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Function of the position:
This is a full-time professional position within the Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA). The position is US-based, with overseas travel up to 20% time (as COVID-related travel restrictions ease). Reporting to the Director, Partnerships and Insights, this position will be responsible for providing business development and technical advisory to DAI projects and CDA clients on issues related to digital policy, including but not limited to internet governance, global digital and cybersecurity strategies, smart city initiatives, information integrity and internet freedom. S/he will work directly with projects and potential and current CDA clients to design and develop digital policy programming and activities, serve as an advisor and subject matter expert to CDA clients and DAI colleagues, and work with members of CDA’s management team to drive CDA’s digital policy portfolio and thought leadership agenda. S/he will substantively support CDA’s digital policy-oriented new business efforts through research, writing, thought leadership, and conference attendance.
Roles and responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Digital Policy Specialist II/Senior Digital Policy Specialist will be to support the Center for Digital Acceleration, including leading and supporting new business efforts, developing technical solutions, knowledge management, and product development, with a primary objective of demonstrating DAI’s thought and technical leadership and increasing sales and marketing.
- Provide technical direction and thought leadership to CDA on digital policy and related issues, such as: national digital inclusion and/or cybersecurity strategy and policy development, data privacy policies, 5G strategies and regulatory policy, international data sharing norms, smart city policies, sector-specific digital strategies, and information integrity/content moderation policies and legislation;
- Provide technical assistance to DAI clients and projects on issues related to drafting of digital policy and/or internet freedom strategies and policies across sectors or monitoring digital geopolitical trends;
- Work with CDA senior management to structure a research and learning agenda to support innovation and thought leadership digital policy issues around the world and cultivate a network of partners and consultants globally on behalf of DAI.
Business Development and Growth
- Engages new clients for DAI including private sector clients and non-traditional, non-USAID clients who are leading efforts to promote an inclusive, rights-oriented digital policy agenda;
- Identify and help position DAI to become a leading provider of technical assistance in digital policy and related issues, such as: national digital inclusion and/or cybersecurity strategy and policy development, data privacy policies, 5G strategies and regulatory policy, international data sharing norms, smart city policies, sector-specific digital strategies, and information integrity/content moderation policies and legislation;
- Develop and test innovative approaches as reflected in winning proposals that will put DAI at the forefront of digital policy providers;
- Serves as champion and/or lead writer on bids;
- Actively identifies new opportunities with new clients in collaboration with CDA Management team;
- Lead CDA’s communications, knowledge and market research on digital policy including but not limited to geopolitical trends, global/country-specific privacy legislation and frameworks, and cross-border data sharing and protection norms.
- Grade 9 : Minimum of 7 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree in public policy or administration, international relations, political science, or other relevant field; or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience and a Master’s degree in the fields listed above;
- Grade 10 : Minimum of 9 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree in public policy or administration, international relations, political science, or other relevant field; or a minimum of 7 years of professional experience and a Master’s degree in the fields listed above;
- At least five years of experience working on digital or internet freedom policy issues
- Experience serving in a technical leadership position, including minimum five years of experience contributing to the technical aspects of donor-funded digital programs;
- Experience directly implementing digital policy programming in Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, Africa or Asia on a donor-funded or public-sector project;
- Experience working alongside government counterparts and other key stakeholders in the U.S, Europe, Latin America, Africa or Asia to implement complex digital programs that focus on digital policy issues;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to prioritize workload and manage client or partnerrelationships;
- Exceptional writing and communication skills;
- Knowledge of global digital policy trends and key influencers.
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