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BASICS Consultant - iOS Development
Location Remote
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The BASICS Specialist in iOS Development will work with the Tella team to implement code improvements that further sustainability of the tool. Tella is an open source software tool used to support at-risk journalists and human rights organizations; their team is participating in Internews' BASICS project.

This is a paid position on a 6-month part-time contract.


Internews' BASICS project (Building Analytical and Support Infrastructure for Critical Security tools) is improving the sustainability of critical open source privacy and security tools by building ties between tool teams and the communities they serve. Many powerful and widely used open source security and privacy tools are maintained by individuals or small groups of volunteers who are often under-resourced, lack the ability to receive grant funding, and do not have the means to hire additional support to advance their project's goals.

Internews will place skilled individuals with open source tool teams as contributing specialists who will help address tool needs. Contributing specialists will be supervised and supported by Internews and connected with a partner from the tool team(s) for mentoring and coordination.

Internews is a very diverse organizational globally. We value the perspectives that result from the inclusivity of different voices, and the foundation of our work is to support free and open communications between all people. We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We are an EEO employer and strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for any of our open positions.


The Specialist will be expected to work approximately 20 hours per week contributing to activities such as the following:

  • Support the development of the Tella iOS app
  • Build a bot to notify the team of upstream security patches



  • Experience with iOS app development and deployment
  • Extensive experience coding in Swift
  • Familiarity with Git and collaboration platforms like GitHub or GitLab

Preferred: Lived experience in Internet environments facing challenges emerging from electricity and bandwidth limitations, censorship, surveillance, and other oppressive, anti-open-internet activities.

The Specialist should demonstrate enthusiasm for Open Source software, excitement to learn, and commitment to freedom of speech and journalist safety.

About Tella

Tella is a documentation app specifically designed to protect users in oppressive environments. It is used by activists, journalists, and civil society groups to document human rights violations, corruption, or electoral fraud. Tella encrypts and hides sensitive material on your device , and quickly deletes it in emergency situations; and groups and organizations can deploy it among their members to collect data for research, advocacy, or legal proceedings. Tella has three main objectives:

  • Protecting users who engage in documentation from physical and digital repression
  • Protecting the data they use from censorship, tampering, interception and destruction
  • Empowering individuals and groups to easily, quickly, and effectively collect data and produce high quality documentation that can be used for research, advocacy , or transitional justice.

To apply, please submit your resume and optionally a cover letter. Please enter ‘1234’ in the Annual Salary required field when submitting your application. You will be asked to provide your Hourly Rate before submitting your application.

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