Job call: Latin America regional coordinator – Connecting the unconnected

12 December 2018

“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 position: APC invites host institutions already working with community networks  to apply and nominate a candidate for this regional coordinator position. 

The candidate selected for this position would lead a 10-month Latin American regional level coordination process around community networks and foster interregional interaction and collaboration to facilitate peer exchanges among community networks; support policy advocacy and awareness raising interventions regionally and nationally; facilitate capacity building at the community level; and participate in policy and regulatory engagements, both nationally and regionally. 

Start date: Second week of February 2019. Please note that given the short timeline in this project, delaying this start date is not a possibility. The selected host institution will be notified by the last week of January 2019.

Deadline for applications: 11 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 Community Member Grants.

  • Coordinate, facilitate and supervise the work and travel of peer community members in Latin America.

  • Facilitate dialogue between peer community members and other project partners to solve community network problems and communicate and share information on the lessons learned.

  • Provide support to the peer community members in Latin America in writing project-based funding proposals.

  • Provide oversight on the implementation and reporting of the Peer Community Member Grants and Pathfinder Grants.

  • Contribute to movement building in the region.

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

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

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

Secondary responsibilities
  • Advocacy: Support project advocacy plans globally, and especially in Latin America. 

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

Qualifications, background and experience

The following qualifications, background and experience are expected from the individual candidate proposed by the host institution: 

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

  • Technical experience in the deployment of community networks.

  • At least three years 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 in the Latin America region.

  • 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 Spanish and English. 

  • Ability to communicate in Portuguese would be an advantage.

Location

The applicant will work at the host institution’s premises, and must be from and living in the Latin America region.

Remuneration and duration of contract

The host institution selected  will receive USD 36,500. This fund should cover a minimum 0.75 full-time equivalent contract for the Latin America regional coordinator, who is expected to work from mid-February until 31 December 2019. It is expected that the host institution will also receive additional funds for travel expenses to cover the following trips by the regional coordinator:

  • Visits to the four different members of the peer community in Latin America.

  • Participation in the Summit on Community Networks in Latin America. 

  • Participation in two regional or global strategic events. 

A contract between the successful host institution and APC will be drawn up containing the specific terms and the disbursement process.  

How to apply

Interested institutions should submit an application with the following information in English:

  • A cover letter stating the qualifications of the candidate and interest in the position. 

  • A CV of the candidate for the position of regional coordinator. Institutions are encouraged to nominate women candidates.

  • Three references for the candidate: names, relationship, contact details; at least one of these should be from a community network project that the candidate has worked on.

  • A proposal from the interested institution stating how it intends to host the Latin America regional coordination of the project. This proposal should include: details on its organisational capacity, an organisational profile (including its legal registration, organigram and past experience in managing grants), how it will provide support to the regional coordinator, and a budget proposal outlining the way funds will be used.

Information to be highlighted about the candidate includes: 

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

  • Experience in advocacy or capacity building and networking.

  • Experience in project coordination.

  • Computer and internet skills.

  • Where the candidate is based.

  • Confirmation that the candidate is able and willing to travel frequently.

  • Languages spoken and written.

  • Why the candidate would like to be part of this project and is interested in this position.

  • Why the candidate would like to work with APC.

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

Please send this information and any further questions via email with “Latin America Regional Coordinator” in the subject line to: jobs@apc.org by 2 January 2019, 23:00 UTC. Please note that only short-listed host institutions will be contacted.

Project details 

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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