August 15 - October 31
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking an Information Environment Thematic Analyst for the Ukraine International Election Observation Mission on the Eurasia team ahead of the anticipated October 2020 local elections. The Thematic Analyst is expected to work remotely from August through October.
Primary responsibilities include monitoring and providing in-depth analysis on the information and media environment in Ukraine in line with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers and relevant laws of Ukraine. The Thematic Analyst will report to the lead Thematic Analyst Coordinator, who will report to NDI Ukraine Resident Country Director and the Resident Deputy Director, assist in producing analytical documents and reports on the information environment ahead of the elections, and work closely with the other Thematic Analysts in developing regular reports and analyses. The Thematic Analyst will also coordinate with the three other thematic analysts working on Ukraine to ensure specific analysis is incorporated into findings and recommendations.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all analysis will be conducted remotely in cooperation with staff based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The analyst must be available to work concurrently with staff based in Kyiv (GMT +3) for at least two hours each day. This is a full-time temporary position.
• Coordinate with NDI's Elections team in Washington, DC to ensure that activities meet the standards of the Declaration of Principles and incorporate lessons learned in other long-term observations
• Provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the information and media space in Ukraine. This could include a particular focus on political disinformation, computational propaganda, social media bots, mitigating actors, and the impact of the information environment on electoral integrity
• Conduct a preliminary assessment of the information environment, including an analysis of the legal framework and relevant oversight bodies, what medium and modes citizens most use to consume political information, historic and emerging risks and vulnerabilities related to disinformation, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and existing mitigating factors including current CSO efforts in this field.
• Regularly consult with local and international partners to ensure that observation efforts on the impact of disinformation and its effect on the information space around elections, are complimentary
• As appropriate, analyze impact of COVID-19 on electoral preparations and relevant thematic areas
• Design observation methodology in cooperation with NDI Ukraine and NDI Washington
• Prepare briefing materials and talking points on the information and media environment in Ukraine during the election period, and other advice to Thematic Analysts and NDI colleagues
• Work closely with the other Thematic Analysts to ensure the integration of various issues into the information environment and media analysis
• Maintain regular relations with relevant program partners in Ukraine and abroad
• Prepare regular reports as stipulated by NDI Ukraine analyzing the information and media environment in Ukraine
• Ensure information and media environment is integrated into NDI materials and briefings
• Collaborate with other Thematic Analysts to ensure issues are streamlined through all reports, including the preliminary election day statements, final mission report and any other statements issued by the mission
• 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, development studies or related subject
• A minimum of seven (7) 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 preferred
• 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 organizational 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 electoral and political issues
• Experience working in Eastern Europe or Eurasia preferred
• Experience as a long-term observer or long-term analyst on an international observation mission preferred
• Experience with programming, preferred
• Knowledge of PC-based word processing and e-mail technology
• Fluent in written and spoken English
• Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian, preferred
NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI's Human Resources department.
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