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    Job Description: Technology Lead

    About GIFCT

    The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is seeking a full-time Technology Lead who can help us prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms.

    GIFCT envisions a world in which the technology sector marshals its collective creativity and capacity to render terrorists and violent extremists ineffective online. In every aspect of our work, GIFCT aims to be transparent, inclusive, and respectful of the fundamental and universal human rights that terrorists and violent extremists seek to undermine.

    About the Role

    As a full-stack technical expert, you will create and deliver code, software, and quality assurance to all GIFCT projects, including our Incident-Response Framework. As an organizational leader, you will play a key role in building our technical team by envisioning the capabilities critical to the success of our mission, members, and world, and by modeling our values of inclusion and transparency in everything you do.

    We rely on the integrity, passion, and collaboration of our team to achieve results greater than the sum of our parts. You will share these values and bring your own perspective, experience, and ideas to the table.

    You will learn from and grow with our Director of Technology, Tom Thorley, who will serve as a coach, mentor, and enabler so you can drive the team, projects, and GIFCT community forward through:

    • Product Development: Work with the GIFCT community to define and execute the roadmap for development of our future capabilities. Expand our current capabilities by contributing code directly to our core applications.
    • Research and Analysis: Design and conduct independent research projects on topics such as: privacy, ethics and security in machine learning, image processing, natural language processing, audio processing and user experience design, or database administration.
    • Project Management: Provide vision, clarity, and subject matter expertise (including technical and user experience design) on software projects. Coordinate technical projects through a range of delivery mechanisms including, in-house, volunteer, open source, and contracted.
    • Software Development: Define and follow best practices for software development, ensure Quality Assurance is completed, and create well-designed features (with corresponding unit tests) according to their acceptance criteria.
    • Community Support: Provide GIFCT members with technical support to system implementations, including bug fixing, application troubleshooting, and system administration. Drive member adoption of current capabilities, support existing integrations, and improve efficiency of future integrations.
      Other Duties as Assigned: As part of a small team, maintain a can do and will do attitude. Understand, appreciate, and lean into what it means to be a key player in an agile organization.

    What you need

    • Commitment to GIFCT’s values of inclusion, transparency, and a real-world reduction in violent activity carried out by extremists
    • Excitement and ability to learn new technologies quickly
    • At least three years of experience in professional software development
    • Expertise in several of the following technologies: AWS; Graph APIs; Web application development; Git; Docker; Terraform; SQL and NoSQL database scripting and optimization; Javascript; Python
    • Self-starter mentality; a history of proactively and successfully designing and delivering impactful projects with little or no oversight
    • A can do and will do attitude; understanding, appreciating, and leaning into what it means to be a key player on a small team
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders
    • Organizational skills to track simultaneous projects, tasks, and collaborations
    • Experience with some of the following: Open source software development; Modern data processing, indexing, and ETL tools and solutions; Building and consuming RESTful web services; Test-
    • Driven and Behavior-Driven Development; Design patterns and best practices; Project management
    • Exposure to issues relevant to counter terrorism and radicalization

    Position Details and Benefits:

    • Permanent full-time position located in Washington, D.C. or remote (with expected travel up to 20%; visits to GIFCT offices in D.C. and London and to member companies offices and other international events may be required)
    • Salary: $105,000 to $120,000 USD, to be commensurate with experience and location
    • Benefits: people-centered, competitive benefits, including flexible work hours and location

    Application

    To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter that includes a brief description of a time you had to make a technical decision and how you approached the choice (two pages maximum) to [email protected] by January 19, 2022 in one PDF packet. Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 9, 2022.

    We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. GIFCT is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be denied equal opportunity for consideration because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

    Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are only able to respond to applicants who are selected for an interview, but we thank you for your interest in GIFCT and taking the time to apply.

    More About GIFCT

    The mission of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms. Founded by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube in 2017, the Forum was designed to foster technical collaboration among member companies, advance relevant research, and share knowledge with smaller platforms. Since 2017, GIFCT’s membership has expanded beyond the founding companies to include over a dozen diverse platforms committed to cross-industry efforts to counter the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online.

    These efforts have evolved in conjunction with the Christchurch Call to Action, a nine-point plan that governments, tech platforms, and civil society organizations committed to in the aftermath of the March 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand to prevent the spread of high-virality content like the tragic live-streamed video. At an UNGA side event led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in September 2019, the founding companies announced that GIFCT would spin off as an independent 501(c)(3) with its own dedicated technology, counterterrorism, and operations teams. By institutionalizing the spirit of shared purpose that the Christchurch Call to Action represents, GIFCT and its growing member companies can better prevent, respond to, and learn about how to counter this global threat in a manner that promotes fundamental human rights.

