Giga Jobs

Open Source Community Manager (Re-advertisement)

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Duration: 12 months

Contract Type: Consultancy

Application Deadline: 29 January 2024, 11.55 PM Europe Standard Time

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal


We are looking for a motivated and experienced community manager to join Giga, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. All our products are open source and we want to empower developers, users, and others to contribute to and utilize them. The Open Source Community Manager will lead the growth of our open source community and will make sure that our products follow open source principles, best practices and standards.

Your main responsibilities will be…

Creating enabling processes and standards to streamline and improve Giga’s open source roadmap, including:

  • Drafting and implementing Giga’s open source strategy – stewarding Giga’s commitment to open source principles and digital public goods
  • Designing and building buy-in on required standards and processes to bolsters Giga’s open source commitment, including technical documentation templates, community guidelines, checklists and code reviews, amongst others
  • Developing product-specific open source roadmaps in collaboration with product owners, including identifying relevant technical and non-technical communities to engage with, creating OKRs and implementation plans, selecting licenses, etc

Overseeing and managing the implementation of Giga’s open source roadmap, including:

  • Executing product-specific open source roadmaps, encompassing the creation and iteration of product documentation (such as issue trackers and contributor incentives) and engagement and follow-up with relevant communities (including managing PRs and issues, external contributor feedback, etc)
  • Driving increased and successful contributions to Giga’s open-source products
  • Advising the team across product ideation and development on how best to build and sustain vibrant open-source projects

Building and iteratively improving Giga’s brand as a tech, open source and digital public goods champion

  • Contributing to building greater cultural awareness for open source within Giga
  • Liaising with Giga team members as needed to create product communication and marketing materials to disseminate the achievements (and failures!) of Giga’s technology work
  • Representing Giga in the open source community
  • Organizing and participating in online as well as offline events geared towards growing a vibrant community of technical and non-technical Giga collaborators, for example, hosting X Spaces, hackathons, webinars.
  • Keeping abreast of latest developments in the open source community

Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: Open-Source Community Manager.pdf

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • Master’s degree in software development, engineering or a related technical field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the field, preferably in developer or community projects.
  • Strong personal track record of ongoing contributions to one or more open source projects.
  • Strong understanding of version control systems (e.g., Git) and project management tools.
  • Experience in community management, including facilitating and growing communities is required.
  • Experience from working within UNICEF, and with experience or strong exposure to Country Offices is considered an asset.
  • Strong planning/organizing skills. Prior experience planning events is desirable.
  • Knowledge of social media channels (especially X, formerly Twitter) is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and enthusiasm for public speaking.
  • Proven capacity to work with collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills.
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in an additional official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
Payment details and further considerations
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.   
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is responsible to arrange his/her own travel, including visa.
How to apply
  • Interest applicant is required to submit a financial proposal with all-inclusive fee. 
  • Financial proposal must include travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance. 

Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered. Please find attached the financial proposal template.

About Our Team

We are a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, finance specialists, data scientists, policy experts, and much more. Our team is a distributed workforce and plans to remain distributed into the foreseeable future. We are growing fast. Our team has grown by over 400% in the last 6 months as we rapidly scale to meet our stated mission.

About Giga

Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with corporate and non-profit partners, Giga maps schools’ Internet access in real time, creates models for innovative financing, and supports governments contracting for connectivity. It is part of ITU’s Partner2 Connect Coalition, UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, and the UN Secretary General’s Common Agenda and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation 

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. 

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. 

About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.