Job opening: Project manager of an intelligence oversight research project in Berlin

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Dear H-Intel readers,

Just dropping this line to inform those of you in Europe about the job opening at the Stiftung Neue Verantworting for an international project on intelligence oversight. The deadline for application is 16 February.

Their website gives the following information:

About the project:

While intelligence services use and drive the evolution of surveillance technology, many oversight bodies in Europe need a system update. The use of supervisory technology, deeper international oversight cooperation, and the harmonization of standards and legal safeguards ought to be placed more firmly on a rights-based reform agenda across Europe.

Trying to contribute to this objective, the SNV created the European Intelligence Oversight Network (EION) in 2018. EION aims to challenge and support oversight bodies in their critical and complex mandate to ensure intelligence accountability. More specifically, EION offers European intelligence oversight officials and civil society experts a space for regular and structured exchange on the complex and manifold challenges of democratic intelligence. More information about the project, previous events and workshops as well as our publications is available here.

In order to extend our team and to infuse fresh ideas into this unique collaborative project, we are hiring a Project Manager. We invite applications by February, 16th 2020 for a full-time position based in Berlin.

Your responsibilities include

  • conducting comparative research on selected themes of modern intelligence governance such as access restrictions for oversight bodies, the regulation of Open Source Intelligence and applications for automated oversight
  • co-organizing and designing workshops for EION and contributing to future reports and the generation of policy recommendations on topics related to either oversight innovation or oversight cooperation.
  • facilitating and expanding EION's strategic communication and international outreach to legal, technological, or administrative expertise in academic, business, and non-government circles
  • scanning current intelligence reform initiatives throughout Europe and identifying synergies with other projects on surveillance, digital rights, and democracy.

Your profile

  • You have at least two years of post-graduate research and/or project experience in a field that touches on digital rights, regulation, democracy and security governance.
  • You are curious and self-driven and enjoy digging deep into a research topic.
  • You have an aptitude for dissecting complex legal and technical aspects and breaking them down into more tangible elements.
  • You are creative and your ability to transcend complex legalese allows you to anticipate relevant policy questions regarding complex and sometimes arcane subject matters.
  • You have a profound interest in emerging technologies and the role they can play for positive change when it comes to democratic standards and accountability mechanisms.
  • You are confident to structure your own research and work independently.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Another European language is a plus.
  • You enjoy being part of a dynamic team.

What we offer

  • a unique position in a growing team of researchers working on better democratic standards and oversight innovation to rein in Europe's growing intelligence community
  • a collaborative work process that draws on a growing network of intelligence and oversight professionals, scientists, political analysts, and industry decision-makers
  • A work environment of personal responsibility and creative freedom: flat hierarchies, open doors, and room for creativity
  • Flexible, family-friendly work hours and conditions
  • A centrally located office with good public transport connections

Please send us your application documents in one PDF file at These should include a short cover letter and a CV (without photo) as well as details of your salary expectations.

The position is initially limited to 12 months. An extension is possible depending on project funds. The latest possible start date is April 1st, 2020.

For further questions please contact Silke Zakarneh (

All the best,