Lead Researcher, Rooted in Trust


About the organization

The Rooted in Trust project works to combat COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in 10 countries: Afghanistan, Lebanon, Brazil, Colombia, Mali, DRC, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Sudan, and South Sudan. We work to create imapct at the local level and information approaches to rumor management at the global level.

The project is supported by a Global Technical Advisory team made up of media, humanitarian, data science and information management experts. In Phase I of the project, we collected more than 19 thousand rumors in 14 languages and supported more than 30 local trusted information providers. In this critical phase of the pandemic, we will build on these efforts to listen and respond to the information challenges faced by vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts, encouraging open dialogue between citizens and scientists and stronger and more collaborative partnerships between information providers (such as local media) and humanitarian and health resources.


The Lead Researcher sits within the Global Technical Advisory team and is responsible for guiding country teams to design, implement, and distribute research exploring the information and communication practices of their communities. The Lead Researcher will contextualize existing Internews Information Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) methodology and advise the research team on the development of any new data collection tools and approaches (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis and report drafting as well as working to develop innovative approaches to deliver research findings among crisis affected communities.

The Lead Researcher will support the production of five IEA reports (Zimbabwe, South Sudan, DRC, Iraq and Brazil). In the remaining five country contexts, the Lead Researcher will review existing IEA research released earlier this year, and work with the project team to identify gaps or opportunities that will be explored in a modular addition. These reports will be released publicly and are designed to assist stakeholders to better understand the information dynamics of their communities to improve communication and engagement activities during the pandemic.

For more, please visit our Careers page at https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=INTERNEWS&cws=38&rid=1457


- Master's degree in relevant discipline (i.e., research, data analysis, sociology, anthropology)
- Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in research, communication strengthening, media, and/or humanitarian affairs
- Strong research background: qualitative, quantitative, data analysis, and data visualization, ethnographic studies and human-centered design research methodologies
- Experience designing and implementing multi-country research projects in challenging contexts
- Experience leading, advising and energizing a diverse research team in a remote working environment
- Established ability to lead and facilitate strategic communication planning and programming with multi-stakeholder engagement, including senior government officials, international development partners, women's organizations, NGOs, and civil society organizations
- Proven ability to produce high-quality reports and to work under tight deadlines
- Strong written and spoken English required

- Experience working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, Colombia, Brazil, DRC, Mali, Zimbabwe or South Sudan and a good network of local media or humanitarian contacts a distinct advantage
- Fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish a distinct advantage

Application instructions

To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page: https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=INTERNEWS&cws=38&rid=1457

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