Position Description

BASICS Consultant - Web Development
Location Remote
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This is a globally remote, part-time three-month contract budgeted for a rate of US $300-500 per day. The BASICS Specialist in Web Development will work closely with an open source tool team (Tahoe-LAFS) to develop public facing websites that will further long-term sustainability of the tools. Tahoe-LAFS is an open source software tool that supports at-risk journalists and human rights organizations; their team is participating in Internews' BASICS project.

About BASICS Specialists

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.

Our Commitment to a Culture of Belonging

Internews is a very diverse organization globally. We value the perspectives that result from the inclusivity of different voices, and the foundation of 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.

Scope of Work

This is a paid position on a 3-month part-time contract. The Specialist will be expected to work approximately 20 hours per week to activities such as the following:

  • Support the development of one or more websites to host documentation, guidelines, and conduct/feedback forms (CSS framework can be Bootstrap or Bulma)
    • The website should NOT be built using WordPress, Rails, React, Django, Jekyll, jQuery, etc. We prefer someone with strengths working in CSS, HTML, & JS.
  • Support the migration of existing websites to new platforms

Qualifications We're Looking For

The specialist should have experience in:

  • Setup/customization of and migration to source-code hosting platforms (such as GitLab, GitHub, SourceHut, etc.)
  • Basic front-end website and User Experience design
  • Strong skills in CSS, HTML, and Javascript
  • Comfort with or willingness to learn Git/GitHub

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of REST APIs
  • Ability to create a components library on Figma (including color scheme/layout)
  • 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 Tahoe-LAFS

Tahoe-LAFS is a Free and Open decentralized cloud storage system which distributes data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire file source continues to function correctly, preserving your privacy and security.

To apply, please submit your resume, portfolio, and optionally a cover letter. (You may skip all questions in the Work and Education History section.) 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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