Join the AlgortihmWatch team: We’re looking for a Policy & Advocacy Manager

We are looking for a dedicated and experienced Policy and Advocacy Manager


18 December 2019

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to join our team in Berlin. Fluency in German and English required.

  • initial contract for 3 years and 20h/week (0,75 to 1 FTE intended, depending on organizational development)
  • Deadline for applications: Monday, 15 January 2020 at 23h59 CET
  • Earliest starting date: 2 March February, 2020

Your Role

As Policy and Advocacy Manager you develop, lead and implement our overall policy and advocacy strategy related to automated decision-making systems, in close coordination with the executive board.

The purpose of this role is to take forward AlgorithmWatch's work on the governance of automated decision-making (ADM) systems, advocating for rights-respecting, participatory approaches that enhance the public good and individuals’ life chances.

You will, together with other members of AlgorithmWatch’s strategic leadership team and through close and direct engagement with our project teams and partners, develop policy positions and recommendations on key issues, and design and execute a strategy to disseminate and foster adoption of those positions by key decision-makers. Positions and recommendations will be based on your own analyses and on the results of AlgorithmWatch’s primary research areas ADM in the workplace, ADM in the public sector, ADM and information intermediaries and sustainability aspects of ADM systems.

You identify key forums and processes where policy interventions from AlgorithmWatch and our partners would have a particular impact, and coordinate networks with like-minded civil society organizations. Depending on the outcome of pending funding decisions, you will build a team of policy experts to expand these activities.

What we are looking for

  • Three to five years’ experience undertaking advocacy focused on digital issues, preferably related to so-called Artificial Intelligence.
  • Excellent political judgment, strategic thinking, and the proven ability to develop and carry out innovative advocacy strategies.
  • Persuasive oral and written communicator in English and German, including ability to write and edit a range of different materials including reports, briefing papers, blog posts, and submissions for different audiences.
  • Knowledge of relevant German and EU institutions and legislative processes, and practical experience in working with policy makers and civil society organizations.
  • Knowledge of regulation and governance in one or more of these fields: digital rights and policies, public sector, platforms and intermediary liability, work and labor, environment & sustainability.
  • Solid organizational and multitasking skills, with an ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment.
  • Willingness to travel for up to three days at a time on a limited number of occasions.

What we offer

  • You work at one of the most interesting NGOs in the field, with a network of diverse and leading civil society organizations, academics, and policy makers.
  • You enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility, reporting to the Executive Director.
  • You work in an organization with a multi-disciplinary and growing team of highly dedicated and enthusiastic professionals and an open work culture.
  • If successful, your work will directly impact the thinking and acting of key stakeholders and policy makers on the matter.
  • A workplace in the heart of Berlin.
  • 25 vacation days, flexible, family-friendly working hours, medical coverage
  • An initial 3-year part-time contract with 20h/week (0,75 to 1 FTE intended, depending on organizational development)
  • Between 45.000 and 51.000 Euros gross salary (full time equivalent), commensurate with experience (information about gross salary and net income in Germany)

AlgorithmWatch is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of our hiring and promotion process and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

How to Apply

Deadline: 15 January 2020 (23h59 CET)

Please address the following documents to the attention of Ms Kristina Penner (as pdf, via email:

  • Cover letter (EN, max. one page) outlining your suitability and motivation for the position. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above
  • Résumé/CV (EN, without photo, max. 3 pages)
  • 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
  • Relevant documentation and certificates only upon request

Please note that only duly completed applications (cover letter, CV, work samples) will be considered. Interviews are likely to be scheduled starting the week of February 10th 2020 in our Berlin office or remotely.

Location is Berlin and regular office presence is assumed; we can accommodate work from home to some extent. Although we invite non-EU citizens to apply, as a small and predominantly project-funded organization we cannot provide financial support for relocation or visa applications. Please also be aware that you would need to have a work permit for Germany at the starting date.

Please briefly indicate how you became aware of our job post.

Due to the high volume of applications and limited resources, we will confirm your application via email and will contact only shortlisted candidates personally. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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