11 September 2019

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED The Internet Democracy Project has conducted pioneering work on the issue of gender and online abuse in India since 2012. We are now looking for three short-term consultants to help us take this work forward between now and December 2019: two research consultants and one gender and advocacy technology consultant. For more details, please see below! People from marginalised backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Internet Democracy Project works towards realising feminist visions of the digital in society, by exploring and addressing power imbalances in the areas of norms, governance and infrastructure, through in-depth research, advocacy and debate. We are now looking for three short-term consultants to help us take forward our pioneering work on gender and online abuse.

Two Research Consultants

The research

So far, most of the work around solutions for online abuse has focused on individual responses and/or on police action. But responses might need collective action, targeted at structural changes as well. For example, forthcoming research we have conducted in 2018 showed that specific narrative devices are frequently used to polarise debates online and to create a climate conducive to abuse. How do we need to frame our responses to change this dynamic? Similarly, research on the offline world has shown that interventions that create environments that support women to take ‘risks’ as they see fit – such as good public transport, plenty of public toilets and adequate lighting at night everywhere – contribute far more to women’s empowerment than an emphasis on safety does. What would it mean to translate such ideas to the online world?

This research paper will build on work we started in 2018 to map and develop four clusters of ideas as feminist alternatives to address online abuse at a structural level going forward.

Your responsibilities

We are looking for two research consultants, who will work together to jointly develop, write up and finalise the research study by 15 December 2019, in close coordination with the Director of the Internet Democracy Project.

The two consultants will also be expected to provide inputs into the design for online and offline publication of the research and the conceptualisation of the research launch, as well as participate in the research launch, which is scheduled to take place between 15 and 30 December.

The senior most consultant will also be responsible for overall coordination of the development of the research.

Starting date

As soon as possible. Please note that these are full-time positions. We expect you to be available until the end of December 2019.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for at least one Senior Researcher, with a PhD or a minimum of 3-5 years of research experience outside of a PhD.

Researchers with 1-3 years of experience are also welcome to apply.

We are looking for individuals who

• Identify as feminist

• Have excellent, proven research and writing skills on relevant topics

• Are proactive self-starters, and have strong abilities to self-manage

• Are able to stick to tight deadlines.

Ideally you also have

• an educational background in the social sciences or humanities

• at least a Masters degree

• experience working on the intersection of gender, sexuality and technology.

Candidates can be based anywhere in India, but need to be available for regular communication and have access to a reliable Internet connection.

Renumeration will be based on experience.

To apply:

please email your resume and two writing samples to anja@internetdemocracy.in. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and so we encourage you to apply early – these positions will be closed as soon as we have found the right persons.

Gender and Technology Advocacy Consultant

Your responsibilities

As our advocacy consultant, you will be responsible for ensuring that our work on gender and online abuse and its findings – as well as our other work on the intersection of gender and technology - reach wide variety of audiences. This will involve among other things,

• coordination of online and offline design and publication of the research

• organisation and coordination of events related to online abuse and gender and technology more broadly

• preparation of advocacy materials

• development of promotional materials

• design and execution of online campaigns

• design and implementation of offline advocacy, including with government and UN agencies

• representing the Internet Democracy Project in events related to online abuse.

Starting date: as soon as possible. Please note that this is a full-time position, until the end of December 2019.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a skilled organiser with 1 to 3 years of experience.

We are looking for an individual who

• Identifies as a feminist

• Is passionate about ensuring that insights generated by research do not sit on a shelf somewhere, but reach all the right audiences

• Has excellent skills in organisation and coordination

• Is a great communicator (verbal and written) and loves interacting with people

• Has outstanding social media skills

• Is a proactive self-starter, and have strong abilities to self-manage

• Is able to stick to tight deadlines.

Ideally you also have

• A creative bent

• Language skills in Indian languages other than English

• Experience working on the intersection of gender, sexuality and technology.

Candidates need to be available for regular communication and have access to a reliable Internet connection. The ideal candidate for this position is based in Delhi.

Renumeration will be based on experience.

To apply:

please email your resume and a note explaining why you would like to take up this consultancy to anja@internetdemocracy.in. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and so we encourage you to apply early – this position will be closed as soon as we have found the right person.


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