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13 Oct 2021

Full-Time Campaigner – Asia-Pacific

Access Now – Posted by Anywhere

Job Description

The Organization and Role


About Access Now 

Access Now is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.


About this role 

The Campaigner’s primary responsibility is to passionately defend human rights in our increasingly digital world, and leverage the opportunity to strengthen the impact of Access Now’s campaigns, community engagement initiatives, and media outreach at local, regional, and global levels.


This regional campaigner role covers the entire Southeast Asia portfolio, paying particular attention to our growing work on Myanmarand may also cover strategic projects across the broader Asia Pacific region as capacity allows. This is a new position with significant opportunity to demonstrate leadership, creativity, and growth – and there is potential to adapt this position to the role of Advocacy Manager – Asia-Pacific, for candidates with the appropriate level of experience and expertise.


The Campaigner is housed within the Advocacy team and reports through the Deputy Director – Advocacy. The Campaigner works closely with our global Advocacy team, the regional Policy and Helpline teams, and our #KeepItOn Lead, Business and Human Rights Lead, and UN Advocacy Officer, among others.


What you will do


  • Identify opportunities for impact and develop campaign strategies to capture them, managing and coordinating actions to address human rights concerns for individuals and communities across the region
  • Balance a portfolio of rapid-response and long-term projects that is both sustainable and scalable. This will include leading country-level initiatives connected to global Access Now campaigns like #KeepItOn#WhyID, and #BanBS,as well as many others in furtherance of the organization’s global and regional strategies
  • Produce engaging and dynamic content for a range of local and international audiences, including articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign materials, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content
  • Coordinate in-depth rapid-response publications for Myanmar, in particular, and other priority countries to report on digital rights threats as they develop and to deliver resources to affected communities
  • Expand our reach beyond the digital rights community, developing communities of action to impact decision makers, building an intersectional partner network, and connecting directly with the at-risk individuals we aim to serve, as well as media and other key stakeholders who can help advance our advocacy goals
  • Participate in and organize events that facilitate coalition building, strategic partnerships, and direct connection with relevant decision makers
  • Contribute to RightsConprogramming and arrange meetings with regional stakeholders
  • Work closely with other regional team members from Policy and the Digital Security Helpline to map strategic growth and opportunities for deepening our work in support of communities at serious risk throughout the region, and in response to regional developments that impact the global digital rights landscape
  • Steward resources available for translation, design, and additional project-based support to deliver high-impact advocacy products in a sustainable workflow
  • Coordinate work with regional counterparts and the Advocacy team by setting clear advocacy plans and priorities, monitoring progress, and proactively communicating as conditions change. This is a collaborative role that requires teamwork, consensus building, and mutual respect, including in decision-making processes around shared work


Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

You’re an advocate and movement builder. You have an instinctive knack for identifying and developing the strategies and partnerships needed to protect people who are using and being targeted by digital tools, and the global experience and outlook to do it right. You are also a creative and empathetic communicator who knows how to speak directly to and with the people whose rights are most at risk. You’re self-motivated, deeply invested in Access Now’s mission, and excited about collaborating with a diverse global team.


  • Passion for our mission, with understanding of the unique challenges at-risk and marginalized communities are confronting, as well as familiarity with developments in technology and its impact on human rights
  • Experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, and the proven ability to apply this capacity toward complex and concurrent goals
  • Experience having worked for and with civil society organizations, particularly within the the Asia Pacific region
  • Knowledge of the human rights and geopolitical environment, as well as nuances of culture and communication styles, in countries throughout the region
  • Understanding of both the physical and digital threats human rights defenders are facing in the region, and a firm grasp of strategies for supporting them without putting them further at risk
  • Proven capacity to design solution sets that achieve meaningful change in fluid and rapidly changing contexts
  • Excellent persuasive writing and speaking skills, and the ability to distill complex issues into simple, compelling messages
  • Excitement about continuous learning, trying new things, and being a member of a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, respond quickly to breaking news items, and effectively balance competing priorities
  • Experience working with a distributed team, and effective project management and internal communication in that context
  • Fluency in English
  • Working proficiency in another language relevant for the region, including but not limited to Burmese and/or another Myanmar language, Mandarin and/or Cantonese, or Bahasa (Melayu and/or Indonesia)


It is helpful to have:

  • Basic knowledge in digital security best practices, or a comfort with learning new technologies and technical concepts
  • Past experience with CMS and CRM systems
  • Comfort with social media management tools, and a track record of success in using digital platforms to reach specific audiences
  • Existing connections in the regional digital rights network, as well as the broader human rights and development space


The Details



This is a full-time position. While preference is for applications from individuals with work authorization in Singapore or the Philippines, we will consider other applications from within the region. The successful candidate must possess the right to work at the location in which they will be based. We are unable to sponsor visas or relocations for this role.



Access Now offers competitive salary – commensurate with experience – and benefits packages that align with regions and localities. If filled as regional Campaigner, initial placement in ranges in the following locations is anticipated to be:

  • Singapore: between 5,000 and 6,400 $SGD monthly
  • Manila: between 187,000 and 240,000 PHP monthly


The actual placement and compensation level will be driven by depth of experience and preparation. While specific compensation, insurance, and other benefits vary by region, all Access Now Team Members benefit from a strong global culture. And regardless of location we offer benefits to help our Team embrace new challenges and allow them to advance their career. Those include travel, and access to our global network of knowledge and expertise! Additional benefits available for Team Members include:


  • Work-life balance…including a generous paid time-off program that provides between 36 and 40 paid days across national holidays, vacation, and personal days
  • Opportunity to recharge and grow…through refresher leave after 4 years
  • Professional development
  • Flexibility in the workplace
  • Interaction with a diverse, global team…often through travel
  • Engagement with passionate, principled professionals
  • Organizational resilience and support for all team members




We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We are interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves as under-represented in their talent communities. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.


How to Apply

How to Apply   Please submit the following documents:
  • Résumé/CV (removing allpersonally identifying information such as age, gender, marital status, address, and photo)
  • Thoughtful cover letter outlining your suitability for our role, with particular attention to your experience aligning to the core functions
  Our hiring teams review applications submitted through our Career Openings page; email submissions are not accepted. Please note that if you are applying via a link in a 3rd party system (examples: Indeed, Glassdoor, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn), be sure that you are properly uploading a distinct Cover Letter and a separate CV/Resume.   In order for us to communicate with you on the status of your application, please add to your contacts list, and check spam or junk folders so that you do not miss updates from us.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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