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Posted 18 April, 2014 by Alix Dunn

Pssst – We’re Hiring for a 3-Person Project Dream Team!

Over the last two years, the engine room has been testing an approach to supporting advocacy groups who use technology in their work. It has two main parts: 1. getting to know partners really well so we can help them throughout the course of a project and 2. matchmaking partners with experts that can help them at key points along the way. We’re excited to announce that last month, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approved funding that will allow us to spend 18 months in Southern Africa and Latin America to test this support methodology with  local organizations working to promote transparency and accountability. This means we are hiring a team of three! We are looking for a project deputy and two regional project leads (one in Southern Africa, and one in Latin America). The regional leads will help to design, launch, test, and document the pilot initiative. If you know of some resourceful and experienced advocates, technologists, and/or support providers who want to spend time using technology to help great partners do great work, then pass this opportunity on to them. For more about how to apply for open positions, go here.

More about the positions:

Southern Africa Regional Lead

The Southern Africa regional project lead will be responsible for selecting local partners, engaging directly with local partners to identify needs, co-creating work plans with local partners, advising the project manager on priorities for matchmaking with experts, managing relationships between support providers and local partners, contributing to the overall pilot documentation process, and providing input and support in the strategy development of the pilot.

The regional project lead is a 50% position, will be compensated competitively, and will be working in direct collaboration with the project lead and the Latin American regional lead. The ideal candidate for the Southern Africa regional lead position will:

  • live in Southern Africa
  • speak fluent English and one local language

have:

  • strong networks with civil society and activist communities in Southern Africa
  • a demonstrated interest in issues of transparency, accountability, and/or other social change work
  • very, very strong communication skills and ability to effectively work remotely with the engine room team and local partners
  • experience working with advocacy projects using technology
  • an understanding of how organizations work, learn, and adapt

be:

  • committed to the spirit of the pilot partnership project and interested in testing new ways to provide effective support for advocacy projects
  • a self-starter, comfortable working in a distributed team and taking an active role in defining work plans and program strategy
  • a creative thinker who enjoys tackling complex problems with gusto and good humor
  • responsive and conscientious in managing work flows, schedules, and activities project manager
  • a team player who enjoys documenting and sharing project experiences with partners and colleagues

TO APPLY: Please email a CV and cover letter to post [at] theengineroom [dot] org with the Southern Africa Regional Lead in the subject line.

Latin American Regional Lead

The Latin American regional project lead will be responsible for selecting local partners, engaging directly with local partners to identify needs, co-creating work plans with local partners, advising the project manager on priorities for matchmaking with experts, managing relationships between support providers and local partners, contributing to the overall pilot documentation process, and providing input and support in the strategy development of the pilot.

The regional project lead is a 50% position, will be compensated competitively, and will be working in direct collaboration with the project lead and the Latin American regional lead. The ideal candidate for the Latin America regional lead position will:

  • live in Latin America
  • speak fluent English and Spanish

have:

  • strong networks with civil society and activist communities in Latin America
  • a demonstrated interest in issues of transparency, accountability, and/or other social change work
  • very, very strong communication skills and ability effectively work remotely with the engine room team and local partners
  • experience working with advocacy projects using technology
  • an understanding of how organizations work, learn, and adapt

be:

  • committed to the spirit of the pilot partnership project and interested in testing new ways to provide effective support for advocacy projects
  • a self-starter, comfortable working in a distributed team and taking an active role in defining work plans and program strategy
  • a creative thinker who enjoys tackling complex problems with gusto and good humor
  • responsive and conscientious in managing work flows, schedules, and activities project manager
  • a team player who enjoys documenting and sharing project experiences with partners and colleagues

TO APPLY: Please email a CV and cover letter to post [at] theengineroom [dot] org with the Latin America Regional Lead in the subject line.

Project Deputy

The project deputy will work with the project lead to proactively and responsively assist all team members to successfully complete work. The project deputy will support the project lead in successfully meeting deadlines, managing administrative and logistics workflows, carrying out desk research and writing as requested and needed, and providing ad hoc support throughout the life of the project.

The project deputy will be a part-time position and pay will be commensurate with experience. The ideal candidate for the project deputy will:

have:

  • passion for supporting advocacy work in transparency, accountability, and/or other social change work
  • strong communication skills to effectively work with the engine room project team
  • experience working in non-profit and distributed team environments
  • a computer and a reliable internet connection
  • fluency in English (other languages a big plus!)

be:

  • committed to the spirit of the pilot partnership project
  • a team player who enjoys documenting and sharing project experiences with partners and colleagues
  • a resourceful and adaptive planner and doer who feels comfortable diving in to any task and learning on the go
  • a self-starter, comfortable working in a distributed team
  • a strong-willed spirit who can get a lot of work done and contribute to a small team with good humor and attention to detail

TO APPLY: Please email a CV and cover letter to post [at] theengineroom [dot] org with the Project Deputy in the subject line.

 

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