German Elections Social Media Research Expert (m/f/d)
*Please note the deadline has been extended to June 6*
Form of Employment: Home-based Consultant
Starting Date: ASAP to December
Duration: 20 expert days (May-December 2021)
Location: Remote Deskwork
Electoral debates and campaigns are moving increasingly online, a trend accelerated by Covid-19 restrictions. As more citizens, political debates and democratic processes shift into the digital sphere, we require a better understanding of the new challenges and opportunities this poses to democracy and elections, particularly in light of contemporary disinformation and interference threats. This is especially true for Germany’s 2021 federal elections, which will be the country’s most digital yet, bringing increased attention to the online debate.
In this context, DRI plans to monitor social media to better understand online dynamics during Germany’s 2021 elections. As a part of these efforts, DRI will produce monthly analyses distributed via a data-driven newsletter (June-September 2021) and a comprehensive report on its findings in November 2021. DRI is seeking an expert to provide qualitative analysis on Germany’s political environment as an input to our quantitative social media research.
The consultant will work directly with DRI’s HQ Digital Democracy team under the overall guidance of DRI’s Director of Programmes. The consultant will perform the following tasks to support our project:
- Advise on DRI’s research methodology
- Provide ad-hoc political analysis to DRI’s Digital Democracy team about German politics and the 2021 federal elections
- Support in drafting periodic social media monitoring analysis and final report reports
- Attend and provide inputs into DRI’s report launch event
- Meet as needed with DRI’s Digital Democracy team to conceptualize and discuss tasks
- D1. Review DRI’s research methodology including key areas of focus (June 2021)
- D2. Support with periodic analysis pieces summarizing DRI’s social media monitoring findings (June-September 2021)
- D3. Contribute to drafting and reviewing DRI’s final report on social media’s role in the 2021 German elections (September-November 2021)
- D4. Provide inputs into DRI’s report launch event (December 2021)
Your Skills and Experience:
- University degree in political science, international relations, journalism, computer science, social sciences, statistics or related field. A degree or background in both the technical and social sciences would be considered an asset.
- Strong understanding of German politics, elections and campaigning. Previous experience conducting research on Germany’s online sphere during previous elections is a strong asset.
- An understanding of tech policy, and/or awareness of the influence of social media on elections and political perceptions with regards to disinformation, hate speech, online political finance and other phenomena. Working experience of social media research techniques to understand disinformation and hate speech dynamics (incl. Natural Language Processing, OSINT or network mapping) is a strong asset.
- Fluency in English and German is required, additional languages will be considered an asset.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “German Elections Social Media Research Expert DRI” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.
Closing date for applications: 6 June 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.
Organisation responsible for this vacancy:
Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
12045 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27877300
Fax +49 30 27877300-10