Advox, the digital rights initiative of Global Voices, is seeking researchers to conduct, present, and communicate research for a project on networked societies and authoritarianism in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Kenya.
The project will analyze, document and report on the growing phenomenon of the use of digital communications technology to enforce and advance authoritarian governance. This project will create a framework for analysis, build a workflow and method for tracking, documenting, and amplifying incidents and cases for relevant audiences, and produce reporting on a series of cases.
Country researchers will be responsible for implementing the project’s research goals at a national level, collaborating with other country-level researchers on cross-cutting issues, and for producing commentary and analysis for Advox that will support the amplification of the work. Country researchers are responsible for ensuring that research is conducted to the highest methodological standards and supported by contextual insights. Country researchers will also work with the Global Voices team to collate and translate information for other areas of the project as required.
The project researcher's duties will include:
- Producing and implementing research on networked authoritarianism in a specific country from conception to implementation, including both writing and qualitative data analysis
- Producing a research plan for completing the research within the required time frame and within budget
- Collaborating with other researchers to share skills and thematic knowledge
- Organising and attending validation workshops for the research
- Coordinating research activities with researchers from other country teams
- Recruiting digital rights practitioners from their selected country to contribute to Advox
- Managing in-country informants
Successful candidates for the position will:
- Have strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills, experience in developing and implementing research plans, conducting research and experience, working with databases and datasets, undertaking fieldwork, and adapting methods to changing contexts
- Have high computer literacy
- Be able to write clearly for non-academic audiences
- Have reliable access to a broadband internet connection
- Have the ability to work in a diverse, multicultural environment
- Be able to work independently and with distributed teams working across multiple time zones
- Be fluent in English (knowledge of additional languages highly desirable)
- Be effective communicators
- Have good time management skills
There is no geographic requirement associated with this position. Please note that Global Voices has no office or physical headquarters. Candidates must be comfortable setting their own schedules and working in a wholly virtual environment and be prepared to do some international travel.
We strongly welcome candidates from outside North America and Western Europe and encourage people currently contributing to the Global Voices project to apply.
Email a résumé and a cover letter in English that highlights your work and explains why you would be a great fit for Global Voices to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: Advox Project researcher: [your name]. The application deadline is 11:59pm ET (GMT -5) on September 30, 2022.