Organiser (Tech Harms)

Remote | Anti-Disinformation Positions | Full-time

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6 months, starting asap, with potential to extend

For the past three years, Avaaz has been working at the forefront of tackling the issue of false and misleading content spreading online, in the US, the EU and around the world, investigating disinformation campaigns and their scale, working with social media platforms to adopt effective policies, commissioning polls and academic research on its potentially harmful effects, evaluating platforms' efforts to manage it, and identifying their failures on a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Youtube and WhatsApp. Our work has been covered by the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Economist, the BBC, and a wide range of international outlets. 

Avaaz has also worked with doctors and survivors of the real-life harms that are caused by online disinformation and hate, bringing these important voices to Silicon Valley, online discussions, and other meetings. 

We are cognizant that the threat of disinformation is global -- and that people across the world are suffering the real-life consequences of online harms. As one survivor put it: “What happens on Facebook doesn’t stay on Facebook - it goes home with us.” 

That’s why Avaaz is seeking to hire an organiser to serve and help grow the community of tech harm survivors. As Organiser (tech harms) you will be responsible for maintaining and growing the community of survivors of tech harms, identifying opportunities for survivors’ voices, supporting survivors’ advocacy efforts, and overall helping to ensure that real life experiences are at the heart of global and national conversations about online disinformation and hate. You will bring with you a trauma-informed approach, curiosity and creativity, as well as enjoyment in building human connections. We especially encourage candidates who have personal experience of tech harms to apply.  

PS: If that’s still not enough links for you, you can listen to Avaaz Campaign Director Fadi here and here.

Key responsibilities

  • Outreach to survivors of tech harm, approaching both people Avaaz works with already as well as developing new relationships. Act as the link between the Avaaz team and survivors across the world.
  • Build an effective CRM system for survivor contact
  • Monitoring world events, mapping key dates and stakeholders to identify and strengthen opportunities for survivor engagement.
  • Conducting research, fact-checking, proofreading, and preparing reports and briefings as requested.
  • Drafting communication materials.
  • Assisting in organizing campaign actions and logistics, from ad buys to public petition deliveries.
  • Localizing and rewriting communications in other languages, depending on fluency.

What we are looking for:

  • Excellent communication skills (in person, by phone and email) and ability to connect with a wide range of people
  • Good understanding of online platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp 
  • Team player
  • A passion for community engagement and social change. You don’t need to already have been a “professional organiser” though -- perhaps you’ve organised a march at your college, or have connected people around a common interest
  • High degree of professionalism, motivation and goal-orientation
  • Experience or awareness of a trauma-informed approach to working with people is a plus
  • Having worked in advocacy spaces is a plus -- relevant as we’d love you to have a nose for congressional / parliamentary hearings, reports, meetings with civil society, platforms, strategic litigation that would benefit from tech harm survivors engagement
  • Experience in developing media strategies is a plus -- this could be developing plans for products like videos or podcasts, drafting op-eds, and supporting the logistics of elevating survivor voices
  • Ability to work and communicate well in English. Additional languages are a plus

What we offer:

  • An exciting role at the forefront of anti-disinformation campaigning and investigations, and the opportunity to serve a community of individuals who have been harmed by Big Tech
  • The opportunity to impact global and national decision-making
  • Flexibility - the Avaaz office is virtual and you can work from wherever you are. Work is coordinated via Zoom, Email and collaborative documents. 
  • Competitive compensation package

Location: Global/virtual office. Preference for full-time availability, but some room to discuss.

This position reports to an Avaaz Campaign Director.

Compensation and benefits

Salary varies with location and experience, and is highly competitive with leading international nongovernmental organizations. Specific benefits also range with location, but all include 5 weeks paid vacation per year, 10 paid holidays, phone and home internet reimbursement, out-of-home office/co-working reimbursement, and professional development funds.

Equal Employment Opportunity

As a global organization with millions of members around the world, it’s important to us that our team reflects the diversity needed to lead a movement of people from across the planet, rising to meet some of the most complex challenges humanity has ever faced. We believe we can only succeed by building a diverse team full of fresh perspectives and original ideas, and we are committed to creating a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Our team includes native and non-native English speakers, the self-taught and university educated, people with all sorts of professional backgrounds. If doing the job you just read about would make you excited to come to work every day, if you’re talented, hard-working and committed to making a difference - we want you to apply.

Avaaz does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you have suggestions for us on how to put these values into practice in our hiring process, we’d value your input. Please write to us at recruitment@avaaz.org with the subject line ‘Hiring Feedback’.

We’ll provide reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities to participate in the application process, so please let us know if you have such a request when you apply.