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Working at PI

At PI we believe that for people to be treated with dignity and to preserve autonomy, we must defend the right for all people everywhere to have access to privacy protection in laws and technologies. The empowerment of the individual is core to our work.

Accordingly, PI aims to empower its staff and create a good work environment. PI celebrates diversity in its people, its approaches, and its strategy. People here are looking to change the world by developing expertise, creatively disseminating research, and conducting effective advocacy. 

Our work holds the powerful to account. We uncover their capabilities and investigate their claims. We explore the strength of laws and technologies, and test their boundaries. Safeguards and protections must be verifiable, and we ensure they are under constant review. We live up to our own demands and conduct our work in an accountable manner — to the public, our board, and our funders.

How do we work

Working at PI means joining a team of people who focus just as much on how we work as the targets of our work. Our core values are that:

  • We work with others to better understand, to engage, to change minds (including our own), and to build a movement.
  • We lead by example, set high standards, and critically evaluate our work. This means also learning from our mistakes.
  • We deliver on our promises. This means that we are accountable and we work on until we achieve our objectives.
  • We are all responsible for building and maintaining a good and strong PI and field.

We know that this is a unique moment in time where we can influence the shape of the future and we are fortunate to have this opportunity. PI is looking for people who share these values and want to build a sustainable movement to protect privacy everywhere.




Privacy International is looking for additional trustees to join our Board. Positions are available from September 2017 to replace existing Board members retiring at the end of their term of office. Initial terms are for three years.

We are looking for Trustees who are committed to PI’s aims and objectives, have leadership experience and/or experience serving on Boards, and diverse skills including strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications, and charity law.

We would particularly welcome applicants with knowledge of technology, global diversity, human rights law and civil liberties, consumer policy/protection, working with vulnerable groups, development, as well as entrepreneurship and business.

No remuneration is payable for these positions, but expenses will be reimbursed, and appropriate assistance will be provided to enable suitable candidates to serve.

Closing date: March 31

Full description of Trustee duties is below.


Board of Trustees description

Privacy International is a UK-registered charity. Our charitable objectives are to promote the human right of privacy (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, specifically:

  1. To raise awareness of, to conduct research about, and to provide educational materials regarding threats to personal privacy; 

  2. To monitor and report on surveillance methods and tactics employed against individuals and groups; 

  3. To work at national and international levels toward the provision of strong and effective privacy protections; 

  4. To monitor the nature, effectiveness and extent of measures to protect privacy, and to seek ways through information technology to protect personal information. 

The Board has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that Privacy International maintains its institutional integrity while advancing its mission, values and mandate.

Primary duties:

The primary responsibility of the Board is to provide strategic leadership for the organisation by formulating and regularly reviewing its strategic aims in consultation with the senior staff, setting overall policy, regularly evaluating the charity's performance and ensuring that it complies with UK law.

As a member of the Board, each individual has responsibilities that include:

  • Making and reviewing major policy decisions, especially when they involve significant risks or shifts in direction. 

  • Providing guidance to the Executive Director as s/he develops PI’s strategic and annual work plans, and ultimately considering and adopting those plans. 

  • Approving PI’s annual budget, monitoring the financial health and integrity of the organisation by reviewing quarterly financial materials including the budget-to-actual reports, and audits (including management letters), ensuring that adequate financial controls are in place and approving decisions involving major financial obligations. 

  • Appointing the Executive Director and conducting his/her annual performance evaluation, and monitoring the Executive Director’s annual evaluation of staff.
  • Maintaining constructive relationships with the staff of the organisation, consistent with the general principle that the Executive Director supervises and is responsible for the work of the staff. 

  • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the organisation’s work, and ensuring PI’s overall programme is consistent with its mission, values, focus and priorities. 

Board members are expected to: 

  • Regularly attend Board meetings; 

  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings; 

  • Serve as an active member of committees or task forces; 

  • Take on and fulfil special assignments as assigned by the Board and/or the Chair; 

  • Use specific skills, knowledge and expertise to help the board members reach collective sound decisions; 

  • Ensure systematic, open and fair procedures for the recruitment/co-option of Board members and Chair; 

  • Serve as an advocate for the organisation as required, including for specific issues or events; 

  • Work to establish links and access to, and credibility with, key constituencies; introducing staff members to significant individuals and institutions; 

  • Board members will consider PI a philanthropic priority and will be expected to contribute to PI’s fundraising efforts as assigned by the Board. 

