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.
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.
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 email@example.com with "DFF Student Consultant Decolonising Process" in the subject line:
Statement of motivation(1 page)
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.