AlgorithmWatch is looking for a Policy & Advocacy Manager

+++ New deadline for applications +++ Are you dedicated to securing fundamental rights and strengthening the common good when it comes to the use of algorithmic systems? You are passionate about building coalitions, developing positions and advocating for them? Then we are looking forward to your application!
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Do you want to contribute to one of the most important social issues of our time and do so as part of a motivated team?

  • 30-40 h per week
  • 42.000 to 48.000 € gross salary (on full-time basis, for details see further down)
  • New Deadline for applications: 16 March 2022 at 12 noon CEST
  • Desired starting date: 1 April 2022

AlgorithmWatch is the leading civil society organization in the field of social impact of automated decision-making (ADM) and AI-based systems. Taking an evidence-based advocacy approach, our goal is to ensure that the use of ADM-systems benefits both individuals and society, rather than harm them. Learn more about our work.

Your Role

The purpose of your role is to strengthen AlgorithmWatch's work on the governance of automated decision-making (ADM) / AI-based systems, with a focus on our activities in Germany.

  • As Policy and Advocacy Manager, you co-develop and implement our overall policy and advocacy strategy in close collaboration with our policy team and at the intersection with our campaigning, projects and research activities.
  • You are responsible for our policy work in Germany, including the F5 coalition and the Digital Autonomy Hub.
  • You develop evidence-based policy positions in collaboration with our team, internal and external partners.
  • You identify key forums and processes where AlgorithmWatch’s policy interventions would have a particular impact, and advocate for our positions vis-à-vis decision makers, especially government and parliament, public administration, the private sector, and the general public – in writing as well as in person.
  • You build and intensify coalitions with like-minded organizations.
  • You actively identify opportunities for translating our policy recommendations into campaigning activities addressed at the general public.
  • You develop strategies to collaborate with communities particularly affected by the use of ADM / AI-based systems.
  • You work in a growing team of policy experts to expand these activities.

What you bring to the role

This is in no way intended as a list of requirements candidates must meet to be eligible. All items on the list are optional, except for the first two.

  • You have two years of experience in policy and advocacy work focused on tech and digital issues OR in other fields of social justice (but have a particular interest in digital issues).
  • You speak German and English fluently.
  • Your oral and written communication in both languages is persuasive across a variety of formats, from policy papers to social media posts.
  • You work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people and have a self-directed spirit.
  • Your organizational and multitasking skills are solid, with an ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment.
  • You have good knowledge of relevant German institutions and legislative processes, and practical experience in working with policy makers, the research community, and civil society organizations.
  • Your political judgment and strategic thinking are excellent, and you are able to develop and carry out innovative advocacy and campaigning strategies.
  • You have a network of contacts in one or more of these fields.
  • You have experience in community outreach.
  • You feel comfortable about speaking in public (or are open to learn how to do so) and getting in touch with people. 
  • You are willing to travel to conferences and other events (max. three days, limited number of occasions).

What we offer

  • You work at one of the most interesting and influential civil society organizations in the field, with a network of diverse and leading civil society partners, academics, and policy makers.
  • You enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility and report to the Head of Policy & Advocacy.
  • You work in an organization with a multi-disciplinary and growing team of diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues and an open and appreciative work culture.
  • A workplace in the heart of Berlin.
  • 30 days of vacation.
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours and home office arrangements
  • Full medical coverage (more info).
  • Pension contributions (more info).
  • An initial 2-year part-time or full-time contract with 30 – 40 hours/week.
  • Between 42.000 to 48.000 Euros gross annual salary (full-time equivalent), commensurate with experience (information about how gross salary and net income in Germany are calculated and how this compares to other countries).
  • Opportunities for on-the-job training.
  • Well-being support.


AlgorithmWatch is committed to equal treatment and equal opportunity in every aspect of our hiring process. Therefore, we strive to have a diverse team that is representative of society. We believe that a diversity of perspectives on the team is essential for the task of adequately researching and controlling algorithmic systems. We encourage applications from people who experience discrimination, as well as people with migration or refugee biographies.

Please send us

  • a short cover letter and your CV (German or English, NO PHOTO).
  • 2 samples of your work – a policy document, position paper, campaign website, press release or similar – accompanied by a brief explanation of your role in its creation
  • Application deadline: 16 March 2022 at 12 noon CEST. We will invite applicants for interviews on a rolling basis from February.

If you have any questions, Angela Müller, Head of Policy & Advocacy, will be happy to answer them ( Interviews take place in persona/via video conference, depending on security regulations and location.

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