Researcher / Campaigner – EU Transparency

Researcher / Campaigner – EU Transparency

Published 3 October 2018

Applications asap / Closes 12:00 noon CET Monday 5 November 2018

Access Info Europe, an international human rights organisation specialising in the right of access to information, based in Madrid, is looking to recruit a Researcher / Campaigner to support our work to advance the right of access to information across Europe, both at the national and EU levels.

The position is based in our office in central Madrid. Applications from outside Madrid are welcome, although please note that we do not provide relocation expenses.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a maximum one page cover letter expressing your interest in Access Info to If you have any questions about the position, feel free to drop an email to that same e-mail address.

Researcher/Campaigner role

This position involves work to promote transparency of the EU and at the national level across Europe. The successful candidate will engage in the full range of Access Info Europe’s advocacy activities, with responsibilities including managing projects and campaigns, conducting research and analysis, developing advocacy materials, working with partners across Europe and globally, meeting with representatives of governments and inter-governmental organisations, and making public presentations about the organisation. The position is for someone who already has relevant work experience, particularly in the fields of democratisation, governance, and human rights work.

The position is based in Access Info’s offices in Madrid, and involves moderate amounts of travel, primarily in Europe, with regular trips to Brussels.


  • Excellent understanding of the fields in which Access Info Europe works, in particular the right of access to information (including access to information laws, proactive publication, and open data), open government, human rights, and journalism.
  • Excellent knowledge of European governance (EU and national) and political context from the perspective of democratisation, good governance, human rights, and social and economic justice.
  • Familiarity with relevant legal frameworks and confidence working with laws and legal concepts is essential, although formal legal education is not required.
  • Campaigning experience, with ability to demonstrate experience of developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, which should include experience of meeting with high level government officials, parliamentarians, and representatives of inter-governmental organisations.
  • Strong analytical skills, including experience of analysis of research findings and proven ability to analyse political contexts and to identify advocacy opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills – to include interpersonal skills, strong written communication, and the ability to give public presentations and to lead training sessions.
  • Fluent English both oral and written to native or very-near-native level.
  • Strong writing skills in English with proven ability to produce clear, concise texts in short time-frames. You should have experience of writing and editing texts for websites, press releases, and for use in multiple social media.
  • Project management experience, including managing relationships with partners and external suppliers, travel logistics and event organisation, preparation and management of budgets.
  • IT competence with solid e-mail, word-processing, and spreadsheet software experience.
  • Good team player with a readiness to work as part of a small, dynamic team, and to join in, to be flexible, and do a bit of everything when required.
  • Readiness to travel: This work involves travel, primarily in Europe, and the successful candidate must be ready to take some trips, that typically range between a couple of days and a week. Access Info has a system for compensating with time in lieu after trips that involve working weekends or longer hours.


  • Specific experience working in the worlds of transparency, right to information, open government, open data, and related areas in which Access Info works.
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable. Knowledge of French and other European languages an asset.
  • Academic study in areas such as human rights, law, international relations, journalism, economics, politics, sociology
  • Experience of working in/with civil society organisations, campaign groups, think tanks, and/or relevant positions in international organisations or public institutions.


The position will have a salary that is commensurate with experience, in line with civil society salaries in Spain and the cost of living in Madrid. The working week is 40 days (with some of this time allocated to professional development); you will have 30 working days (six weeks) holiday per year. Other benefits are provided after an initial period with the organisation.

Access Info is an equal opportunities employer, as required by our statutes which mandate us to ensure “Equality and non-discrimination in employment practices; in particular practices which guarantee equal opportunities for men, women and for minorities of any kinds. Respect for the rights, values, and beliefs of others.”

Please check our website carefully before applying, and don’t forget in your cover letter to tell us why you want to work with Access Info!








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