Vacancies at IT for Change

We are looking to recruit for the positions of:

Communications Associate

Advocacy Associate

Tech-Policy Researcher

Policy Researcher - Digital Rights

Policy Researcher - Digital Economy

Project Associate- IT

Program Associate (H2HD)

Finance, Accounts and Administration Officer

 


Communications Associate

Location: Bengaluru

We are looking for a 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 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.

- Supporting the development and design of research and advocacy materials in-house, using graphic design software.

- 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.

- 3-5 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, InDesign, and other key communications tools.

- Based out of, or able to relocate to Bangalore.

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-Communications-Associate[at]itforchange[dot]net with a CV, a writing sample/communications portfolio. Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Finance, Accounts and Administration Officer

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka

Job summary

Key member of the team responsible for finance, accounting, and office administration activities. The position will be part of the management of the organization and the person will report to the Senior Finance, Accounts, and Administration Officer. The person will participate in and direct the following activities personally or through the four-member accounts and administration team, under the guidance of the Senior Finance, Accounts, and Administration Officer.

Accounting and Finance

    • Participate in developing and implementing goals, policies, and procedures relating to financial management and accounting
    • Prepare organizational and project budgets, monitor expenses with respect to budgets, and perform variance analysis and cost control
    • Record financial transactions in the books of accounts, maintained by project and cost centers
    • Maintain staff payroll, receivables, and payables
    • Perform funds planning and cash flows, including liaison with banks
    • Provide inputs for proposals and prepare reports to funders
    • Prepare MIS reports for senior management
    • Coordinate finalization of accounts and work with auditors and agencies for all statutory compliances

Office Administration

    • Participate in developing and implementing policies and procedures relating to office administration.
    • Handle overall administration of Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mysuru offices
    • Coordinate with vendors for office requirements, insurance, and AMCs
    • Procure office equipment, stationery and track fixed assets of the organization
    • Support organizing workshops and events, including logistics
    • Induct new employees
    • Any other task required to fulfill the responsibilities of the role

Qualification and experience

  • The candidate should have completed Inter CA
  • The candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of experience in financial accounting. Candidates having experience in handling audits/ accounts and administration of medium-sized organizations would be preferred
  • the candidate should preferably be below 35 years as of 31 March 2022

Job requirements 

    • High levels of ownership and drive required
    • Good team management and project management skills
    • Strong numerical and analytical skills. Proficiency in MS Office (Excel and  Word) is essential.
    • Good spoken and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging work environment.

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills and will not be a constraint for the right candidate. The annual compensation is expected to be between 6 and 9 lakhs per annum.

Application

Please apply with your resume by 20th April 2022 to sfaao[at]itforchange[dot]net 

 


Advocacy Associate

 

Location: Bengaluru/Delhi

Full-time

About Just Net Coalition (JNC)

Just Net Coalition (JNC) is a global network of civil society actors committed to an open, free, just and equitable Internet. Founded in February 2014, the coalition engages on topics of the internet and its governance, with the goal to promote democracy, human rights, and social justice. IT for Change serves as the secretariat of JNC. 

JNC, through its coalition members and allies, is currently engaged in a process of driving systematic development of digital governance perspectives in key sectors of development. Through deliberations and dialogue among civil society organizations and a bottom-up processes to map the key priorities for digital governance, we are working to shape our global advocacy agenda for the mid-term. 

We seek an Advocacy Associate to help steer this process by leading the community/coalition-building efforts of JNC with stakeholders in the digital justice space. The involves coordinating the global advocacy and research activities of the coalition, as well as taking on the challenge of scouting for and initiating new networking arenas and opportunities, widening the impact of the coalition’s work, and forging meaningful collaborations with diverse stakeholders. 

This is a high-energy job and the ideal applicant must demonstrate 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 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 a calendar and steering processes to maximize key developments in local and global policy spaces, and listing 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 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 even in asynchronous, semi-formal, and remote arrangements.
  • Familiarity with using digital tools and social media effectively.
  • Familiarity with global debates in various developmental areas, including geopolitical and geo-economic issues. 
  • Keen interest and experience in digital justice issues and policy.
  • A Master’s degree in development, social sciences, media studies, 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-Advocacy-Associate[at]itforchange[dot]net with a resume, and a dossier of relevant materials from previous campaign experience. The subject line should be ‘Advocacy Associate’.

Remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Tech-Policy Researcher

Location: Bengaluru, India

IT for Change is looking to recruit policy researchers with a technical background for its research and policy advocacy. We are looking for a candidate with a robust understanding of technology governance debates, especially the design and development of inclusive and accountable data and AI systems that further social policy objectives.

The Tech-Policy Research Associate will play an active role in two tracks:

  • Intelligent Infrastructures - Focusing on policy debates about platform, data, and AI governance in relation to emerging digital infrastructures underpinning the economy, society, and public administration.
  • Alternative Platform Models - Focusing on design and policy directions – techno-institutional norms, principles, and pathways – for non-extractivist platform infrastructures.

