BASICS Consultant – Communications & Marketing Specialist

12 Jun, 2020


BASICS Consultant – Communications & Marketing Specialist


The BASICS Specialist in Communications & Marketing will work closely with open source tool teams to develop and implement communications and marketing strategies to further their long-term sustainability.

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.

Internews is a very diverse organization globally. We value the perspectives that result from the inclusivity of different voices, and the foundation of our 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 expected Level of Effort for this Specialist is 10-20 hours per week contributing to activities such as the following:

  • Develop a marketing and communications strategy to promote open source tool to target users
  • Support development of communications materials articulating the tool’s technical features, successes to-date, and future development goals
  • Develop and implement a strategy to improve tool search rank/SEO for keywords, including through updating and managing tool website and social media channels
  • Manage the translation of the tool into one or more foreign languages
  • In collaboration with tool leadership, develop a funding strategy to secure grant funding and/or service contracts for the tool team
  • Support organizational capacity building and sustainability planning
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values


The specialist should have experience:

  • Designing marketing and communications materials for software and/or technology products (security software preferred)
  • Managing social media and website updates
  • Creating SEO strategies to improve search rank for specific keywords
  • Managing vendors to implement communications-related projects
  • Preferred: 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.

Tools the BASICS Specialist will be supporting include:

Whonix is a free and open-source desktop operating system (OS) that is specifically designed to preserve privacy and anonymity by helping users run applications anonymously. Based on Tor, Debian GNU/Linux and the principle of security by isolation, Whonix addresses common attack vectors while maintaining usability via fail-safe, automatic and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. Whonix can be installed on Windows, macOS and Linux. Whonix also comes pre-installed in Qubes. Target users of Whonix include investigative journalists and whistleblowers, researchers and government officials who may be targets of espionage, political activists under targeted surveillance and attack, and average computer users in a repressive or censored environment.

Tella is a documentation app specifically designed to protect users in repressive environments. It is used by activists, journalists, and civil society groups to document human rights violations, corruption, or electoral fraud. Tella encrypts and hides sensitive material on your device, and quickly deletes it in emergency situations; and groups and organizations can deploy it among their members to collect data for research, advocacy, or legal proceedings. Tella has three main objectives:‌

  • Protecting users who engage in documentation from physical and digital repression
  • Protecting the data they collect from censorship, tampering, interception, and destruction
  • Empowering individuals and groups to easily, quickly, and effectively collect data and produce high quality documentation that can be used for research, advocacy, or transitional justice

Learn more here

Job posted: 2020-06-12