Job opportunity with APC: Women’s rights policy advocacy coordinator

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The Association for Progressive Communications' Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) is looking for a Women’s Rights Policy Advocacy Coordinator to join our virtual office and team.

The Women's Rights Policy Advocacy Coordinator will join the women’s rights policy strategy team and contribute towards ensuring that national, regional and global policy discussions and processes related to digital rights integrate the perspectives of women and people of diverse genders and sexualities. The successful candidate will also work closely with APC’s global policy advocacy team by contributing to framing broader APC policy strategies.

The APC Women's Rights Programme is uniquely located within both the internet rights and women's rights movements and plays a vital role in bringing together people and organisations who have different perspectives and experiences, and in building relationships and trust within networks. We work with individuals, organisations and networks engaged on feminism, women’s rights, sexual rights and digital rights issues, to bridge the gap between the work of different movements, and to centre the perspectives and priorities of women and people of diverse genders and sexualities.

Overview of the position:

Purpose of position: To contribute towards ensuring that APC WRP’s policy advocacy work is well coordinated, consistent, clearly communicated and responsive to the most pressing challenges to digital rights and internet governance from the perspective of the programme’s constituencies. This includes contributing to, developing and sharing feminist analysis on key policy and governance issues and ensuring that APC-wide work on policy and advocacy reflects and incorporates the principles and policy positions developed by and in collaboration with APC WRP.

Reporting: The successful candidate will report to the WRP co-manager in the women's rights policy advocacy strategy team.

Start date: 1 October 2022 (negotiable)

Deadline for applications: 15 August, 2022

Location: The applicant can work from anywhere but preference will be given to applicants from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. APC provides an equipment allowance and requires staff to use their own computers and office equipment. International and regional travel will be required occasionally. APC is a networked organisation based primarily in the global South, and privileges this political lens and location in our work.

Remuneration and duration of contract: This is a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) position on a renewable 12-month contract. Contract renewal is dependent on performance and the availability of funding. (There will be a six-month probation period). Remuneration is in the range of USD 40,000 to USD 50,000 per year. Short-listed applicants will receive specific information about the salary range.

Who we are looking for:
  • You believe in APC's vision and mission and have worked for organisations or networks with similar goals and values.

  • You have experience in policy advocacy work related to gender/women's rights/internet rights/sexual rights.

  • You are an experienced networker who is equally comfortable networking in an online environment and in-person.

  • You are quick and competent in writing and responding to email correspondence.

  • You are experienced and competent in compiling and writing policy submissions and reports.

  • You are flexible, can work to deadlines, have tons of initiative and like solving problems.

  • You are ready to and enjoy travelling to meetings and events.

Responsibilities include:
  • Working within the APC WRP’s women’s rights advocacy team and in collaboration with other APC policy staff to coordinate policy advocacy activities and ensuring that they are implemented in a manner that reflects and integrates the strategic priorities, vision, positions and goals towards a feminist internet.

  • Ensuring that feminist and women’s rights issues are integrated into ICT policy discussions, and that feminist and women’s rights organisations lead digital rights agenda setting.

  • Supporting inter-programme and inter-project coordination through bringing in feminist perspectives on policy advocacy.

  • Facilitating the development of APC WRP policy positions.

  • Drafting statements and submissions.

  • Conducting and contributing to research.

  • Supporting the coordination of participation and interventions in policy spaces.

  • Representing APC WRP as needed in various advocacy spaces.

  • Contributing towards communications, outreach and dissemination, working with the knowledge building team.

  • Contributing towards the development of capacity-building interventions to support the participation of feminist, women’s rights and sexual rights advocates in policy and governance processes related to digital technologies.

  • Contributing to resource mobilisation and fundraising.

  • Liaising with APC staff through participation in the APC network development team and other relevant team and network spaces in APC.

The ideal candidate has:
  • An understanding of internet, human rights, feminist and development issues.

  • An understanding of policy making dynamics, spaces and processes and policy advocacy strategies and tools.

  • An approach to work management including planning, prioritising and organising tasks to effectively meet deadlines and achieve results.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team, cross-culturally and across time zones.

  • Demonstrated commitment to intersectional feminist politics and experience in policy advocacy.

  • Curiosity towards digital technologies, their impact and their potential for exacerbating, transforming or ending discrimination and inequality.

  • Strong capacity in producing engaging, accessible content for different audiences.

  • Experience and willingness to contribute towards developing and communicating APC WRP policy-related positions at a variety of policy forums.

  • Familiarity with and/or understanding of the APC WRP and APC, especially in relation to online gender-based violence and the Feminist Principles of the Internet as a framework to analyse the intersections of feminism, women’s rights, sexuality and digital technologies.

Also an advantage:

  • Experience working in an online virtual/remote environment.

  • Apart from English, proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese or French.

APC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to ethnicity, colour, religion, sexuality or gender identity, disability or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, development and training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. APC values people from diverse backgrounds and encourages applications from people from the global South, working to create an open atmosphere of integrity, trust, honesty and respect. We particularly encourage women and trans, gender-queer, non-binary and gender-diverse people to apply.

About APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was established by seven founding organisations in 1990 as an international membership-based network working to mobilise emerging electronic information and communication networks for social justice and development. APC celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.

APC has grown into a respected network with a total of 62 organisational members. APC’s strength comes from the experience, expertise and credibility of the people who make up the network and the organisational culture of feminist values, commitment to human rights, belief in collaboration and respect and care that APC brings to its relationship within the APC community.

Our vision is for people to use and shape the internet and digital technologies to create a just and sustainable world, leading to greater care for ourselves, each other and the Earth.

Our mission is to create a just and sustainable world by harnessing the collective power of activists, organisations, excluded groups, communities and social movements, to challenge existing power structures and ensure that the internet is developed and governed as a global public good.

To apply for this position, click here. The deadline for applications is 15 August 2022.


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