Vacancies at IT for Change

We are looking to recruit for the positions of:

Research Consultant (full time)

Policy Researchers

Associate – Feminist Digital Justice

Networking Associate

Senior Associate – Technology

Senior Communications Associate

Program Associate (H2HD)

Note: Remote work arrangements can be considered for all positions till Covid-related conditions improve.


Research Consultant (full time)

IT for Change is undertaking a study on the information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITeS) sector in India. The project will focus on mapping operations of IT hubs, identifying trade union activities within them, and determining key issues/concerns of the workers.

Applicants should have worked in the field of labor and workers’ rights, preferably with some knowledge of the IT industry. They must have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, demonstrated through independently authored articles and reports. They must also have previously handled research projects for organizations independently. Fluency with at least two Indian languages is desirable.

The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with the IT for Change team to design the study, travel to research sites, and produce a high quality report.

Duration:
September 2021 - March 2022 (7 months)

How to apply:
Interested candidates may apply to jobs-Policy-Researchers[at]itforchange[dot]net, with a CV and independently-authored writing samples/portfolio. The subject line should be ‘Consultant – (IT-ITeS and Labor)’.

Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Policy Researchers

Location: Bengaluru

We are looking for legal/policy researchers for our research tracks on:

1. Digital Rights – This track will focus on issues of freedom of expression, privacy and traditional digital rights issues. Expertise in social media governance (with a focus on hate speech) and familiarity with the international human rights frameworks is desirable.
 
2. Data Economy – This track will focus on forward-looking laws and policies on the economic governance of data and Big Tech regulation. Expertise in competition law and international trade and IP regimes is desirable.

Applicants for both positions should have a strong grounding in the political economy of digital technologies, with an agile handle on the rapidly unfolding policy developments in the relevant track and engage with new thinking in the domain as a thinker-activist.

The ideal candidate will lead and support research on cutting edge themes within the pertinent track, undertake socio-legal analysis and engage actively in national and global policy processes.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Steering policy and legal research addressing social justice and equity with respect to the pertinent track.
  • Inputting into and supporting policy consultations and other national and global advocacy opportunities in the domain to influence norms development.
  • Assisting with organizing sessions and attending/presenting at national and international advocacy events.
  • Developing written outputs from research initiatives, including reports, academic articles, media pieces and explainers.
  • Supporting organizational grant development and collaboration and M&E activities of projects.

Interested candidates must have:

  • A PhD/Masters' degree for the concerned track (including but not limited to, law, public policy, economics, critical media studies, feminist studies and other allied degrees).
  • 3+ years of demonstrable research experience.
  • Excellent technical and academic writing skills.
  • Training and familiarity in research methodologies.
  • A strong public policy orientation.
  • Experience with managing people, resources and action plans effectively in asynchronous, global arrangements.

Desirable

  • Oral/written fluency in Kannada/Hindi.
  • Fluency in handling social media platforms for outreach and communications.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply to jobs-Policy-Researchers[at]itforchange[dot]net, with a CV and a writing sample/portfolio. The subject line should be ‘Policy Researcher – (indicate name of track)’.

Designation and remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Associate – Feminist Digital Justice

Location: Not a constraint. Remote position.

Through our collaboration with the Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) network on Feminist Digital Justice, IT for Change is setting up a new project to engage with feminist organizations and networks across the globe. This project will expand the conversation on gender justice in the digital economy and society, and intensify policy engagement at multilateral, regional, and national levels.
We are looking for someone to support the network building, event organizing, policy research, and campaign activities that we will initiate as part of this line of work. This is a contract-based position for an initial period of one year, and may be extendable.
The ideal applicant will be a mid-career professional with a strong interest in the areas of feminist political economy analysis, digital technologies, data and development, and demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following – governance of TNCs, trade justice, digital justice, changing nature of the state, and transnational social movements. They should bring to the job, a high degree of independent drive as well as display comfort with team work and agility working in an asynchronous and remote arrangement along with colleagues.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the team at IT for Change and DAWN in implementing various activities in research, advocacy, and field-building, including virtual roundtables and policy webinars.
  • Closely tracking and monitoring global and regional developments that have a bearing on gender justice in the digital economy (Big Tech excesses, global digital cooperation mechanisms, gender and digital policy intersections, feminist future of work debates, and so on).
  • Writing high quality blogs and editorials on a fortnightly/monthly basis and working closely with Bot Populi, our online magazine on digital justice.
  • Driving dissemination and outreach activities via e-lists and periodic newsletters and collaborating on global campaigns and events organized by platforms that IT for Change engages with, including the Just Net Coalition.

