Opportunities

Technology Associate

  • Position: Technology Associate
  • Location: Remote
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Reports to: Director of Technology & Engineering Solutions
  • Salary: $62,000 – $85,000
  • Deadline to apply: 31 March 2024 – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

About GIFCT

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (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.

Position Summary

We’re looking to hire a curious and talented Technology Associate to join our team. You’ll be responsible for developing systems to ensure that GIFCT’s mission can be delivered effectively and efficiently as well as interfacing with GIFCT member companies at a technical level to understand their needs and constraints and ensure that GIFCT technical solutions deliver impact for our members. You’ll collaborate with our Director of Technology & Engineering Solutions and Technical Lead learning from their experience and mentorship.

This role is a hands-on and practical role, that is ideal for a flexible and adaptable technologist that has experience of full-stack development and is eager to learn and grow as they deliver impact and solve problems.

Experience of countering or preventing terrorism and violent extremism or experience in trust and safety is strongly desirable but not essential, however passion and enthusiasm for GIFCT’s mission of preventing terrorist and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms is a must.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting GIFCT member companies as they integrate with GIFCT’s hash-sharing database (HSDB) and other systems.
  • Development of applications for management of and interaction with GIFCT data.
  • Supporting the development of GIFCT’s Cloud Infrastructure including building data products and pipelines and enhancing security.
  • Supporting the development of a reference architecture for Trust and Safety at GIFCT
  • Other technical support to GIFCT’s Incident Response and Operations.

Other Duties as Assigned

As part of our dynamic team, this role involves not only the outlined responsibilities but also other duties as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the organization. We seek individuals who embrace flexibility, adaptability, and a proactive mindset in navigating diverse tasks that contribute to our collective success. Your willingness to pivot, lend expertise beyond your primary scope, and collaborate seamlessly across departments is integral to our shared goals and growth.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a related technical field
  • Proficient knowledge of front-end web programming languages and frameworks with ability to render server-side and client-side content
  • Proficient knowledge of one or more back-end programming languages
  • Familiarity with common programming design patterns and best practices
  • Experience with common web development tools and services, such as version control software and package managers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 or more year of experience as a professional technologist
  • Experience in trust and safety engineering, policy, or content moderation
  • Experience with terrorism and violent extremism studies, research, or prevention.
  • Experience with OSINT and online investigations
  • Experience with any of the following technologies:
    • SQL database management (schema design, querying, administration)
    • Cloud infrastructure development and administration (AWS)
    • React, Javascript, HTML & CSS
    • Python, Flask app development
    • API development, REST APIs
    • Data engineering skills (data cleaning, infrastructure, integration, etc.)
    • Data analysis with Python, Jupyter
    • Systems architecture design
    • Continuous integration/continuous deployment
    • Software testing (Unit, integration, acceptance testing)
    • Docker
    • Version control (Git)
  • Experience with user needs assessment and project management

Benefits

  • 100% health, vision, and dental coverage for employee and dependents in line with applicable country requirements and restrictions
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for U.S. based employees
  • 401(k) with a three percent employer match
  • Short-term disability and life insurance
  • Flexible paid time off, with an expected minimum of 28 days inclusive of 11 office-wide holiday closures
  • 20 weeks of paid time away for birth mothers and 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all other new parents, including adoptions and foster placement
  • Flexible work hours and location

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] noting “Technology Associate” in the subject of your email.

Due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.


The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism 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.

Membership, Independent Advisory Committee - Volunteer Capacity

  • Position: Membership, Independent Advisory Committee (Volunteer Capacity)
  • Location: Remote
  • Status: Part-time (Able to commit to working remotely and across time zones in support of the IAC meetings – with one official meeting each quarter and ad-hoc meetings as needed)
  • Deadline to apply: 30 April 2024 – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

About GIFCT

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is looking to appoint new members to its Independent Advisory Committee (IAC). The IAC serves as a strategic adviser to the GIFCT Operating Board by producing an annual report that identifies organizational priorities and evaluates previous GIFCT performance. The majority of IAC members are drawn from civil society understood broadly to include, among others, advocacy groups, human rights specialists, foundations, researchers, and technical experts. It also includes a minority of members from government and inter-governmental entities.

We are seeking IAC members who can help GIFCT in its 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 Independent Advisory Committee (IAC)

GIFCT is governed by an Operating Board made up of members from its founding companies: Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube. GIFCT’s Operating Board is advised by the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) and this advice is informed by GIFCT’s work program and ad hoc requests GIFCT has for the IAC to provide expert advice on priority GIFCT projects.

The IAC provides a crucial partnership for the Operating Board by:

  • Creating an annual report informed by GIFCT’s previous performance and organizational priorities;
  • Holding quarterly advisory meetings in advance of meetings of the Operating Board to provide collective feedback and input to GIFCT’s Operating Board; and
  • Maintaining situational awareness and up to date information on GIFCT’s work.

GIFCT is seeking to appoint several new IAC members from civil society.

IAC Responsibilities

  • Consider the diverse range of stakeholders engaged in GIFCT’s work and those affected by terrorism and violent extremism;
  • Provide expertise and guidance on the evolution of the terrorist and violent extremist threat (especially the online dimensions), and the varying global responses;
  • Advise on how GIFCT’s work can align with international human rights laws and frameworks, as respecting, promoting, and defending human rights and a free and open internet are essential to the furtherance of GIFCT’s work;
  • Evaluate the role and impact of GIFCT’s membership criteria;
  • Evaluate GIFCT members’ adherence to its fulfilling their commitments;
  • Promote transparency in GIFCT’s work;
  • Provide accountability for GIFCT’s work in line with the IAC’s recommendations and GIFCT’s strategic pillars;
  • Provide guidance and recommendations relating to the operation of GIFCT’s working groups, including potential resource implications for participants;
  • Produce an annual report, detailing:
    • The upcoming year’s recommended strategic priorities for GIFCT
    • An assessment of GIFCT’s progress in addressing the previous year’s priorities alongside GIFCT’s strategic plan.

Qualifications

  • Interested members will possess relevant expertise in some or all of the following fields:
    • Terrorism and violent extremism
    • Digital and human rights
    • Online Culture
    • Internet governance and multi-stakeholder processes
    • Causes and drivers of offline violence
    • Content moderation at scale
    • Counter-extremism narratives and frameworks
  • Have an understanding of GIFCT’s mission, policies, and programs and the role tech companies have in fostering a safe online community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Representative of communities impacted by terrorism and violent extremism online and/or those impacted by efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism.
  • Intersectional perspective of varying geopolitical and cultural interests

How to Apply

  • Applicants must be able to commit to working remotely and across time zones in support of the IAC meetings – with one official meeting each quarter and ad-hoc meetings as needed.
  • To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to [email protected] by April 30, 2024, in one PDF packet.
  • 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.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism 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.