Opportunities

Working at PI

At Privacy International (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 objectives 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. People at PI are curious about the state and direction of the world. We seek to understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. We are advocates that wants to fight for change and ensure that our voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. We want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning, and contribute to its strengthening. We work across projects and issues and skills-sets.

If you are, like us, keen to learn new ways of achieving change, then please apply for our posts below.

What we do with your data

If you apply for a position at PI, your application is shared with relevant staff internally until you become a candidate for employment (or volunteering).

In the recruitment process, further data may be collected from you for the purposes of progressing your application, this will either be with your consent, because there is a legal requirement to obtain the information or because it is necessary for the purposes of entering into a contract. Where you are applying to be a volunteer, we will rely on our legitimate interest in processing your application and also your consent. This data may include biographical information, contact details, immigration-related information, references, and payment details for reimbursement purposes. This will only be shared on a need to know basis with relevant PI staff and our trustees. 

For successful candidates, we will keep this data as long as necessary for the purpose of your employment or volunteer period with PI, otherwise we will securely delete your data 6-12 months after the end of the recruitment process. 
We keep all accounting and administration information for auditing purposes, in accordance with standard practice and UK law.

For more information about how PI’s personal data practices please see PI’s Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy includes information about your rights in relation to your personal data, including the right of access and your right to make a complaint to the data protection regulator, the ICO.

Legal Officer

Postion Type
Permanent
Application Closing Date

Contract: Permanent Contract

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other salary information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund

Location: London, United Kingdom

JOB SPECIFICATION

The role of the Legal Officer is to devise, implement and manage legal advocacy designed to achieve PI's policy and advocacy objectives. The Legal Officer will be expected to understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law.

The Legal Officer will work alongside people across PI on advocacy, policy, research, and public engagement in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change and achieve policy and advocacy goals set by PI and, as relevant, our International Network of partner organisations. This will include bringing cases against governments and companies, intervening in actions in domestic and regional courts, advocating before regulatory bodies, and using other legal tools to assist with PI's advocacy and research.

About our work: The Legal Officer will help execute PI's strategy in accordance with its new multi-year strategic plan, which includes interventions designed to prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; defend against government assaults on civic engagement; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new systems; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. You are an advocate that wants to fight for change and ensure that your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work across projects and issues and skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Experience

  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction.
  • Experience taking creative approaches to novel legal challenges.
  • Experience in NGOs/human rights organisations, law firms or in house, working on litigation or legal action initiatives.
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations. 
  • Experience drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and/or national rights frameworks.
  • Knowledge of legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection, or the legal concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about the complex interaction between law and technology.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.

Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with counsel, partner organisations and coalitions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that can be applied to communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers.

Desirable

Experience

  • • Advanced university qualification preferred (Masters, JD or equivalent).
  • • Admitted to practice, in any jurisdiction.
  • • Knowledge of and experience advocating for the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.

Skills

  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and meetings.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is 09 November, 23:59 BST.

Please send the requested material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org. (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email).

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on Tuesday, the 12 November 2019. Interviews will take place in London on 14 and 15 November 2019 – please reserve these days for a possible interview.  We can arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing 18 November 2019.

Policy Officer

Postion Type
Permanent
Application Closing Date

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Contract: Permanent Contract

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000

Other salary information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund

Location: London, United Kingdom

JOB SPECIFICATION

The Policy Officer develops and implements Privacy International's (PI) policy strategies. The Policy Officer will work alongside people across PI on advocacy, legal interventions, research, and public engagement in order to develop PI's policy positions, build relationships with key national and international decision makers, monitor relevant policy developments and debates while identifying opportunities to shape them. The Policy Officer will formulate new creative strategies to present our policies and use them effectively to achieve policy and advocacy goals set by PI and, as relevant, our International Network of partner organisations. The Policy Officer will also organise and implement targeted workshops and represent PI at external events as required.

About our work: The Policy Officer will help execute PI's strategy in accordance with its new multi-year strategic plan, which includes interventions designed to prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; defend against government assaults on civic engagement; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new systems; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. You are an advocate that wants to fight for change and ensure that your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work across projects and issues and skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Experience

  • Degree in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or equivalent experience. 
  • Extensive experience in policy development and advocacy related to human rights.
  • Experience in designing and implementing innovative outreach and communications strategies targeting national and/or international stakeholders as well as the public.
  • Detailed knowledge of national, regional and/or international policy and advocacy processes related to human rights.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse stakeholder groups including governmental, inter-governmental, industry and other non-state actors. 
  • Experience working in and/or with the national and/or international NGO sector from across the world.
  • Experience managing projects, monitoring and evaluating impact, and managing the work of others.
  • Experience working with and in small teams.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills in liaising, communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers.
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills, both written and oral, with a proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.

