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PI is seeking a new Head of International Advocacy

Privacy International is seeking a Head of International Advocacy to represent the organization in the media and at conferences and events around the world. This role will also involve administering PI’s ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in privacy issues, familiar with the development sector and extremely comfortable in public-facing scenarios like conducting live television interviews and delivering lectures to large audiences. Please note this role will involve a good deal of travel outside the UK, primarily but not exclusively in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The successful candidate will be joining a small team of staff at one of the world’s leading privacy organizations. Privacy International was founded in 1990 and has active associates and networks in 47 countries. We are frequently called upon to give expert testimony to parliamentary and governmental committees around the world. We have also advised and reported to international organisations like the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and various agencies of the United Nations.

The initial contract is one year, to be made a permanent position if funding permits.

Salary: £33,000 per annum

Key responsibilities:
  • Supporting and advising partner organizations in developing countries on campaign strategy and privacy issues, by phone and email and in person.
  • Managing and administering the finances of the ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project and reporting to the project’s funders.
  • Representing Privacy International in the broadcast media on a range of topics.
  • Organising and hosting workshops and other events for partner organizations, in London and abroad.
  • Meeting with senior governmental, parliamentary and regulatory officials and representatives of international institutions to discuss local and international privacy issues.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of privacy and technology issues, with a particular focus on those specific to, or with a bearing on, developing countries.
  • Drafting written responses to public consultations on new laws and policies at national and international levels in consultation with the Executive Director and/or the Head of Research.
  • Contributing to research and policy development across the organisation, ensuring that various strands of work within Privacy International take full account of issues in developing countries.
  • Liaising with PI’s international advisory board.
Person specification:


  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, a wide range of privacy issues.
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for development work and foreign travel.
  • Willingness to spend up to 25% of work time travelling to Asia, Latin America and Africa, including to medium-risk/high-risk environments on occasion. 
  • Proven track record of previous project and funding management experience.
  • Proven ability to conduct research and to devise and evaluate research plans and methodologies.
  • Proven ability to understand and effectively communicate complex policy issues to a range of audiences and identify opportunities for effective advocacy.
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of engaging persuasively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of working with and in small teams.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to get on with a wide range of people.
  • Right to live and work in the UK.


  • Fluency in at least one language other than English, preferably Spanish.
  • Post-graduate degree with proven track record of research.
  • Familiarity with the development sector.
  • Experience of fundraising from trusts, foundations and/or statutory bodies.
  • Experience of giving presentations and delivering lectures to large audiences.
  • Experience of writing briefing papers and reports on complex issues.
  • Experience of organising events and/or workshops.
  • Track record of initiating, developing and managing both stakeholder and media relationships.
  • Field experience in one or more developing countries.

To apply, please email a CV (including contact information for two references) and covering letter (both documents together no more than four sides of A4) outlining your suitability for this role and reasons for your application to by 6pm on Friday 18th May. Interviews will take place on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th May in London, and the successful candidate will be notified on Friday 1st June. He/she would ideally take up the position on Monday 9th July, but we would also need him/her to attend at least one day of a workshop being held over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June. 

We will notify both successful and unsuccessful candidates of the outcome of their applications on Tuesday 22nd May. However, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates at this stage.