Developer, Who's Who Wiki at Poder

Who are we looking for?
Are you creative, entrepreneurial, and intelligent? Do you thrive in a start-up environment? Are you committed to issues of social justice? And would you relish the chance to be part of something big from the very beginning? PODER has developed a new web-based platform called Who’s Who Wiki, an open data, open software site that improves corporate transparency and accountability from a human rights perspective (www.rindecuentas.org).  We’re looking for someone who can jump right in as developer to expand our project beyond Mexico to other Latin American countries.  This person would innovate upon the Semantic MediaWiki architecture of our platform, understand usability and use case requirements, include back-end data manipulations and analytics, and data visualizations.  Interested?

Organizational description  
The Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER)® is an award-winning, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve corporate transparency and accountability in Latin America and to strengthen civil society stakeholders of corporations as long-term accountability guarantors.  PODER accomplishes this by leveraging strategic research, transparency technology, and community organizing to ultimately build a citizen-led movement for corporate accountability.  Our vision is of a Latin America where the citizen sector is sufficiently powerful so as to be able to engage the public and private sectors in horizontal accountability relationships to ensure democracy and democratic economies.  The main problem that we address is state capture, whereby an economic and political elite controls public decision-making and effectively limits the realization of inclusive capitalism and democracy for the rest of society.  For more information, see www.projectpoder.org.

Project description
Who’s Who Wiki is an open data, open software platform that improves corporate transparency and accountability from a human rights perspective.  This project exercises the public’s right to information about corporate practices, particularly those in the public interest and that affect human rights and the environment.  Using Semantic MediaWiki, this project sources direct user participation to collectively build the database, analyze corporate practices, and empower communities.  The beta version, launched in May 2014, is focused on Mexico.  The Who’s Who Wiki team has begun collecting and publishing information at www.rindecuentas.org.  The next stage of the project is to further develop the platform by improving its design and user experience and expanding to several South American countries.

Position requirements
PODER seeks a developer with experience working with database-driven website programming, new social media technology, and social network analysis tools. Successful candidates must be self-managers but able to work in a team environment; have a proven track record of meeting deadlines; possess impressive programming skills; have good writing skills, preferably in both English and Spanish; be knowledgeable about and have a passion for creating and using innovative technological tools to strengthen civil society; and be available to work full-time in Mexico City.  The developer will be part of the Who’s Who Wiki team and will contribute to the development of technologies that address corporate malfeasance and human rights abuses in Latin America from the bottom up.

Qualifications
-  Experience installing and administering the Mediawiki CMS platform with the Semantic Media Wiki plugin.
-  Strong knowledge and proven experience with PHP, Python and JavaScript programming. -Experience with Lua programming a plus.
-  Linux user, important to have experience with SSH and Git.
-  Experience with HTML layout, CSS2. Experience with Foundation CSS a plus.
-  Experience using the Mediawiki API with Mwclient or Pywikibot frameworks.
-  Experience with network analysis tools is highly desirable.
-  Proven interest in the following subjects: human rights, social movements and new social media, business, politics, and social affairs in Mexico and Latin America.
-  Bilingual fluency is preferable (English and Spanish).
-  Qualifications, references to withstand a rigorous background check.

Application
Please send a resume or curriculum vitae, reference to online Web platforms developed by you with a brief description of the technology infrastructure behind it, English and Spanish writing samples, and 3 academic or professional references to [email protected].  No phone calls please.  Only competitive applicants will be contacted.

PODER ensures equal opportunity in employment or volunteer positions for all people without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability.

Job title: Developer, Who's Who Wiki

Location: Mexico City

Salary: 1000-1500 USD/month (or equivalent in MXP)

Contract: Full time, permanent 

Closing date: Rolling application; start date May 2015