Advocacy Officer

Privacy International
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 13

Position description

Salary: £36,000

Other information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension

Location: Clerkenwell, London

Role Purpose                        

The Advocacy Officer will play a leading role in the design and delivery of Privacy International's (PI) advocacy strategies. Working with the Advocacy and Policy team and relevant members of programme teams, the Officer will design and deliver core advocacy strategies, building relationships with key national and international decision makers and influencers, monitoring relevant policy and debates while identifying opportunities to engage in policy developments.

In particular, this role will focus on providing support and capacity development to multi-year and multi-partner projects falling under PI’s Global South programme which consists of engaging with CSOs and experts in the Global South through an innovative approach that sustains an international privacy movement while supporting complementary socio-economic and civic struggles at the national level.

Key Responsibilities

Organisational Strategy Development and Delivery 

  • Manage the development and implementation of advocacy strategies targeting decision-makers and actors of change in countries of engagement, but also amongst the wider international community;
  • Work within PI’s International Network to develop strategic interventions responding to changes in policy, developing advocacy strategies with stakeholder identification, messaging, and dissemination strategies in place;
  • Devise advocacy and dissemination plans for PI's research and investigation outputs, working closely with PI’s Research and Investigation Team and the Communications and Campaigns Team;
  • Lead and contribute to the development and implementation of policies identified together with the Team Leads and the Programme leads;
  • Work closely with PI’s Advocacy & Policy team to develop engagement strategies for human rights mechanisms and fora.

Capacity building and mobilisation 

  • Support to develop and contribute to implementation of the cross-organisation education strategy of Privacy International;
  • Develop and implement  capacity  building  activities and/or tools to support partners of the Privacy International Network to successfully advocate for the right to privacy, and to meaningfully engage within the advocacy and campaigning activities of the Privacy International Network;
  • Conduct needs assessment of partners of the Privacy International Network;
  • Develop and implement peer learning activities for partners of the Privacy International Network and other stakeholders on good practices related to legal, political and/or social change (e.g. legislation, public policy, implementation of laws and policies, social awareness, etc.)
  • Ensure strategic allies at the national and international level are equipped to sustainably engage;

Communications and alliance-building

  • Develop Privacy International's online network to become a central place for discussion and organisation across the Privacy International’s Network;
  • Responsible, alongside the Global South Programme Lead in developing, coordinating and strengthening PI’s International Network;
  • Represent PI to external audiences and stakeholders in promoting across PI's strategic programmes (Global South, Surveillance and Data Exploitation);
  • Working within PI’s Advocacy & Policy Team to oversee the development of the country-based analysis in collaboration with PI’s International Network (i.e. State of Privacy briefings);
  • Work closely with the PI’s Campaigns & Communications Team to develop strategic engagement with national and international media to promote the work of PI and its International Network;
  • Work with the PI’s Campaigns & Communications Team in developing new and innovative ways to present and disseminate PI’s content and policy positions;
  • Participate in relevant conferences, meetings, fundraising events, press conferences, and media interviews.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy strategies conducted by PI and its network of global partners, including through developing monitoring and evaluation plans, indicators and processes;
  • Support the Advocacy and Policy Team in the monitoring of the effectiveness, efficiency, quality and equality of the team’s work and to bring forward proposals for continuous improvement;
  • Work with team members, and other Programmes Leads, to deliver narrative and financial reports for donors;
  • Support internal and external strategy and project reviews and evaluations.



Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in law, human rights, political science or international relations, or equivalent experience. 
  • Extensive experience in advocacy, campaigning or strategic communications, in the Global South and/or within an international environment in partnership with stakeholders in the Global South.
  • Detailed knowledge of national and regional and international advocacy processes involved in human rights, particularly in relations to the Global South.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of privacy, data protection, and technology issues.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures, with or in Global South.
  • Experience in managing projects, monitoring and evaluating of impact, and managing the work of others.
  • Experience of working with and in small teams.
  • Experience of organising events and/or capacity-building workshops.
  • Experience of working in and/or with the national and/or international NGO sector.
  • Fluency in English and one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


  • 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.
  • Strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally very frequently.


  • Passion for technology and the role it plays in the governance and protection of human rights.
  • Experience of working with regional and international partners to deliver joint policy and advocacy projects.
  • Proven experience to conduct gender mainstreaming in M&E and learning strategy as well as programme design and implementation.
  • Competency to conduct gender-sensitive risk management.

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