Thomson Reuters Foundation – Digital Rights And Data Equity Specialist.

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Primary Location: Nairobi, Nairobi Area, KE

Job Description

Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist – 12mth Fixed Term Contract

The Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist will sit within our Inclusive Economies Programmes team, a dynamic and growing team within the Foundation. We are looking for someone to drive and grow our digital rights and data equity portfolio and explore the impact of technology on society to establish our thought leadership in this area and help us develop our programmatic approach. This role will be based in Nairobi and will focus on work across Africa, in line with our current programmatic priorities.

We are looking for somebody entrepreneurial and strategic who has a passion for data equity, technology and digital rights and their impact on society across Africa. You will actively contribute to scoping and developing the Foundation’s programmatic activities on data privacy and data discrimination, exploring effective ways in which the organization can deploy its services to actively contribute to strengthening the data ecosystem across Africa. You will contribute to mapping the ecosystem and promoting vibrant multi-stakeholder discussions on this theme on the continent and globally. You will also scope how the Foundation’s work on data privacy and data discrimination intersects with our work on Media Freedom, another key strategic focus for the Foundation.

You will be a subject matter expert and partnership builder that can help us grow our activities and thought leadership in this area. You will have strong project management experience and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, with ideally a legal or policy background.

About the Role

In this opportunity as Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist you will: 

Strategy and multi-stakeholders convenings: 

  • Map the data and digital rights ecosystem across target countries in Africa, conducting needs assessment analysis and identifying key needs, trends and stakeholders (both local and international).

  • Work closely with other TRF teams (including Programmes, Media Freedom and TrustLaw) to identify and develop strategic interventions that leverage the power of convenings, the law and the media to address issues on data equity and digital rights.

  • Deliver strategic convenings with a diverse range of key stakeholders to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice, and contribute to legal policy work and other interventions delivered by the Foundation and adopted by the broader stakeholder community (see example of strategic convenings: ESG Working Group or Banks Alliance).

  • Coordinate the Foundation’s participation in key sector events

Project management and partnership:

  • Coordinate across Foundation teams to facilitate the effective implementation of the digital rights strategy, keeping to timelines and budgets.

  • Drive partnership development across Africa

In- house cross-team collaboration:

  • Lead the Foundation’s in-house group on data equity and digital rights and contribute to growing the Foundation’s thought leadership around these thematic areas

  • Proactively facilitate learning and innovation within the Foundation on matters of data equity and digital rights

  • Provide programme design input on training materials related to data equity and digital rights issues

  • Help accelerate civil society engagement with digital rights NGOs across Africa and work collaboratively with the Foundation’s global pro bono legal service to help them spearhead legal research on issues surrounding data and digital rights

About You

We are looking for a strategic, dynamic, and knowledgeable individual with proven experience in the following areas:

  • In depth knowledge of the data equity and digital rights landscape in Africa and globally

  • Extensive experience in scoping and developing opportunities and partnerships on data and digital rights

  • Experience with programme design and implementation of data and digital rights initiatives in Africa

  • Experience in event management and coalition building and partnership development especially with the private sector

  • Project management and financial management skills, including the ability to prioritize, and to drive to achieve results on time and on budget

  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and confidence to liaise with partners at all levels of seniority

  • Established regional networks with relevant stakeholders and key sector players especially in the private sector.  

  • Experience of working independently and as part of globally diverse and distributed team

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including report writing and editing skills

Strongly Preferred:

  • Law degree or policy experience related to data and digital rights   

  • Familiarity with international development issues such as inclusive growth and inequality

What’s in it For You

At Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

  • Global Career: As a global company, we can offer a truly international career and progression opportunities

  • Learning & Development: we have a dedicated training team focused on the continuous development of our employees

  • Benefits: we offer competitive salary packages and market leading benefits

  • Perks:  Work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and a team who provide unmatched, award-winning coverage of the world’s most important stories

How To Apply


About Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. We believe that societies around the world should be free, fair, and informed. 

We work to advance media freedom, raise awareness of human rights issues, and foster more inclusive economies. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique services to drive systemic change.  

Inclusive Economies focus area  

We work with journalists, legal practitioners, civil society, policymakers, and the private sector with the aim of fostering equitable, sustainable, and participatory economies. 

We employ a unique blend of our expertise in journalism, media development, legal research and convenings, with the aim of: 

  • Fostering fair and sustainable business practices

  • Raising awareness of the impact of technology on society 

Media Freedom focus area

We work with journalists, media managers, legal practitioners, policymakers, regulators, technologists, academia and businesses to foster a free and prosperous media ecosystem that can play a vital role in supporting democracy and development.

Our media freedom work combines our unique blend of expertise in the journalism, media development and legal fields, with the aim of:

  • Strengthening local and national journalism

  • Improving media ethics and standards, and combatting misinformation

  • Exploring and shaping the future of the profession


TrustLaw is the global pro bono service of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As the world’s leading pro bono legal service, TrustLaw helps high-impact NGOs and social enterprises, to grow, streamline their operations and navigate complex laws and regulations by connecting them with free legal assistance from the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world. We also deliver groundbreaking legal research on key social and policy issues that our members use to support their advocacy and law reform efforts, and we deliver innovative capacity-building workshops on legal issues across the globe. 

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward. 


As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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