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UNESCO-funded Research Positions

Two Research positions for UNESCO study on World Trend of Freedom of Expression and Media Development

The Media Department at the University of the Witwatersrand is seeking two Researchers for the UNESCO funded study on “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development”. The project is led at Wits by Dr Iginio Gagliardone and will develop in collaboration with the University of Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania, and an international team of researchers. The positions will be on a part-time basis for approximately 15-20 hours per week, for approximately 8 months. Additional hours may be available depending on experience and the needs of the project.

The Researchers will be paid at a competitive rate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We are looking for two complementary positions, one with a strong background in quantitative methods, one with solid experience on issues related to media development, freedom of expression, and new media.

Researcher One

- Postgraduate degree (Ideally a PhD already completed or ongoing) in the social sciences with a strong emphasis on quantitative methods (e.g. economics, statistics, political science);

- Proven ability to collect and analyse large amount of data from multiple sources and databases;

- Experience working as part of a multi-cultural research team and ability to manage complex research projects;

- Familiarity with key issues related to the evolution of media and communication, with particular emphasis on online media.

- Strong research ethics;

- Ability to achieve results timely and under pressure.

Researcher Two

- Postgraduate degree (Ideally a PhD already completed or ongoing) in the social sciences with a strong emphasis on media development, freedom of expression, and new media (Previous experience researching issues related to access to information, media pluralism, and media independence will be an asset);

- Experience working as part of a multi-cultural research team and ability to manage complex research projects;

- Proven ability to conduct research in the field of media and communication and related social sciences and write research outputs for an international audience;

- Strong research ethics;

- Ability to achieve results timely and under pressure.

Applications should be sent to Dr Iginio Gagliardone by Tuesday 22 December, and should include:

- A Curriculum Vitae;

- A Cover Letter, indicating whether and to which extent the candidate fulfills the requirement for the position. Ideally, the letter should include suggestions on the ways in which the candidate would build on and improve UNESCO’s previous report “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development 2014”, which can be accessed at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/world-media-trends;

- The name and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of 2 references;

- Two writing samples. These can include academic papers, reports, sections of Master or PhD Thesis, newspaper articles, blog posts.

- Please clarify in the subject of your email and Cover Letter the specific position for which you are applying (Researcher One - Quantitative, Researcher Two-Qualitative).

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