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Zambia: Digital Rights Specialist

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Internews Network and Internews Europe

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

The Digital Rights Specialist will offer technical assistance to Internews’ Zambia Open Spaces project partners and beneficiaries: media houses, civil society organizations, government institutions and parastatals, and local communities. The Digital Rights Specialist will lead, develop and implement activities promoting Digital Rights in the country: connectivity, data protection, privacy, cybercrime and cybersecurity, IT laws, AI, etc. This will include training, advocacy, roundtables, review and writing of legal documents, among other activities. They will collaborate closely with the Program Manager, the Digital Coordinator and occasionally the Chief of Party.

Day-to-day tasks:

Program Support:

  • In partnership with local stakeholders, develop strategies to promote digital rights in Zambia, and design activities to meet objectives.
  • Provide technical support to the project team, project partners and beneficiaries, and the Government of Zambia to promote digital rights that meet international standards in Zambia.
  • Lead the implementation of digital rights activities. This will include trainings, advocacy events and one-on-one engagements, roundtables, media campaigns, information and communication products, among other activities.
  • Support relevant Government Departments and Ministries with technical support for the review, adoption, and/or amendment of digital laws not currently aligned to international frameworks.
  • Publish policy briefs, position papers and advocacy materials to use in advocacy of digital rights.
  • Support and convene multi-stakeholder meeting of players in the digital space in Zambia.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Support the monitoring of project implementation, including but not limited to collecting documentation and data for evaluation and reporting.
  • In all duties, demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.

Communications and Outreach:

  • Contribute to the Digital Rights related media content of the Open Spaces project (produced by Internews trained journalists and local partners).
  • Support the project partners in their Digital Rights program outreach efforts.
  • Ensure that the Open Spaces project is represented in digital rights networks and forums.

Research, Documentation & Reporting:

  • Support research initiatives, including but not limited to collating resource materials and references.
  • Lead some research and publications as agreed with the Chief of Party.
  • Ensure timely and proper documentation of Digital Rights events,  including photos, videos, presentations, and written notes.
  • Assist in monitoring the Digital Rights activities of partners, collaborators, and networks.
  • Collect, compile and file materials related to Digital Rights training and other Open Spaces Zambia project related initiatives.
  • Support the preparation of narrative reports by providing the Digital Rights inputs.
  • Professional-level fluency in English.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree in media studies, law, social sciences, international human rights OR equivalent lived/professional experience.
  • Strong thematic expertise in Digital Rights (connectivity, data protection, privacy, cybercrime and cybersecurity, IT laws, AI, etc.) and journalist safety.
  • Experience in Digital Rights training, including experience developing training curriculum.
  • Experience with the selection and use of digital rights-related software (including secure communication tools) and equipment for individuals or organizations.
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and proven organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Practical experience in establishing and operating participatory training programs.
  • Must be self-reliant, resourceful, a good problem-solver, good-humored and flexible.

Note: Candidates who do not have these preferred qualifications, but are interested and willing to learn, are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience working in Africa and experience working on digital rights related issues in Africa a significant plus.
  • Experience with the administrative systems of international NGOs is preferred.

Internews Network is an EEO/AAP/OFCCP employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. Internews does not discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

This role is based in Internews’ country program office in Lusaka, Zambia.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.

This is a limited duration position, with an expected term of one year.

To apply, please click here.

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