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Policy Head of Human Rights, Africa Middle East & Turkey

Posted: 15 Mar 2021 Closes: 14 Apr 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1050319651

Facebook is looking for a Policy Head to lead our human rights and at risk country strategy across Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. The Policy Head of Human Rights will partner with his/her human rights team, with the Regional Directors and Heads as well as the wider cross-functional teams at Facebook to identify and mitigating human rights risk across the region, to build partnerships to advance human rights and address opportunities to amplify human rights with our products and platform. 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. We are looking for candidates 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. 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 must have the ability to rally colleagues from across the company to scale, run & measure the results of human rights impact assessments. You should be highly strategic, organised and impact oriented and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. This position can be located in London or Johannesburg and is a 12 month contract.

Policy Head of Human Rights, Africa Middle East & Turkey Responsibilities

  • Identify, monitor, and analyze policy issues affecting Facebook and related to human rights key markets across Africa, the Middle East and Turkey

  • Lead our human rights impact assessments process across the region

  • Identify, create and implement proactive strategies to address risk and create opportunities related to human rights

  • Work in partnership with the wider AMET Public Policy team on the strategy for building relationships with policy makers, civil society and academics

  • Build and manage meaningful partnerships with key human rights organizations across the region

  • Represent Facebook in meetings with key stakeholders

  • Work closely with global human rights director to feed into global strategy and create consistency of approach across the company

  • Collaborate with regional and XFN leads to ensure consistency in human rights risk approach across the region

  • Coordinate internal and external cross functional groups

Minimum Qualifications

  • Significant 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

  • Strong experience leading a team, in particular a geographically distributed team

  • Extensive experience with and demonstrated aptitude for people growth and development

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

  • Significant experience designing and implementing programs in/across Africa, the Middle East or Turkey

  • Ability to create and implement multiple projects and campaigns simultaneously

  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced, high-growth environment

  • 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

  • Ability to travel frequently and extensively across the region Fluency in English and at least one other additional language required (French or a regional language)

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

  • Superior written and oral communications skills

  • Fluency in English and at least one other additional language required (French or a regional language)


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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