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.
The BASICS UX & UI Developer will work closely with the Thunderbird Open PGP feature development team to develop and implement user research, user interface designs, and documentation improvements that will further sustainability of the project. The position has the flexibility to be tailored for someone with more expertise on the UX Design side or the Development side, depending on the background and interests of the applicant.
This is a globally remote contract budgeted for a rate of US $25-50 per hour.
OUR COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF BELONGING
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 believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.
SCOPE OF WORK
This is a paid consultancy with the option for either:
The Specialist will contribute to activities such as following:
QUALIFICATIONS WE'RE LOOKING FOR
The consultant should have:
Preferred Qualifications (nice to have but not required):
The Specialist should demonstrate enthusiasm for Open Source software, excitement to learn, and commitment to freedom of speech and journalist safety.
Thunderbird is a free and open source email, newsfeed, chat, and calendaring client, that's easy to set up and customize. One of the core principles of Thunderbird is the use and promotion of open standards - this focus is a rejection of our world of closed platforms and services that can't communicate with each other. We want our users to have freedom and choice in how they communicate.
To apply, please submit your resume and optionally a cover letter.