Access Info Europe, an international human rights organisation specialising in the right of access to information, based in Madrid, is looking for a researcher and campaigner to work on projects to promote the right of access to information across Europe, both at the national and EU levels.
This is position is for someone who already has relevant work experience, particularly in the fields of democratisation, governance, and human rights work.
The successful candidate will engage in the full range of Access Info Europe’s advocacy activities, with responsibilities including managing projects and campaigns, conducting research and analysis, developing advocacy materials, working with partners across Europe and globally, meeting with representatives of governments and inter-governmental organisations, and making public presentations about the organisation. The position involves moderate amounts of travel, primarily in Europe.
The position is full time to start as soon as possible. Salary to be negotiated according to levels of skills and experience. NB: This position is based in Madrid. Access Info Europe does not, unfortunately, have funds available to cover any relocation expenses.
More about Access Info Europe
Access Info has a focus on advancing the right of access to information in Europe. We were founded in 2006 to meet a need for a European region organisation dedicated to promoting this right.
There is also a global dimension to Access Info’s work, as we work on standards and campaigning with communities active in the areas that include the right to information, open data, open government, anti-corruption, lobby transparency and corporate transparency. We work closely with global movements working on participation, anti-corruption and accountability, and transparency in international development.
Current priority focus areas for Access Info include promoting access to decision-making information in practice, continuing to promote a strong legal framework for the right of access to information and the EU and national levels, campaigning for lobby transparency, and campaigning for greater corporate transparency with a focus on company ownership.
We conduct research into a number of areas related to the right of access to information. We have a current focus on how to balance privacy and the right to information. We have also just completed Europe-wide research into data on migration detention as part of our human rights programme.
Access Info Europe takes a strategic litigation approach to defending the right of access to information and, working with pro bono lawyers, we regularly undertake appeals and litigation to challenge refusals to release information. We have won one important case against the EU on the right of access to documents as well as having secured information at the national level as a result of appeals.
Access Info Europe provides support and strategic guidance to partner organisations on research projects and conducts training, in particular for journalists as well as for civil society activists.
- Comprehensive substantive knowledge of the areas in which Access Info Europe works as described above.
- Strong analytical skills, including experience of analysis of research findings and proven ability to analyse political contexts and to identify advocacy opportunities.
- Excellent communication skills – to include interpersonal skills, strong written communication, and the ability to give public presentations and to lead training sessions.
- Campaigning experience, with ability to demonstrate experience of developing and implementing advocacy campaigns.
- Fluent English both oral and written to near-native level.
- Strong writing skills in English with proven ability to produce clear, concise texts in short time-frames.
- Knowledge of Spanish; ability to understand and process texts written in Spanish.
- Experience of writing and editing news texts for websites, press releases, and texts for use in multiple social media.
- Project management experience, including managing relationships with partners and external suppliers, travel logistics and event organisation, preparation and management of budgets.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the current European governance and political context from the perspective of democratisation, good governance, human rights, and social and economic justice.
- Familiarity with relevant legal frameworks and confidence working with laws and legal concepts is essential, although formal legal education is not required.
- IT competence with solid e-mail, word-processing and spreadsheet software experience.
- Good team player with a readiness to work as part of a small, dynamic team, and to join in and do a bit of everything when required.
- Specific knowledge of the worlds of transparency, right to information, open data, and related areas in which Access Info works.
- Fluency in Spanish desirable. Knowledge of French and other European languages an asset.
- Academic study in areas such as human rights, law, international relations, journalism, economics, politics, sociology
- Experience of working in/withcivil society organisations, campaign groups, think tanks, and/or relevant positions in international organisations or public institutions.
Interested candidates should send a short cover letter expressing interest in applying and a CV to
. Please send applications as soon as possible as we are looking to recruit as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the position, feel free to drop an email to that same e-mail address. There is currently no deadline but ideally the successful candidate would start work in September or at latest October 2015.