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Lead Researcher

Internews is seeking a consultant to lead research embedded within its Rooted in Trust project.

Rooted in Trust is an 18-month program spanning 10 countries that focuses on misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rooted in Trust aims to increase the exchange of information between local media, public health and humanitarian agencies, and communities affected by both COVID-19 and humanitarian crises a the global level. It will build local capacity to counter the unprecedented scale and speed of the spread of rumors and misinformation about COVID-19, the vaccine, and other complex health topics.

The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of mis- and disinformation, information ecosystems, and humanitarian principles, coupled with a background in Monitoring & Evaluation, as well as education or equivalent experience in social sciences, international development, or a closely related field.


The Lead Researcher will develop a framework to measure, monitor and evaluate trust as it manifests itself in the information ecosystems Internews is working in through Rooted in Trust. They will work with team members of the Rooted in Trust project to explore the relationship between communities and their information providers, why certain information is more trusted than others, how this affects people’s relationships with certain information providers, platforms, and channels, and how to measure the dynamics between these two. It will try to identify the conditions for trust and healthy levels of distrust that are key to a healthy information ecosystem.

The Lead Researcher will use ongoing data collected by the Rooted in Trust teams in different contexts and be asked to provide a robust Assessment and Impact Framework that can be used to inform and evaluate future Internews projects and strengthen our understanding of how to ensure people are better equipped to navigate the mix of information overload, gaps and misinformation in a time of crisis.


  • Strong Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Learning background, especially using a mix of qualitative and quantitative, observational and participatory data collection and analysis methods, working in complex humanitarian contexts
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation or a related field
  • At least 5 years’ experience conducting project/program impact evaluation
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Additional language skills as spoken in one or more of the ten Rooted in Trust countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, DRC, Mali, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Colombia, Brazil
  • Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity and the ability to forge strong cross-cultural relationships and build trust demonstrated through previous experience
  • Strong co-design facilitation, presentation, writing and communication skills
  • Familiarity with the latest literature on mis- and disinformation, trust and related research emerging from political, social and communication science
  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian principles to ensure data collection and provision follows the Core Humanitarian Standards
  • Relevant experience working with data collection and analysis software, including Kobo Toolbox or similar software.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Open

Organisation: Internews Network and Internews Europe

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Remote


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