[FoME] Job advert: Online Hate Speech and Elections in Ethiopia

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Di Nov 11 15:00:26 CET 2014

>>> Matti Pohjonen <mp41 at soas.ac.uk> 11.11.2014 13:10 >>>


We are 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

All best,

Dr. Matti Pohjonen


*Consultancy advertisement – Researchers (4) and Senior Researchers

*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
   - 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 Dr 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

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