Open call for web developers

We’re looking for a web developer to build a website that will serve as a platform for monitoring and displaying data related to civil liberties worldwide.

Via the backend of the website, researchers will be able to submit regular updates on the state of civil society conditions in their respective countries. This data and information will then be displayed on the frontend of the website and intended for an audience of policymakers, civil society organisations and members of the media. We are open to both building the platform from scratch or leveraging existing software solutions.

  • Location: Remote
  • Deadline for proposals: July 29, 2024
  • Start date: August 15, 2024
  • Duration: initial 6 months period

About the program

The EU System for an Enabling Environment for Civil Society (EU SEE) is a six-year program that engages and supports civil society organizations across 86 countries where civic space is under pressure. The main components of the program are the EU SEE Monitoring Index, a civil society-led monitoring system designed to continuously assess the state of the enabling environment for civil society across all EU SEE partner countries and a comprehensive early warning mechanism.  The early warning mechanism supports the anticipation and rapid response to emerging threats and opportunities by civil society and diplomatic actors.

Led by Hivos, the program is implemented by a global consortium of civic space and democracy support organizations and networks, including CIVICUS, Democracy Reporting International, the European Partnership for Democracy, Forus and Transparency International. The consortium collaborates closely with EU counterparts at Brussels and EU Delegation level, as well as EU Member States.


The selected web developer will be responsible for the following tasks:

Website development

  • Design and develop a data-driven website with robust data visualization capabilities.
  • Implement a user-friendly interface for data submission and display.
  • Ensure compatibility with various devices and browsers.
  • Ensure site is accessible across a range of languages (mixture of manual and automated translations).
  • Ensure site is searchable using a taxonomy and labeling system
  • Allow site users to subscribe to content and automatically receive newly published content in an automated manner.

Backend development

  • Create an intuitive backend for web management and editing.
  • Develop a submission form for country updates, intended for national researchers. Researchers will need to be able to save and edit their content via these forms on the backend of the site. The researchers will have reduced user permissions as web administrators.
  • Implement a uniform data submission process. The data submitted by researchers will need to be reviewed and edited by administrators before being published to the frontend of the site.
  • Create a notification system for when content is added to the site, administrators receive an alert to review the content.
  • Store submitted data securely.

Data methodology

  • Preferably, develop algorithms or scripts to process and analyze data via the backend to be displayed on the frontend. If the applicant is unable to create an integrated solution between the backend and frontend, we will also consider proposals that require manual analysis – i.e. downloading the data to run algorithms and formulas offline.
  • Display data results in a meaningful and informative manner on the frontend. Again, we will consider applicants that propose either an integrated solution between the backend and the frontend, as well as proposals that require creating data visualisations with third party programs that can be embedded on the site.

Frontend development

  • Develop website layout.
  • Design and implement data visualisation components (see reference websites further down the TOR)
  • Ensure a clean and intuitive user experience.
  • Optimize website performance (for desktop and mobile)
  • Ensure Search Engine Optimisation.

Testing, maintenance, hosting and security

  • Conduct thorough testing of all website features.
  • Address any bugs or issues promptly.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance and updates as needed.
  • Advising and implementing on a mixture of data security methods, including encryption, data siloing, masking of sensitive data, multi-factor authentication, data backups, etc.
  • Hosting of the website (optional, please include in proposal if you offer this service).

Additional points

  • Data collection has already begun using online surveys. These surveys/forms will be incorporated into the backend, and project researchers will need appropriate access levels.
  • The site will leverage a taxonomy for data parsing and content labeling, available on both the frontend and backend.
  • Step 1: Design data submission form

    • Lead: Project Consortium
    • Activity: Design a data submission form with systematic questions for national researchers. Currently done via online forms, this process will need to be incorporated into the backend of the site.

    Step 2: Fill out submission form

    • Lead: National focal points
    • Activity: 86 national researchers fill out the submission form via the backend. Researchers should be able to save and edit their entries. Existing data collected before platform development will be migrated to the backend.

    Step 3: Review, edit and approve

    • Lead: Project Consortium
    • Activity: Review submissions from national focal points. Add supplementary information, including tags and labels.

    Step 4: Store submission in database

    • Lead: Project Consortium
    • Activity: Store approved data in the backend global database.

    Step 5: Draft data visualizations

    • Lead: Project Consortium
    • Activity: Preview country content and data visualizations in draft/private format.

    Step 6: Publish data visualizations

    • Lead: Project Consortium
    • Activity: Publish country content and data visualizations on the public site.


  • Proven experience in web development, including frontend and backend technologies.
  • Proven programming experience, with at least one of the following: Python, Ruby, Javascript, R.
  • Familiarity with data visualization libraries and methodologies.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities.


  • Fully functional website with the specified features.
  • Backend system for research partners to submit data.
  • Data processing methodology documentation.
  • Regular updates and maintenance.

Reference websites


The project is expected to be completed within 6 months.

Application process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Portfolio showcasing previous web development projects (including references).
  • Description of the team members, roles and responsibilities.
  • A detailed total budget proposal, referencing work packages and activities.



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Selection criteria:
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications, experience, and ability to meet project requirements. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Bram van Kersbergen:

Hivos reserves the right to close the position before the application deadline if a suitable candidate is identified. Therefore, interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.