Social Scientist, 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 SOCIAL SCIENTIST is a key role in the Global Technical Advisory team. The Social Scientist will provide technical expertise to support an understanding of dynamics of decision-making, risk assessments, and trust as they related to the pandemic. This will include collaborating on adaptations to current rumor management methodologies and establishing sound analysis and coding frameworks. This expertise will feed into the development of tools, resources, and research designed to help communities, media, and humanitarian and health communicators understand and respond to rumors in their contexts. The Social Scientist will also collaborate with actors at the regional and global levels to contribute to the development of coordinated approaches to social science during the pandemic, in line with best practices and social science evidence.


- Degree in social science, or a related field
- Five years of relevant professional experience
- Strong qualitative data analysis, research, and information management experience in fast-changing humanitarian contexts and with variable datasets
- Experience and/or understanding of sentiment analysis and/or social media listening tools an asset
- Strong understanding of the humanitarian system to ensure data collection and provision follow the Core Humanitarian Standards and information can be sourced in a timely manner among partners on the ground
- Monitoring, evaluation, and learning experience a plus
- Data visualization skills and knowledge of relevant software to produce infographics a plus
- Familiarity with data collection tools such as Kobo Collect
- Experience designing, implementing, or training teams in qualitative data analysis
- Team-building skills and the ability to support diverse staff in a challenging and highly fluid environment - experience with remote management highly prioritized
- Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, teamwork, facilitation, and presentation skills
- Strong writing skills and proven ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines
- Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment
- Fluency in English
- Arabic, French, and/or Spanish fluency an advantage

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