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The eConvenor project focuses on building and maintaining the eConvenor service according to the vision outlined in the eConvenor Functional Specification. The specification sets out clear, achievable goals and we make sure that everything we do moves the project closer to reaching them.
We're not just about making eConvenor something that will do the job, we're about making it the very best service it can be. We apply high standards to what we make, and we apply high standards to the process we use to make it.
All genders welcome
eConvenor is not another technology project with a culture of oblivious, unquestioning masculinity. We oppose all forms of oppression, including — of course — oppression based on gender. eConvenor welcomes people of all genders with respect and without prejudice. We have a code of conduct.
An effective project must be a well-organised project. We dislike chaos and poor organisation because it wastes time and energy. We're into getting things done and done well, so we plan carefully and invest time in being well-organised.
Working on eConvenor produces tangible, measurable results. When we add features to the service or make improvements, we can see the results instantly. Over the longer term, we also get the satisfaction of seeing more and more groups using and benefiting from eConvenor, and we know that we are helping them be more effective in their work and campaigns.
Changing the world
eConvenor aims to have 5,000 groups around the world actively using the service by the end of 2015. If we can achieve this, we will be saving the world's activist groups approximately 130 full-time jobs worth of administrative work. That's a huge amount of effort which eConvenor will free up and which those groups can then channel into their campaigns.
Nice people who are good to work with
We try very hard to be nice and easy to work with. We don't have big egos and we're not megalomaniacs. We just believe in "walking our talk" and doing our bit to make the world better. Also, we like working with other people and being part of a team.
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You need to have common sense. We feel like we need to point this out because, as the old saying goes: The thing about common sense is that it's not very common.
You need to be focused, which is another way of saying that you need to be capable of getting things done when you say that you will do them.
Good at cooperating
We're building a team for the eConvenor project. You don't need to be terribly sociable, and you certainly don't need to be an extravert, but you do need to be good at cooperating with people and working in a team.
Nothing to prove
The eConvenor project wants people who are just motivated by the aim of making the world a better place and aren't trying to prove anything to anyone. There is no place within the project for people with large egos or something to prove. We want the project group to be harmonious, and in our experience people with big egos or something to prove undermine that.
The eConvenor project rests on a foundation of opposition to all forms of oppression. We just call this "good politics". You must have good politics to work on eConvenor with us, and follow our code of conduct.
Useful skills and/or initiative
We are looking specifically for people with skills in coding (Python/Django), front-end development (HTML/CSS/JS), web application security, graphic design and writing/communications.
That said, there are always miscellaneous tasks which need doing, and the only pre-requisite for working on them is an ability to take some initiative and solve problems. If you're the right sort of person, we'll find ways for you to work on eConvenor with us no matter what your skills are.
If this sounds like it's up your alley, let us know.
Note that Convenor is a volunteer organisation and doesn't have paid jobs.