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Policy Advisor

Global Policy – Brussels, Belgium
Department Global Policy
Employment Type Regular Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. Based on its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society works with its members and chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments, and other organizations around the world.

About the Position

Reporting to the Senior Director of Global Policy Development and Strategy, the Policy Advisor will join the Internet Society’s Global Public Policy Team to focus on Internet policy and advocacy.   The applicant should have a passion for the Internet and the core principles and mission of the Internet Society along with substantial knowledge of Internet public policy. Specifically, a sound understanding of policy development processes, a sound understanding of the Internet technology and the institutional arrangements around the Internet is essential.

Location:  Brussels, Belgium (Europe)


  • Contribute to the development, coordination and presentation of policy positions that support ISOC’s global mission and core values.
  • Research, write and edit briefing documents, papers, reports, talking points, presentations/speeches, correspondence and other materials to advance ISOC’s policy goals.
  • Work effectively with a broad spectrum of people and groups, including national governments, national and international standards and public policy organizations, civil society and private sector groups in a manner that maintains the high standards of the Internet Society. Represent the Internet Society professionally and tactfully in meetings, policy discussions, and other events. 
  • Work closely with the ISOC global community of chapters, members, and partners to achieve the Internet Society mission. 
  • Work in a matrix environment and coordinate closely with various teams within the Internet Society. 
  • Show self-reliance in working on projects and develop strategic and tactical skills.  Develop project management skills for policy initiatives and activities, including developing plans and schedules, identifying resources, managing execution and follow-up, and coordinating with staff and others to achieve objectives.
  • Minimum knowledge and understanding of the Internet architecture and the way Internet technology works.

Desired Qualifications:

The successful applicant will possess all of the following qualifications:

  • Master-level qualification in International Relations, public policy, political science, law or related field and/or 1-3 years’ relevant public policy experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with public policy issues, in particular ICT policy and Internet governance topics.
  • Understanding of international public policy development and strong familiarity with international and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Special interest and experience in Internet growth and trends in emerging markets and developing countries.
  • Experience and confidence necessary to represent the Internet Society effectively and professionally in international public policy forums.
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment and to work effectively across different departments.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills in English a must.  Proficiency in at least one additional language is desirable. 
  • Familiarity and comfort with Internet-based communication and work tools and working in active on-line communication environments.
  • The willingness and ability to travel extensively.
  • Commitment to ISOC’s organizational mission, vision and values.

Compensation and benefit package for this position will be competitively commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications. Information about the Internet Society and its activities may be found at

Applications will be evaluated until the position has been filled. The list of applicants will not be posted publicly and will be reviewed in confidence by members of the evaluation committee.

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  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Department
    Global Policy
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
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