OPPORTUNITIES | FURSADAHA – The German Marshall Fund: Program Manager & Fellow

OPPORTUNITIES | FURSADAHA – The German Marshall Fund: Program Manager & Fellow

Program Manager and Fellow

Department: Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative
Location: Washington, DC
Job Type: Full-time

Department/Program Summary: 

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative is the technology program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, harnessing GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to ensure that the next waves of innovation will support – rather than undermine– democratic values. DIDI connects technologists, civil society, and the transatlantic policy community to catalyze inclusive innovation that strengthens democracy, with a focus on: (1) digital platforms, (2) supply chains and critical technologies, (3) Artificial Intelligence, frontier technologies and industrial policies. DIDI develops new agile, open, and accountable approaches to solving cutting edge challenges.

Job Summary: 

The Program Manager and Fellow will report to Senior Fellow and Director of DIDI to develop the formats for high-level meetings, identify and reach out to participants, commission research, and track policy developments in the US and Europe. This person will also grow and foster networks and partnerships, representing and presenting the initiative’s work to policy makers, funders and stakeholders at conferences in the US and Europe.  The Program Manager will be a visible spokesperson and representative of GMF and will conduct research and policy analysis.  The position will involve a mix of program management, outreach, event management, research, analysis, and writing.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Organize an ongoing task force of policymakers, civil society leaders, experts on technology policy. Conceptualize and organize workshops and high-level meetings; help identify and solicit participants
  • Organize public events; outreach to policymakers, civil society groups, technology companies, experts
  • Write policy papers and edit papers written by others
  • Track tech industry and policy-related developments in the US and Europe

Additional Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the work of contractors and vendors
  • Develop communications materials for program initiatives
  • Assist in developing and tracking project budgets, proposals, and grant reports

Internal/External Contacts: 

  • Represent the technology program with policymakers and other stakeholders and at conferences in the US and Europe

Autonomy and Responsibility: 

  • Assist the Director in managing, growing, and fostering networks and partnerships
  • Work collaboratively within the program and with other GMF departments/contacts
  • Write policy papers and edit papers written by others

Knowledge and Skills Needed: 

  • Substantive knowledge of major technology policy issues, especially related to digital platforms, data, AI
  • Research and writing experience
  • Demonstrated experience (5-7 years) in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors working part of that time on technology policy
  • Self-motivated with good judgment about solving programs, juggling competing priorities, and communicating about priority setting with a team
  • Excellent project management skills and an ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain high-level contacts


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, technology/public policy, or international relations preferred



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