[Air-L] Job advert: Online Hate Speech and Elections in Ethiopia

Matti Pohjonen matti.pohjonen at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 04:04:49 PST 2014


We are now actively seeking researchers and senior researchers for an
Ethiopia-related research project. The job description is below. Please
circulate this among your networks if you know people who may be interested.

All best,

Dr. Matti Pohjonen


*Consultancy advertisement – Researchers (4) and Senior Researchers (2)*

*Deadline 24 November 2014 (5 pm GMT)*

Oxford University Consulting is seeking 4 Researcher Consultants and 2
Senior Researcher Consultants for the Project “Online Hate Speech and
Elections in Ethiopia”. The study will develop an empirically grounded
understanding of the nature of the online debates before and after
elections, with a specific focus on how different actors engage or fail to
engage online in a polarized political environment. The researchers will be
responsible for supporting the study analysing media content.

The positions will be on a self-employed basis for approximately 15-20
hours per week and initially for 6 months, which may be renewable for a
further 6 months. Additional hours may be available depending on experience
and the needs of the project.

Junior Researchers will be paid at a rate of £9/hour, Senior Researchers
will be paid at a rate of £14/hour.

The candidates should have:

   - Perfect command of Amharic and English and preferably of another
   language spoken in Ethiopia (Oromiffa, Tigrigna, Somali);
   - Familiarity with social science research, with a particular emphasis
   on content analysis and interview techniques;
   - Familiarity with the social and political history of Ethiopia;
   - Proven ability to work independently;
   - Strong research ethics;
   - Ability to achieve results timely and under pressure;
   - A BA degree with a graduate degree strongly preferred;

Senior Researchers are also expected to:

   - Hold a graduate degree in a social science subject;
   - Have experience with software for quantitative research;
   - Prove their ability to supervise a team of researchers and ensure
   results are provided in a timely matter.

Applications should be sent to Dr Matti Pohjonen (mp41 at soas.ac.uk) and
should include:

   - A curriculum vitae;
   - A cover letter, indicating the reasons for applying, and whether and
   to which extent the candidate fulfils the requirements for the position;
   - The name and the contact details of 2 references (for the position of
   Researcher) or 3 references (for the position of Senior Researcher);
   - A writing sample (Up to 2000 words for junior researchers and up to
   5000 words for senior researchers. Writing samples can include university
   papers, sections of master thesis, academic papers, newspapers articles,
   blog posts).

Applications will be collected on a rolling basis until 24 November 2014 (5
pm GMT), and we strongly encourage applicants to apply before the deadline.
Interviews will take place on 27 and 28 November either via Skype or phone
or in person in London or Oxford.

Informal queries can be sent to Matti Pohjonen (mp41 at soas.ac.uk). Please
include either “Researcher” or “Senior Researcher” in the subject line of
the email with both the informal queries and the job application.

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