Legislative Development Consultant

Avaaz

Legislative Development Consultant

(Short Term)

Avaaz

Anywhere in Europe

Period: 1-2 months (Jan-Feb 2020)

Avaaz is at the forefront of global anti-disinformation efforts to protect the world’s democracies from the proliferation of fake news. After a pilot project in Brazil, which saw Avaaz take down a huge Facebook disinformation network in the country, we launched an effort to protect European elections with an operation powered by big data, investigative journalism, and the strength of our network of 20 million members in the EU. The aim was to identify and debunk fake news, and to take down the biggest disinformation networks. Avaaz discovered and reported on disinformation in just seven EU countries that reached more than 750 million views in just the three months preceding elections.

Building on our reporting and on the broader efforts of government and civil society to highlight the dangers of disinformation, Avaaz is now preparing to push for anti-disinformation legislation at the EU level. We are seeking assistance to assess potential avenues for EU regulation, develop model legislation, prepare outreach materials, and assist Avaaz staff with advocacy strategy.

This is a short-term consultancy, and is not intended to lead to full-time employment - although Avaaz will always consider outstanding candidates for available positions.

Outputs

As a Legislative Development Consultant, you will be responsible for producing, in close collaboration with Avaaz staff:

  • An analysis of potential avenues for EU legislation on disinformation;
  • A polished model regulation, consistent with existing EU law and in conformity with EU legislative drafting practices;
  • Outreach materials for Commissioners, MEPs, and other key stakeholders; and
  • Condensed versions of the model.

Depending on aptitude and interest, you may also assist Avaaz staff with developing advocacy strategies, including identifying key targets and formulating plans to win them over.

Qualifications

This is a demanding role that requires remarkable talent in a wide range of areas. The ideal candidate will have a good cross-section of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience of handling legislative drafting and/or legislative advocacy at the European Union;
  • Knowledge of EU law, with a special focus on the regulation of media and digital service providers;
  • Membership in good standing of a bar association (in any jurisdiction);
  • A proven record of accomplishment in developing legislation;
  • Experience working with civil society; and
  • High-level understanding of social media platforms.

General skills

  • Strong project and staff management skills;
  • Excellent judgement and decision-making abilities;
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture and a hierarchical team structure;
  • Strong strategic, creative, and innovative thinking;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Passion for and commitment to freedom of speech, the fight against corruption, citizen empowerment and social change;
  • High professionalism, self-motivation, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.

We hope for a blend of these criteria but will consider qualified candidates who may not meet all of them.

Fluency in English is a requirement. Additional EU languages are an asset.

Location: Based in the EU - preferably in Brussels or available to travel there frequently.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary varies with location and experience, but is highly competitive with leading non-governmental organisations.

This position reports to an Avaaz staffer.

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