The Campaigner’s primary responsibility is to passionately defend human rights in our increasingly digital world, and leverage the opportunity to strengthen the impact of Access Now’s campaigns, community engagement initiatives, and media outreach at local, regional, and global levels.
This regional campaigner role covers the entire Southeast Asia portfolio, paying particular attention to our growing work on Myanmar, and may also cover strategic projects across the broader Asia Pacific region as capacity allows. This is a new position with significant opportunity to demonstrate leadership, creativity, and growth – and there is potential to adapt this position to the role of Advocacy Manager – Asia-Pacific, for candidates with the appropriate level of experience and expertise.
The Campaigner is housed within the Advocacy team and reports through the Deputy Director – Advocacy. The Campaigner works closely with our global Advocacy team, the regional Policy and Helpline teams, and our #KeepItOn Lead, Business and Human Rights Lead, and UN Advocacy Officer, among others.
What you will do
- Identify opportunities for impact and develop campaign strategies to capture them, managing and coordinating actions to address human rights concerns for individuals and communities across the region
- Balance a portfolio of rapid-response and long-term projects that is both sustainable and scalable. This will include leading country-level initiatives connected to global Access Now campaigns like #KeepItOn, #WhyID, and #BanBS, as well as many others in furtherance of the organization’s global and regional strategies
- Produce engaging and dynamic content for a range of local and international audiences, including articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign materials, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content
- Coordinate in-depth rapid-response publications for Myanmar, in particular, and other priority countries to report on digital rights threats as they develop and to deliver resources to affected communities
- Expand our reach beyond the digital rights community, developing communities of action to impact decision makers, building an intersectional partner network, and connecting directly with the at-risk individuals we aim to serve, as well as media and other key stakeholders who can help advance our advocacy goals
- Participate in and organize events that facilitate coalition building, strategic partnerships, and direct connection with relevant decision makers
- Contribute to RightsCon programming and arrange meetings with regional stakeholders
- Work closely with other regional team members from Policy and the Digital Security Helpline to map strategic growth and opportunities for deepening our work in support of communities at serious risk throughout the region, and in response to regional developments that impact the global digital rights landscape
- Steward resources available for translation, design, and additional project-based support to deliver high-impact advocacy products in a sustainable workflow
- Coordinate work with regional counterparts and the Advocacy team by setting clear advocacy plans and priorities, monitoring progress, and proactively communicating as conditions change. This is a collaborative role that requires teamwork, consensus building, and mutual respect, including in decision-making processes around shared work
Skills, education, and mindset you will bring
You’re an advocate and movement builder. You have an instinctive knack for identifying and developing the strategies and partnerships needed to protect people who are using and being targeted by digital tools, and the global experience and outlook to do it right. You are also a creative and empathetic communicator who knows how to speak directly to and with the people whose rights are most at risk. You’re self-motivated, deeply invested in Access Now’s mission, and excited about collaborating with a diverse global team.
- Passion for our mission, with understanding of the unique challenges at-risk and marginalized communities are confronting, as well as familiarity with developments in technology and its impact on human rights
- Experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, and the proven ability to apply this capacity toward complex and concurrent goals
- Experience having worked for and with civil society organizations, particularly within the the Asia Pacific region
- Knowledge of the human rights and geopolitical environment, as well as nuances of culture and communication styles, in countries throughout the region
- Understanding of both the physical and digital threats human rights defenders are facing in the region, and a firm grasp of strategies for supporting them without putting them further at risk
- Proven capacity to design solution sets that achieve meaningful change in fluid and rapidly changing contexts
- Excellent persuasive writing and speaking skills, and the ability to distill complex issues into simple, compelling messages
- Excitement about continuous learning, trying new things, and being a member of a team
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, respond quickly to breaking news items, and effectively balance competing priorities
- Experience working with a distributed team, and effective project management and internal communication in that context
Fluency in English
- Working proficiency in another language relevant for the region, including but not limited to Burmese and/or another Myanmar language, Mandarin and/or Cantonese, or Bahasa (Melayu and/or Indonesia)
It is helpful to have:
- Basic knowledge in digital security best practices, or a comfort with learning new technologies and technical concepts
- Past experience with CMS and CRM systems
- Comfort with social media management tools, and a track record of success in using digital platforms to reach specific audiences
- Existing connections in the regional digital rights network, as well as the broader human rights and development space
This is a full-time position. While preference is for applications from individuals with work authorization in Singapore or the Philippines, we will consider other applications from within the region. The successful candidate must possess the right to work at the location in which they will be based. We are unable to sponsor visas or relocations for this role.
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Organisation: ARTICLE 19
Location: Singapore | the Philippines