Researcher, Technology and Inequality
Job Details
Experienced
Throughout the United States - ,
Full Time
Job Summary

The Researcher, Technology and Inequality is responsible for helping lead Amnesty's advocacy and research on the ways in which new technology can amplify existing structural racism and other forms of inequality in both the Global North and the Global South. The Researcher will develop and implement a research strategy that identifies and prioritizes key issues related to this topic, including how corporate and government uses of technology contribute to inequality. The Researcher will be responsible for working with academic and NGO partners, to ensure that Amnesty's work complements but is not duplicative of the work others are already doing. The Researcher is also expected to create and lead an NGO coalition or working group focused on these issues. Finally, the Researcher will be responsible for coordinating with the wider Amnesty movement, including the Algorithmic Accountability Lab within Amnesty Tech. Please note, this is a Fellowship funded for 2 years; $95,000 for the first year, and $99,000 for the second year.

 

Job Duties

  • Develop and implement a research strategy to identify and prioritize key issues related to technology and inequality in the Global North and South
  • Produce and present two research reports per year
  • Work with the Amnesty Campaigns Team to develop tactical campaigns based on this research, to push corporate and/or government actors to ensure that their use of technology does not amplify inequality
  • Collaborate closely with other Amnesty International staff working on issues related to technology and inequality, to ensure that our work is complementary and not duplicative internally. In particular, the Researcher will coordinate closely with the Algorithmic Accountability Lab within Amnesty Tech, which researches the disproportionate and discriminatory impacts of tech on marginalized communities
  • Liaise with other NGOs working on issues related to technology and inequality, to ensure that our work is complementary and not duplicative. Also collaborate closely with various Amnesty regional offices and national entities
  • Create and lead an NGO coalition or working group focused on issues related to technology and inequality, to share information and help create a common understanding of how technology can be used to support equity instead of contributing to inequality. Potentially this network could also help plan joint activities and campaigns
  • Assist with grant monitoring and reporting
Qualifications
  1. BA/BS and at least 7 years relevant experience or MA/MS and 5 years relevant experience and/or sufficient relevant work experience
  2. Research and analytical skills, including attention to detail, as well as the ability to digest and summarize data and policy related to technology and human rights
  3. Experience working on human rights or social justice issues is desirable
  4. Skills to write and present research reports
  5. Experience building and working in coalition with NGOs
  6. Proven experience of external representation, including strong public speaking skills
  7. Experience working on issues related to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility. Experience working on equity and / or technology desired
  8. Set, monitor, manage and report on budget and expenditure for the work undertaken under the Robert Bosch Stiftung grant
  9. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to inspire and motivate staff and partners
  10. Demonstrable ability to initiate, develop and sustain positive working relationships over long periods of time with a wide range of individuals and groups, including those from different cultural backgrounds to the job holders own and at a distance
  11. Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to submit a writing sample at a later date

We recognize the valuable skills that can be gained through internships, fellowships, volunteer work, and non-traditional work experience. This experience helps build competencies and knowledge that may translate to our job openings. We seek a diversity of experience and skills for our workplace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our openings.

 

OUR COMMITTMENT AS AN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION AND TO INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY (IDEA)

Dismantling white supremacy is central to the fight for human rights in the United States and around the world. As we mobilize staff and activists and work with partners to help transform the multiple systems where oppression operates in the world around us as part of our human rights mandate, anti-racism must be integral to our work. What does that mean for Amnesty International in the United States? It means using our people power to fight injustice and centering the voices and experiences of those most impacted by racist structures, beliefs, and laws. Fundamentally, it means doing our human rights work differently than it has been done before, because we know that who we work with, how we work, the work we do, and ultimately who we are, are all interconnected.

As an international, intercultural, intergenerational and intersectional movement of activists committed to protecting and advancing human rights for all, Amnesty is deeply committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA). To learn more about how we integrate these concepts into our work and workplace visit: https://www.amnestyusa.org/idea/

 

COVID-19 Consideration

Because the health and safety of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we are currently conducting our hiring process virtually via phone or video. We are currently starting our positions as fully remote but will transition to hybrid on-site and fully remote work when our offices re-open, expected to be in early Fall 2022.

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