European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an international not-for-profit association of 42 digital human rights organisations from across Europe and beyond. We defend and promote rights and freedoms in the digital environment, such as the right to privacy, personal data protection, freedom of expression, and access to information.

European Digital Rights’ Brussels office is looking for a talented, dedicated Policy Advisor who will be supporting the work of the EDRi Policy Team on issues such as platform regulation, cross-border access to data, privacy, data retention, Artificial Intelligence (AI), copyright and data protection.

This is an opportunity to be part of a growing and well-respected NGO that is making a real difference in the defence and promotion of online rights and freedoms in Europe and beyond. The deadline to apply is 27 September 2019. This full-time, permanent position starting at the latest on 15 November 2019.

As a Policy Advisor, your main tasks will be to:

  • Monitor, analyse and report about human rights implications of EU digital policy developments;
  • Support the work of the policy team in their advocacy work for the protection of digital rights, particularly but not exclusively in the areas of platform regulation, artificial intelligence, data protection, privacy, net neutrality and copyright;
  • Provide policy-makers with expert, timely and accurate input;
  • Draft policy documents, such as briefings, position papers, amendment proposals, advocacy one-pagers, letters, blog posts and EDRi-gram articles, with the support and supervision of senior staff within the team;
  • Support the policy team in providing EDRi members with information about relevant legislative processes as well as in coordinating EDRi’s working groups;
  • Help developing campaign messages and providing the public with information about relevant legislative processes and EDRi’s activities;
  • Organise and participate in expert meetings along with senior staff;
  • Maintain good relationships with policy-makers, stakeholders and the press;
  • Support and work closely with other staff members including policy, communications and campaigns colleagues.

Desired qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in a similar role or EU institution;
  • A university degree in law, EU affairs, policy, human rights or related field or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrable basic knowledge of and interest in platform regulation, data protection, privacy and copyright, as well as other internet policy issues;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the EU, its institutions and its role in digital rights policies;
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills;
  • Basic knowledge of the functioning of the internet as well as basic technology skills are required; experience using free software such as LibreOffice, WordPress and Nextcloud are an asset;
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Experience of working with and in small teams;
  • Experience of organising events and/or workshops is an asset;
  • Ability to work in English. Other European languages, especially French, is an advantage.
  • What EDRi offers:
  • A permanent, full-time contract;
  • A friendly, multicultural and enthusiastic team of experts based in Brussels;
  • A competitive NGO salary with benefits;
  • The opportunity to promote the protection of fundamental rights in important legislative proposals;
  • Access to an international and diverse network of NGOs;
  • Internal career growth;
  • Networking opportunities.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a maximum one-page cover letter and a maximum two-page CV in English and in a single PDF file to applications <at> edri <dot> org with “Policy Advisor” and your full name in the subject line by 27 September 2019 (11.59 pm). Candidates will be expected to be available for interviews throughout October. The successful candidate is expected to start working with us on 15 November 2019.

We are an equal opportunities employer with a strong commitment to transparency and inclusion. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive working environment and strive for a gender balance in the policy team. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify as women. We also encourage individual members of groups at risk of racism or other forms of discrimination to apply for this post.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.