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Digi­tal Free­dom Fund (Stif­tung) - Digital Rights NGO

The Digital Free­dom Fund (DFF) works to advance digital rights through stra­tegic lit­ig­a­tion in Europe. We do this through grants to sup­port the legal, advocacy, research, and other costs involved in lit­ig­a­tion; through facil­it­at­ing lit­ig­at­ors’ access to pro­bono legal sup­port; and through facil­it­at­ing skill devel­op­ment and net­work­ing in the digital rights field.

Work­ing Stu­dent for pro­ject "Decol­on­ising the Digital Rights Field"

Do you want to sup­port the pro­mo­tion of digital rights? DFF is seek­ing a Stu­dent Con­sult­ant to sup­port the plan­ning of meet­ings, doc­u­ment and note tak­ing, con­duct ad hoc research, and assist with the devel­op­ment of a pro­posal for the design pro­cess.

Work­ing field:

The digital rights field in its cur­rent form shows a clear under­rep­res­ent­a­tion –if not total absence –of a num­ber of con­stitu­en­cies such as minor­ity groups,those with dis­ab­il­it­ies, and the LGB­TQI+ com­munity.More gen­er­ally,an inter­sec­tional approach to digital rights issues is lack­ing. This is an alarm­ing situ­ation: the digital rights field can­not prop­erly serve its “watch­dog” func­tion of pro­tect­ing human rights for all in online and net­worked spaces if its com­pos­i­tion causes it to have too many blind spots. DFF wants to help set in motion a decol­on­ising pro­cess to help change this in a way that goes bey­ond token­ism and can bring about struc­tural change.

This is a longer-term pro­cess that requires a tiered approach. Through Octo­ber 2020, DFF will com­mence with an ini­tial scop­ing phase to con­sult rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers for their views on what a mean­ing­ful decol­on­ising pro­cess of the digital rights field would look like. The activ­it­ies dur­ing this phase con­sist of a series of con­sulta­tion meet­ings, fol­lowed by an informal plan­ning meet­ing in the fall. These activ­it­ies will res­ult in a pro­posal for a design pro­cess, sched­uled for 2021, for the devel­op­ment of a 3-year strategy to start an inti­tial decol­on­ising pro­cess for the digital rights field in Europe in 2022


DFF is seek­ing a Work­ing Stu­dent / Stu­dent Con­sult­ant to sup­port the plan­ning of meet­ings, take care of doc­u­ment­a­tion and note­tak­ing, con­duct ad hoc research, and assist with the devel­op­ment of a pro­posal for the design pro­cess. The pos­i­tion will run through 2020 and the Stu­dent will work dir­ectly with the Dir­ector.

The Stu­dent Con­sult­ant’s time will be fully ded­ic­ated to sup­port­ing the smooth run­ning of the pro­ject, includ­ing through the fol­low­ing tasks:

  • Assist­ing in the plan­ning of con­sulta­tion meet­ings and a final con­sulta­tion meet­ing, includ­ing the iden­ti­fic­a­tion of rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers, cap­tur­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the con­tent and out­comes and, where required, the pre­par­a­tion of inform­a­tion for par­ti­cipants and coordin­a­tion of logist­ics;
  • Con­duct­ing ad hoc research as required;
  • Assist­ing in the external com­mu­nic­a­tion about the pro­ject;
  • Assist­ing in the con­cep­tu­al­isa­tion and draft­ing of a pro­posal for a design pro­cess for a decol­on­ising pro­gramme.

Can­did­ate pro­file

  • Cur­rently enrolled in (or a recent gradu­ate from) a Bach­elor’s or Mas­ter’s degree in human rights, law, social sci­ence, polit­ical sci­ence or another rel­ev­ant field;
  • A strong motiv­a­tion and work-ethic, ded­ic­a­tion to human rights and equal­ity issues in par­tic­u­lar, and a desire and will­ing­ness to learn;
  • Able to work effect­ively both as a team mem­ber and inde­pend­ently, with a high-level of self-motiv­a­tion and abil­ity to set and meet goals;
  • Excel­lent writ­ten, verbal, organ­isa­tional, and inter­per­sonal skills in Eng­lish; atten­tion to detail essen­tial;
  • Exper­i­ence con­duct­ing inde­pend­ent legal and/or fac­tual research in a pro­fes­sional con­text;
  • Exper­i­ence in organ­ising and tak­ing end respons­ib­il­ity for meet­ings and small events;
  • Exper­i­ence work­ing on pro­jects from a “diversity and inclu­sion” per­spect­ive a strong asset;
  • Know­ledge of key organ­isa­tions and net­works act­ive in the field of digital rights a plus;
  • Will­ing­ness to occa­sion­ally travel inter­na­tion­ally

What we of­fer:

The pos­i­tion is for two days per week plus addi­tional days for draft­ing the pro­posal at the end of the pro­ject. For stu­dents cur­rently enrolled at a Ger­man uni­versity, the pos­i­tion can be taken on as part-time stu­dent employ­ment allowed under Ger­man law. For recent gradu­ates, you must have work per­mis­sion for Ger­many.

How to ap­ply:

Please send the fol­low­ing to with "DFF Stu­dent Con­sult­ant Decol­on­ising Pro­cess" in the sub­ject line:

  • State­ment of motiv­a­tion(1 page)
  • CV(2 pages)
  • A writ­ing sample (1-2 pages)
  • Names of two pro­fes­sional ref­er­ences
Ref­er­ences will not be con­tac­ted without prior approval of the applic­ant.

Dead­line for applic­a­tions is 14 Feb­ru­ary with a pre­ferred start date of March 2020.