United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Researcher

Organization: Small Media
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

We’re now recruiting a Researcher. This is a full-time post lasting one year, working 35 hours per week.

Small Media works to support freedom of information and digital activism in closed societies, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. We conduct research on the needs of activists, monitor government policies, and develop technology solutions to help human rights defenders work safely and effectively.

We’re looking for a Researcher to support us in our research programmes in MENA and East Africa. This position has the potential to expand in the future, allowing you to develop project management and development skills. Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic is desirable, but not necessary.

Working closely with the Small Media research team, you’ll provide qualitative and quantitative data analysis support, research design, and data collection support. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Small Media in the conduct of human rights and digital freedom-oriented research. You’ll mostly be carrying out collaborative and individual desk work at Small Media, but this could include travel as necessary;

  • Collaborating with the research team and partners to produce research in styles and formats suitable for a wide variety of audiences. You should be able to think creatively and produce engaging work in a range of different formats, including reports, blogs, and social media posts;

  • Supporting the Small Media research team and partners to produce monthly reports on internet freedom in Iran, you’ll ensure that the final reports are comprehensive, accurate, and well-written;

  • Carrying out project management and administrative duties, e.g: liaising with clients, engaging with research participants, safeguarding data, transcribing interviews, and working with our team of in-house designers to prepare reports and presentations;

  • Supporting projects with literature reviews and other materials as necessary;

  • Working closely with other team members in analysing and distilling research findings; and

  • Other duties to support team members as required.

You’ll be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a subject with a significant qualitative research component. Excellent written skills in English are also required, along with creativity and flexibility. You’ll have excellent organisation and time management skills, will demonstrate great interpersonal skills, and will be comfortable working alongside team members and external collaborators. Ideally you’ll also have knowledge and/or experience of working with human rights and/or of working in the MENA region.

This position will allow you to be part of a diverse, creative team with a wide range of skills and backgrounds, including researchers, designers, and developers. We offer lots of opportunities for personal development, including a personal training budget, mentoring, and opportunities for international travel.We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability status.

How to apply:

For your application, please send us a one page cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself, and explaining why this job appeals to you. Also, please enclose your CV.

Please submit your application to contact@smallmedia.org.uk, and we’ll get back to you after the close of applications.

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