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 to protect privacy everywhere.

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 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.

Privacy International rebranding - Invitation to Tender

Postion Type
Time-Limited Contractual
Application Closing Date

Privacy International is looking for a highly innovative creative agency to rethink our current organisational branding.

We are inviting proposals to undertake a full rebranding for the organisation, including a new logo, new typefaces, corporate colours, and an overall overhaul of our look and feel, to create a strong and coherent presence across our growing channels and platforms.

Click here for corporate information about Privacy International.

If you would like to receive a full rebranding briefing, please email rebrand@privacyinternational.org.

We will only accept Tenders from organisations who have expressed an initial interest and have been sent the full briefing.

Deadline for tenders is 3pm GMT on Wednesday 12th December.

Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Officer

Postion Type
Application Closing Date

Responsible to: Executive Director
Key relationship: Portfolio Leads, Programme Leads, Head of Operations and Development

Contract: Permanent
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: £36,000
Location: London 



The Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Officer will play a leading role in the design and delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for PI’s new multi-year strategic plan from 2019 onwards which will include developing a culture of collective ownership for M&E. 

Working primarily in support of PI’s engagement with national partners in the Privacy International Network, this role will focus on providing support and capacity development to a multi-year and multi-partner project on the impact of data intensive systems on human rights, and in particular on the right to privacy. 

The person in this role will: 

  • Lead the development of a monitoring & evaluation and learning strategy for Privacy International, contributing to the improved effectiveness of PI and our partners’ programme design, execution, impact and influence. Approximately 80% of the focus of the job is dedicated to PI’s work with the Privacy International Network and with the remaining resources being applied to other programmes and activities at PI. 
  • Help build the institutional capacity of both PI and its partners in technical skills around monitoring, evaluation and learning. 
  • Where necessary provide support to the executive team, portfolio leads and programme leads and other PI staff during multi-year and annual planning. 
  • Coordinate the ongoing and systematic monitoring of the programmes to assess programme performance, relevance and effectiveness and progress against objectives, both to continuously learn, and to take timely corrective actions, if necessary,
  • Coordinate the delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning reporting requirements for a funded multi-year and multi- partner project, and management of all evaluation processes. 
  • Contribute to the preparation and timely submission of reports to the donors and Board of Trustees as required. 
  • Contribute to compilation of succinct communications and dissemination outputs, presenting key achievements, challenges and opportunities related to the progress reports targeting internal and external audiences. 




Qualifications and Experience 

  • A degree in any relevant discipline or equivalent training and work experience that proves extensive knowledge of a range of methods and approaches in M&E, including a strong understanding of research design and data collection methods. 
  • Strong understanding of rights-based development programming, particularly in relation to the major technical areas of Privacy International’s work.
  • Demonstrable experience in playing a leading role in designing, implementing and managing at least two of the following: organisational learning, research, monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment. 
  • Experience of M&E and learning for civil society organisations in the context of, or in, the Global South, including the delivery of capacity-building and learning activities.
  • Experience in designing tools and processes for quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation and report write-up, using appropriate systems and tools. 
  • Good understanding of the current M&E trends and systems in development sector.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with and understanding of requirements of major development donors


  • Strong interpersonal skills in liaising, communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both in written and spoken English. 
  • Demonstrated ability to address and communicate complex issues in challenging environments, in a clear, concise and compelling manner. 
  • Strong eye for detail, e.g. exceptional editorial and sub-editorial skills.
  • Strong multi-tasker, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally. 



  • Passion for technology and the role it plays in the governance and protection of rights. 
  • Knowledge and experience of working in international human rights. 
  • Competency to conduct gender-sensitive risk management. 
  • Proven experience to conduct gender mainstreaming in M&E and learning strategy as well as programme design and implementation. 
  • Fluency in a second language, with fluency in Spanish or Arabic being a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of organising events and/or workshops. 


To apply please send a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) and a CV (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria to recruitment@privacyinternational.org by 6pm GMT on 25 November 2018 with the subject line: Application - Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Officer.

Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by 28 November 2018 at the latest, and the Interviews will take place the week of the 03 December 2018 at our office in Clerkenwell, London, UK. We are able to arrange video conference interviews with candidates who are unable to travel. 

Consultancy for Mid-term Project Evaluation

Postion Type
Time-Limited Contractual
Application Closing Date

Consultancy for Mid-term evaluation of  ‘Confronting data-intensive transformations in power in developing countries: strengthening civil society to protect the right to privacy’ project

Type of contract: Short Term consultancy 
Expected start date of assignment: 16 November 2018 
Location: London, UK and relevant partner countries 

Privacy International (PI) would like to invite Expression of Interest (EOIs) from qualified individuals/organisations interested in conducting a mid-term evaluation of the ‘Confronting data-intensive transformations in power in developing countries: strengthening civil society to protect the right to privacy’ project, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by PI and its partner organisations. 

