Media Monitoring Recruitment

Democracy Program

Media Monitoring Analyst

Tunis, Tunisia

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering: it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

The Carter Center is seeking a highly qualified Media Monitoring Analyst to join the Center’s core team of its election observation mission in Tunisia surrounding the 2019 presidential and legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 15 and Oct. 6, 2019, respectively. The analyst will assess Tunisian media, with an emphasis on social networks, to evaluate how social media affects and shapes the electoral campaign. The analyst will also assess regulations surrounding the use of media platforms during the campaign period, and their application. The analyst will contribute to public and private statements regarding the electoral process to provide an impartial assessment of the elections as well as detailed recommendations for ways to improve their inclusiveness, credibility, and transparency.

The short-term consultancy position requires travel to Tunis by mid-August 2019. The deadline for applications is Sunday, Aug. 11. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Pending funding, the position will be contracted for approximately five months.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Analyze the ways in which social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other online media used in Tunisia) is utilized during the elections by main presidential candidates, political parties, domestic civil society observer groups, and social media opinion drivers;
  • Monitor elections through qualitative analysis of various social media platforms (e.g. key political candidates and civil society organizations), covering the campaign, extent of campaign advertisement, disinformation efforts, the use of hate speech, conduct of election day, illegal campaigning, and security issues;
  • Assess Tunisia’s fulfillment of commitments related to freedom of opinion, expression and association, as well as the right to privacy online;
  • Contribute to overall social media analysis strategy, research tools, and reporting mechanisms. Oversee a small team of national staff to implement the project, as well as country experts and other relevant stakeholders, to analyze digital communications and social media issues. Meetings should discuss coverage of women candidates and how marginalized groups are portrayed in social media, digital literacy, and allegations of intimidation, online violence, or illegal campaigning;
  • Assist in the development of methodology for monitoring social media outlets, train local assistants, conduct analysis, provide regular updates to the expert mission and Atlanta staff, and provide written contributions to statements and reports (internal, public, or donor);
  • Create social media monitoring databases to track main political and social discourses on main media platforms, prior to, during, and after specific election events;
  • Analyze and visualize data collected, as well as comments published, on social media to identify the most recurrent types of argumentation and the language used, including instances of derogatory languages, calls for violence, rumors and allegations, etc., which is to be included in public reports on the use of social media during the elections;
  • Draft a post-election “lessons learned” document to identify methodology used, problems and opportunities encountered, and recommendations for further development and deployment of social media monitoring in elections;

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five to seven years of applicable experience in media or journalism, ideally in countries transitioning to sustainable peace and democracy;
  • Demonstrated experience in election observation, specifically analyzing traditional and/or social media required; experience related specifically Facebook and WhatsApp preferred;
  • Knowledge of Tunisian politics and culture, regional expertise desirable;
  • Cross-cultural understanding;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to live in difficult conditions, perform well under stress, work within a team, and maintain professionalism at all times;
  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic strongly preferred;
  • Experience in methodological approaches of traditional media monitoring preferred;
  • Knowledge of quantitative tools and languages, including R, Python and others, is preferred.

Please send a CV/Resume, together with a cover letter explaining how your profile and experience match the job requirements via application, which can be found at the website here: https://airtable.com/shrIheU6SEtvebC2c 6