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Info-Activism Programme Coordinator

Applications to be received by 7th October 2010

Tactical Tech is seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong background in working with grassroots rights-based organisations to use information and digital technologies in their campaigning work.
Tactical Tech is currently expanding its work under the Info-Activism programme and we are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic coordinator to help us further develop our activities in this area. Over the coming year we will be building on the success of 10 Tactics for turning information into action, an educational documentary film that shows how rights advocates are using digital technologies worldwide for social change, continuing to distribute our 'in-a-box' series of toolkits and guides and supporting our growing informal network of info-activists worldwide.

The successful candidate will have a proven interest in using digital technologies for advocacy, have excellent communications and networking skills, and show dedication to expanding our outreach to grassroots groups.

This is a growth area for Tactical Tech; while this post is initially for a six month period, we anticipate this will extend to a more permanent position for the successful candidate.  
Role Summary
The Project Coordinator will be responsible for providing support to all the Tactical Tech info-activism projects including coordinating and planning events, writing for our online productions, maintaining the toolkits and guides, coordinating with our informal network, and building partnerships and relationships.   
Reporting Lines  

Reporting to the the Info-activism Programme Lead
Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting activities under the Info-activism programme area
  • Contributing to the strategic planning and development of the Info-activism programme area
  • Writing case studies and maintaining content of the Info-activism toolkits and guides
  • Maintaining and promoting our project websites and our toolkits and guides, such as 10 Tactics and Message in-a-box.
  • Answering queries and supporting outreach for our Info-Activism programme products, including supporting translations, screenings, and distribution at events.
  • Administrative support, such as setting up contracts and managing small scale budgets.
  • Building relationships with and on-going liaison with project partners and our informal network.
  • Supporting info-activism training activities. 

Reporting and communications
Helping the Programme Lead meet obligations to funders/clients, such as providing:

  • support on report writing;
  • coordinating with TTC staff members and contributing to the organisation's knowledge base on related topics;
  • writing stories for Tactical Tech websites and external media that document and promote Info-activism programme's activities; and
  • carrying out research, monitoring and evaluation activities

Person Specification
At least three years experience in:

  • working with ICT/digital media and development/human rights;
  • working with grassroots rights-based organisations; and
  • media production (such as writing for web, video productions, other publications) or developing media campaigns for advocacy

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the geo-political contexts in which TTC's work is carried out
  • Understanding of campaigning and advocacy work
  • Understanding/experience of working with media producers
  • Experience of living in and/or working in developing countries
  • Ability and willingness to learn new things and develop new ideas  
  • Creativity

Applicants must have the following skills:

  • Be a self-starter, and flexible multi-tasker with good time management skills - including being able to take on a variety of deadline-driven tasks with limited supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal English
  • Strong writing skills and experience writing for the web
  • Extremely competent with office and digital media software applications and preferably with using mobile applications and website management
  • Flourishes as part of a dynamic, international team, along with all this entails (international travel, sensitivity to political situations and different views of the world, common sense etc.) 

Language skills are an advantage. A degree and post-graduate degree in media, communications, information technology or related field is preferable although not essential with the right experience.
This position involves some international travel.
This post will ideally be based in Tactical Tech's Bangalore office in India. In exceptional circumstances for the ideal candidate, applicants from Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia may be considered.

We are offering a 6 months full time position, with a possibility to extend. The post starts in October/November depending on the availability of the successful applicant. Interviews will be held in Bangalore mid to late October (dates to be confirmed).
Salary for the ideal candidate based in the Bangalore office will be:  RS713-958,000 p.a (€12-16,000), dependent on experience.
Please apply to jobs@tacticaltech.org with your CV and an accompanying letter outlining your suitability for the post by the 7th October 2010.

You must also respond to the following questions (max 300 words per question response):
1. Describe up to three main challenges for grassroots rights advocates  and NGOs wanting to use information and digital technology to advance a cause?
2. Describe an info-activism initiative and explain why you find it interesting.
3. What is one resource you use to learn about what is happening in the field of digital advocacy and/or human rights? What do like about this resource?

Some websites you may like to look at are:

Tactical Tech

10 Tactics

Mobiles in-a-box

Message in-a-box

Only applicants who fit the above person specification and answer the above questions will be considered.