Privacy International's Board of Trustees meets five times per year. Meetings take place in London and unfortunately we are unable to cover travel. However, Board members based outside of the UK have the option of participating by teleconference. 

The fulfilment of Trustees' duties is unlikely to exceed 10 hours per month, more if serving on one of the Board’s committees. 

Required qualifications:

The Board should be composed of members with:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the organization and its aims and objectives.

  • Organisational leadership experience or experience of serving on Boards.

  • An appropriate and diverse set of skills, including members with experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications and charity law.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of technology, global diversity, human rights law and civil liberties, consumer policy/protection, working with vulnerable groups, development, as well as entrepreneurship and knowledge of business.


Want to volunteer for a charity that holds governments and companies to account on their intrusions into our private lives? Then apply to join Privacy International’s volunteer program!

Privacy International is a London-based charity that’s committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. 

In our volunteer program, you won’t be making coffee or doing the photocopying. Volunteers are treated as full members of the team, and we want you to play a meaningful role in our campaigns, litigation, research and advocacy projects.

Here’s what we’re looking for in volunteers:

  • a strong commitment to fighting intrusions into our private lives by governments and corporations
  • pursuing or holding a degree in law, political science, public policy, communications or similar academic studies
  • a knowledge or interest in the intersection of rights and technology
  • maturity and independence
  • initiative and demonstrated ability to work without supervision
  • excellent communications skills

Volunteers will assist Privacy International's team at our London offices. We ask that you commit to a minimum of three days per week for three months. However, based on your personal, academic and/or professional commitments, we are very flexible about this.

We have four intakes of volunteers per year, although there is flexibility over start and finish dates:

  • Spring intake (approx 1st March- 31st May): Application deadline - 4th January
  • Summer intake (approx 1st June - 31st August): Application deadline - 5th April
  • Autumn intake (approx 1st September - 30th November): Application deadline - 7th July
  • Winter intake (approx 1st December - 28/29th February): Application deadline - 6th October

Please take a look at our projects and legal actions to get a sense of our current work before applying. As well as individuals with an interest in law, policy and advocacy, we are also interested in hearing from individuals who want to work in communications, campaigning and fundraising. 

How to apply

  • Please send your CV and a short covering letter (maximum 300 words) to
  • Your cover letter should clearly indicate what specific area(s) of our work you would like to get involved in and why you think you have the appropriate skills and interest.
  • In your application, please clearly state which intake you are applying for. We will NOT consider any applications until after the application deadline date. 
  • We will respond to you within four weeks of the application deadline.

Important notes for applicants

  • If you are not a European Union (EU) citizen, you will be responsible for making all appropriate visa arrangments. If you are applying from outside the EU, please ensure that you research visa requirements, and the timeline and costs before applying to volunteer at Privacy International. Unfortunately, Privacy International cannot contribute to any costs that you may incur in arranging your visa and neither can we apply for a 'certificate of sponsorship' on your behalf. You may want to consider applying through the BUNAC programme, which gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to work as a volunteer in the UK for up to six months. Details of this programme can be found at 
  • We will cover reasonable travel and lunch expenses while you volunteer at Privacy International.
  • We ask volunteers to use their own laptop if they can. Do please let us know if this will be difficult for you.

What’s it like to volunteer at Privacy International?

I learned a lot of things during my time at PI and it broadened my knowledge of important issues in the world today. It was also good fun working with a team of friendly, like-minded people and I would recommend this program to anyone I know. - George Dallas, Summer 2013 Volunteer

I had a fantastic experience as a volunteer at Privacy International. In addition to gaining a practical insight into human rights work and learning something new everyday, I felt a great sense of satisfaction from doing positive and meaningful work as part of a really inspiring team. - Beth Lubin, Spring 2013 Volunteer

When you volunteer at Privacy International, you are not treated as a volunteer but one of the team. The people who work at PI are very enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, which makes volunteering here both exciting and fulfilling. I have been given responsibility to do work on cutting edge projects since day one. - Emily Linnea Mahoney, Winter 2013 Volunteer