Digital Democracy Advisor

Chemonics International seeks a Digital Democracy Advisor for the anticipated $165 Million USAID Advancing Digital Democracy Activity. The goal of the Activity is to foster open, secure, and inclusive digital democracies in which data-driven technologies advance, rather than undermine, democratic values and respect for human rights. Given that digitalization cuts across all sectors, the Activity will achieve its goal by offering to support and strengthen country-level and global multi-stakeholder coalitions that can identify opportunities for productive engagement, leverage incentive structures, and create shared language for tackling the most pressing issues in the digital age. The Digital Democracy Advisor will provide strategic technical oversight to the overall activity and will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Party. The position will be based in Washington, D.C. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

Provides strategic advice to Activity stakeholders on digital policy and regulations, legal and regulatory frameworks, internet freedom, digital human rights, and digital safety across multiple geographic regions
  • Oversees research, evaluations, and assessments on rights-respecting approaches to technology development, design, and deployment
  • Provide technical assistance to build the capacity of relevant stakeholders to promote human-respecting approaches and prevent the misuse of technology and data for digital repression
  • Facilitate the formation and strengthening of local, regional, and global networks to advance common objectives for respect and protection for human rights across the digital ecosystem
  • Supports collaborative working relationships with USAID technical staff, strategic partners, and stakeholders, and continually promotes outstanding client service and technical leadership
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in relevant technical competency area
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience, demonstrating technical expertise in one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred:
    • Legal and regulatory frameworks related to technology, digital platforms, data privacy and protection, cybersecurity, human rights protections, and/or information
    • Promotion of rights-respecting technology and business models
    • Human rights monitoring, advocacy, and reporting
    • Civic engagement, including public information campaigns, to increase advocacy and community mobilization
  • Knowledge of USAID’s Digital Strategy and industry trends in cross-cutting disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with various counterparts, including USAID, government stakeholders, the private sector, academia, civil society, and technical experts on issues relating to digital democracy
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise staff, ensuring quality control of their responsibilities
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Fluency in English is required
Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and ‘Digital Democracy Advisor’ in the subject line to [email protected] no later than August 11th 2023. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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