Research Analyst or Research Associate, Technology and Democracy

Freedom House
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 12

Position description

Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of democracy around the globe. Our Research and Analysis division produces cutting-edge reports on topics such as the state of democratic institutions, key tactics employed by modern authoritarians, and how the internet is restricted and increasingly manipulated to undermine human rights, particularly of society’s most vulnerable. The flagship of Freedom House’s Technology and Democracy initiative is Freedom on the Net.

Position Summary

The Research Analyst or Research Associate (title contingent on experience) will join a small, supportive, and dynamic team working to assess human rights in the digital age. The position will play a key role in producing Freedom on the Net, our annual internet freedom study encompassing issues such as censorship, disinformation, and surveillance. Responsibilities will range from analyzing the impact of complex regulatory proposals on free expression and privacy, supporting project management and logistics, and liaising with a dispersed network of local internet freedom researchers. This is a full-time position based in New York City (with remote work in effect at time of hiring), reporting to the Director for Technology and Democracy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strengthen regional and thematic expertise within Freedom House, contribute analysis to Freedom on the Net and other written products, and provide substantive input at internal and external meetings
  • Perform substantive fact-checking, editing, rewriting, and proofreading of reports on internet freedom, many authored by non-native English speakers. In the process of editing, supplement the reports with own research
  • Assist appropriate team members in designing and facilitating Freedom on the Net project plans, goals, and timelines, as well as developing methods to track and evaluate project processes
  • Develop a network of regional and thematic experts to serve as new contributors, and act as a primary point of contact with external consultants based around the world
  • Represent Freedom House publicly with media, policymakers, and other stakeholders in areas pertinent to technology democracy
  • Prepare travel and event logistics for in-person review meetings, and where funding permits travel internationally to coordinate meetings and attend relevant conferences to represent FH research
  • Analyze data and prepare charts, graphics, and other support materials for publication
  • Assist with funding proposals, donor reports, and monitoring and evaluation of the project’s impact
  • Ensure consultant contracts, payment requests, business expense reports, and other financial documents are in line with Freedom House requirements
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • For Research Analyst: Master’s degree in political science, international relations, human rights, international law, media, public or tech policy, or related field; plus 2-4 years of directly related experience
  • For Research Associate: Bachelor’s degree in related field, plus a minimum of two years of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of advanced education and experience
  • Outstanding English writing and editing skills and a knack for drafting concise, eloquent, and media-friendly communications
  • Comfort working with limited supervision on long-term tasks, finding solutions to problems as they arise, and taking responsibility for your work
  • Superb attention to detail and an ability to produce error-free work on tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills for presenting to and communicating with diverse audiences ranging from at-risk activists to senior government officials
  • Ability to work remotely as a member of team, as needed due to COVID-19 restrictions

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of the legal and technical mechanisms underpinning online censorship and surveillance around the world, as well as the ways in which the internet and technology undermine human rights, notably protections for historically marginalized communities
  • Grasp of important internet policy and regulatory debates globally
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a workplace setting
  • Command of Microsoft Word to mark up and reformat documents, and Excel to create spreadsheets that are smart and neat
  • Emotional intelligence needed to facilitate cooperation between people with divergent views and from different cultural backgrounds
  • Experience conducting project management and coordinating multiple tasks on a 3-12 month timeline
  • A desire to develop into an internally and externally recognized expert on issues related to internet freedom
  • Curiosity to explore additional topics related to technology and democracy, such as biometric surveillance, Smart Cities, cybersecurity, and algorithmic decision making
  • Some experience with donor reporting, monitoring & evaluation, and financial reconciliations
  • Some experience with using quantitative data and qualitative information to create infographics and other communication materials for publication
  • Language skills, particularly Spanish, French, or Arabic

Additional Information

  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.
  • The hired candidate is expected to begin in January 2021.
  • Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Research Analyst roles start at $56,900. Research Associate roles start at $49,000.
  • Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including a 10-percent employer match program for your 403(b) retirement account, commuter benefits, flexible summer hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
  • The role may require light domestic and international travel to participate in conferences, briefings, and workshops.
  • Diversity makes our research stronger. The negative effects of digital technology disproportionately impact marginalized populations, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and the LGBT+ community. Freedom House centers these experiences in its work. We actively seek and strongly encourage applications from people with lived experience relating to our work.
  • Freedom House workplace culture is one of solidarity and openness. We strive to make the office a space for reflection and growth, and value colleagues’ mental and physical well-being.
  • Freedom House’s staff are currently working remotely, and Freedom House is continuing to evaluate when, and under what circumstances, staff will return to the office. This position will start remote, with relocation to New York City to be addressed once circumstances allow.
  • This position is contingent on funding approval.

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