Researcher for newly formed IMS policy team
International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity, and political transition. Across four continents, IMS helps strengthen the safety of journalists and ethical, public-interest journalism by ensuring that media can operate in challenging circumstances.
IMS has established a Policy Team to strengthen the organisation's position as a thought leader and knowledge producer in the media development arena, as well as to keep the organisation, our partners, and our donors abreast of developments in our rapidly changing field.
The Policy Team will produce and disseminate forward-looking, evidence-based analysis of current and future opportunities and challenges related to the media development sector, drawing on both our own extensive networks of projects and partners, as well as those of others working in the field.
IMS wishes to hire a researcher with a social science background, strong writing and analytical skills, and media development experience and expertise to spearhead the Policy Team's knowledge production. The researcher will be part of IMS' Organisational Learning Unit, which co-ordinates research into and the further development of IMS' approaches to media development. The unit also supports strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning across the organisation.
The Researcher will be expected to:
- Initiate, plan and lead research projects, often in collaboration with IMS programmes and partners;
- Write regular briefing papers and other publications based on this research;
- Present and share research findings with IMS decision makers, staff, partners, donors and the broader public in collaboration with other IMS departments;
- Represent IMS at conferences and other research fora;
- Manage and account for funds used for the Policy Team's research.
Qualifications and skills
- An MA or PhD in a relevant field;
- A demonstrable track-record and interest in media development issues;
- Experience in designing and conducting applied research, particularly in the global South;
- A portfolio of work published by reputable publications;
- Extensive contacts with and access to networks of people and institutions working in media development and other related fields;
- Excellent verbal & written communication skills and the demonstrable ability to clearly communicate research findings to non-academic audiences;
- Some experience in project management.
- The ability to both take initiative and work independently, as well as to collaborate well with others;
- Critical thinking and the ability to make sense of complex issues;
- A keen curiosity and interest in international affairs and the development sector;
- The ability to work across cultures and disciplines;
- Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills;
- The ability to work under pressure and to meet targets and deadlines;
- Fluency in English is essential, while the ability to speak and write in other international languages is an asset.
Everyone with the required qualifications and skills is encouraged to apply, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Duration and location
The position is full-time, starting in early 2018. Compensation is commensurate with experience and IMS policies. The researcher can work from their current location, but should have access to fast broadband internet and should live within easy reach of an international airport, as s/he will be expected to travel frequently both to IMS headquarters in Denmark and to other countries, particularly those where IMS has its programmes.
How to apply
Please submit your application to [email protected] with “Researcher for IMS Policy Team” in the email's subject line no later than 23:59 CET on Monday 18th December 2017. The application should include:
- A one page letter explaining why you would like the position and feel you are the right candidate for it;
- Your curriculum vitae in English;
- Open access links to or PDFs of three relevant articles you have had published in the past two years. These should show when and in which publications the articles where published.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews, which are scheduled to take place during the second week of January 2018.
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