Fellowship on human rights in the digital space

he Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is calling for applications for the first edition of its fellowship "TECH4RIGHTS" 2021. The Fellowship seeks to build capacities within the region’s specialized civil society, and in the OAS- IACHR, for greater intersection with the world’s technology. We are looking for web specialists who can contribute from a digital perspective to the work and use of the protection mechanisms of the Inter-American Human Rights System. Who are we looking for? Tech Profile- People with experience in the technology sector who are interested in approaching the inter-American human rights system and in particular in the defense of freedom of expression on the internet. By the end of the fellowship, they will learn in practice the procedure of the different mechanisms of the IACHR and the SRFOE and they will have shared their knowledge and skills in technology with the inter-American human rights system. Requirements

  • Have demonstrated professional experience of more than three years in technology, programming, digital security, or open-source research.

  • Previous basic experience and interest in learning about the international human rights system, curiosity, and commitment to share technical knowledge with people of different professional backgrounds.

  • Experience and / or interest in working with civil society organizations, populations in vulnerable situations, and other potential Internet users.

It will be valued in a special way:

  • Knowledge / experience on human rights and vulnerable populations;

  • Knowledge / experience in the preparation of academic and / or journalistic research or analysis directly related to freedom of expression online;

  • Work with a human rights defense organization;

The IACHR and its Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. The GS/OAS and the IACHR, in accordance with its rules and regulations, are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, and will take into account a broad geographic representation, as well as gender equity and equality, in the selection of candidates. In this way, we also encourage women, LGBTQI+ persons, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants and indigenous populations to apply, even if they feel they only meet some of the requirements. Rights Profile- People with experience in the defense and promotion of human rights online, and interest in the technology sector. By the end of the fellowship, they will have broadened the conversation circuit and will have a practical dimension on the human rights and technology agenda. Requirements

  • Have proven professional experience of more than three years in human rights online, preferably in matters related to, but not limited to, the right to freedom of expression.

  • Experience in technology issues, curiosity, and commitment to share legal knowledge with people from other professional backgrounds.

  • Experience and / or interest in working with civil society organizations, vulnerable populations, and other potential Internet users.

It will be valued in a special way:

  • Knowledge / experience on human rights and vulnerable populations;

  • Knowledge / experience in preparing academic and / or journalistic research or analysis directly related to freedom of expression and other human rights online;

  • Work with a human rights defense organization or state entities on matters related to human rights;

Required documents: The following documents are required in order to be considered for the fellowship:

Number of Recipients: 2 Start date: April 2021, recipient 1 – August 2021, recipient 2 Duration: 12 months Modality: Virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fellowship will be conducted virtually from the selected person's country of residence until further notice. Remuneration: The OAS will provide a remuneration of USD$3,200 per month during the period covered by the fellowship. Likewise, the IACHR / Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression will award a certificate of participation in the Fellowship Program to the fellows who satisfactorily complete the entire duration of the Fellowship. The Fellowship Application Form and the required documents must be sent to the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights / Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression before the deadline of the call for applications (February 28, 2021) by email to the following address: CIDHRELE@gmail.com under the subject “TECH4RIGHTS” fellowship. Check here the requirements and documents required for your application.