Programme Officer (DFF)


Help us advance digital rights in Europe! The Digital Freedom Fund is a newly founded organisation that works to advance digital rights through strategic litigation in Europe. We’re looking for an experienced Programme Officer to support our partners in bringing about change. DFF provides financial support for strategic court cases and facilitates increased collaboration between those working to advance digital rights. The organisation also assists litigators in finding pro bono legal support. DFF does not itself litigate or engage in lobbying. Rather, it seeks to leverage the strong work digital rights organisations in Europe are already doing. DFF operates with a light operational staff as its focus is on grantmaking and field support activities rather than participating in litigation work itself. The Programme Officer will work under the supervision of the Director on implementing DFF’s strategy. DFF is incorporated as a stichting under Dutch law, with its Director operating from Berlin, where the Programme Officer is expected to work as well.

Role Description

The majority of the Programme Officer's time will be dedicated to DFF’s grantmaking and field support activities, including the following main tasks:

  • Administering DFF’s grantmaking process, including issuing calls for applications, coordinating application assessments, and conducting grantee due diligence;
  • Coordinating the preparation of grant recommendations for DFF’s Board;
  • Managing grantee relations, including financial and narrative reporting and disbursements;
  • Assisting with donor reporting;
  • Responsible for planning and organising logistics for partners' meetings, trainings and convenings; and
  • Assisting with light administrative and operational tasks.

All staff members are involved in the building of DFF as it is a start-up organisation. This will require hands-on work and flexibility from all staff and a willingness to take on tasks that do not strictly fall within anyone's job description. This, however, is also an opportunity to be part of a new organisation from the start and help shape its vision, strategy, profile and further development.

Candidate Profile 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree preferred;
  • At least 4-5 years of progressively responsible professional experience, with specific experience from the non-profit sector strongly preferred;
  • Experience interacting with non-profit organisations in a grantmaking capacity highly desirable; Digital Freedom Fund
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English; German language skills are a plus;
  • Attention to detail essential;
  • Understanding of budgets; finance skills;
  • able to work effectively both as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation;
  • excellent organisational and interpersonal skills;
  • Proactive work attitude;
  • able to prioritise between competing tasks and to set and meet goals;
  • Demonstrable commitment to human rights;
  • Knowledge of key organisations and networks active in the field of digital rights is a plus;
  • Willingness to occasionally travel internationally.


Salary: EUR 35.000-50.000 gross per year, depending on level of experience, based on full-time employment (40 hours per week). DFF pays a pension contribution additional to the statutory requirements. The initial employment term will be 1 year, with the possibility of renewal. The position will be filled on a rolling basis. DFF is unable to assist with obtaining work authorisation in Germany, so candidates need to verify beforehand that they are able to work and live in Berlin.

How to Apply

  • Please send the following to [email protected] with "DFF Programme Officer " in the subject line:
  • Statement of motivation (1 page)
  • CV (2 pages)
  • Names of two professional references (References will not be contacted without prior approval of the applicant.)

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