Join our Freelance Team

Do you believe stories can change the world? 

You could be a perfect match for On Our Radar’s team of freelance Project Leads

On Our Radar is a non-profit women-led organisation, founded ten years ago to amplify the voices of marginalised communities, so that their stories and insight can inform public conversations and drive social change.

We Believe: Those on the frontlines of humanity's toughest challenges hold incredible insight. We amplify unheard voices so that they can shape the future. Our Approach: We build reporter networks, design innovative communications solutions, develop technology and co-produce award-winning media. Our Partnerships: Our partnerships span media, research, advocacy networks, humanitarian action and aid organisations, service providers and government agencies.

We have exciting new projects and partnerships in the pipeline and we are looking for new freelance Project Leads to join our team on a flexible basis. Each role and project is different but a typical commitment ranges from 1-3 days per week over 3-12 months, sometimes longer.  

As part of our team, you will receive training in On Our Radar’s community reporting and co-production methodology and be invited to join our Community of Practice, made up of expert practitioners, for peer support and continual professional development.

It is important that our team reflects the diversity of the communities we work with in the UK and internationally. We are actively seeking freelancers with lived or professional experience of social justice issues, including people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, people from LGBTQ+ communities, people from different education or class backgrounds and people living and working outside the UK, particularly in Africa and Asia.

Being a Project Lead

Project Leads are a key part of our team so it is important that you share our values and believe in our manifesto for change.

We have found that our strongest Project Leads are generalists who have a combination of core skills plus some additional knowledge, experience and a can-do attitude.

Core and role-specific skills are outlined below. If you are pretty good at 50% of these, we can definitely work with you… If you excel at 60-70%, get in touch today… If you are nailing 100%… you’re probably not a good fit for us.

We are looking for people who have; 

  • A belief in people-powered social change, optimism, passion and an activist spirit 
  • An understanding of how power and privilege play out in communities and systems, and a personal commitment to challenging and addressing inequity and discrimination
  • An ability to build trust and manage complex relationships with communities and partners, including setting and holding boundaries and having real conversations about progress
  • An ability to lead projects, self manage, use initiative and adapt to evolving requirements and demands
  • Strong project management skills, working to deadlines and monitoring budgets
  • A creative and solution-focused mindset
  • A commitment to openly sharing learning and practice and an ability to ask for help and help others 
  • Experience working with diverse groups across multiple locations/geographies in the UK and internationally
  • An understanding of ethical storytelling, safeguarding and informed consent 
  • A sense of fun 

The Roles 

The Project Leads are generalist roles that flex and learn the skills of the different parts of Radar’s methodology. We work across a range of different organisations and projects, and our freelancers work closely with our core team of specialists, drawing in additional knowledge when needed.

We have tried to explain a bit more about the different roles and additional skills below. 

Project Lead – Community Development / Co-Production 

Recent projects include: Your Best Friend, WorldFish, Listen Up! Hub,
Recent productions can be seen here.

 Additional skills / experience needed: 

  • Community engagement (particularly with marginalised groups)
  • Delivering training, facilitating discussion and positive group dynamics 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to co-design/co-production principles
  • Relationship management with diverse partners and community reporters 
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed / psychologically-informed practice 
  • Experience or understanding of Community journalism /newsgathering/ storytelling 
  • Media production – audio / visual/ animation/ editing skills 

Project Lead – Civic Technology / Digital Citizen Engagement
Recent projects include: FairVoice, SMS Voices

Additional skills / experience needed: 

  • An interest and experience with tech for good (particularly civic tech / digital citizen engagement)
  • Hands-on experience with digital messaging platforms (e.g. RapidPro)
  • Experience managing digital teams or agencies
  • Experience working with or as a product owners 
  • Delivering design sessions or technical training (facilitating discussion and managing positive group dynamics)
  • Relationship management with diverse partners and end-users
  • Strong project management and attention to detail – timelines and budgets 

Note: we also sometimes need more ad hoc mobile technology and connectivity support to help our Project Leads with things like scoping and establishing local connectivity in the Global South, or advanced feature sets of tools like RapidPro.  If this sounds like you, please drop us a line too!

Please see these skills as a guide – we don’t expect any one person to be able to cover all the things we are looking for.

How to apply

As a feminist organisation and a flexible workplace, all roles are designed to work around people’s commitments and to meet the needs of our partner organisations, there is no need for a 9-5 approach. Time requirements may increase or decrease throughout the life of a project so flexibility on both sides is important.

This opportunity will remain open on a rolling basis but please get in touch if you think you are a match or have any questions, and please share with others!

If you think you’d like to work with us and have a good mix of skills and experiences to bring to the mix please get in touch with us at info@onourradar.org including:

  • A recent CV
  • A brief cover letter outlining
    • Who you are and why you are interested in joining the Radar team 
    • How your skills and experience reflect what we are looking for and which of the roles you think best fits you
    • Any relevant examples or materials you can share relating to relevant projects
    • Your availability – e.g. what types of work/engagement you are interested in being considered for
    • Your day rate (a range is fine – most of our freelancers are asking between £150-300 per day depending on budget and project complexity)
  • Please feel free to also include a video or audio recording to help us get to know you a little better – this is optional but, as a lot of our work is media-related, it is always a nice bonus!

We are a friendly and informal team so if we think your skills are a good match, we’ll be in touch to arrange a time to chat, have a coffee and explore how we might work together.

Finally, if you aren’t ready to work with us at this moment in time, you may want to join our Community of Practice where we bring people together with an interest in our work, or who are partnering with us already, to share learning and build a network of knowledge and support. Please email info@onourradar.org  if you would like to be added to our mailing list for Summer 2022 events.