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Tech Network Coordinator - SMS and Inclusive Communications

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Dignity

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Helping people connect, communicate and stay in contact with the simplest of technologies.

The Opportunity

Does the idea of making technology work well for people excite you? Are you curious about the role of technology and innovation in supporting community and eradicating poverty? Could you see yourself bringing people from different disciplines and experiences together to discuss, define and deliver technology solutions that support Dignity’s mission as defined above? If so, this is a brilliant opportunity for you to join our team of volunteers and lead one of our Tech Networks. We are not necessarily looking for a seasoned technologist for this role, but we need someone with a passion for people and community, who is able to motivate and justify when and why we use technology for solving community challenges.

The role of Tech Network Coordinator for SMS and Inclusive Communications is focused on developing, coordinating and motivating a team (i.e., a network) of other volunteers with interest, experience and skills in developing and integrating mobile messaging technologies. You will be guided and supported by the Dignity Digital and Operations team. We are initially focused on integrating SMS (Short Message Service) solutions into our comms, as it is a common and pervasive mode of communications throughout sub-Saharan Africa, one of our main community and mission hubs. There is also the opportunity to help us develop and contribute to our technology principle called Least First Design, through publication, practical demonstration, talks and podcasts. Your time and skills will result in people knowing the good news of Jesus and partnering with them against poverty in all of its forms.

Key Responsibilities

The Tech Network Coordinator for SMS and Inclusive Communications will:

  • Maintain and push forward the SMS and Inclusive Communications delivery roadmap, developed together with the Digital and Operations Team
  • Organise and host relevant conversations
  • Update the Digital Lead on progress

More opportunities with Dignity

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Dignity

Location:

6 Barlow Moor Road, Didbsury, Manchester, Greater Manchester M20 6TR, GB

Mission Statement

Dignity exists to bring people to Jesus through community and through this to eradicate poverty in all its forms. This includes poverty of spirit, mind, health, community, finances & environment. PIONEERING: We actively seek out areas where the church is at its weakest. We create and make available a library of resources and ways of working which are freely available to support those who are becoming involved in God’s mission and plans for communities. PEOPLE: We go where the Spirit leads us to find people that God has placed in the communities he wants us to work with. We call these people Oaks of Righteousness (Isaiah 61:3); some of them do not know God yet. They are the foundation for the work God will do in their community. WORKING TOGETHER: We believe that bringing people of all types together with Jesus & their community is a powerful force for change. Our principal method of achieving this is through the creation of Life Groups which unify and enrich their communities.

Description

The planting of Life Groups creates forums in which people can explore or discover Christian faith with their peers. As Life Groups promote active Christian faith, they inspire individuals and communities to love their neighbours. The resultant effect of this is that Life Groups practically and effectively bring relief of poverty and suffering of many different kinds to the wider communities they are part of.

By June 2024, we will have planted or inspired 7,500 Life Groups, with every group on the way to planting another Life Group each year, and resulting in active social engagement in each of these communities. This means 150,000 being dsicpled to know Jesus of a social reach of around 500,000 people being helped.

These 7,500 Life Groups will be centred around 5 'hubs', coherent collections of individuals and Life Groups, taking responsibility for and leading the work of Life Groups forward in their area (eg. nation or ethno-linguistic group).

50 Mission Pioneers, some linked to these hubs and others beginning work in new nations or people groups will be forming and enabling local teams. Some Mission Pioneers will work directly with us and others will be attached to ministries with whom we are partnering.

Community
Faith-Based
International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • IT Strategy
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Cross-cultural Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • A few hours per week
  • Whilst this role can be carried out from anywhere, there is a requirement to meet with people during working hours in the GMT/WAT/CAT/EAT timeszones.

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