Programme Officer – Digital Democracy (m/f/d)


Form of Employment: Full-time
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration: Limited to one year, with the possibility of extension
Location: Berlin

DRI’s Digital Democracy team works to protect and promote democratic debate online. Through our offices and projects around the globe, we monitor the effects of social media and other evolving technologies on public discourse; engage with governments, experts and tech companies for effective regulation; and train citizen groups on how to assess their local digital environment and debates. We work on such issues as political disinformation, hate speech, inauthentic behaviour, political advertising, platform design and algorithms.

To ensure the effective implementation of the Digital Democracy team’s work, DRI is looking for a dynamic Programme Officer with excellent project coordination skills, and a background in digital democracy issues. Working across the Digital Democracy team and reporting to the Programme Manager, the Officer will coordinate small and medium-sized projects, drive forward on relevant fundraising and compliance work, and contribute to DRI’s policy work on digital democracy, including regulation.


Your tasks

Project and programme coordination (≈ 70%)
Under the supervision of the Programme Manager and in close cooperation with the Digital Democracy team, coordinate all aspects of operational project delivery from conception through closure, considering overall programme objectives, donor commitments, and internal DRI systems.

  • Ensure high quality project implementation, driving towards impact per agreed workplan and budget
  • Monitor and advise the team on compliance with donors’ contractual obligations and internal DRI policies and procedures (including on contracting, procurement and finance)
  • Coordinate the recruitment and contract management of international experts, auditors and evaluators
  • Support the team to develop and implement monitoring, evaluation and learning plans and to mainstream gender into projects, drawing on DRI’s internal toolkits
  • Carry out research and analysis on project-relevant trends and issues, as required
  • Develop concept notes and draft budgets for presentation to donors and draft / review project proposals
  • Feed relevant project information into organisation-wide processes
  • Ensure quality reporting of relevant project narrative reports
  • Plan for and co-ordinate project closures, including assets handover, archiving
  • Keep supervisor and colleagues abreast of any relevant developments that may significantly affect the project and discuss options for response
  • Ensure effective collaboration with project partners, DRI Country Offices, and relevant HQ teams throughout implementation
  • Support team in the planning, organisation and implementation of workshops and events (online and offline)
  • Ensure close team coordination with DRI Communications team for project output visibility (reports, events, expert recruitments, etc.).

Thematic work (≈30%)
Contribute to DRI’s advocacy and policy work on democratic political discourse online through monitoring, research and targeted outreach. Working closely with the Digital Democracy team:

  • Support in monitoring cutting edge developments and debate concerning the regulation of democratic discourse online
  • Support and conduct research into effective/ innovative policy solutions
  • Support the drafting of effective external communications, including backgrounders, policy papers and website content
  • Support Programme Manager / Research Coordinator at HQ in any aspects of their work required.


Your skills and experience


  • University degree in international relations, political science, law, social sciences, or a related field;
  • At least two years of experience in project coordination and budget monitoring either with international organisations or NGOs;
  • Previous experience of working on digital democracy issues (online election manipulation, spread of mis/disinformation, media literacy, digital policy)
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;
  • Superb planning and organisational skills;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and spreadsheets used to track project activities and outputs;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • Detailed knowledge of various project management approaches and/ or having a project management qualification (e.g. Prince2, Agile, PIMBOK etc)
  • Prior experience of working on digital policy issues, particularly on aspects of regulation
  • Experience with German and European Union-funded projects, as well as knowledge of other bilateral/ multi-lateral donors
  • Previous experience and interest in communication and/or fundraising work
  • Knowledge of additional languages (German, Arabic, French) is a distinct asset.


What we offer

DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, 30 days of annual leave, a contribution to public transport (company ticket with BVG), a health ticket (Gesundheitsticket Plus) to be applied towards health and wellness activities of your choosing, travel health insurance, vocational training for every employee, and the opportunity to work in a diverse team in the heart of Berlin, where everybody is on first name terms with each other.


Application instructions

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here. This position is subject to funding.


Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 9 June. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.


DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:
Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
Elbestr. 28 / 29
12045 Berlin, Germany


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