About Us

Privacy International, a registered UK charity (No. 1147471), was founded in 1990 and was the first organisation to campaign at an international level on privacy issues. Privacy International is committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. We promote human right of privacy throughout the world, specifically by raising awareness of threats to privacy and monitoring and reporting on surveillance methods and tactics. For more information about us, please visit our website: www.privacyinternational.org


Project Background 

With funding from Sida, PI initiated the 4-year project in January 2017 under its Building the Global Privacy Movement programme (see Terms of Reference for more information). 

Project goal

The goal of the project is to build the capacity of our 7 partners in 7 ODA countries, as well as other key stakeholders, to respond to data-intensive systems and related policies. To do so, PI and partners together are developing an evidential foundation on how data-intensive systems operate and how they impact privacy, and human rights more generally. That body of evidence will help us develop key standards and principles that will guide our collective strategic advocacy and communications. Jointly and independently we will generate debate and make the case for reform with key communities particularly those in the legal sector and across civil society, convince actors of change of the importance of this domain, and engage with key institutions.

Project outcomes 

Each of the 7 partners with the support of PI drafted their own result-based frameworks. The overall results framework for the project is a combination of the partners’ and PI’s results frameworks, and led to the development of the following four outcomes: 

  • Outcome 1: Partner organisations have increased understanding of and capacity to work on key privacy issues in their countries
  • Outcome 2: Partners influence national actors of change and advocacy targets through strategic and targeted advocacy on data intensive systems and human rights, and in particular privacy
  • Outcome 3: Privacy International has improved professional capacity to collaborate with local partners
  • Outcome 4: Global South stories and experiences shape the global debate on data intensive systems, elevating the status of our partner’s work


Evaluation Object and Scope

The evaluation will focus on the period from January 2017 to December 2018 (Year 1 and 2 of the project). With this mid-term evaluation taking place towards the end of Year 2 of the project, this will mark a key point of learning and reflection on our progress over the first two years of the project. 

The purpose of the evaluation is to help Privacy International and its project partners to assess how well the project Theory of Change and results framework are working to deliver the project and to learn from what works well and less well. The evaluation will be used to inform decisions on how the project results framework may be adjusted and improved over the remaining two years of the project. Furthermore, the evaluation’s findings and recommendations will serve as input for Privacy International and its Board of Trustees to consider as the organisation continues with the development and implementation of its new strategic plan (2019-onwards).

The key objectives of the mid-term evaluation are:

  • To help PI and its partner organisations understand progress made towards achieving the overall project outcomes,
  • To provide PI and its partner organisations a set of concrete and actionable recommendations for improvement of the project over the remaining duration, and
  • To assist PI and partner organisations assess the sustainability of the project benefits beyond the life of the project. 

Conditions and details of assignment

Time Schedule and budget
The mid-term evaluation must be completed by 28 February 2019 (in time for the project annual reporting requirements) and a maximum budget of GBP 30,000 has been earmarked for the assignment (inclusive of VAT, travel expenses, and any other costs necessary to deliver the requests outlined in this ToR). 

Closing date for submission of proposals: 10 November 2018
Evaluation determination process to be concluded: 14 November 2018
Notification of contract rewarded: 16 November 2018
Start of work: As soon as possible after 16 November 2018
Final date to complete the evaluation: 28 February 2019

The following deliverables are expected (in English language): 

  • Inception report, which includes methodology and workplan based on discussion with Privacy International and to be finalised with approval from PI and Sida
  • In-country field visits to at least 2 partner organisation countries which are to be selected by the evaluators, to collect primary data from relevant stakeholders. The length of stay and other logistical details are to be finalised based on discussion with PI and relevant partner organisations. 
  • Draft mid-term evaluation report, which should not exceed 20 pages (excluding annexes) and is expected to include specific sections as described in the TOR. The draft report will be reviewed by and finalised with approval from PI and Sida.
  • Final mid-term Evaluation report, addressing any feedback from PI and Sida. The final report must be proofread and presented in a way that enables publication without further editing. 
  • The Evaluation team must be available for a presentation and discussion seminar of the final evaluation findings with Sida (to take place in Stockholm), PI, and selected members of PI’s Board of Trustees (and selected partner organisations). 


Quotation requirements
Interested consultants are requested to submit a proposal, not longer than 10 pages, covering both technical and financial areas, and should include the following: 

  • An Expression of Interest detailing interpretation of the TOR, an outline of proposed methodology to answer evaluation questions, including methods for any data collection. The chosen method should be described and justified. 
  • Detailed workplan or schedule for the evaluation with breakdown of activities and timeline. 
  • Financial quotation or proposed budget in GBP (inclusive of VAT and all costs, i.e. travel)

In addition, please provide the following with your quotation: 

  • Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs)
  • Two professional references (including one from a previous client) 
  • Examples of similar evaluations undertaken by the consultants 

Quotation/proposal must be submitted by close of business Saturday, 10 November 2018. For additional clarification and queries about the terms of reference, please email Ms. Joanna Oniszk at joannao@privacyinternational.org.

Technical and Financial proposals should be presented in writing and be addressed to: 
Privacy International

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Volunteering Opportunities

Postion Type
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 melissab@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