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Paid Google Fellowship at the European Women’s Lobby

The current call concerns a Google Policy Fellowship to work at the EWL Secretariat, in particular with the Programme Unit, during the period of Monday 4 September 2017 to Friday 2 March in 2018.

The Programme Unit is responsible for designing, developing and managing new, innovative projects and programmes, and raising the funding to sustain and grow EWL’s campaigns and activities via donor research, proposal writing and reporting, donor relationship building amongst different groups (foundations, government, corporate, etc.). The Programme Team is committed to leading innovation in programme design and resource expansion. As such, we are committed to active innovation and incubation of new ideas for partnerships, programmes and campaigns.

Your Fellowship at the EWL
The EWL is aware of the increasing prevalence and emphasis of the Internet in all aspects of our lives, from learning to democratic participation. Digital is part of the texture of our everyday social, political, economic, and cultural interactions. Digital technology offers huge possibilities for feminist activism and community-building. It also represents an opportunity for disruptive power to change the system. New economic opportunities and work spaces are opening up But the Internet can also become anew spaces of violence and oppression for women’s rights. It can be misused to further perpetuate inequalities and exclusion. This is a critical problem for EWL. How to ensure the online space protects and promotes women’s rights and equality?

We see the Google Policy Fellowship as an excellent opportunity to answer this question. Your time with EWL will be dedicated to investigate the inter-link between digital and women’s issues within EWL’s programme and campaign portfolios. You will also help us review our programme and campaign portfolios to incorporate a stronger focus on women in the digital space. We hope you will be able to help us design innovative programs and initiatives focused on gender equality and digital space regarding EWL priorities.

Fellowship focus areas
During the fellowship, you will spend time working on:

  • research and analysis on women’s rights in digital spaces in line with EWL’s working areas to support EWL teams to better integrate online work and digital perspective in the broader campaign and programme work of the EWL
  • co-creating, drafting and developing programme and project portfolios on gender equality and digital world for priority funding for EWL teams, working groups and task forces and their respective working areas, which also includes donor scoping and cultivation of relationships for cross-cutting portfolio and standalone programmes
  • developing and supporting in the organization of workshops, webinars and trainings, monitoring of daily news sources of relevance to this work
  • drafting and preparation of both internal and external briefing documents and materials primarily for resource expansion and cultivation of funders
  • assisting with administrative tasks
  • participate in and contribute to regular staff meetings, internal brainstorming meetings and staff strategy days

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a fellow who is keen to develop innovative ways to support gender equality in the digital world and who will bring a new perspective to the world of the European Women’s Movement. Someone who has skills in developing and designing digital project portfolios and is keen to share their knowledge of the digital world with the EWL membership and the wider women’s movement. Someone with a demonstrable passion for women’s issues and technology. Activism and social engagement - of any kind - is a strong plus. Our office is multilingual, but knowledge of English is necessary. We want to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds so previous experience in EU affairs and/or in project management is not a requirement.

What’s in there for you?
The fellow will gain concrete skills in development and design of programmes and in project management, will gain knowledge of the landscape of women’s rights in gender equality and digital world, gain insight into the funding landscape for European social justice organisations, and in building relationships with diverse stakeholders working on issues of gender equality in Europe and beyond.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and cover letter, including your motivation statement to and by 23 July 2017 at midnight CET. Please use in the subject line of your email: Google Fellowship and your NAME. Furthermore, we ask you to address following task on half a page and not more than one page: the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has a five years Strategy in which you find our internal and external strategic aims. Please put together a persuasive briefing that outlines the benefits of mainstreaming digital issues in one of the seven EWL strategic aims. Send your response alongside your documents, too.

We regret that, due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in the week of 31 July to 4 August (exact date to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates latest Friday 28 July). Interviews through Skype can be envisaged.

EWL is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds. EWL is absolutely committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds, both within our organisation and across civil society. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and/or minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; and people from the LGBT+ community. Applicants must be able to work and reside in Belgium. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees and members feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

Who we are
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) brings together the women’s movement in Europe to influence the general public and European Institutions in support of women’s human rights and equality between women and men.
The EWL is the largest European umbrella network of women’s associations representing a total of more than 2000 organisations in all EU Member States and Candidate Countries, as well as 19 European-wide organisations representing the diversity of women and girls in Europe. EWL envisions a society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognised, rewarded and celebrated - in leadership, in care and in production; all women have self-confidence, freedom of choice, and freedom from violence and exploitation; and no woman or girl is left behind.

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