Immigration Policy Officer

Job Title: Immigration Policy Officer

Reports to: Executive Director 

Salary: £27,000 - £33,000 depending on experience (plus a 6% pension contribution)

Deadline for applications: Sunday 23 February 2020

Start date: ASAP 

Duration: 18 months


The Immigration Policy Officer will work with the Chief Operations Officer and Digital Communications Officer to build relationships with organisations in the immigration sector and deliver impactful communications.

The Immigration Policy Officer will bring an enthusiasm for understanding the intersection of digital into other policy areas such as migration and a drive for bringing together coalitions of organisations to work together to bring about real change in policy.

About Open Rights Group 

Open Rights Group is the UK’s premier digital rights and freedoms organisation. We are at the forefront of campaigning to maintain, protect, promote, and advance  our civil liberties in the digital age. 

We have three main areas of work: online privacy, free speech online and government mass surveillance. We challenge threats to privacy by both the government through the surveillance of our personal communications and private companies, who use personal data to increase profits. We challenge threats to free speech through the criminalisation of online speech, online censorship and restrictive copyright laws.

Open Rights Group has 10 members of staff and offices in London and Edinburgh. We are a membership organisation with over 3,200 members. 

Open Rights Group are recruiting a project officer that will help with a new and exciting project to use collaborative advocacy and campaign approaches to equip and empower UK migration-sector civil society organisations (CSOs) to tackle issues of big data decision-making and digital technology within their work.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4), setting out how you are suited to the role by an email via the button below by 23rd February. Please ensure your email has the subject heading ‘Immigration Policy Officer’, and that all attachments are sent in PDF format. Please email your application to

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in Central London. Please hold 3rd and 4th March 2020 free for interviews.

Key Responsibilities 


  • Conduct research into the needs and capacity of immigration sector organisations on digital policy;

  • Compile and analyse data related to Open Rights Group’s work;

  • Ensuring Open Rights Group’s policy work fits within the wider policy landscape and that the policy team remains up to date with relevant research and policy developments in the project;


  • Organise roundtables with immigration sector and other partner organisations.

  • Host events at Parliament with support of Chief Operations Officer and immigration sector NGOs.

Producing policy materials

  • Draft reports, briefing papers, formal correspondence, presentations, and other documents articulating Open Rights Group’s policy positions in relation to data in the immigration sector;

  • Coordinate team members’ input into public-facing documents, and obtain sign off for these documents from the relevant members of the team;

  • Coordinate collaborative policymaking between Open Rights Group and immigration sector organisations.


  • Work with the Chief Operations Officer and partner organisations to campaign on shared policy positions;

  • Engage MPs and policymakers directly to bring about policy change.

Engagement with key stakeholders

  • Build on Open Rights Group’s existing and develop new  relationships in the immigration sector;

  • Develop Open Rights Group’s relationships with allies across Government, legislative bodies, international organisations, and NGOs;

  • Feed into Open Rights Group’s media engagement around key campaign issues.

Key Contacts

The Immigrations Policy Officer will be directly managed by the Chief Operations Officer. They will work closely with colleagues across the broader team to maintain alignment of Open Rights Group’s legal and policy goals, and collaborate within the team to effectively disseminate Open Rights Group’s policy messages.

Length and Salary

The Immigrations Policy Officer will be employed on a full-time 18 month contract. The annual salary is between £27,000 and £33,000 per annum pro rata less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. The position will be based in London and will have substantial travel around the United Kingdom. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Open Rights Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Person Specification



  • At least 3 years experience in a policy and advocacy role. 

  • Familiarity with international and domestic policy matters relating digital and human rights. 

  • Research skills. 

  • Policy analysis skills. 

  • Events organising skills. 

  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with partner organisations. 

  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and meetings. 

  • A high degree of self-motivation. 

  • An interest in and aptitude for political and parliamentary engagement. 

  • Creativity and energy in approaching a workload consisting of large long-term projects. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 


  • Experience in immigration sector. 

  • Knowledge of digital rights or relevant experience in digital policy. 

  • Legal research skills. 

  • Project management experience