    Technology and Programs Associate

    Job Posting: Technology and Programs Associate

    About GIFCT

    The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is seeking a full-time Technology and Programs Associate who can help us in our mission to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms.

    GIFCT envisions a world in which the technology sector marshals its collective creativity and capacity to render terrorists and violent extremists ineffective online. In every aspect of our work, GIFCT aims to be transparent, inclusive, and respectful of the fundamental and universal human rights that terrorists and violent extremists seek to undermine.

    About the Role

    As someone familiar with analysis, data science, and open source intelligence, you will be excited to dive into research and analysis projects to answer questions that drive priority GIFCT projects, including our Incident-Response Framework, Definitional Framework, and Transparency Reporting and Impact Assessment. As a key player on a small, dynamic team, you will be integral to the efficient (and enjoyable!) execution of cross-organizational projects by managing up, communicating clearly, and practicing a learning mentality with everything you do.

    We rely on the integrity, passion, and collaboration of our team to achieve results greater than the sum of our parts. You will share these values and bring your own perspective, experience, and ideas to the table.

    You will learn from and grow with our Director of Technology, Tom Thorley, who will serve as a coach, mentor, and enabler so you can leverage your strengths to most effectively support the GIFCT mission, team, and community through:

    • Program Support: Help the Director of Technology and Director of Programs deliver on three of GIFCT’s critical 2022 programs: the DefinitionalFramework (40%), the Incident Response Framework (25%), and the Transparency Reporting and Impact Assessment (35%).
    • Analysis, Research, and Project Coordination: Design and conduct independent research projects on topics such as: assessing the impact of GIFCT’s work, researching the online aspects of offline terrorist events, and quantifying biases in the application of technologies. Engage and coordinate appropriate stakeholders throughout research and project lifecycles.
    • Incident Response: Provide situational awareness and open source intelligence (OSINT) capabilities to ensure that GIFCT and members can respond effectively to offline terrorism or mass violence events with an online aspect.
    • Internal Capacity Building: Identify and institutionalize best practices and opportunities for technological improvements within GIFCT.
    • Other Duties as Assigned: As part of a small team, maintain a can do and will do attitude. Understand, appreciate, and lean into what it means to be a key player in an agile organization.

    What you need

    • Commitment to GIFCT’s values of inclusion, transparency, and a real-world reduction in violent activity carried out by extremists
    • Excitement and ability to learn new technologies quickly
    • Experience in professional data analysis and OSINT
    • Familiarity with Python
    • Experience applying statistics in a professional setting
    • Self-starter mentality; a history of proactively and successfully designing and delivering impactful projects with little or no oversight
    • A can do and will do attitude; understanding, appreciating, and leaning into what it means to be a key player on a small team
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders
    • Organizational skills to track simultaneous projects, tasks, and collaborations
    • Exposure to issues relevant to counter terrorism and radicalization

    Position Details and Benefits:

    • Permanent, full-time, remote position; expected travel up to 20% (e.g., visits to GIFCT offices in D.C. and London, visits to member companies, and participation in international events)
    • Salary: $62,000 to $75,000 USD, to be commensurate with experience and location
    • Benefits: people-centered, competitive benefits, including flexible work hours and location

    Application

    To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter that includes a brief description of a time you had to make a technical decision and how you approached the choice (two pages maximum) to [email protected] by January 19, 2022 in one PDF packet. Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 9, 2022.

    We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. GIFCT is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be denied equal opportunity for consideration because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

    Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are only able to respond to applicants who are selected for an interview, but we thank you for your interest in GIFCT and taking the time to apply.

    More About GIFCT

    The mission of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms. Founded by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube in 2017, the Forum was designed to foster technical collaboration among member companies, advance relevant research, and share knowledge with smaller platforms. Since 2017, GIFCT’s membership has expanded beyond the founding companies to include over a dozen diverse platforms committed to cross-industry efforts to counter the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online.

    These efforts have evolved in conjunction with the Christchurch Call to Action, a nine-point plan that governments, tech platforms, and civil society organizations committed to in the aftermath of the March 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand to prevent the spread of high-virality content like the tragic live-streamed video. At an UNGA side event led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in September 2019, the founding companies announced that GIFCT would spin off as an independent 501(c)(3) with its own dedicated technology, counterterrorism, and operations teams. By institutionalizing the spirit of shared purpose that the Christchurch Call to Action represents, GIFCT and its growing member companies can better prevent, respond to, and learn about how to counter this global threat in a manner that promotes fundamental human rights.

    Program Associate

    Job Posting: Program Associate

    About GIFCT

    The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is seeking a full-time Program Associate who can help us in our mission to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms.

    GIFCT envisions a world in which the technology sector marshals its collective creativity and capacity to render terrorists and violent extremists ineffective online. In every aspect of our work, GIFCT aims to be transparent, inclusive, and respectful of the fundamental and universal human rights that terrorists and violent extremists seek to undermine.

