Avaaz is at the forefront of global anti-disinformation efforts to protect the world’s democracies from the proliferation of fake news. After a pilot project in Brazil, which saw Avaaz take down a huge Facebook disinformation network in the country, we launched an effort to protect European elections with an operation powered by big data, investigative journalism, and the strength of our network of 20 million members in the EU. The aim was to identify and debunk fake news, and to take down the biggest disinformation networks. Avaaz discovered and reported on disinformation in just seven EU countries that reached more than 750 million views in just the three months preceding elections.
Building on our reporting and on the broader efforts of government and civil society to highlight the dangers of disinformation, Avaaz is now preparing to push for anti-disinformation legislation at the EU level. We are seeking assistance to assess potential avenues for EU regulation, develop model legislation, prepare outreach materials, and assist Avaaz staff with advocacy strategy.
This is a short-term consultancy, and is not intended to lead to full-time employment - although Avaaz will always consider outstanding candidates for available positions.
As a Legislative Development Consultant, you will be responsible for producing, in close collaboration with Avaaz staff:
Depending on aptitude and interest, you may also assist Avaaz staff with developing advocacy strategies, including identifying key targets and formulating plans to win them over.
This is a demanding role that requires remarkable talent in a wide range of areas. The ideal candidate will have a good cross-section of the following qualifications:
We hope for a blend of these criteria but will consider qualified candidates who may not meet all of them.
Fluency in English is a requirement. Additional EU languages are an asset.
Location: Based in the EU - preferably in Brussels or available to travel there frequently.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary varies with location and experience, but is highly competitive with leading non-governmental organisations.
This position reports to an Avaaz staffer.