We are a global human rights organization, a collective of passionate human rights activists with (mostly remote) team members all over the world. WITNESS’ mission is to help people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We are a 35-person multi-disciplinary team with staff based across 5 continents. While we’re legally a non-profit that is registered as a 501(c)3 in the U.S, we are a global collective: our staff members (as well as consultants, interns, fellows and a vast community of partners and collaborators) are based around the world and reflect a group of activists with diverse skills and backgrounds.
WHAT WE DO
WITNESS pairs grassroots community support with advocacy at a systems level. Our team works holistically on a global scale to understand how communities are using and want to use video and technology for human rights. With a cellphone camera, anyone can become a human rights defender and expose injustice, making it harder for perpetrators to hide or for systems of oppression to remain invisible. But using video for community organizing, justice and accountability can be dangerous - videos can put defenders (or those they film) at risk, can be used against communities in court or deceitfully discredited by tired old power narratives. Filming is almost never enough - for videos to make a difference they need to work alongside strong advocacy or legal strategies; they also need to be created, preserved and shared in ways that avoid creating more harm or trauma.
New threats to human rights are emerging at the intersection of artificial intelligence, misinformation and disinformation and a global wave of rising authoritarianism.
When it comes to systemic challenges we are on the watch for both existing problems – like how large amounts of critical human rights footage are lost because of the arbitrary decisions of platforms – but also emerging threats and opportunities, such as those posed by ‘deepfakes’, new ways to manipulate media to make it look like someone said or did something they never did.
The Global Digital Engagement Team is composed of global team members who work across regions and regional programmatic communications coordinators based in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. The team is tasked with planning, adapting and distributing WITNESS resources and programmatic content across platforms, reaching 1+million people each year online so that safer and more effective use of video and technology can lead to stronger human rights change. The Global Digital Engagement Team also creates campaigns to connect and amplify WITNESS’ ecosystems of partners and allies around the world in order to strengthen resistance, solidarity and learning globally. The team meets regularly to learn from each other and support the strategic sharing of WITNESS’ vision and work online.
The Design Coordinator will spend the bulk of their time coordinating projects and supporting the Global Digital Engagement Team through the creation of multimedia assets to support our regional/global resource, advocacy & solidarity campaigns and ensure a compelling, engaging and cohesive organization-wide visual identity. They will also support design needs for wider institutional initiatives driven by the External Relations team to generate awareness about WITNESS’ work and strengthen fundraising campaigns. They will report to and work closely with WITNESS’ Global Digital Engagement Manager.
Multimedia Design Production - 100%
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Work Experience: 5-7 years of related design experience, including a proven track record of creativity and use of digital design and new media for activism internationally, and in online spaces. Cross-cultural lived, activist and/or professional experiences are a huge plus.Human Rights Background in (or passion for) human rights; understands networks, grassroots organizing and how activists mobilize online. Committed to social justice and WITNESS’ values/mission and to a global, human rights lead approach.
Education: You can tell us about your degrees, but we’re more interested in what your passions are and what you can do. If your degrees are part of that story, great! (But no formal education required).
Languages: Speaks Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Wordpress, YouTube and GIF natively. Fluent English required to work with a global team who uses this as a shared language. Native speaker of English not required.
Additional languages are a plus, especially Arabic, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Characteristics: Team-player. Accountable. Teachable. High attention to detail. Understands project-based workflows and communicates effectively when juggling multiple priorities.
Location: The location is flexible provided some overlap of working hours with the rest of the team can be ensured. WITNESS is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of New York, USA, and currently retains an office in New York City. However, since 2020, its staff is currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compensation: The salary for this position is based out of New York City. The salary will be localized considering relative cost of living in the applicable country using the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) Post Adjustment Multiplier- a metric system that is revised monthly and that WITNESS uses to determine salaries globally.
WITNESS offers a range of benefits, depending on the location of the individual, and 15 days of paid annual leave in addition to public holidays and end of year leave.
WITNESS also offers additional monthly “reading days” where employees may request one day in the month to do reading/further study related to WITNESS work.
WITNESS also offers competitive and robust medical benefits that cover an individual at 100% and covers a % of the individual’s dependents.
After 1 year of service at the organization, WITNESS will contribute 3% of an individual's gross salary towards a global retirement fund.
WITNESS recognizes that flexible working arrangements are key to equity and inclusion in the workplace and we provide a monthly remote work allowance, we are happy to talk about the type of flexible arrangements that might work best for you.
The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Job” [Your name]”.
Please include a cover letter. We are interested in hearing about what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you want to do at WITNESS.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; early applications encouraged. Please note that due to the volume anticipated, we will not be able to respond individually to each applicant. We kindly ask that you do not send duplicate applications via mail or email, and no phone calls.
WITNESS aims to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the communities we work with, and actively seeks applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented.
WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under international federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply.
You must have authorization to work in the country you are based.
We are a global human rights organization, a collective of passionate human rights activists with (mostly remote) team members all over the world. WITNESS’ mission is to help people use video and technology to protect and defend…