Desirable

  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate NGO coalitions.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of privacy and/or data protection, and/or the concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Passion for technology and its interaction with human rights.
  • Knowledge of and experience of the broader rights frameworks, and in particular advocating for the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please send:

1.  a CV (not more than two pages)

2.  a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is the 09 November, 23:59 BST.

Please send the requested material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org. (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email).

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Interviews will take place in London on 28 and 29 November 2019 – please reserve these days for a possible interview.  We can arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing 02 December 2019.

Terms of Reference: Consultant on reproductive rights and privacy

Postion Type
Time-Limited Contractual
Application Closing Date

Consultant for producing two memos on the intersection between the right to privacy and reproductive rights

Background

Privacy International (PI) began to explore intersection of the right to privacy and reproductive rights as part of its broader work on economics, social and cultural rights. As an enabling right, privacy plays an important role in supporting the exercise of reproductive rights as recognised in international human rights law. This work is part of a broader programme of work aimed at safeguarding the dignity of people by challenging current power dynamics, and redefining our relationship with governments, companies, and within our own communities.

Purpose of the Consultancy

PI is currently undertaking research related to data exploitation and the exercise of reproductive rights. The purpose of this consultancy will be to 1) map, analyse, and summarise existing literature about the intersection of the right to privacy and reproductive rights from a variety of sources including reproductive rights organisations, civil society, academia, and other authoritative voices on the subject matter, and to 2) map and summarise existing reproductive rights law and policy globally, specifically as it relates to international human rights law.

The aim of the research is to serve as a high-quality resource for PI to inform and frame future work in this area and to support our on-going work including with global partners.

The consultant will have a global understanding of reproductive rights, including an understanding of the current contexts in the ‘global south’ and the US. They will have a background in research, law/policy, or academia and have a demonstrable ability to collect, interpret, and summarise law and policy from a wide variety of sources.

  • The consultant shall ensure that only clearly lawful methods of research are used.
  • The consultant shall provide documentation and/or references to support your analyses which can be verified by PI.
  • The consultant shall ensure that any information obtained from fee-based online databases is done so in line with the database’s terms of service.

Specific Tasks to be Performed by the Consultant

  1. Mapping, analysising, and summarising existing literature about the intersection of privacy and reproductive rights to be presented in the form of a memo (expected 8 days), and
  2. Mapping and summarising existing reproductive law and policy to be presented in the form of a memo (expected 8 days)

Outputs, Timelines, and Renumeration

Two completed, comprehensive memos that are based on primary research and analysis are to be delivered by 29 November 2019 (at the latest) as per a schedule of deliverables to be agreed between PI and the selected consultant. All the data and evidence mentioned in the memos should be free to publicly use without constraints.

The consultancy is expected to take 16 days, and the total fee to be awarded shall not exceed £3,200.

Please send your proposal outline and CV to Sara Nelson at saran[at]privacyinternational[dot]org by 1800 BST 26 October 2019. To see how we handle your data see here.

Volunteering Opportunities

Postion Type
Volunteer
Application Closing Date

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 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 play a meaningful role in our campaigns, litigation, and research projects.

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

  • A knowledge or interest in the intersection of rights and technology;
  • Pursuing or holding a degree in law, political science, communications, social sciences, or similar academic studies;
  • Initiative and demonstrated ability to work without supervision; and
  • Excellent communications skills.

Volunteers will assist Privacy International's team at our London office. 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 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 - 6th July
  • Winter intake (approx 1st December - 28/29th February): Application deadline - 5th October

Please take a look at our projects and legal actions to get a sense of our current work before applying. We are  interested in hearing from individuals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 

How to apply

  • Please send your CV and a short covering letter (max 300 words) to caitlinb@privacyinternational.org
  • Your cover letter should clearly indicate which 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 https://www.bunac.org/usa/intern-abroad/professional/britain.
  • We will cover reasonable travel (within Greater London) and lunch expenses while you volunteer with us.
  • We ask volunteers to use their own laptop if they can. Let us know if this will be difficult for you.

What’s it like to volunteer at Privacy International?

While I have done internships before, my time at PI gave me a remarkable opportunity to carry out detailed research on real life surveillance techniques. The team at PI does not treat you as a run of the mill volunteer, but actively gives you engaging work and encourages you to participate in brainstorming, team meeting and court and parliament hearings. I enjoyed my time immensely. - Sneha Saumya, Autumn 2017 Volunteer

Volunteering at PI was a great opportunity to develop my research skills related to privacy issues. I was able to work closely with team members and contribute to meaningful projects in a fun and challenging work environment. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in learning about and contributing to the fight for privacy. - Nick Lally, Autumn 2017 Volunteer