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Policy Associate for Human Rights, MENA

Posted: 23 Mar 2021 Closes: 22 Apr 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Competitive
Permanent & Full-time FBK_281700206667116

As part of Facebook's Africa, Middle East & Turkey Public Policy organization, the Human Rights AMET team is responsible for designing, developing and launching regional strategies that leverage the extraordinary reach of Facebook to promote positive human rights impact. The Policy Programs team serves as strategic partners to the public policy team to enable productive engagement with policy influencers and stakeholders while building equity with local communities. We are looking for a candidate to fill a hybrid role between Human Rights Public Policy and Policy Programs. For the Human Rights role, we are looking for someone who can build partnerships with the full complement of key stakeholders, including civil society, academics, government and other social impact stakeholders to mitigate human rights risk across the MENA region, with a focus on North Africa. You should have a clear understanding of relevant human rights issues, the policy challenges Facebook faces across the region related to human rights, ambitious and creative ideas about how to address them, and the ability to fearlessly execute. You should be highly strategic, organised and impact oriented and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. This position is full time and the location will be with London or Dubai.For the policy programs role, we are looking for someone who can work with the MENA Policy Programs Manager to run digital literacy programs across the region with a focus on women and adults. This will include identifying local partners who we can work with to run a series of scaled training programs designed to educate communities on how to navigate safely and responsibly on our platforms. This is a 12 month contract role.

Policy Associate for Human Rights, MENA Responsibilities

  • Identify, create and implement proactive strategies with key cross functional teams to address on and off platform human rights risk and create opportunities in addressing these strategies

  • Work closely with MENA public policy team & MENA Human Rights Manager on key escalations across MENA, ensuring we are working to mitigate human rights risks for our users

  • Map key human rights organisations & networks working in the digital space in MENA

  • Work with MENA public policy and functional leads to create and implement engagement strategies in key at risk countries in MENA (including events, partnerships, etc.)

  • Work in partnership with the wider AMET Public Policy team on the strategy for building relationships with civil society, academics, human rights defenders

  • Work closely with MENA Human Rights Manager to build and manage meaningful partnerships with key human rights organisations and networks across the region.

  • Develop key work streams and demonstrate excellent project management skills

  • Apply strategic thinking to the plan and implementation of projects.

  • Work closely with a variety of cross functional teams to deliver on objectives

  • Build coalitions to help advance and support key policy issues across human rights considerations.

  • Support the MENA Policy Programs lead in executing digital literacy programs across the MENA region

  • Help to identify local partners who we can work with to execute our programs

  • Align with SSA Digital Literacy lead to develop an AMET-wide approach to Digital Literacy programs, from implementation to impact measurement

  • Help to manage program output from partners once rolled out.

  • Capture key insights from program evaluation reports to help inform future digital literacy engagement

  • Assist in scoping opportunities to scale programs in new countries post initial launch

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience working with civil society and political systems/institutions in Africa, the Middle East or Turkey, particularly those related to human rights, free expression, social justice, women's rights, health access, LGBTQIA rights, peace building

  • Extremely strong experience designing and being responsible for implementing strategy through others, especially through cross-functional teams

  • Impeccable integrity, passion for human rights and social impact, sound judgment, creativity and the demonstrated ability to think critically and challenge received wisdom

  • Ability to think, plan, and execute resourcefully and creatively

  • Passion for technology and its power to address issues related to social impact and human rights, as well as a deep understanding of the ways that technology and social media platforms operate in the region.

  • Ability to travel frequently and extensively across the region

  • Passion for Facebook and its mission to make the world more open and connected

  • Superior written and oral communications skills

  • Arabic and French language proficiency a plus


About the Facebook company

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.

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