Job call: Gender and women's engagement coordinator – Connecting the unconnected

12 December 2018

APC is looking for a gender and women’s engagement coordinator to work with a new project for 10 months, beginning in February 2019.

Who we are looking for: You are an experienced coordinator who shares a commitment to APC's mission and core values and has a commitment to and interest in community networks. You have experience working with non-profit organisations and want to be part of APC to work for social justice, human rights and development with a feminist perspective. 

“Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the work of community networks, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The initiative intends to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

A summary of the project explaining all its components can be found here

Main purpose of the job: The purpose of the position is to coordinate a peer group of women in community networks (including both women-led community networks and women nominated by their respective organisation) from different regions and foster ways to organise community networks that ensure that women influence and have a role in affordable and meaningful access to information in their community. 

Start date: Second week of February 2019. The selected candidate will be notified by the last week of January 2019.

Deadline for applications: 2 January 2019

Reporting: The position will report to the overall project coordinator for APC’s “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project and work closely with other members of the project team.

Primary responsibilities  
  • Participate in the selection of the peer communities.

  • Coordinate the peer community of women and support women to participate in the project, particularly acknowledging the challenges and cultural sensitivities which may affect change.

  • Provide support to peer community members to ensure gender analysis and perspectives are fully embedded in project implementation.

  • Assist with the participation of a diversity of women in external community network activities. 

  • Support women-led community networks applying for funding grants and APC Labs activities.

  • Contribute to the inclusion of gender equality and women's empowerment analysis within policy documents that aim to enable community networks.

  • Support partners to identify and advocate in forums to address gaps related to gender equality.

  • Participate in the Project Inception Meeting in mid-February 2019.

  • Participate in the Peer Community Inception Meeting in March 2019.

  • Support the development of learning resources that are created by the peer community of women and select some cases as best practices for a training syllabus.

Secondary responsibilities
  • Advocacy: Support project advocacy plans globally. 

  • Fundraising and resource mobilisation: Assist the project team with the development of a five-year strategy to continue the work of the project.

  • Work with the APC Women’s Rights Programme in integrating the Feminist Principles of the Internet and the feminist intersectional approach in all aspects of the project.

Qualifications, background and experience
  • Academic qualifications in one of the following preferred areas: gender and feminist studies, economic and social studies, development studies, public policy, law, telecommunications policy and regulation, or an equivalent three years of experience in leading community/grassroots feminist initiatives and/or feminist action research. 

  • Experience working with community networks or similar projects (in “rural development”, “rural connectivity”, “access development”, etc.).

  • Technical experience or understanding of technologies in the deployment of community networks is a distinct advantage.

  • At least three years of experience in project management, including reporting and people coordination. 

  • Knowledge about policy advocacy processes and other mechanisms which enable community networks, small operators, or universal affordable access.

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of gender, human rights, feminism and the internet.

  • Track record as an inclusive network builder and team player.

  • Ability to plan and think strategically, in particular to revise practices and suggest solutions to ensure efficiency of the implementation of the project.

  • Capacity to work autonomously and in a team setting.

  • Excellent writing, documentation, filing and communication skills.

  • Excellent written and spoken English. 

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish or French is a distinct advantage.

Location

The applicant should preferably be a person who self-identifies as a woman and who is from and living in the global South, and must have excellent internet access in place by their start date. APC provides an equipment allowance but requires staff to use their own computers. APC is a truly virtual organisation and does not have a physical headquarters. We do our work online.

Remuneration and duration of contract

This is a 1.0 full-time equivalent contract for an initial 10-month period (renewable depending on performance and availability of funding). Remuneration is based on APC’s salary scale for the position of coordinator and a range of USD 40,000 to USD 45,000 (12 month, full time equivalent). Short-listed candidates will receive specific information on the salary range on request.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter in English that illustrates your interest in the position. You should include the following information:

  • Experience in working with different constituencies, particularly community networks.

  • Knowledge and experience in gender, human rights, feminism, advocacy or capacity building and networking.

  • Experience in project coordination.

  • Computer and internet skills.

  • Where you are based.

  • Confirmation that you are able and willing to travel frequently.

  • Languages spoken and written. 

  • Why you would like to be part of this project and are interested in this position.

  • Why you would like to work with APC

  • Other information you think might be of importance to our assessment of the application.

  • Three references: names, relationship, contact details; at least one of these should be related to a project that you have coordinated.

Please send this information and any questions via email with “Gender and Women’s Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line to: jobs@apc.org by 2 January 2019, 23:00 UTC. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Project details 

This project aims to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

The project will focus on 12 locally managed community networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America (four per region) to strengthen their impact, reach and sustainability. This group of community networks will form the core of a peer community that can connect and broaden support for community-based connectivity initiatives, both nationally, regionally and internationally. 

The project will achieve its objectives through peer learning and exchange, awareness raising and capacity building for the development of scalable, innovative and sustainable networks, and contributing to the development of an enabling policy and regulatory environment.

The project will adopt human rights-based and gender equality approaches, with a special emphasis on women-led initiatives and integration of a gender perspective at all levels of project conceptualisation, planning and implementation. In addition, an ecosystem approach that integrates participation and ownership of project participants will be used to ensure sustainability beyond the life of the project.

This project builds on APC’s existing local access-related work currently being implemented with Sida’s core support, and the knowledge gained from the Local Access Networks research project implemented by APC and its partner Rhizomatica, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), during the period August 2017-January 2019.

About APC

APC is a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.

About Rhizomatica

Rhizomatica is a civil society organisation whose mission is to increase access to and participation in telecommunications by supporting communities to build and maintain self-governed and owned communication infrastructure. Rhizomatica's approach combines regulatory activism and reform, critical engagement with technology and the development of decentralised telecommunications infrastructure, and direct community involvement and participation.



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