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Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression & Civic Space

The Centre for Democracy & Technology Europe (CDTE) is seeking an experienced senior advocate to help lead our work on issues at the intersection of online expression, civic engagement and technology, as the Advocacy Director, Online Expression & Civic Space. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead on challenging issues related to human rights in the digital age in Europe and through the EU’s role in global policy-making, including content moderation, intermediary liability, free expression, and transparency reporting, as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital copyright, and privacy. The position is based in CDT’s Brussels Office (with remote work currently in effect due to COVID-19).

About CDT Europe

CDT seeks to preserve a vibrant online civic space that embraces diversity, amplifies voices, and promotes human rights. We work to protect freedom of expression, association and other human rights online through a variety of strategies, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT engages in EU and Council of Europe legislative debates and litigation at the national and regional level; works with EU agencies and institutions on rulemaking and other policy development processes, domestically and globally; and works to build best practices with industry and with other civil society advocates. We work to preserve international human rights standards such as freedom of expression and access to information, by holding governments and companies accountable for the ways they shape our online environment and seeking to empower individuals and communities. The work spans many subjects, including hate speech, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism, disinformation, voter suppression, and online harassment.

CDT international is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and collaborates closely with its partner organization, CDT Europe, which is based in Brussels. For more information, please visit

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Execution of CDTE’s strategic advocacy plan for specific topics within the Europe Office, including advocacy on files such as the EU Digital Services Act, the European Democracy Action Plan, online political ads and laws targeting content online;
  • Coordination with CDT’s Free Expression team on relevant substantive and advocacy initiatives;
  • Leading cross-organisational advocacy coordination efforts and engagement with external stakeholders;
  • Writing in a variety of formats, including blog posts, advocacy material, white papers, legislative analysis, and amicus briefs;
  • Research to support the development of CDT’s policy positions and collaboration with other staff on the production of research-based reports and articles;
  • Engagement and collaboration with our civil society partners in Europe;
  • Engagement directly with technology companies to develop best practices and policy recommendations;
  • Report to the Europe Office Director and work with the Free Expression Director in development and execution of advocacy strategy, including identification of short- and long-term advocacy goals; and
  • Representing CDT through public speaking, participation in coalition meetings, and media interviews.
  • Will include management of staff going forward.

Qualifications – An ideal candidate would have:

  • At least 7 years of work experience in legal or policy positions relating to international and European human rights law, EU law and tech policy, with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., EU law, law, public policy); or equivalent experience.
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: EU law; European human rights law; international human rights law and free expression or content moderation;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience interacting with press;
  • Proven ability and in-depth advocacy experience in relation to European and or national law-making processes.
  • Experience in designing theories of change and effective advocacy strategies.
  • Familiarity with technical concepts related to the Internet, freedom of expression, and content moderation; and
  • An energetic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative working style.
  • Fluent written and spoken English, other European languages such as French are desirable.

Remuneration & Benefits include:

  • Full-time, permanent Belgian employment contract.
  • Salary scale: €75 to €90,000 gross per annum depending on experience.
  • Must have a right to work in Belgium.
  • Location: Brussels Belgium (remote possible as long as Covid-19 restrictions apply).
  • Benefits include: hospitalisation insurance, pension contribution and meal vouchers.


Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience and qualifications match the requirements to [email protected].

Deadline: 30 May 2021

The Centre for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. CDT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to do better and more impactful work. Women, people of color, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQI communities are strongly encouraged to apply.