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Project lead, Analysts & Researchers – Technology & Human Rights program

 An exceptional opportunity exists to join a new program within ASPI’s dynamic International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC). The program will focus on technology and human rights. Outstanding candidates are sought to fill the positions of senior Project lead (to establish and manage the program) as well as a number of researchers to work in it.
ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for political, strategic & security leaders in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. The ICPC is the largest centre within ASPI and works on a range of topics including traditional cyber-security challenges, espionage & foreign interference, cyber-capacity building in the Indo-Pacific and the nexus of cyber and technology with geopolitics.
The ICPC is building up a new program of work focused on technology and human rights. The program will conduct a number of empirical research studies looking at issues like the global implications of the proliferation of new surveillance technologies to help governments around the world better understand the policy implications of these emerging technologies. 
Staff in APSI’s ICPC have diverse backgrounds and are usually involved in several projects at once. We are looking for new team members with a flexible, entrepreneurial approach, who are self-starters, have an ability to deliver projects, engage with stakeholders and who enjoy working in a collaborative team environment. Some members of this team will also have to travel internationally.

Beyond original empirical research, responsibilities will include project coordination, stakeholder management and engagement with senior government officials, industry and civil society groups. 
We expect that all members of this new team will possess different skill sets. For example, some will bring a strong knowledge of human rights and/or foreign language capabilities, while others will bring strong research or technical skills, data analysis etc. 
The successful candidates will be offered a remuneration package at a level aligned with their demonstrated skills and expertise. ASPI promotes a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value the unique contributions of all people. The Institute strongly encourages people from diverse cultural backgrounds including applicants from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply. The position can be flexible to suit the successful applicants, including part-time working arrangements that align with family and personal commitments. International applicants are also welcome to apply.
We are looking for applicants who have a combination of the following:

  • demonstrated ability to conduct and produce original empirical research, and contribute collaboratively to other projects
  • superior written, verbal and/or analytical skills
  • demonstrated ability to work with limited direction
  • the ability to initiate, set priorities and manage different aspects of a research project simultaneously
  • fluency in one or more Asian languages highly desirable

Applications should be submitted by email to: [email protected], no later than 11th August 2019 (note extension) and should include the following:

  • A one-page letter that links your skills to the above requirements;
  • A resume including names and contact details of two professional referees