Centre for Internet & Society

The Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), is seeking applications from individuals, groups of individuals, and organisations, with strong website development skills.

This website will expand on this microsite to host more of CIS’s research on labour practices in the ‘platform economy’ in India.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2022.

Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals belonging to historically marginalised communities, including caste-oppressed communities, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with a disability/disabilities.

About the Research Projects

We are working on two research grants from the Internet Society Foundation and the International Labour Organization. Through the work on these grants, CIS is comprehensively evaluating labour practices in dominant and emergent sectors in the platform economy in India. In doing so, we have combined field-based qualitative and quantitative methods, and desk-based legal-regulatory research.

The knowledge generation comprises three work packages, which include: (a) creating quantitative datasets on the sector-specific management of platform labour(ers) in India; (b) analysis of digital platforms’ organisational structures and regulatory positions; and (c) strategy-building exercises and distillation of findings into implementable forms.

Through these work packages, we want to understand and address the particular opportunities and challenges in accessing and conducting work on digital platforms faced by workers belonging to marginalised communities.

About the Position

The selected developer will work with our labour research team, graphic designer and data visualisation consultant to build a website that will be the one-stop shop for all past, ongoing and future labour research. This microsite will be the starting point for your work, and the website you develop will adopt a similar visual language: https://platformwork.in/

We expect the work to be completed over a maximum of three months. We seek applicants who are available to start immediately.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities for this position will be:

  • Website development

    • Support our in-house graphic designer with building the website wireframe,

    • Migrating and recreating https://platformwork.in/ if necessary,

    • Adding a webpage to host a few interactive assets,

    • Work with our data visualisation consultant and research team to build support for a data dashboard and hosting open datasets,

    • Adding any further elements as decided in the wireframing,

    • Maintenance and handover,

    • Writing supporting technical and user documentation for website navigation, maintenance and updating

  • Miscellaneous

    • Participate in weekly update calls

Do note that the final scope and timeline of work will be formalised in consultation and depending on the skillset of the selected consultant.

Requirements

Essential

  • Professional experience of 3+ years of work in full stack web development,

  • Advanced hands-on experience with JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and RWD,

  • Experience with mobile design and wireframing,

  • Building from design assets on Figma,

  • Commitment to best practices for website development that preserve privacy and enhance accessibility online

Desirable

  • Strong visual design skills, including in typography, colour, and layout

  • Familiarity with creative coding libraries like Three.js, Paper.js, p5.js etc.,

  • Familiarity with graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop,

Covid-19 Restrictions

Work for this role will be performed remotely.

Fee

Minimum consolidated fee of INR 90,000/-, subject to applicable taxes. The fee will be finalised depending on the scope of work co-determined with the consultant, and to be in-line with their skills and experience. Payments will only be made to bank accounts in India.

Application Materials

Please send in the below application materials, preferably on an accessible shared online location or as a merged PDF, to Aayush Rathi <[email protected]> and Yatharth <[email protected]> by December 15, 2022.

  • Your resume or CV,

  • A portfolio or links to showcase your prior work, and

  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of 2 professional references. We will seek your consent before reaching out to any references.

  • A financial quote

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the requirements!

Timelines

November 15, 2022

Opening of application window

December 15, 2022

Closing of application window

November and December, 2022

Shortlisting, and interviews (on a rolling basis)

December 2022-January 2023

Kick-off

About CIS's Labour Research

Over the last few years, CIS’s research portfolio has expanded to include pioneering work on the platform economy, and work and labour futures. Through this work, we have sought to centre workers' rights and livelihoods in policy and academic debates. Our work on automation in India's (and South East Asia's) manufacturing and services industries revealed the political economies and differential pathways of technological disruption in formal and informal work. Subsequent projects have been pivotal in furthering socio-legal-political understandings of technologically mediated service work specifically in the global south, and specifically in India.

These works have also adopted methodological innovations through the incorporation of feminist principles and praxis. Our work with domestic workers involved radical participatory methods where domestic workers and activists were key knowledge producers. We have extensively worked with workers' collectives to support their data generation and research activities. This has included data collection innovations that factor in the unique dynamics of digitally mediated work(ers) to organise surveys at an unprecedented scale.

The proposed project will build on these thematic and methodological works to generate actionable evidence. While our earlier works have been focused on surfacing the experience of digital labouring in global south contexts, this project will articulate regulatory, legislative and legal designs that build on these experiential learnings. A collection of some of our work on labour can be found here.

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