As you know if you read this blog, NDI works to support and protect citizens who are fighting to make their voices heard by their leaders and push governments to be more open and accountable. We need techies who want to make a difference in the lives of millions of citizens and who share our passion for democracy, human rights, and open government around the world.The NDItech team works with over a thousand staff and hundreds of partner groups across sixty countries, laboring for a more democratic world built by citizens and political institutions who effectively communicate, organize and engage at scale with data-driven technology.
We currently have a range of open positions for civic-minded geeks who want to make a real difference, including keeping human rights organizers safe in the face of authoritarian nation states; designing and building tools that empower people fighting for political change in the global south; and managing a complex technology environment that serves the needs of sixty field offices working with civil society groups, local governments, political parties, and human rights activists in some of the least developed countries in the world.
Not all of these positions have yet been published publically, and we’re willing to consider reshaping roles for a particularly compelling candidate. Some of these may also encompass a senior leadership role depending on the management experience of potential candidates. If interested in working with the NDItech team, please email Chris Doten ( ).
Most organizations fighting to improve their society in the developing world don’t have access to powerful data analysis, communication or organizing technologies. DemTools (the Democracy Toolkit) is NDI’s signature initiative to fill that market gap. We need a product manager with vision, ambition, technical acumen and a commitment to the needs of the users to strengthen DemTools and grow it from hundreds to thousands of partner organizations. DemTools is aimed at audiences in the developing world, so it is critical that the Product Manager shape these systems in ways that increase accessibility for people with disabilities, include marginalized groups such as women or speakers of local dialects, and keep them safe amid increasing cybersecurity threats from both individual hackers and authoritarian nation-states.
Engineers: Linux, Windows, Database/ERP
NDI has a sophisticated, heterogeneous environment of Linux and Windows as well as a range of internal information systems. NDI databases are working on a fascinating set of problems spanning the globe: crunching the social media accounts of thousands of politicians; monitoring results from hotly contested elections; and aggregating citizen complaints of government failures. Layer the challenges of a large NGO with a footprint of 55 field offices, many in countries with limited infrastructure, and you have an impressive array of challenges to empower NDI staff and our partners to make change happen. Depending on skill sets, NDI may make multiple hires in this space.
Software Development Project Assistant
Citizen groups around the world deserve more improvements, faster, to the tools they rely on to build better communities. The NDItech Software Development Project Assistant would be a key player in our Agile project management process, and assist with the testing and distribution of an accelerated tempo of DemTools product releases. They would assist with a range of public communications tasks, including blogging here and assisting with our Twitter account.