Job Opening - Android Developer

OpenArchive is Hiring a Part Time Android Developer

About OpenArchive:

OpenArchive is an experienced research and development nonprofit organization dedicated to the ethical collection and long-term preservation of mobile media. We work to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating tools, guides, and workshops to protect human rights defenders and their media. Our work centers both large human rights focused NGOs as well as activist communities, researchers, designers, developers, academic institutions, and advocates to create and share best practices in order to advance secure, long-term mobile media preservation and internet freedom for marginalized and targeted communities.

We are part of a growing movement of human rights defenders working to ensure the safety of citizen reporters, NGO’s, and their community and evidentiary media. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for professional growth and is interested in working within a highly compassionate, technical, and hard-working human-rights-focused community in a collaborative and productive environment. To learn more about our culture at OpenArchive, we encourage you to review our Code of Conduct.

About the Part Time Android Developer Position:

This is a paid position on a flexible part-time hourly contract. Depending on skill set, the contract could vary from 6-20 hours per week of input. This position is funded for the next 3 years and we hope to offer opportunities to take on further work as we grow and fund more work.

  • Confidently take the reins of the overall project engineering processes, including:
    • Software build and release
    • Version control management
    • Software testing
  • Act as the lead engineer and be responsible for pushing releases to app store(s), markets and other distribution points.
  • Be the team’s primary internal contributor of original project code.
Required skills and experience:
  • Experience building Android applications in Java (and ideally Kotlin) using the Android SDK and/or other mobile application development (Swift, React Native, etc.)
  • Experience with networking code, background uploads, services
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with security software and standards.
  • Experience with open-source and community-led projects.
  • Experience with distributed storage technologies (e.g. IPFS).
  • Experience with cloud storage via Dropbox, WebDAV and other APIs and services.
  • The ability to assist in the localization of software to different regions / languages.
  • Experience working with those in Internet environments facing challenges emerging from electricity and bandwidth limitations, censorship, surveillance, and other oppressive, anti-open-internet activities

We are looking for mobile application developers of all levels. Your skills could range from user interface design down to the core app work at the network and data level. Experienced developers should have at least one app released in public. Developers with less experience should be seeking to take on new responsibilities.

The Android Developer should demonstrate enthusiasm for Open Source software, excitement to learn, and commitment to freedom of expression and journalist safety.


This position reports to the OpenArchive Tech Lead.


The position is remote, though time zones compatible with the US Pacific Time Zone (GMT-7) is preferred, due to location of key project staff there. OpenArchive operates as a distributed team, with core staff based on the west and east coasts of the US, and others based in Africa, Latin America, and Europe.


This is a part-time role at a competitive non-profit rate varying based on experience.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit your resume (and optionally a cover letter) to jobs[@]

We will consider applications on a rolling basis.

Please submit your application directly to: jobs[at]

OpenArchive is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.