Iraq: Researcher, Rooted in Trust


About the organization

At Internews, we believe everyone deserves trustworthy news and information to make informed decisions about their lives and hold power to account. We train journalists and digital rights activists, tackle disinformation, and offer business expertise to help media outlets become financially sustainable. We do all of this in partnership with local communities – who are the people best placed to know what works.

We support independent media in 100 countries, from radio stations in refugee camps, to hyper-local news outlets, to individual activists and reporters. We’ve helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information that saves lives, improves livelihoods, and holds institutions accountable.


The Researcher will manage the implementation of an Information Ecosystem Assessment in Iraq. The Researcher will have a strong focus on how vulnerable and marginalized groups communicate to access information about COVID-19 related issues and how their use of online media intersects with their use of traditional media and other sources. Research activities will include desk research, social media monitoring, Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, surveys, capacity assessment interviews and field observations. The Report will help to inform public health and humanitarian response agencies to better communicate key messages to the at-risk population.

To learn more, please visit our Careers page.


• Strong Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Learning background, especially using a mix of qualitative and quantitative, observational, and participatory data collection and analysis methods, working in complex humanitarian contexts;
• Master's degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation or a related field;
• At least 5 years' experience conducting research;
• Experience researching information preferences and barriers, media dynamics, or risk communication;
• Fluency in spoken and written English;
• Fluency in written and spoken Kurdish and Arabic;
• Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity and the ability to forge strong cross-cultural relationships and build trust demonstrated through previous experience;
• Strong co-design facilitation, presentation, writing, and communication skills;
• Familiarity with the latest literature on mis- and disinformation, trust, and related research emerging from political, social, and communication science;
• Strong understanding of the humanitarian principles to ensure data collection and provision follow the Core Humanitarian Standards;
• Relevant experience working with data collection and analysis software, including Kobo Toolbox or similar software.

Application instructions

To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page.

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