Senior Policy Manager – EU/Multilateral

Role

5Rights Foundation is seeking to recruit a senior policy analyst and manager to engage with international policy-makers and regulators to deliver policies, laws, standards and tools for the implementation and enforcement of children’s rights in the digital environment.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic individual with a legal, regulatory or policy background to play a central role delivering practical change for children, as part of a small organisation that has a reputation for expertise and a strong track record of both setting the agenda and following policy through to implementation and enforcement.

Working within the international advocacy team, the Senior Policy Manager will provide top-notch analysis and lead and participate in negotiations and expert working groups for the development of implementing policy and legislation, guidelines, technical standards and codes of conduct.

Team

The International Advocacy Team works to advance 5Rights’ goals around the world, through engagement with policy makers and regulators, working with partners and managing coalitions, and communications. The core areas of focus are the EU institutions, the USA, and multilateral organisations including the UN, OECD, Council of Europe and African Union.

Key Responsibilities

The core responsibilities and tasks of the position are:

  • Legal regulatory analysis
    • Scanning/reading/analysing in depth and interpreting regulatory/statutory text;
    • Identifying key opportunities/risks based on projected impact;
    • Drafting briefings and position papers in view of 5Rights’ goals and established positions.
  • Political representation
    • Representing 5Rights and advocating for our goals and established positions in regulatory fora;
    • Analysing and understanding motivations, interests, positions and pressure points of key stakeholders;
    • Grasping power dynamics, scenario planning and identifying paths to success;
    • Managing both process and politics to deliver.

Person Specification

This is a highly challenging and rewarding position for a senior professional with (at least most of the following attributes):

  • A sharp mind and pen for succinct regulatory analysis;
  • A meticulous eye for detail and ability to craft and manipulate legal language (at least in English);
  • A keen sense of politics and knack for strategic negotiation and timing;
  • The imagination and curiosity to put forward new and inventive ways to solve problems without compromising on core goals;
  • The reliability, patience and relentless focus required to get complex deliverables over the line;
  • The interpersonal, communication and leadership skills (including humility and self-confidence) to build consensus within groups and lasting positive relationships;
  • Strong prioritisation and organisation skills to manage various processes and pieces of work in parallel;
  • A can-do, action and solution-oriented attitude;
  • Self-motivation and drive to work independently and cohesively within a remote team;
  • The commitment, energy and enthusiasm to deliver on 5Rights’ ambitious mission.

The following attributes are highly desirable but not essential:

  • Knowledge and experience of EU/multilateral negotiations;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the policy fields of child rights, digital and/or data protection;
  • Experience of legal, regulatory or technical standards drafting.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills though substantial professional experience and a track record of delivering in an international or multicultural context.

About 5Rights

5Rights Foundation is a policy and advocacy organisation that works towards realising enforceable, statutory regulation and positive change across technology products and services to protect the rights and welfare of children and young people online.We exist to build the digital world that young people deserve, allowing them to engage online creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

Our small team works globally for real-world impact on behalf of and with young people, pioneering change in how the digital world works, through shaping legislation, regulatory frameworks, and industry standards.

5Rights has been a pioneer for children’s rights in the digital world, across our 3 goals:

  • Global standards for children’s data protection:  we supported the development and introduction of the Age-Appropriate Design Code in the UK, which has already had an impact on how digital services treat children and is inspiring similar efforts in other jurisdictions. We sponsored a similar Code in California.
  • Child-Centred Design:  our work ranges from ground-breaking research into how design of digital services puts children at risk to supporting the creation of a new international industry standard for child-centred design. We advocate intensively for requirements for high standards of safety, privacy and security by design and default in key regional and national legislation.
  • Children’s Rights:  we worked with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to draft and see adopted a new international agreement that makes explicit - for the first time - that children’s rights apply in the digital world. We have published a Toolkit for making this goal a reality, endorsed by organisations and leaders from around the world.

Practical Details

  • Location: Remote position with Brussels-based preferred but not critical. Some international travel required
  • Salary: €2800-€3800 net/month for a Brussels-based candidate, dependent on experience
  • Working hours: Full time, with some accommodation necessary for work across time-zones
  • Statutory pension contribution
  • No immediate line management responsibility
  • Work equipment including a laptop will be provided
  • Starting date: asap
  • Reporting line: International Advocacy Director, based in Brussels

5Rights values diversity and we strongly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for this role. We aim for our recruitment to be inclusive and equitable, and we strive to constantly learn and improve in this regard. Feel free to share your views and suggestions on how we could improve our approach with us via email to admin@5rightsfoundation.com.

How To Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to applications@5rightsfoundation.com, by latest 10 October 2022. Please include in your email where you heard about this role. We encourage early applications as we might invite strong candidates to interview ahead of the application closing date.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task as part of our recruitment approach. The task will take 1-2 hours.

Initial interviews will be held over Zoom.