Long-Term Analyst, Media and Information Integrity: Georgia
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking two (2) Media and Information Integrity Long-Term Analysts for the October 2020 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. The Long-Term Analysts (LTAs) should be available to deploy to Tbilisi, pending an assessment of the safety and allowability of travel to and within Georgia, from September through November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deployment may not be possible, and candidates should be prepared to conduct remote analysis, if needed.
Primary responsibilities include monitoring and providing in-depth analysis on the media and information environment around the Georgian elections. The analysis will be carried out in line with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers and relevant laws of Georgia. An additional focus will be on observing developments related to the role of disinformation and propaganda in the electoral process. The LTAs will report to the Mission Director, coordinate with the NDI Georgia Resident Country Director, assist in producing analytical documents on media and information integrity ahead of the elections, and work closely with the Mission Director in developing regular reports and analyses. The LTAs will also coordinate with the other LTAs to issue findings and recommendations, and will share analysis with Short-Term Observers (STOs) on matters related to media and information integrity.
- Monitor the media coverage of the campaign, candidates, and political parties throughout the electoral process;
- Analyze impact of disinformation on the electoral environment and identify legal, regulatory, political, technical and other tools available for protecting the electoral process;
- Provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of key institutions’ adherence to the legal framework around the information space as they relate to the electoral process;
- Prepare briefing materials and talking points on the media and information environment during the election campaign, and other advice to the Mission Director, LTAs, and STOs as requested and as necessary;
- When relevant, attend meetings and sessions hosted by the media, civil society organizations (CSOs), political parties or other related bodies;
- Maintain regular relations with analysts of other international observation missions, as well as with local CSOs who are monitoring the media and information environment;
- Prepare regular reports as stipulated by the Mission Director analyzing the media and information environment in the electoral process;
- Ensure media and information integrity analysis is integrated into the STOs’ training materials and election day observation and forms;
- Collaborate with other analysts to ensure issues are streamlined through all reports, including any statements issued by the mission;
- Travel to regions throughout Georgia as necessary; and
- Support the activity of the mission and of the international observers in any other aspect as necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree preferably in international relations, law, political science, gender studies or related subject;
- A minimum of five (5) years relevant professional work experience at the national or international level implementing programming in the field of democracy and governance, with experience during election processes (especially as a long-term observer or long-term analyst on an international observation mission preferred) preferred;
- Experience in analysis of traditional and social media environments, disinformation, and propaganda required;
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a sensitive political environment;
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an internationally and culturally diverse team, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of local stakeholders and foreign government personnel;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner;
- Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues;
- Experience working in Europe or Eurasia preferred;
- Capable with word processing and e-mail; and
- Fluent written and spoken English required.
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