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Digital Action

Digital Action is looking for a Policy Adviser on democracy and technology to guide the organisation’s pursuit of precedent-setting changes, to support our partners in developing shared, ambitious policy positions, and to build connections with those who drive change. 

The successful candidate can be based anywhere in a timezone that is Central European Time +/- 2 hours. 
Application Deadline: 5pm GMT, Monday 28th September.

Digital Action values diversity. We have developed a recruitment process that we hope will be inclusive, and we are constantly striving to learn and improve in this regard.

About Digital Action
For democracy to thrive, the digital world needs to be rebuilt so that people can form and contest ideas online, free from exploitation, manipulation, and harassment. 

We help partners build power around ideas to make this goal a reality.
There are many talented people who share this goal, but it will take sustained and complex collaboration to bring it about. 

Our contribution is not to be the experts or the spokespeople, but to unlock that collaboration so positive, precedent-setting ideas gain traction and civil society builds collective strength. We do this firstly by amplifying the voices of those experiencing the harmful effects of unaccountable tech companies. Secondly, we help partners (the civil society groups who work with us on campaigns) to develop and share good ideas for how the digital world can be reformed. Finally, we drive powerful collective campaign actions towards precedent-setting changes.

We challenge ourselves to see who is marginalised and centre their experiences. We are frank about how power is operating: who is it marginalising; where is it concentrating; how are we using our power?

The Role: Policy adviser - democracy and adtech
All of your responsibilities boil down to this, you play a central role in ensuring that Digital Action:

-Prioritises the pursuit of precedent-setting changes in how ad tech platforms are designed, built, and governed so everyone’s democratic rights are strengthened
-Supports partners - experts, advocates, academics, policy makers - in developing and articulating shared, ambitious policy ideas for how the online world can be reformed to strengthen democracy
-Builds connections with those who drive change in policy and practice, including civil society leaders, politicians, officials, journalists, and representatives of tech companies

Person specification:
-You understand the dilemmas of tech regulation as it relates to democratic processes, human rights and functioning markets, and how it impacts communities in different ways. You are open to different ways to navigate these dilemmas. 
-You’re excited about listening to a diversity of voices and leading them through a process of policy development towards highest-common denominator positions.
-You are adept at drafting compelling and digestible policy proposals and advocacy products in a way that coalitions of partners feel ownership of and can stand behind.  You know the difference between analysis and an ask that decision-makers can act on..
-You are not focused on presenting your own voice or getting the credit. More interesting for you is supporting the best combination of voices so that bold ideas for reform are acted upon. 
-You understand how change happens in how governments and companies are held to account – in the real world: you understand the dynamic and often informal ways in which decisions are made, and you have experience in engaging with these channels to deliver change. 
-You have relevant connections, ideally in the European Union institutions, but also in civil society, media, and academia
You are purpose-driven, not ego-driven: you recognise the power and privilege of working for social justice and democracy, and strive for the most transformative impact, no matter who gets the glory. Your commitment to the cause encompasses commitment to your own resilience and of those around you.
-You are a team player and you are self-sufficient: you take the initiative but you don’t chase the spotlight; you recognise that success and failure are shared, and you are enthusiastic about supporting colleagues to build their understanding of the issues.
-You are comfortable performing the full range of tasks necessary in a small organisation, including helping draft donor reports and organisational strategy documents, and skill-sharing with colleagues. 
-You bring people together: you have high emotional intelligence, and you have demonstrated it in building strategic collaborations and unlocking collective action
-You inspire the people who work around you, are generous with sharing your skills, experience and connections, and you have shown you can strengthen the leadership of those you work with or manage. 

-Your location: given that the majority of our current team is located in Ireland and the UK, you must be based in a timezone that is Central European Time +/- 2 hours.
-Travel: You must be willing to travel up to one week per month, mainly within Europe. (Local government advice will be applied to all travel decisions).
-Reporting: This role will report to the Deputy Executive Director and may have some line-management responsibilities.
-Salary range: We have a budget of $55-65,000 for this post. However, this must cover any hiring costs as well as local social contributions. We would hope to keep the hiring costs as low as possible so that we can offer the employee a favourable package of salary and benefits. The employment package for this role will include a pension contribution and 25 days of annual leave. You will also have access to an employee assistance programme, offering remote counselling and well-being support.
-Contract duration: 12 months. It may be extended, funding dependent.
-Digital Action is open to flexible working arrangements (including part time hours) and will provide you with the equipment you will need to work remotely. However, if you are based in Dublin or London, you will be able to share the co-working space along with your team members.

Application Process
-Please complete this application form. You will be asked to upload your CV. Your CV and your application will be scored separately and equal value will be given to each. 
-Digital Action wishes to collect anonymous data on all job applicants so that we can monitor levels of diversity objectively. To this end, we will ask all applicants to complete this Equality Monitoring form on an optional basis. 
-The application deadline is 5pm, GMT, Monday 28th September.
-It is anticipated that a first-round interview (including an exercise or presentation) as well as a second-round interview will be held as part of the process for this role. The first-round interviews are provisionally planned for the week commencing Monday 5th October and will be held via video-conference.
-If you have any queries, please email jobs@digitalaction.co
-This is Digital Action’s Candidate Privacy Policy.

Digital Action is a new project, with team members in Ireland, the UK, and Lebanon. We receive funding from Luminate and the Ford, MacArthur, Wallace and Open Societies Foundations, and are fiscally sponsored by the New Venture Fund.

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