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Job title: Technology Officer

Location: Can be Remote, or based at CIPESA offices in Kampala

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021 at 18.00 East African Time (EAST)

Contract: Fixed-term contract (Jan. 1, 2022-Dec. 31, 2022), Full-time

Annual Salary: USD 50,000

About CIPESA CIPESA works to enable various African stakeholders to use ICT to improve governance and livelihoods. We do this through research and contributing to the availability of information on the policy, legislative and practice environment affecting ICT in Africa; advocacy and awareness raising on threats to free speech, access to information, privacy and security online; spurring multi-stakeholder conversations on protecting and promoting internet rights; and knowledge and skills development in digital rights policy engagement, digital literacy, digital security, social accountability and human rights monitoring.

Position overview An assessment we conducted in 2020 indicated a need to bolster capacity, organisational practices, and implementation of security and safety measures for CIPESA and for partner social justice organisations and their staff. Meanwhile, as part of digital resilience support efforts by CIPESA to other civil society groups, several organisations reported losing access to their digital assets, and experienced hacking and harassment on digital platforms. Overall, skills and protections are inadequate among many of our partner human rights defender (HRD) organisations. Accordingly, we need an individual to build CIPESA’s digital resilience and that of our partner organisations. The individual will primarily contribute to the limb of our work concerned with knowledge and skills development in digital literacy, digital security, and digital rights threats modelling – supporting both CIPESA and our network of partners including grantees of the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF). The Technology Officer will contribute to our campaigns on safety and security; develop a pool of resources on secure use of communications (e.g. in censored environments for circumvention, and to beat network disruptions); develop curriculum and offer training on effective and secure use of digital communication (including for public communication, advocacy, remote working, virtual conferencing).

Must-Have Skills

  • Digital security skills (including developing policies, conducting organisational assessments, offering digital security training to partner organisations, conducting Training of Trainers).
  • Proficiency with anti-censorship or secure communications tools.
  • Infrastructure security – determining front and back-end features, user policies, multi-device optimisation.
  • Ability to develop training and capacity building resources (e.g. curriculum, toolkits).

Nice-to-Have SKills

  • Ability to contribute to analysis of laws, policies and technical measures that affect a free, secure and open internet.
  • Conducting open source investigations online.
  • Supporting digital advocacy campaigns.
  • Data visualisation.
  • Experience working with human rights defenders.

Level of experience Proficient with more than three years’ experience and requiring little-to-no guidance. They should possess at least a Bachelors degree in a relevant field.

Language English is a must. Knowledge of other languages widely spoken in the region, i.e. French and Swahili, would be useful.

Location: The position can be based in Kampala, Uganda, or remotely based, preferably in a time zone close to East African Standard Time (EAST) and Southern African Standard Time (SAST).

Start and end dates for the position January 1, 2022- December 31, 2022 with a possibility for renewal.

Salary US$50,000 per annum

Benefits Medical insurance, flexible hours and workplace, paid time off, out of station allowances and connection to a diverse group of happy staff and partners.

Application requirements Kindly send applications to [email protected] latest

December 27, 2021 at 18:00 East African Time (EAST), including a cover letter outlining how you fit the job requirements and your areas of expertise; a CV; two writing samples (or alternative samples of your work); names and contacts of two referees.