Call for Nomination – EDRi Board elections 2023
EDRi General Assembly will this year elect two Board members to replace two outgoing Board members. EDRi is looking for interested candidates to become a member of the EDRi Board. As an EDRi Board Member, you will help shape the future of the organisation and the network and advance our mission to promote and protect human rights in the digital environment. You will have a responsibility as an employer of the EDRi office and vis-à-vis the members.
Hours of work
80 - 100 hours per year (excluding General Assemblies)
April 3, 2023
EDRi is looking for interested candidates to become a member of the EDRi Board. As an EDRi Board Member, you will help shape the future of the organisation and the network and advance our mission to promote and protect human rights in the digital environment. You will have a responsibility as an employer of the EDRi office and vis-à-vis the members.
When electing new Board members, the General Assembly will give due considerations to ensure that the composition of the Board reflects the diversity of the EDRi membership and there is a gender balance and geographic balance between the Board members. EDRi will look for diverse representation, in terms of, but not limited to, marginalised groups. The GA will consider desired skills and experience to effectively deliver a function of the Board, including prior NGO Board experience, accounting/budgeting, fundraising, human resources, public relations, legal or technical skills, political experience, outreach/community experience and similar.
How to apply
If you are interested, please contact the team at to get relevant documentation.
The Election Committee would be happy to answer any questions you may have about what Board membership looks like or to get the contact details of EDRi members, just write to:
The closing date for applications is 3rd April 2023. The vote will take place during the weekend of the General Assembly (13th and 14th May 2023) in Belgrade, Serbia.
• Consists of 6 volunteer members, elected for a 3-year period;
• Governs EDRi in compliance with its statutes and internal working regulations;
• Meets remotely on a quarterly basis to discuss general management issues and twice in person for more detailed face-to-face discussions and strategic planning workshops (Board travels are reimbursed by the organisation);
• Service on the Board should not require more than the equivalent of 10 to 12 days (80 – 100 hours) per year (excluding General Assemblies).
• Focuses on strategy and accountability rather than day-to-day operations;
• Participates in deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, fundraising, programs, human resources and advocacy;
• Supports the growth of the network and deals with membership issues as they arise;
• Provides advice on how EDRi should respond to emerging issues outside of the strategic plan;
• Assists in developing and maintaining positive relations among EDRi members, staff members, membership, donors and other stakeholders to enhance EDRi’s mission;
• Provides all legal, policy and financial oversight to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations
• Reviews the internal regulations and policies and recommending any changes for approval by Board and/or General Assembly as required
• Oversees the Executive Director(s), including supporting and participating in the annual evaluation of the Executive Director(s);
• Reviews policy and other recommendations received from Board and senior management staff, for decision.
• Experience in advocacy, activism, outreach/community and campaigning for human rights in the digital age;
• Experience with NGO governance (board membership, board chairing, working with boards, or a similar role);
• Experience in public speaking, representation, networking, facilitation and moderation;
• Fluent command of spoken and written English.
Desired skills or knowledge to complement the current Board:
• Fundraising (especially corporate donations, individual donation and fundraising campaigns );
• Diversity, inclusion and equity practices (champion decolonising efforts internally);
• Human resources & employment support;
• Budgeting and accounting;
• Knowledge of politics, culture and civil society in Eastern Europe, South East Europe or Southern Europe;
• Organisational development, particularly mentoring leadership;
• Strategic planning: designing and/or advising organisations strategies;
• Network development and membership relations, liaison with the General Assembly.
To be eligible for election
• Any candidate must declare that they have permission to stand from their own organisation, if their organisation is a member of EDRi;
• Any candidate joins the Board in their personal capacity and not as a representative of an organisation;
• Any candidate must be endorsed. Members may set their own procedures for endorsements. When an individual steps forward to run for a position, they need to seek endorsement from at least one member organisation of EDRi. Organisations will have the opportunity to withdraw endorsement before the Board elections.
• Any candidate shall have the opportunity to make a presentation for their candidacy in writing and in person at the General Assembly.
• Any candidate must not have served on EDRi’s Board for more than three of the previous nine years, discounting any years prior to 2017 .
• Any candidate must declare any potential conflicts of interest, and anything else that might affect their eligibility, such as criminal convictions (as defined in EDRi’s Conflict of Interest Policy).
How to apply:
To apply, please contact the team at to get relevant documentation. You will have to fill in an application form with skills self assessment and a brief biography (350 words max.) outlining your interest, experience, and background, together with a statement of endorsement by an EDRi member and the signed EDRi Conflict of Interest form.
Closing date for applications is 3rd April 2023. The vote will take place during the weekend of the General Assembly (13th and 14th May 2023), in Belgrade, Serbia.