Data Analyst - Anti-Disinformation (USA)

Anywhere (but preference for US based) | Anti-Disinformation Positions | Full-time | Allows remote


Anti-Disinformation Data Analyst (USA) - Anti-Disinformation Team

Period: (July - December 2020) with longer-term renewal possibility

Disinformation is a threat to the US elections in 2020 and to democracy itself.  Malicious actors are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus, foreign and domestic influence operations are targeting US candidates, climate denialists cast a shadow over the science, and information warfare tactics are being deployed to sow chaos, deepen polarization, and suppress voter participation, particularly amongst vulnerable groups. The world is facing unprecedented crises, from a pandemic to climate catastrophe. If we let disinformation define the public debate and divide us just when we need to unite to tackle massive challenges, we could lose everything we love.

That’s why, after two years of impact-driven, global anti-disinformation work, Avaaz is launching a hard-hitting, non-partisan, and impact-focused campaign to protect US democracy from the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, “fake news” and the harm of online disinformers. 

At the heart of this campaign is a robust research operation that monitors, tracks and responds to the emergence and spread of disinformation in the US online information ecosystem. If you’re a passionate, creative, focused, and results-driven professional who wants to be at the center of some of the world’s most impactful and solutions-focused anti-disinformation work -- now is your moment to apply!

The role 

As a Data Analyst you will be responsible for analyzing millions of pieces of social media content to spot disinformation operations before, and when and how they go viral. You will deeply investigate the disinformation networks behind them, and support the investigative and open source intelligence (OSINT) efforts with a team of researchers and campaigners. The ideal candidate will have excellent technical skills, including social media analysis, and experience in managing and handling large unstructured sets of data. They will know how to analyse and identify behaviour patterns on social media, and as a plus be skilled at providing compelling visualisations of the data. Understanding of how disinformation spreads on social platforms is ideal.

General skills

  • Strong skills in data analysis, with data science experience being a plus; experience in social media analysis; and handling large unstructured data sets. 
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture and a hierarchical team structure.
  • Strong investigative and creative thinking skills. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion and commitment to freedom of speech, social change, free and fair elections, and the fight to protect democracy from disinformation.
  • High professionalism, self-motivation, efficiency, and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.

Location: Avaaz is a virtual organisation, with most of our work done over email, telephone and Skype. For this position we would prefer candidates based in the US, but welcome other applicants from around the world. 

Compensation and Benefits: Salary varies with location and experience, but is highly competitive with leading non-governmental organisations. The position comes with a generous benefits package including health care and dental.

Fluency in English is a requirement. Additional languages are an asset.