Tech .in Module Owner - REMOTE

Tech_Core · Remote, District of Columbia
Department Tech_Core
Employment Type Full-time Employee (40 hours/week)
Compensation $58,192 - $96,987 gross per annum, depending on experience and location


  • Work Location: Remote
  • Schedule: 40 hrs, Monday - Friday; Flexible Schedule, with functional overlap to HOT’s core connection hours (UTC 1300 - 1700) required
  • Application Close Date: August 14, 2022
  • Estimated Start date: September 15, 2022
  • Department: Technology Innovation
  • Reports to: Director of Technology Innovation
  • Terms: Full time, one year initial contract
  • Travel: Up to 20% international, including to HOT field project locations
  • Level: 8

About HOT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) sits at the nexus of participatory mapping, community-led development, humanitarian response, open data and tech. With a talented and diverse team spread around the globe, HOT is an NGO which supports a dynamic global community of thousands of dedicated volunteers using maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. Working with humanitarian and development partners like the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN agencies, governments and others, the HOT community maps in solidarity with those affected by or at risk of disaster, contributing the maps and data aid workers need to do their lifesaving work.

In 2020 the work of the HOT community was recognized by TED’s Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale, leading to an exciting new phase of growth. HOT is expanding its activities: opening four regional hubs and scaling up its support to local mapping communities with the audacious goal of mapping an area home to one billion people in 94 countries at high risk of disasters or experiencing poverty - mapping with communities before they are in crisis.

About the Role

Hot_tech is a consolidation of 10 years of direct experience in developing and deploying open source technologies to support HOT’s humanitarian mission to enable collaborative mapping and geospatial data collection and production. It brings together HOT’s diverse product offerings into streamlined workflows to amplify the connection between humanitarian needs and open map data
The .in Module aims to integrate a number of products developed to ensure everyone can access and contribute to the map through HOT products such as Tasking Manager, OpenAerialMap, Mobile editing on OSM and others.

The hot_tech .in Module Owner is a keystone of the HOT tech team. The .in Module Owner plays the critical role of bringing together data usage needs, requirements and priorities of HOT’s diverse community and stakeholders. It is the Module Owner’s responsibility to facilitate, distill and prioritize stakeholder input to inform the product backlog. The .in Module Owner will also manage the .in module team and community contributors to set and achieve module milestones following an agile methodology.

  • The .in Module Owner will advance HOT’s mission by operationalizing the HOT_Tech core ethics:
    Human: Our Human ethic is our commitment to people as our priority. At the center of all our technology sits a human. The ultimate purpose of our technology is to improve human conditions. We use technology to enable and amplify human efforts.
  • Open: Our Open ethic permeates all we do. Our actions reflect radical openness and transparency. We encourage open inputs and outputs. Our team and technology openly welcomes and engages community, collaboration and contribution.
  • Truth: Our Truth ethic reflects an OpenStreetMap core principle; the ‘truth on the ground’. Our activities and decisions will be guided by this ethic, conflicts not easily resolved will defer to this ethic to determine what best reflects and prioritizes the truth on the ground.
    HOT_Tech Principles > Can be found here >>

Priority Areas for action and Responsibilities

Priority Areas:

    • Module Leadership: The .in Module Owner is responsible for the leadership of the .in module and the product teams within the module. This includes playing a central role in understanding user needs and guiding the module to best support users in achieving their goals while using the module. Securing module sustainability should also be a priority.
    • Module Cohesion: The .in Module Owner should guide individual products in a way that promotes cohesion and a collaborative path toward enabling HOT’s mission. The module owner should also ensure interoperability and interaction within the module, to ensure cohesion between stand-alone, yet complimentary products in the module.
    • Stakeholder engagement: The .in Module Owner will engage enthusiastically with the wider HOT community including users, contributors, funders, volunteers and stakeholders and maximize engagement with the development and growth of the module. The .in Module Owner will be responsible for ensuring all stakeholders feel heard and included in processes and practices. The .in Module Owner should ensure the module evolves in a way that reflects common goals, interests and open source principles.


    • Module and team leadership and responsible for end-to-end releases of .in module products.
    • Unite stakeholders across the module’s communities and nurture the .in module’s growth.
    • Work with the module team and open tech collectives to estimate work efforts, define milestones and forecast delivery following an agile framework.
    • Work in a human first, agile way to experiment and evolve the .in module.
    • Review and blend stakeholder needs, refine priorities and define strategic directives.
    • Provide interim product ownership for the HOT Tasking Manager.
    • Collaborate with users, contributors and stakeholders to guide module direction and growth.
    • Collaborate with the engage team to facilitate inclusive, user-centered design and inclusive space for open source contributors.
    • Monitor and evaluate module performance to inform decision making and module direction.

        About You

        We are seeking a leader, advocate and mentor with demonstrated open source technology development, growth and evolution. The .in module owner will support individual and team growth through leadership and mentorship to an enthusiastic and rapidly growing team. Furthermore, you will be a great convener that can bring together the humanitarian needs of the wider hot_tech collective including individuals, NGOs, private sector and donors.



        • Extensive experience in product ownership across a diverse range of products
        • Extensive experience leading human-centered and lean software development
        • Extensive experience managing diverse, distributed teams over multiple geographies
        • Moderate experience implementing software projects with investments over $500k


        • Experience managing, maintaining, contributing to or coordinating free and open source software projects
        • Experience working with OpenStreetMap (OSM) and associated OSM contribution tools
        • Experience working in international humanitarian or development sector
        • Experience within geospatial sector

        Other Skills & Experience

        • Passion for inclusive software development in constrained contexts
        • Evidenced experience productively managing diverse stakeholder needs and agendas
        • Confidence convening FOSS communities, including paid staff, volunteers and private sector
        • Compassion, humility, humanitarian ethics and a sense of humor.
        • English verbal and written communication to articulate complex concepts across diverse audiences

        Are you missing a few of the technical skills listed? We would still like to see your application. While the skills above fit our vision of this role, we are open to those candidates with a strong knowledge foundation that are fast learners and highly motivated to close any skill gaps. 


        HOT values transparency and equity. All HOT compensation globally is set according to a framework detailed on our website. HOT offers a work-from-anywhere culture, flexible working arrangements, and various other benefits that support staff wellbeing.

        Equal Opportunity

        We seek to recruit persons that reflect the diversity of the communities we work with. HOT does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, physical ability, religious or belief systems, political convictions, or sexual orientation. Further, HOT seeks to support the development and advancement of staff within the organization. Our staff includes people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives on the world. HOT is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to live our values and promote inclusivity in all locations. All of our staff work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of all is valued and respected.

        HOT is committed to diversity within our team, and recognizes our role in closing the digital divide, including identifying obstacles that certain groups face in developing skills needed for roles in the humanitarian & technology sectors. Women, nationals of developing countries, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

        To Apply

        Please complete the application by August 14, 2022. Your CV/resume should not exceed 2 pages.

        Thank You

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        • Location
          Remote, District of Columbia
        • Department
        • Employment Type
          Full-time Employee (40 hours/week)
        • Compensation
          $58,192 - $96,987 gross per annum, depending on experience and location