region operations and regulatory compliance
  • Prepare and review key contractual policies and procedures, including on nonprofit compliance, employment/ labor, non-disclosure and confidentiality, intellectual property, defamation, and other operational topics
  • Monitor legal threats to civic space, including human rights defenders and NGOs, and advise on countermeasures and best practices to prevent and mitigate risks, in the Latin America Region
  • Identify opportunities for legal advocacy, including the use of litigation to advance Access Now’s programmatic agenda in the region, in coordination with the regional Advocacy Team leaders
  • Research, write, and edit briefs, publications, and legal memoranda
  • Work with and manage outside counsel in the Region
  • Assist in global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

  • 2-4 years experience in legal practice, ideally with in-house legal context
  • License to practice law in one or more Latin American or Caribbean countries
  • Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive legal research and writing skills, in English
  • Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive legal research and writing skills, in Spanish
  • An affinity for contracts, compliance, and international legal work
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent degree in law

Senior Designer

What you will do

  • Produce and deliver compelling graphic design content and products, especially in the form of social media graphics and audio visual content, visually engaging email designs, easy-to-digest infographics, captivating reports, digital and physical posters and flyers, and more
  • Develop long-term design, branding, and visual assets to communicate Access Now’s brand, and build out our open-licensed digital rights graphics library for both the team and our community to access and use
  • Create visual strategies for our issue areas and campaigns, such as artificial intelligence, spyware, facial recognition, content governance, and digital security
  • Coordinate responses to urgent requests for graphic design and visual elements
  • Support web development needs for Access Now’s website and other presences, including rapid design and deployment of web page layout and campaign sites
  • Develop and create graphics, icons, visual elements, typography, interface design for Access Now’s online presence
  • Support the development of multimedia content such as explainer videos
  • Assist in global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

You are an experienced, passionate, and experimental creative, able to lead Access Now’s visual design work, and bring the following:

  • Exceptional creative and experimental graphic design and digital content creation skills
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite applications, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, and Premiere
  • Rich experience in wireframing and prototyping tools, such as Figma and Balsamiq
  • Skilled in crafting presentation materials with Google Workspace and Office
  • Competent in working with CMS, especially WordPress
  • Knowledgeable of HTML, CSS, and front-end best practices
  • Experienced in web accessibility compliance
  • Skilled in video and multimedia production and editing
  • Versed in agile design process and the creative industry
  • Comfortable with tackling challenges swiftly and effectively in the fast-changing phases of projects
  • Strength in communicating with a wide range of people from around the world
  • Possess great cultural understanding, in order to drive inclusion and respect, across relevant international digital rights issue
  • Fluency in English (required); ability to work in or provide design support in Spanish, French, or Arabic (desired)
  • Appropriate education and work experience, including a bachelor or master degree equivalent in Communications, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, or a related field