November 11, 2022

Program Coordinator (RightsCon)

  • Deadline: 30/11/2022
  • Location: Remote, preference in Africa or the MENA region
  • Organization: Access Now
  • Salary: USD $ $3,750 USD
Full Time

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 RightsCon Program Coordinator works within the RightsCon team, and across all Access Now teams, to support the development and execution of the program for the 2023 edition of the RightsCon Summit Series (, hosted in San José, Costa Rica and online. Program coordinators report through the RightsCon Program Manager, and work closely with the RightsCon team and production partners to establish, operationalize, and implement program processes, develop communications and resources for program contributors, and maintain a standard of excellence for community sessions hosted at the summit.


What you will do

Program support:

Coordinate all aspects of the Call for Proposals from submission to review to execution phase, and maintain clear internal documentation and references on program processes
Develop integrated work plans and timelines for program deliverables, and update project management tools, trackers, platforms, and calendars consistently and accurately
Elevate the production level for select community sessions to broaden reach and impact, and provide input into the curation of high production sessions hosted in the RightsCon Studio, which complement or intersect with regional and thematic priorities
Coordinate and execute online training, orientation, and networking opportunities for program contributors, and coordinate with external facilitators and production partners where needed
Provide dedicated support to organizers of hybrid and special production formats, such as private meetings and iterated online and in-person sessions, and work with the Operations and Partnerships Manager to establish production standards and needs for these formats

Data management:

Compile, clean, process, consolidate, and interpret Call for Proposals and program data for internal use, and conduct analysis and comparison based on key performance indicators
Process and delete session organizer data and other sensitive information in accordance with Access Now’s policies on privacy and data retention
Retrieve reports from the RightsCon proposal management system and other platforms where program data is stored to support relevant internal procedures, such as the diversity audit and Code of Conduct check
Transfer and convert data, such as Program Committee evaluation scores and comments, into consolidated dashboards for review, and streamline and integrate data collection platforms where possible
Standardize indicators based on RightsCon evaluation criteria to increase transparency into results and decision points of the Call for Proposals, and inform internal decision-making to strengthen the review process


Serve as the first point of contact for session organizers, respond to all program requests through the RightsCon inbox in a timely manner, and escalate specific concerns where appropriate
Draft, prepare, schedule, send, and track communications to session organizers, Program Committee, and other contributors to the program
Draft and update content for program resources, guides, templates, toolkits, multimedia assets, and other materials to prepare session organizers for a hybrid environment
Develop and contribute to blogs, reports, newsletters, surveys, website and platform copy, and other public communications related to the RightsCon program
Support outreach to key stakeholders and strategic partners, and build connections with other networks and communities in order to advance the RightsCon vision of a diverse, relevant, and participatory program

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

1-3 years experience working on complex projects across different time zones
Excellent project management skills, with the ability to drive processes and timelines to meet deadlines
Excellent communication skills, able to liaise with many people from various backgrounds
Strong understanding of and appreciation for the key issues and challenges facing the internet and its users
Familiarity with data management, including basic analysis, comparison, and interpretation of trends and patterns
Unwavering attention to detail and high levels of organization
Passionate about the power of collective action and community-building to advance human rights

The Details



This is a 10-month contract position. While we are open to multiple locations around the world, there is a preference for candidates based in Africa or the MENA region. The RightsCon team includes staff based in locations spanning UTC-6 to UTC+8; meetings with your direct manager will generally take place between 12:00 and 16:00 UTC. 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 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:

Kes245,000 KES gross monthly (Kenya)
$2,500 USD gross monthly (Tunisia)
$3,750 USD gross monthly (Costa Rica)

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
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:

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

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, LinkedIn, Snaphunt, Zip Recruiter), be sure that you are going through the application link in BambooHR so that you are properly uploading a distinct Cover Letter and a separate CV/Resume.


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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.

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