Digital Rights Programme Manager

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Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network is opening a call for the position of Digital Rights Programme Manager.

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network – BIRN Hub, is opening a call for the following position:

  • Digital Rights Programme Manager – with more than 5 years of relevant experience
    Location: Balkan region (Sarajevo or remotely)

We are offering the chance to work in a highly interactive and dynamic environment at one of the biggest media and NGO networks in the region. Due to the fast and continuing growth of our network and the implementation of various projects, we are looking for a hardworking, dedicated, motivated professional to join our ever-growing team.

The selected candidate will be responsible for leading, designing and implementing BIRN Digital Rights Programme that includes overseeing the production of reports and analysis dealing with the health of the digital ecosystem and the use of advanced technologies, capacity building efforts for journalists and civil society members and oversee grant implementation of local partners. He/she will be expected to work in accordance with BIRN’s professional reporting standards and be in daily communication with BIRN Regional Director, or authorised supervisor/s, who will assign duties as appropriate.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the analysis of the data obtained through digital rights monitoring in the region of Southeast and Central Europe and ensuring quality control
  • In cooperation with Digital Rights Researcher, coordination of the monitoring process, this includes: communication with monitors, Programme Manager and BIRN editorial team on verification of the cases filed.
  • Identifying issues and advocacy opportunities for influencing the development, application and regulation linked with digital rights.
  • Developing advocacy strategies and participating in the processes of building new partnerships (CSOs, experts’ groups, lawyers, think tanks, international organisations, journalists, etc.) on a regional and European level.
  • Commissioning and overseeing the writing of reports, op-eds, press releases, analysis, statements, policy recommendations and other materials to disseminate our monitoring findings and to contribute to BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme goals.
  • Develop proposals, strategies for the further development of the programme, including building relationships with donors
  • Communication with BIRN digital rights team members and with SEE Digital Rights Network members.
  • Traveling regionally and internationally, when needed, to conduct research, media work and advocacy.
  • Participating in the process of writing and developing new project proposals together with BIRN’s development team. 

In particular, we are interested in the following trends:

  • Freedom of expression online
  • Use of algorithms and the limitations they pose to freedom of expression
  • The spiralling force and implications of hate speech and discrimination in the digital environment
  • Digital security and phishing campaigns
  • Privacy and personal data breaches and (non)existent protection mechanisms
  • Surveillance policy and technology use in authoritarian regimes
  • Accountability of the big platforms and online safety of users
  • Information security breaches
  • Arrests for posting on social media and pressures over expression and activities on the internet
  • Blocking and filtering of content
  • Manipulation and propaganda in the digital environment
  • Machine learning algorithms, artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making processes

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Providing regular weekly, bi-weekly or monthly reports on performance in the period being reported, and the plan for the upcoming period;
  • Developing a network of sources within the field of coverage;
  • Maintaining appropriate contacts with experts (government, NGO and other officials), necessary to ensure fact checking of content;
  • Maintaining appropriate contacts with personnel of BIRN Regional Network, as well as all BIRN country offices and/or personnel, necessary to ensure correct execution of the above duties;
  • Helping the set up and subsequent maintenance of database of related contacts;
  • Carrying out any other duties that may reasonably or exceptionally be required to ensure the smooth operation of BIRN’s work, such as substituting for absent colleagues, etc.

Who can apply?

BIRN welcomes applications from anywhere in the world. BIRN encourages applicants no matter their gender and offers an equal chance to all interested persons without any prejudice based on any grounds.

How to apply? 

All interested candidates should fill out the online form on the following link no later than 5 of February 2022:

Selected candidates will be requested to send their CV and list of references.

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.