Interested candidates must have:

  • Ph.D./Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences/Law/Gender and Development along with keen interest in, and expertise on, legal and policy debates on the digital economy.
  • 5+ years of work experience in relevant work tracks.
  • Ability to work asynchronously and independently and produce outputs in short turnarounds.
  • Experience in network management and international collaborative work.
  • High proficiency in English, and a track record of original publications (authored/co-authored).
  • Ability to conceptualize and author technical reports for the project and manage funder reporting tasks.
  • Multi-lingual skills.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply to jobs[at]itforchange[dot]net with a CV, relevant writing samples/portfolio, and the subject line, ‘Associate – Feminist Digital Justice’.

Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications (please indicate expected remuneration in local currency and equivalent in USD).


Networking Associate

Location: Bengaluru/Delhi

We seek a Networking Associate to lead our community/coalition building efforts with national and international stakeholders in the digital justice space. The role involves coordinating and galvanizing the many local and global advocacy and research networks of the organization, as well as taking on the challenge of scouting for and initiating new networking arenas and opportunities, widening the impact of our work, and forging meaningful collaborations with diverse stakeholders. This is a high energy job towards which the ideal applicant will measure up by demonstrating persuasive communication and people skills, proactive thinking, and the ability to thrive and excel in situations and contexts that are out of their comfort zone.

Primary responsibilities:

- Coordinating with national and international stakeholders from current networks and reaching out to new constituencies for networking and alliance-building opportunities.
- Developing and putting in place collaborative work protocols and communication processes to ensure alliances are meaningful, productive, and mutually rewarding.
- Maintaining an organizational calendar and steering processes to maximize key developments in local and global policy spaces, and calendering milestones for annual advocacy events.
- Ideating, implementing and driving advocacy campaigns and efforts.
- Facilitating cross-movement and intra/inter coalition dialogue.
- Organizing online and on-site events and campaigns.

Interested candidates must have:

- Excellent (oral and written) communication, facilitation, and organizing skills in the development sector.
- Proven track record of at least 3 to 5 years in regional/global network management, partnership building or community building role. This could be experience with global campaigns and coalitions, anchoring advocacy actions, public interest litigation, and/or influencing policy agendas.
- Experience with managing people, resources, and action plans effectively in asynchronous, semi-formal, and remote arrangements.
- Familiarity with using digital tools and social media effectively.
- Keen interest and some experience/immersion in digital justice issues and policy and the willingness and inclination to keep informed of developments in the space.
- A Master’s degree in social sciences, media studies, and communication or allied fields.
- Ability to work in short turnarounds, planning and executing campaigns, issuing press notes, and managing high pressure advocacy moments.

Desirable:

- Oral/written fluency in multiple languages.
- Experience with labor, trade justice, and/or feminist movements.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should apply to jobs-Networking-Associate[at]itforchange[dot]net with a resume, a dossier of relevant materials from previous campaign experience. Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Senior Associate – Technology

Location: Bengaluru

We are looking for a candidate who can lead our technology function to support internal organizational requirements and explore and configure platforms relevant to communities, civil society organizations, as well as public systems and governments, to help achieve our vision of a just digital society.

Primary responsibilities:
- Providing technology leadership to the organization and team, along with other senior members.
- Managing the cloud infrastructure of IT for Change as a part of the team. This includes self-hosting several applications for mail, CMS, LMS, MediaWiki, Moodle, project management, desktop publishing, multimedia, HR, and Financial Accounting etc.
- Customizing the User Interface of applications/CMS used.
- Undertaking research and development on platforms and tools and keeping organizational understanding at the cutting edge.
- Lending expertise to organizational media campaigns.
- Supporting implementation and configuration of applications and platforms for organizational partners.
- Assisting with advocacy events and attending/presenting at national and international advocacy events.
- Designing and implementing projects relating to Big Data, analytics, digital (artificial) intelligence.
- Installing, configuring, using, and troubleshooting different software applications.

Interested candidates must have:
- A Masters or Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or allied education.
- 5+ years of demonstrable experience in digital technology life cycle, covering system architecture, design, development, and implementation.
- Experience in self-hosting and managing multiple free and open source software applications.
- Excellent technical skills, specifically in developing technical architecture and design.
- Training and familiarity in development methodologies and technology platforms.
- A strong public policy orientation.
- Experience with managing people, resources, and action plans effectively.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should apply to jobs-senior-associate-tech@itforchange.net with a CV and a portfolio of any web apps that they have maintained. Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Senior Communications Associate

Location: Bengaluru

We are looking for a Senior Communications Associate to provide strategic guidance to, and play an active role in, the organization's external communications activities and internal knowledge processes. The ideal candidate must have a keen interest in the issues of digital and data rights and development justice, and should be able to translate organizational research into accessible material for public consumption. The Senior Communications Associate will work on how to make our vision, mission, and work resonate with a variety of audiences, and take the lead in driving and implementing our communications strategy.

