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<title>FSFE is hiring a part-time technical expert</title>
<h1>FSFE is hiring a part-time technical expert</h1>
We are looking for a person with a strong technical background to support
projects with software engineering and expertise. The person will work
part-time, either in our Berlin office or remotely.
<h2>About the FSFE</h2>
Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
lives and it is important that technology empowers rather than
restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
understand, adapt, and share software. These rights help support other
fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press, and privacy.
The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free
Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and
self-determination. It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers
to Free Software adoption, encourages people to use and develop Free
Software, and provides resources to enable everyone to further
promote Free Software in Europe.
We are involved in <a href="/activities/">many activities</a> in the
legal, economic, political and technical areas around Free Software.
Our work is made possible by a community of volunteers, supporters,
donors, and staff.
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<h2 id="responsibilities">Main responsibilities</h2>
<li>Working closely with project and program coordinators, and supporting them
with technical evaluations for our work in the areas of policy, legal and
public awareness.</li>
<li>Software engineering of existing and new tools that are used inside and
outside the organisation. For example, the tools offered by the FSFE's <a
href="">REUSE initiative</a>.</li>
<li>Providing technical and practical expertise for Free Software on mobile
devices, e.g. for the <a href="/activities/android/">Free Your Android</a>
activity. That may include updating documentation, preparing workshops, or
offering training to other staff and volunteers.</li>
<h2 id="qualifications">Qualifications</h2>
<li>Ability to communicate well, and to translate technical topics to other
experts in policy, legal and public awareness, and vice versa.</li>
<li>Willingness and ability to get acquainted with new topics within a short
<li>Fluency in written and spoken English. Other European languages are
considered an asset.</li>
<li>Solid programming knowledge, especially Python.</li>
<li>Experience with Android and methods to gain as much software freedom as
possible on mobile devices.</li>
<li>Understanding of modern software development collaboration and tools like
Git and CI systems.</li>
<li>Enthusiasm for the principles of Free Software and its community.</li>
<li>Knowledge about Free Software licensing is considered an asset.</li>
<h2 id="attitude">Attitude</h2>
We are looking for a reliable, well-organised team player who contributes
their technical expertise to various topics, in the form of code, research
and communication. You are able to self-organise your time budget, and work
effectively and efficiently. Software freedom is not only a tool for you, but
something you deeply care about.
Furthermore, you are a great communicator and feel comfortable to look over
the rim of your tea cup. You are good at learning new things quickly, and
explaining these to others in verbal and written form is fun for you. On the
other hand, you are willing and able to familiarise yourself with and
incrementally improve existing processes and tools.
<h2 id="details">Working time</h2>
The desired working time would be 10 to 20 hours per week. You can either work
in the Berlin office or remotely. Of course you could combine this job with
another activity.
<h2 id="apply">How to apply</h2>
To apply, please send a maximum one-page cover letter – including the desired
hours per week – and a maximum two-page CV (only
PDFs are accepted) by email to <email></email>, with the subject "technical
expert". Please do not include pictures of yourself in the application.
Your personal data will be deleted 3 months after we have made our decision.
The closing date for applications is <em>Sunday, 21 February 2021</em>.
Free Software is meant to serve everyone regardless of their age, ability or
disability, gender identity, sex, race, nationality, religion or sexual
orientation. Hence, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and promise
to judge all applications on merit, without reference to any of the
characteristics listed. To promote diversity and equality in the Free Software
community, we shall give preference to applicants who identify as part of a
traditionally marginalised demographic in technology for applications of equal
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