Job opportunity: Local networks policy coordinator

Publisher: APCNews     31 July 2020

Call for applications to work with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a local networks policy coordinator to join the APC Local Networks (LocNet) policy team. The successful candidate will work to develop national, regional and global policy responses that create an enabling regulatory environment for community-led connectivity initiatives that considers perspectives of digital inclusion particularly in rural and economically disadvantaged areas. The position has a particular focus on Southeast and South Asia.

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 inclusion. Specifically, it is envisaged to address 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 coordinate regional policy efforts in the Southeast and South Asia regions and develop consistent and clearly communicated policy responses to the most pressing challenges to community-led connectivity initiatives and community networks. This includes contributing to efforts through the development of analysis of key policy and regulatory issues and sharing widely these developments related to the growth of community networks.

Start date: Mid-September/October 2020

Deadline for applications: 21 August 2020

Location: The applicant can work from anywhere in Southeast and South Asia. APC provides an equipment allowance and requires staff to use their own computers and office equipment. International and regional travel will be required occasionally and 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 40,000 to USD 50,000 per year. Short-listed applicants will receive specific information about the salary range. 


Who we are looking for:  

  • You have at least five years of experience in telecommunications policy advocacy issues related to digital inclusion. Experience in policy advocacy for community-led connectivity initiatives and open telecom data will be considered a plus.

  • You have experience writing policy documents and commenting into policy processes.

  • You have experience with global and regional (particularly Southeast and South Asia) telecommunications policy spaces, processes and actors.

  • You have experience in convening and delivering training to policy makers and regulators.

  • You are an experienced networker who is equally comfortable networking in an online environment and in-person. Familiarity with multistakeholder approaches is desirable.

  • You are quick and competent in writing and responding to email correspondence and policy-related submissions and reports.

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


Reporting: The position will report to the APC Local Networks co-lead: Policy


Responsibilities include:

  • Working within the APC Local Networks policy team to coordinate policy advocacy activities, particularly in the Southeast and South Asia region, and ensuring that they are implemented in a manner that reflects and integrates the strategic priorities, vision, positions and goals towards digital inclusion.

  • Ensuring that community networks and community-led connectivity initiative issues are integrated into ICT policy discussions, and that rural community and local connectivity driven organisations lead digital inclusion agenda setting.

  • Facilitating the development of the Local Networks initiative’s policy positions with the Local Networks policy team, APC members and partners.

  • Drafting statements and submissions to public consultations.

  • Conducting and contributing to research. 

  • Supporting the coordination of participation and interventions in policy spaces.

  • Representing APC as needed in various advocacy spaces. 

  • Contributing towards communications, outreach and dissemination, working with the Local Networks and APC communications teams.

  • Contributing towards the development of capacity-building interventions to support the participation of feminist, women’s rights and sexual rights advocates in policy and governance processes related to digital technologies.

  • Contributing to resource mobilisation and fundraising.

  • Liaising with APC staff and participating in the APC network development team and other relevant team and network spaces in APC.


The ideal candidate has: 

  • At least five years of demonstrated experience in policy advocacy around telecommunication infrastructure, community-led connectivity initiatives, digital inclusion and development issues.

  • An experienced approach to work management including planning, prioritising and organising tasks to effectively meet deadlines and achieve results.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, cross-culturally and across time zones in an online virtual/remote environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment to community-driven politics particularly in policy and regulatory advocacy within the Southeast and South Asia region

  • Curiosity around alternative solutions to digital inclusion, their impact and potential for exacerbating, transforming or ending gender discrimination and inequality.

  • Strong capacity in producing engaging and accessible content for different audiences.

  • Experience and willingness to contribute towards developing and communicating Local Networks policy-related positions about digital inclusion and alternative community-driven access to connectivity, at a variety of policy forums.

  • Familiarity and/or understanding of the Local Networks initiative and APC, especially in relation to community networks, telecommunications spectrum and open telecoms data as entry points to analyse the alternative approaches to fostering digital inclusion and human rights.

  • Apart from English, proficiency in one or more languages from South or Southeast Asia. Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese or French is also an advantage. 


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 Policy Coordinator” in the subject line.

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

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