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[liberationtech] Fwd: [GNI] GNI Seeks Policy and Communications Director

Cynthia Wong cynthia at
Tue Aug 2 11:45:55 PDT 2011

Apologies for any cross-postings.  Please pass on as appropriate.

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GNI Seeks Policy and Communications Director Posted: Jul 19, 2011

One year contract. Based in Washington DC, with domestic and  
international travel.

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative  
focused on protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy  
in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.  
Companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and  
press freedom groups) investors and academics are members of and  
actively engaged in the initiative.

The central pillars and key activities of the GNI include:

A framework for action rooted in international human rights standards  
and centered on high level Principles and Implementation Guidelines.  
This framework is designed to help companies make responsible and  
informed decisions regarding online privacy and expression
An independent accountability mechanism focused on the implementation  
of the GNI Principles and Implementations Guidelines by member  
companies. This includes public reporting and internal dialogue  
regarding implementation challenges
Board committees and collaborative workstreams focused on developing  
and strengthening GNI’s approach to shared learning and policy  
engagement, outreach and communications, governance and  
accountability, and other issues
Shared learning opportunities with both internal and external  
participants, designed to develop resources, strategies and other  
mechanisms to respond to complex and emerging issues in this space
Engagement with policymakers and other key stakeholders around the world

Position: In this newly created position, the primary responsibilities  
of the Policy and Communications Director would be to:

Formulate and articulate GNI’s policy positions in collaboration with  
the Executive Director and Board committees
Draft policy papers, reports, consultation responses and other pieces  
on the Internet and freedom of expression and privacy, including  
leading the creation of GNI’s annual report
Grow and manage GNI’s presence through varied communications  
activities, channels and venues, including development and  
coordination of GNI’s online presence, and the organization of  
meetings, conferences, learning calls and other events
Conduct research and policy analysis on issues relating to freedom of  
expression and privacy online
Facilitate the work of the Board and Board committees on policy,  
learning, outreach and communications

Qualifications: This position is applicable for people with at least 5  
years of relevant experience. An ideal candidate would demonstrate the  
Experience in internet/technology policy, human rights, and/or media  
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Comfort in multi-stakeholder settings working with diverse  
Nuanced understanding of and engagement in the new and social media  
space, including content development
Exceptional planning and organizational skills
Attention to detail, resourcefulness, and creativity
Self-motivation, personal accountability, and team-orientation
Graduate degree in a relevant field and interest in public policy  
related to human rights, business, and technology

ORGANIZATION: GNI is a newly incorporated non-profit organization and  
the position will require initiative, energy and comfort with a high  
degree of dynamism, autonomy and uncertainty.

COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience. GNI provides a  
benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, paid  
vacation, sick days and parental leave.

TO APPLY: Please send an email explaining your interest in GNI and  
freedom of expression and privacy online, along with a resume and  
short writing sample, to susanm@ The  
deadline for applications is Friday 12 August.




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