Digital Programme Officer

from Article 19
Closing date: 03 Nov 2019


ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured.

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities.


The Digital Programme Officer (PO) will be responsible for implementing ARTICLE 19’s work on freedom of expression and access to information in internet protocols and technical standards at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The PO will carry out the ongoing development, planning, resourcing, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the activities they are responsible for. The PO will build strategic relationships, manage project finances and write internal and donor reports. The PO also contributes to wider policy discussion and campaigns, as well as cross-learning and collaboration with other regional and thematic programmes.


Project Management and Implementation:

  • Participate in key decision-making processes of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), including sector conferences, study group meetings, and open consultations.
  • Advise and lead negotiations on human rights issues at the ITU as part of a Member State delegation.
  • Brief and engage government and private sector actors on issues of human rights at the ITU.
  • Coordinate and support civil society joint strategic activities for ITU engagement.
  • Maintain regular contact with other partners and external actors.
  • Work with internal ARTICLE 19 stakeholders including the Communications and Campaigns Team, Projects Team, Finance Team, and Regional Offices to support a collaborative approach to delivering ARTICLE 19’s global digital work.
  • When relevant, support the development of substantive projects for the Digital Team in accordance with ARTICLE 19 global and regional strategies.

Finance and Administration:

  • Support the grant administration requirements for the Digital Team’s grants, including narrative and financial reporting to donor specifications, in conjunction with the ARTICLE 19 Projects, Finance and M&E officers.
  • Support the financial, logistical and administrative aspects, which critically underlie the programme, as required.
  • Support the development of funding proposals as requested by the Head of Digital.

Communications and Campaigns:

  • Contribute to instalments of the ITU Briefing Series.
  • Write external publications, blog posts, op-eds and statements on topics strategically identified by the Digital Team.
  • Comment on and contribute to the publications of others on the Digital Team and in the larger organisation.
  • Support the production of reports, blogs, articles and other outputs covering internet governance issues for ARTICLE 19 publications and website, in collaboration with the Communications & Campaigns Team.


  • Undertake duties commensurate with the role as may reasonably be assigned by the Head of Digital.
  • Support the mentorship of Internet of Rights Fellows, when relevant.
  • Contribute to maintenance and development of Team Digital’s remote repository and contribute to the improvement of our information systems for institutional memory and learning.
  • Produce timely and compliant internal reporting and monitoring and evaluation, as per internal schedules, but also ad hoc, as necessary.



Education and Knowledge:

  • Educated to degree standard in law, social sciences, international relations and global governance, computer science, or another relevant subject.
  • Knowledge of Internet governance standards, processes and institutions.
  • Knowledge of the intersections between human rights and Internet governance.
  • Knowledge of standard financial reporting requirements for government and foundation grants, particularly in the US.

Work Experience:

  • Previous experience working for a human rights/development organisation or academia.
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights, e.g. through previous work, membership of an organization, involvement in advocacy of human rights, etc.
  • Substantive experience drafting written materials and writing and/or editing materials for publication.
  • Experience working in an office environment or assisting in field research required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research and analytical skills and outstanding written skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a helpful and personable attitude.
  • Ability to study and process both technical and human rights material.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and work under pressure with strong planning and organizing skills are required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; other relevant languages other than English desirable.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to draft and proof-read research, communication, report materials.
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills and familiarity with document editing software, preferably free and open source software.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision but knowing when to seek assistance.


  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural work environment and with a commitment to non-discrimination and equal opportunities.
  • Demonstrative sensitivity and understanding in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively as part of an International remote team.
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly for ITU meetings, conferences and forums, and internal meetings.

Application deadline is 3rd November 2019.

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