Communications and Media Officer

Deadline: April 15, 2023

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 Communications and Media Officer is a keystone member of Access Now’s global Advocacy Arm. The Officer is a focal point for Access Now’s external media engagement, and works to build up Access Now’s brand, influence, and work on regional and international levels. This kaleidoscopic role will help spark and nourish audience engagement, diversify global narratives, and drive long-lasting change by ensuring our outreach is bold, targeted, and accessible. Building off, and contributing to, our Strategic Vision for 2023-2027, the Officer will conceive, produce, and edit well-planned, exciting, and creative outputs across mediums, platforms, and regions. 

The Communications and Media Officer sits within the Communications and Engagement team, coordinating and collaborating with colleagues spanning Policy and International Programs, Campaigns and Rapid Response, and Legal Programmatic, as well as teams across the organisation, to ensure our human rights objectives are surpassed. The Officer reports through the Communications and Media Manager, and is likely based in Asia-Pacific or Latin America and the Caribbean.


  • Contribute to the Communications and Engagement team’s strategy development and implementation
  • Work with team members from across Access Now to plan, prioritise, and streamline communication, media, and campaign strategies and efforts
  • Grow and monitor Access Now’s presence in traditional and emerging media through strategy development and implementation to build and strengthen relationships with media outlets and journalists
  • Undertake media engagement and outreach such as preparing and editing press releases and outreach plans, pitching op-eds, maintaining press lists, and monitoring media mentions
  • Support regional teams, colleagues, and others Arms in writing, editing, and planning for social media and email, including running trainings and establishing guidelines
  • Update and maintain Access Now’s website by uploading content and implementing SEO
  • Write and edit diverse advocacy content for a range of mediums including social media, mass emails, media engagement, and the Access Now website
  • Lead and support production, rollout, and translation of Access Now publications and outputs
  • Undertake administrative responsibilities such as monitoring email folders, overseeing team project management tools, supporting event and meeting organisation, and other duties as assigned
  • Contribute to internal documentation, communication, and training
  • Explore and pitch new ideas, projects, and approaches in the fight for human rights in the digital era
  • Assist in the global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Five years professional-level work experience in English language communications, media engagement, or similar role, preferably reporting, editing, and publishing fact-based content as part of a newsroom or a communications role in civil society or other sectors
  • Native level English, and preferably, fluency in a second language such as French, Arabic, or Spanish, also Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, simplified Mandarin, or Portuguese (depending on location)
  • Strong persuasive English writing and editing skills, with the ability to repackage complex ideas into clear, accessible messaging for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work remotely in a fast-paced environment, respond quickly to changing situations, and manage competing priorities
  • A creative and open approach to working, and a curiosity and drive to continual  learning
  • Impeccable internal and external communication and project management skills, paired with cultural sensitivity and openness
  • Familiarity with WordPress or other content management tools, social media platforms, and editing and design software, or desire to learn
  • Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with bachelor or master degree equivalent in communication, journalism, or media


This is a full-time role. To help strengthen the Communication and Engagement Team’s global reach, there is high location preference for Asia-Pacific; India, Thailand, and other locations will be considered. High consideration will also be given to candidates in Latin America and the Caribbean – in particular: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Panama. The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the location in which they will be based. At this time most Access Now Team Members are working through hybrid office arrangements, combining remote at-home work with intermittent use of offices and/or co-working spaces. 


Access Now offers competitive compensation and benefits packages that align competitively with locations and regions around the world. Location-specific examples of initial placement within the salary range for this role include:

  • $2,500 USD gross monthly (Costa Rica)
  • ฿54,000 TBT gross monthly (Thailand)

Benefits for this specific role are tied to the location, and will vary. Regardless of location, all Team Members benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:

  • Work-life balance…including a generous paid time-off program between 36 and 40 days annually
  • Access to supplemental health care insurance policies
  • Professional development and growth opportunities
  • Extensive workplace flexibility
  • Organizational resilience and support for all team members, including paid family leave and employee assistance programs 
  • Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
  • Opportunities to recharge (including one month of paid refresher leave after 4 years)

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by 15 April 2023:

  • Résumé/CV (removing all personally 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

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