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Reference: 74948

Date Added: 13 March 2020
Closing Date: 30 March 2020

Job Title: Legal & Policy Officer

Working For: Big Brother Watch

Location: London

Salary: £27,000 - £32,000 depending on experience

Job Details

Post summary

This is an exciting position for an exceptional person with a legal, policy or digital rights campaigning background to work for one of the UK’s leading rights NGOs. In this role, you’ll lobby UK Parliament to further privacy, free expression & data protection rights; oversee some of the most important litigation on human rights & surveillance in Europe, including on facial recognition and mass interception; and lead public advocacy campaigns for change.

The focus of this role will initially be on our Stop Facial Recognition and End Digital Strip Searches campaigns. You’ll have opportunities to work across all our programs: data, rights & justice; freedom of expression online; policing & tech; suspcionless surveillance - and to specialise, as well as explore new priorities over time.

About you

We’re looking for highly skilled professional with a demonstrable passion for protecting civil liberties, especially privacy and freedom of expression, and a high level of interest in new and emerging tech.

Ideally, you’ll have 2+ years experience in a legal or policy capacity, or in a comparable environment that relied on your expertise on surveillance issues. You’ll be familiar with key litigation and policy issues in the area. You’ll also have excellent knowledge of British politics and UK parliamentary procedures. You’ll be a brilliant communicator, able to simplify complex technology issues and convey powerful messages whether in expert policy briefings or in live news interviews as a Big Brother Watch spokesperson. The ideal candidate will appreciate the importance of winning not only in courts of law but of public opinion, and have the skills to do both.

You’ll be at ease working on a strictly non-partisan, cross-party basis and grounding policy analysis in human rights and liberal principles.

You’ll be proactive in pitching policy, litigation and campaign ideas for the organisation to pursue within our work streams. You’ll also be proactive and in building relationships with partner organisations, experts and stakeholders. We’re looking for someone who is highly capable, self-motivated, flexible, diligent and able to work under pressure with an often competing workload.

If you’re committed to our mission, we’d like to hear from you.

Closing Date: 30 March 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Start date: ASAP

Interviews If you are successful, we will contact you by Wednesday 1st April.

First round interviews will be held on Friday 3rd April.

Application Details

First, download the job information pack for the job description & person specification: https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Legal-Policy-Officer-JD-Big-Brother-Watch.pdf 

Then, to apply please send

  • CV
  • Covering letter (1 page max)
  • Task: Buzzfeed recently revealed that facial recognition company Clearview AI has been used by 6 UK police forces. In 200 words, outline the key legal & policy issues raised. In 200 further words, outline what steps you'd take as Legal & Policy Officer at Big Brother Watch.

To recruitment@bigbrotherwatch.org.uk

Website: https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/

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