    About the Role

    We are looking for someone passionate about countering terrorism and violent extremism and who is comfortable managing programs and working with international stakeholders. Our new team member will be excited to support the ​​strategic and tactical output and impact of GIFCT programs and global partnerships. As a key player on a small, dynamic team, they will be integral to the efficient execution of cross-sector projects by managing up, communicating clearly, and embracing a willingness to learn with everything they do.

    We rely on the integrity, passion, and collaboration of our team to achieve results greater than the sum of our parts. The Program Associate will share these values and bring their own perspective, experience, and ideas to the table.

    You will learn from and grow with our Director of Programming, Dr. Erin Saltman, who will serve as a coach, mentor, and enabler so you can leverage your strengths and subject matter expertise to most effectively support the GIFCT mission, team, and community through:

    • Global Program Management: Support the Director of Programming on the development and implementation of priority GIFCT programming. Lead the facilitation and tracking of programmatic budgets, timelines, and outputs.
      • Event Planning and Management: Assist in the design, planning, and hosting of virtual and in person international events, workshops, and campaigns. Monitor and evaluate program impact; make recommendations for increased output.
      • Working Group Coordination: Work with the Programs team in managing GIFCT Working Groups of experts from diverse stakeholders groups that are focused on critical themes related to countering terrorism and violent extremism online. Lead on preparing strategic work plans, including outlining objectives, goals, strategies, deliverables, and timelines.
      • Multi-sector Stakeholder Engagement: Manage relationships and engagement with individuals across sectors and geographies. Coordinate with our strategic partners (e.g., Tech Against Terrorism, Global Network on Extremism and Technology) on events, workshops, and research output.
    • Administrative Support and Other Duties as Assigned: As part of a small team, maintain a can do and will do attitude. Understand, appreciate, and lean into what it means to be a key player in an agile organization.

    What you need

    • Commitment to GIFCT’s values of inclusion, transparency, and a real-world reduction in activity carried out by terrorists and violent extremists
    • Passion and curiosity for, and ideally some experience with, technological innovation, countering terrorism and violent extremism, Internet governance, international security, or legal frameworks for content moderation
    • Maturity, confidence, and a action-oriented attitude to support the diverse GIFCT community and represent the organization at international events
    • An innovative, self-starter mentality; a history of proactively and successfully designing and delivering impactful projects or programs with little or no oversight
      Strong verbal and written communication; a proven ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders in different geographies, disciplines, and sectors
    • Excellent attention to detail and deadlines; success keeping a remote team and multiple projects organized, coordinated, and on track
    • One to three years of work experience, ideally involving project management or coordination
    • Experience with program administration and management, event planning, or multi-sector stakeholder coordination, or program management in a related field is desired
    • A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline; an advanced degree in the field would be an asset

    Position Details and Benefits:

    • Permanent full-time position located in London, Washington DC or the ability to work remotely (with expected travel up to 15%; visits to GIFCT offices in D.C. and London and to member companies offices and other international events may be required)
    • Salary: $50,000 to $60,000 USD, to be commensurate with experience and location
    • Benefits: people-centered, competitive benefits, including flexible work hours and location

    Application

    To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected] by January 19, 2022 in one PDF packet. Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 9, 2022.

    We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. GIFCT is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be denied equal opportunity for consideration because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

    Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are only able to respond to applicants who are selected for an interview, but we thank you for your interest in GIFCT and taking the time to apply.

    More About GIFCT

    The mission of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms. Founded by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube in 2017, the Forum was designed to foster technical collaboration among member companies, advance relevant research, and share knowledge with smaller platforms. Since 2017, GIFCT’s membership has expanded beyond the founding companies to include over a dozen diverse platforms committed to cross-industry efforts to counter the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online.

    These efforts have evolved in conjunction with the Christchurch Call to Action, a nine-point plan that governments, tech platforms, and civil society organizations committed to in the aftermath of the March 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand to prevent the spread of high-virality content like the tragic live-streamed video. At an UNGA side event led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in September 2019, the founding companies announced that GIFCT would spin off as an independent 501(c)(3) with its own dedicated technology, counterterrorism, and operations teams. By institutionalizing the spirit of shared purpose that the Christchurch Call to Action represents, GIFCT and its growing member companies can better prevent, respond to, and learn about how to counter this global threat in a manner that promotes fundamental human rights.

    The mission of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms. Established in 2019 as an independent not-for-profit organization, GIFCT brings together the technology industry, government, civil society, and academia to foster collaboration and information-sharing to counter terrorist and violent extremist activity online. Central to our efforts is the protection and promotion of the fundamental human rights–to include freedom of expression–that terrorism seeks to undermine.