Role: Network Coordinator
Application Deadline: 21st June 2021, 7am BST
Location: Any (online). While there is no set location for the role, at a minimum the consultant’s working day must overlap with the project team for at least two hours a day, two days a week, between the hours of 9am BST and 6pm BST.
Duration: 3 months. Start date: ideally 6th July 2021. Number of days dependent on daily rate.
Fee: Negotiable. The consultant is to provide their daily rate upon application.
Working Language: English
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Amnesty International is hiring a consultant coordinator to assist in the establishment and maintenance of a multi-actor network (including migrants rights, racial justice, and digital & privacy rights orgs at large) on human rights violations related to the deployment of data-driven surveillance technologies in the context of migration. The role will be working alongside the International Secretariat’s Refugee & Migrants’ Rights and Amnesty Tech teams.
The coordinator will be a part of a new project, commenced in January 2021, scoping and mapping trends related to the increasing deployment of AI and AI-adjacent surveillance technologies in refugee and migrant contexts, e.g. at borders, in camps and detention centres, and in cities.
The absence of sufficient safeguards and oversight within an ever-growing tech sector can allow technology to develop faster than interventions which protect against its misuse or mitigate potential harms. In response, Amnesty International seeks to establish a civil society network for the rights of refugees and migrants in the digital age– creating a space where representatives from across professions (e.g. researchers, campaigners, lawyers, technologists, AI experts, etc.) and fields (refugee and migrants rights, technology and human rights, racial justice, etc.) can come together to create the capacity to document and develop strategies which respond to tech-driven human rights violations in the context of migration, as and when they occur.
The coordinator will help the core team establish and maintain a responsive network of organizations, who will be collectively tasked with (among other activities to be determined by the network):
– Monitoring ongoing tech-related violations of refugees and migrants;
– Disseminating research and raising awareness of tech-related violations of refugees and migrants and other relevant developments, globally; and,
– Sharing best practices and building collective capacity in relation to investigating and responding to such violations and developments.
– Exploring potential joint action (advocacy, campaigning, etc.) to influence key targets to protect the rights of refugees and migrants against abusive development and use of technologies.
The coordinator will also help prepare for the first symposium of this network, to be held in the Autumn of 2021.
The consultant will work closely with the project team over a three-month period (July-September 2021). They will be responsible for:
• In consultation with the project team, creating a proposal for the design and structure of a self-sustaining civil society network.
• Supporting the creation of the network by establishing relationships with diverse stakeholders and developing effective communication channels.
• Coordinating the development of the network’s first virtual symposium including through structuring, soliciting and incorporating the feedback of network members in the development of the symposium’s objectives and agenda, and providing logistical and administrative support ahead of and during the event.
• Creation of a network concept note which enables Amnesty International to approach potential members
• Creation of a governance framework proposal for the establishment and running of the network
• Responding to feedback from potential network members and planning timely communications between Amnesty International and network members
• Creation of project plan for the delivery of the network’s virtual symposium
• Logistical arrangements for virtual symposium
• Administrative support
• Other ad hoc tasks as they arise
We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with:
• Strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of how to foster a community/network comprising stakeholders with varied expertise and diverse voices
• Strong and inclusive communication skills and experience of building relationships with a diverse range of actors
• Experience of working with CSO networks
• A proven commitment to consultative and inclusive ways of working
• Experience in designing and setting up a sustainable online network of organisations
• Experience of organizing workshops/symposia/conferences – especially in virtual spaces – including setting objectives, agenda design and development, consultation with relevant stakeholders, setting up online meeting space, capturing the main outcomes of discussions and providing effective follow up.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Knowledge of technology and human rights as well as refugees and migrants’ rights issues, and/or lived experiences of these issues
• Awareness of critical perspectives on artificial intelligence
• Fluency in other languages is an advantage
Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter (including daily rate) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the following in the email subject line: Network Coordinator Application. Submissions should be made by 7am BST on Wednesday the 30th June. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview during the weeks of 5th or 12th July. Ideally, the selected candidate will begin in their role on the 20th July. Data submitted by applicants will only be shared with the recruitment panel and will be removed from our systems upon the successful recruitment of a candidate.