Primary responsibilities:
- Developing and executing creative and high-impact visibility, dissemination and communication strategies for the organization’s active projects, networking, and advocacy efforts.
- Guiding the organization’s regular public-facing dissemination, including newsletters and social media strategy, for maximizing impact.
- Reviewing, editing and harmonizing all public-facing content of the organization, including website/s, funder correspondence, concept notes, and reports.
- Supporting the editorial, production, dissemination, and audience aspects of Bot Populi, an online magazine, started by 7 international organizations including IT for Change.
- Overseeing the development and design of research and advocacy materials in house, using graphic design software.
- Supervising, monitoring, and managing the organization’s communication team and ensuring that the strategic vision and goals, annual plans, routine tasks are well understood.
- Monitoring and evaluating communication strategies, tracking and growing the dissemination footprint of all parts of the organization.
- Creating protocols and systems, including databases, for expanding the contacts and communities associated with the organization’s mandate.
- Identifying and engaging relevant professionals such as graphic designers for short term assignments.
- Linking up with universities and appropriate platforms for attracting high quality interns.

Interested candidates must have:
- A passion for communications, knowledge processes, and advocacy on digital rights and global politics of development.
- A Master’s degree in communications, media studies, English, or the social sciences.
- 5+ years of professional experience in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field.
- Experience with digital marketing and audience engagement strategies.
- Very high proficiency in academic and non-academic writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Demonstrated experience in using Canva (or other design software), MailChimp, WordPress, and other key communications tools.

Desirable:
- Videography and video/podcast editing skills.
- Experience in data journalism/visualization.
- Oral/written fluency in Kannada/Hindi.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should apply to jobs-Senior-Communications-Associate[at]itforchange[dot]net with a CV, a writing sample/communications portfolio.
Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Program Associate (H2HD)

We are looking for a program associate to work with our education team on the adolescent girls empowerment project, Hosa Hejje Hosa Dishe (New Steps in a New Direction). The ideal candidate should be able to collaborate with schools on the project, facilitate sessions, and create digital and non-digital resources that can be used as part of the project. S/he should be a team player and be able to work with minimum supervision.

About the Hosa Hejje Hosa Dishe (H2HD) program
This is an empowerment program for adolescent girls, aimed at supporting them during this crucial passage into adulthood. As part of this project, IT for Change works with adolescent girls belonging in government and government-aided schools which cater to girls from marginalised families. The project seeks to disrupt the status quo of gender dynamics and enable adolescent girls to develop and articulate aspirations for the future.

Responsibilities

  • Approach schools to collaborate on the project, and build and sustain the relationship.
  • Facilitate sessions on issues affecting adolescent girls.
  • Design writing modules based on the broader curriculum envisioned by IT for Change.
  • Create digital and non-digital resources required for each module.
  • Capture the learning and reflections from the project for dissemination on digital and non-digital platforms.
  • Keep abreast with all technological innovations that can be used as part of the project.
  • Plan logistics and strategies and work on scripting, ideation, etc.
  • Be on the lookout for NGOs working with adolescent girls to identify collaboration opportunities.
  • Liaison with officials from state education department.
  • Research higher education options, vocational training institutes and livelihood options available for Kishoris.
  • Conduct residential camps for Kishoris.

Qualifications
Required:

  • Postgraduate degree in social work, sociology, women’s studies, gender studies, or development studies. Freshers are welcome to apply.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and Kannada.
  • Interest in working on gender-related and development issues.
  • Experience in using technologies with ease and enthusiasm (however basic the skill level).
  • Flexibility, ability to take ownership, work with minimum supervision and be a team player.
  • Willingness to work based on the needs of the project.
  • Candidates from marginalised groups, minority communities and women preferred.

Desired:

  • Experience with free and open source softwares.
  • Audio and/or video editing skills.
  • Experience in running women empowerment programmes/adolescent education programmes.
  • Experience in working with schools, especially in the public education system.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should apply to h2hd@itforchange.net along with an updated CV. The subject of the email should be ‘Application for Program Associate at IT for Change’.

Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only candidates with a firm grasp over Kannada may apply.