Job opportunity: APC is looking for a communications associate

By APCNews 31 July 2020

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a communications associate to manage the external communications of APC’s Local Networks initiative in a way that contributes to addressing digital exclusion with a feminist and human rights-based approach. This position will lead the development of a Local Networks communication plan and support priority communications efforts, ensure that all outputs are of high quality, vibrant, current and informative to audiences consistent with the initiative’s objectives, plan and strategy.

About the initiative

Local Networks (LocNet) is an initiative led by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the work of community networks, and to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity activities in developing countries. This initiative is part of APC’s strategy to address digital exclusion. Specifically, it is 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.  You can read more about the initiative here and here.


Purpose of position: To lead the development and implementation of the Local Networks communications plan, spaces and outputs. The communications plan responds to APC priorities on community networks and digital exclusion, specifically, incorporating a feminist and human rights based approach. The position will report to APC’s Local Networks initiative coordinator and APC’s communications manager.

Start date: Mid-September/October 2020

Deadline for applications: 19 August 2020

Location: The applicant can work from anywhere as long as they have reliable connectivity. APC provides an equipment allowance and requires staff to use their own computers and office equipment. International and regional travel will be required, dependent on the current COVID-19 conditions. APC is a networked organisation with a strong base and orientation towards the global South and privileges this political lens and location in our work.

Remuneration and duration of contract: This is a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) position on an initial 12 month fixed-term contract, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 18 months. 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 35,000 to USD 42,000 per year. Short-listed applicants will receive specific information about the salary range. 


Who we are looking for:  

  • You believe in APC's vision and mission and have worked for organisations or networks with similar goals and values.

  • You have at least three years of demonstrated experience in communications work within the global South (including planning, coordination, production, outreach and dissemination). It can be for an initiative involving multiple partners or an international organisation.

  • You have a great understanding and analysis on digital exclusion issues related to local access to the internet and community networks, with a feminist and human rights-based approach.

  • You are creative and an excellent communicator, capable of working with technical and policy issues but also translating them into simple language.

  • You are proficient in English.

  • You are flexible and able to work to numerous competing deadlines.

  • You are proactive and have initiative, as well as responsive to email correspondence and requests. 

  • You are available for travelling, dependent on the current COVID-19 conditions.


Reporting: The position will report to the Local Networks initiative coordinator and APC’s communications manager.


Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and lead the initiative’s communications plan, spaces and outputs, working closely with the Local Networks and APC communications teams.

  • Produce and implement a media outreach strategy for the initiative, as required, partnering with media outlets whenever possible.

  • Build and maintain the initiative’s social media presence, including the organisation of online events (campaigns, Twitter interviews, social media guest editors, etc., as required).

  • Produce and/or commission original content for the initiative (in-depth articles, blog posts or interviews), with a strong emphasis on using different formats (text, audio, video, etc.) on key issues as identified with the Local Networks team.

  • Produce, curate and ensure the monthly frequency of the Community Networks and Local Access Newsletter, including coordination, interviewing, writing of articles, editing and adapting other materials as needed.

  • Disseminate information on the initiative in the relevant internal and external communications channels, and make sure the initiative is strategically represented in online spaces and relevant events.

  • Ensure that the Local Networks initiative’s publications and their translations are high quality, consistent with APC guidelines and adapted to the initiative’s specific audiences, in coordination with the Local Networks and APC communications team (this includes administration of the production process, translators, proofreaders, layout and design personnel and budget production).

  • Develop and produce frequent outreach reports based on the initiative’s communications monitoring and evaluation indicators, which will speak to the initiative’s objectives.

  • Curate the existing resources available on the website on access to the internet and compile them in a format to be agreed on.

  • Attend key events identified by the Local Networks team and produce coverage outputs as required.

  • Support the Local Networks initiative’s staff, members, peers and partners to produce high-quality, valuable communications outputs.


The ideal candidate has: 

  • At least three years of demonstrated experience in communications work within the global South for an initiative with multiple partners or for an international organisation.

  • A deep understanding and analysis of local access to the internet, digital exclusion, human rights, feminist and development issues.

  • An experienced approach to work management including planning, prioritising and organising tasks to effectively meet competing deadlines and deliver in a timely manner, achieving expected results.

  • Familiarity with and/or understanding of APC and its advocacy priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, cross-culturally and across time zones.

  • Experience working in an online virtual/remote environment.


Also an advantage:

  • Apart from English, proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or French. 


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.


About APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was established by seven founding organisations in 1990 as an international membership-based network working to mobilise emerging electronic information and communication networks for social justice and development. APC will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020.

APC has grown into a respected network with a total of 57 organisational members. APC’s strength comes from the experience, expertise and credibility of the people who make up the network and the organisational culture of feminist values, commitment to human rights, belief in collaboration and respect and care that APC brings to its relationship within the APC community.

Our vision is for people to use and shape the internet and digital technologies to create a just and sustainable world, leading to greater care for ourselves, each other and the earth.

Our mission is to create a just and sustainable world by harnessing the collective power of activists, organisations, excluded groups, communities and social movements, to challenge existing power structures and ensure that the internet is developed and governed as a global public good.


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.

Apply for this position here.

Thank you for your interest in this position. If you have any questions please write to including “Local networks communications associate” in the subject line.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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