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Charity People are thrilled to partner the fantastic Oak Foundation to find a Programme Officer to be responsible for the development of a new stream of grants within the programme’s strategy to address the production, packaging, and dissemination of malign content (including fake news, deep fakes, and disinformation).
Job Title: Programme Officer – International Human Rights Programme
Location: Homebased during current UK Government guidelines. One restrictions ease, open to WFH one day per week.
Reporting to: Director, International Human Rights Programme
Job Status: Full-time position / Permanent subject to satisfactory six-month probation
Salary: circa £46,000.- with benefits
Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
About the International Human Rights Programme
The International Human Rights Programme (IHRP) supports work aimed at protecting the fundamental rights of the individual. This includes efforts to secure accountability for gross human rights abuses, to protect and enable human rights defenders, to advance LGBTQI rights and to reduce arbitrary detention in a criminal justice and immigration context. The programme has a grant-making budget of $30 million per annum to support activist organisations in our key geographies (EU, USA, Russia, India, Myanmar, Brazil). We provide core, project, and seed funding in multi-year grants.
The IHR Programme is based in London and comprises a diverse team of a Director, five program officers, a program assistant, and a fellow.
About the PO position
Recent years have seen a marked deterioration in the quality and substance of political discourse. Human rights (and the liberal values underpinning our rules-based system) have come under sustained attack. These developments have rendered citizens susceptible to demagoguery and political manipulation, and nations easy quarry for potential autocrats.
The program officer will be responsible for the development of a new steam of grants within the programme’s strategy to address the production, packaging, and dissemination of malign content (including fake news, deep fakes, and disinformation). Grants will address:
* the means of content production, e.g., bots and artificial intelligence;
* the packaging, targeting and distribution of content including through data collection and exploitation, algorithmic curation; and microtargeting; and
* broader infrastructural challenges, namely platform regulation and internet shutdowns.
The PO will be responsible for the monitoring of a small cluster of technology – oriented legacy grants within the Ending Impunity portfolio. These grants all have a significant technology dimension, ranging from the technology led means of investigation and documentation of abuses to the aggregation and analysis of data concerning mass violations.
The Programme Officer works under the supervision of the Program Director. In that capacity they are expected to:
* Contribute to the development of the program’s strategic directions including through the (co)drafting of various submissions and reports to the Board;
* Contribute to the setting of program budgets and provides input on the internal allocation of funds;
* Develop new granting opportunities in line with strategic directions;
* Maintain primary responsibility for management of the grant portfolio (or part thereof) from point of initial inquiry to assessment and final recommendation to the President/Trustees/ Board;
* Conduct the monitoring and evaluation of grants including through the conduct of site visits;
* University Degree and at least 7-10 years relevant professional experience in human rights with a strong interest and knowledge of digital challenges to the information sphere (an advanced degree may substitute for 1-2 years of experience)
* Proven research and analytical skills and some management experience
* Understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Willingness to travel (approx. 20-25 per cent)
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* At ease using contemporary software (word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, email)
* A commitment to Oak’s organisational values.
How to apply
To find out more and apply, please contact Stuart Milliner at Charity People.
Charity People actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We match charity needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for the charities we work with.