Primary responsibilities include:

  •  Providing research support on tech-design and regulation of digital infrastructures for research reports, blogs, advocacy statements, and organizational interventions in policy spaces.
  • Supporting the organization’s ongoing efforts with government agencies to develop innovative platform and data architectures for livelihood programs and social security schemes.
  • Writing explainers, policy briefs, and media pieces demystifying topical data and AI policy developments for civil society constituencies.
  • Assisting with organizing and executing policy events and attending/presenting at national and international advocacy events.

Interested candidates must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline (including but not limited to Computer Science or Information Technology).
  • A Master’s degree in social sciences, public policy, or law OR 2-3 years of experience working with public sector organizations in technology research or consulting roles.  
  • Excellent technical and academic writing skills, with a comfort in working in interdisciplinary teams and an eagerness to grapple with debates on the sociology and political economy of technology.

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 ‘Tech-Policy Researcher’.
Designation and remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications.


Policy Researcher - Digital Rights

Location: Bengaluru

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.

The ideal candidate will lead and support research on cutting-edge themes within the pertinent track, undertake socio-economic and 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 – Digital Rights’.

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


Policy Researcher - Digital Economy

Location: Bengaluru

This track focuses on questions of labor, gender, data, and technology in the digital economy with a focus on economic and social policy. Changing macroeconomic conditions, labor market dynamics, gender relations, and gender-responsive governance of data and the digital economy are the core areas of inquiries in this track. Expertise in macro-economic policy, labor, and gender, and handling of quantitative data is highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will lead and support research on cutting-edge themes within the pertinent track, undertake socio-economic and 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 – Digital Economy’.

Designation and remuneration will be commensurate with prior experience and qualifications


Project Associate- Information Technology

Job Profile:

1. Designing and conducting (in-person & virtual) technology training programs for teachers and teacher educators across different colleges, schools as well as government and non-government officials for
using and deploying different software applications, including educational applications.
2. Coordinating with teachers, teacher educators on ICT – Integrated programs at schools/colleges.
3. Visiting schools/colleges regularly to support the team to run ICT integrated programs smoothly and support teachers teacher educators to hardware and software installation at partner institutions.
4. Training teachers/teacher educators to create digital resources using different mobile and computer-based FOSS applications.
5. Helping resources creators to create and upload digital resources on OER repositories like Moodle, WordPress, and MediaWiki based platforms
6. Developing Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications user manuals, video tutorials, and other
resources that will help learners to learn digital tools and adopt in their learning process.
7. Exploring and training on mobile-based and computer-based digital technologies to help teachers to use them in their teaching and learning process.
8. Installing, configuring, using, and troubleshooting different software applications. We work with a wide
variety of software applications in different areas, including Desktop publishing, resources creation
applications, multimedia (audio and video editing), website management, apart from the operating system,
office suite etc.
9. Providing technical support to the organization in using different free software applications. Include exploring and training in different Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications as projects required.
10. Configuration and maintenance of the Internet, network LAN, WAN in office, and in other workshop places.
11. Customising and testing Linux-based Operating Systems (OS) as per the user's requirements. We customize and distribute FOSS operating systems as per the organization and project requirements.
12. Developing/customizing/maintaining websites using Drupal, WordPress, Moodle, and MediaWiki software to build and maintain websites.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. A BSC, BCA, BE, B Tech, Diploma (in Computer Science) or
any other graduate candidate who have the mentioned skills can also apply:
2. Candidates with 2-5 years in a similar role providing technology training will be considered for the position of “Project Associate” and candidates with 0-2 years relevant experience will be considered for the position of ‘Project Assistant”.

Desired Skills & Qualities
1. Should know different webinar platforms to conduct training for teachers, teacher educators and students.
2. Needs to have some knowledge about Linux or any other Open-source FOSS OS and tools.
3. Must be fluent in English and Kannada. Additionally, reasonable fluency in speaking
Hindi and good communication skills are a plus.
4. Is willing to travel around Karnataka and around India when required.
5. Candidate needs to have the interest to give training on different FOSS tools to the teachers, teacher
educators (include school students).
6. Willingness to learn new FOSS technologies and tools and train others.
7. Working knowledge of the installation of computer hardware/software.
8. Age preference between 24 and 30 years.

Location:
The place of work will be Bengaluru, Karnataka with occasional travel across different places in Karnataka and India.

IT for Change combines a challenging, dynamic work environment and excellent professional growth opportunities. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and would not be a constraint for the right candidate.

How to Apply
Please email your CV to rakesh @itforchange.net with Project Associate – IT in the subject line.


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 marginalized groups, minority communities, and women preferred.

Desired:

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

How to apply:
Interested candidates should apply to jobs-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.