Digital Safety Specialist

Access Now
  • Location
    Manila, Philippines
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

Access Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, legal interventions and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.

The Access Now Digital Security Helpline is a globally distributed team that provides 24/7 incident response, digital security advice, and implementation support for civil society around the world. We offer real-time, direct technical assistance and advice to civil society groups & activists, media organizations, journalists & bloggers, and human rights defenders. 

About the Role 

As Digital Safety Specialist you will be part of a global team responsible for providing digital safety advice and support for civil society groups at-risk around the world, both in-person and remotely. You will assist at-risk users in responding to incidents via various communications methods such as email, chat and video. Occasionally, you will also provide in-person support through workshops, training, and audits. This role will report to the Manila Shift Lead and Access Now’s senior Helpline managers as appropriate. 

This is a full time position supporting our Asia region, and is based in Manila. Expected working hours will generally be from 8 a.m. UTC +8 to 4 p.m. UTC +8, with occasional meetings outside of business hours. 


This role is an entry level position, perfect for a quick learner who is excited by Access Now’s mission and is eager to provide amazing advice and service to human rights defenders in Asia and around the world! We’re looking for an individual who is well organized, has sensitive communication skills and an unshakable integrity and personal ethics. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Interest in, or prior experience working with women and/or queer communities, civil society, and Human Rights defender organizations in the region
  • Fluency (strong written and verbal communications) in English is essential; applicants who can speak and write in an additional language are at an advantage
  • Experience working in computer incident response or customer support escalation teams
  • Ability to work on a flexible, shift schedule
  • Technical understanding of the internet, and the digital threats faced by victims of human rights abuse and human rights activists and defenders
  • Willingness to travel on occasion
  • Interest in training and user education
  • Strong cultural understanding and experience across the region
  • Technical skills, including troubleshooting & familiarity with Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, and Linux-based operating systems
  • Familiarity with anonymity and circumvention tools, security technologies, risk assessment frameworks

A level of education that, when combined with your professional experience, will show you have the capability to contribute meaningfully to the Access Now Digital Security Helpline and the users we support. Candidates who have relevant academic degrees (Master degree, Engineering degree) or security certifications (Security+ and similar) are encouraged to apply; this is a plus – not a requirement. 

We do not expect applicants to have every qualification described above. We expect this Team Member to grow into their role, and to also make it their own. Women and LGBTQI individuals are encouraged to apply. We are keen to receive applications from people who consider themselves under-represented in the security and/or technology communities — even if they feel they meet only some of the qualifications.

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