Job opportunity with APC: GenderIT coordinator and editor

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The Women's Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC WRP) is looking for a content production coordinator and experienced editor to join APC’s virtual office and help support our exciting work. The content production coordinator will be responsible for producing quality content for GenderIT.org, other research and knowledge related content, communications and building networks for GenderIT, especially with writers, creators, researchers, activists and practitioners, to voice feminist articulations on digital technologies.

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. The APC WRP works to strengthen the capacity of diverse women’s movements to influence internet usage, development and decision making, through strategies and projects around knowledge/research, movements, policy and networks.

Purpose of the position: The successful candidate will join the APC WRP to manage the quality and diversity of content production for GenderIT.org, including development of an editorial plan and managing publication deadlines with a range of contributors, writers and external collaborators. The content coordinator will be also part of the APC WRP’s knowledge-building team and should be familiar with internet-related research, especially on gender and from feminist perspectives, and able to comment and guide research processes, coordinate the production of the main research publications by APC WRP and participate in knowledge exchanges with feminist researchers in the field of digital technology .

Deadline for applications: 7 February 2022 

Start date: 1 April 2022 

Remuneration and duration of contract

This is a 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) position on a fixed-term 12-month contract. Contract renewal is dependent on performance (there will be a four-month probation period) and the availability of funding.  Remuneration is in the range of USD 41,000 to 46,000 per year for a 1.0 FTE position; short-listed applicants will receive specific information about the salary range.

Location: The successful applicant may work from anywhere in the world provided they have reliable and consistent internet access. APC provides an equipment allowance and requires staff to use their own computers and office equipment. International and regional travel may be required occasionally, and APC adjusts its travel policy consistently in response to shifting and COVID-19 related realities in different parts of the world. Please note that APC is a networked organisation based primarily in the global South, and privileges this political lens and location in our work.

Responsibilities of the content production coordinator and editor include:

  • Development of an overall editorial plan and coordination of quality and diversity of content production for GenderIT.org with a range of contributors.

  • Coordination of GenderIT.org's pool of writers and editors, including identifying and contracting new writers and guest editors, managing publication deadlines, supporting development of writers and creators with guidance, constructive editing and feedback to help them find their voice.

  • Website maintenance and overall management of web publication on the English and Spanish site, including formatting and publishing according to timelines, and the overall quality of content published, including visuals and images used.

  • Occasional writing or creating original content, analysis and visuals as needed.

  • Regular updating of GenderIT Twitter and FIRN-related social media, development and monitoring of GenderIT.org distribution and communications strategy, including dissemination to key target groups, and thinking of new ways to engage them in content production.

  • Coordinating comments and feedback and being part of the production of the main research publications for APC WRP, as part of the knowledge-building team of APC WRP.

  • Oversight of other APC WRP websites, especially related to research and knowledge, including the website for the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN).

The ideal candidate:

  • Loves writing and creating, and working with a wide range of contributors.

  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

  • Is interested in examining and analysing broader social and cultural issues related to the internet from feminist perspectives.

  • Is a team player, with good coordination skills.

  • Is inspired by working with other writers, and is comfortable with both copy-editing and line-editing without losing the writer’s voice.

  • Enjoys interacting with readers, and thinking of new ways to engage them in content production.

  • Enjoys working with images, art and design and working with designers and illustrators, and has an interest in widening the formats of creating content.

  • Is a feminist at heart and in practice.

  • Has a strong feminist and political analysis on current issues, including technology, and has published articles, research or analysis that relates to gender and technology.

  • Has at least three to five years of experience in project coordination or as an editor and at least one year of experience specifically in running media platforms and an understanding of internet publishing.

  • Has experience in networking and animating online exchanges between women's rights and technology organisations and activists.

  • Has advanced or upper intermediate reading and writing skills in English.

  • People of colour and LBTQI individuals preferred.

How to apply

For the purpose of this job, all relevant documents should be in English to aid in overall assessment. The following information should be included in your application:

  • Your name, email, phone, location and gender.

  • An email/letter in English explaining:
    –Why you are interested in joining our team.
    –How you would describe your editorial style.
    –What relevant personal, activist, professional and/or academic experience and expertise you have.
    –What drives your interest in online feminist publishing platforms such as GenderIT.org.

  • Three examples of pieces you have edited and are most proud of. This can also be image, audio or video-based work (a combination of English and Spanish pieces – you can include translations).

  • Two samples of your writing, preferably published (preferably one in English and one in Spanish).

  • Three names of referees who will send references if you are shortlisted for the job.

Please note that applications will only be accepted through the online portal, which can be accessed here.

We look forward to hearing from you before 7 February 2022 latest. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by writing to jobs@apc.org with “GenderIT.org content production coordinator” in the subject line.

Please note that we are only able to contact you if you have been short-listed. 

APC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to ethnicity, colour, religion, sexuality or gender identity, disability or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, development and training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. APC values people from diverse backgrounds and encourages applications from people from the global South, working to create an open atmosphere of integrity, trust, honesty and respect. We particularly encourage women, trans, gender queer/non-binary and gender-diverse people to apply.

Project details

GenderIT.org is a bilingual site operated by the APC WRP with more than 300 writers who share research and analysis on the internet, digital technology and gender. It draws in academics, journalists, activists and advocates from different contexts, largely in the global South, who voice feminist articulations on emerging concerns in the digital fields through analytical writings as well as innovative formats such as podcasts, comics and personal essays.

GenderIT.org also facilitates interaction with a wider community of researchers, activists and practitioners to inform policy advocacy work, with the aim of creating an internet that integrates and respects the rights and demands of women, trans and gender-diverse people. Check it out here.

APC WRP has a knowledge-building team and has undertaken several research and knowledge-related projects over the years, including GenderIT.org and the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN), a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by APC and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). FIRN focuses on the making of a feminist internet as critical to bring about transformation in gendered structures of power that exist online and onground. You can learn more about FIRN here



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