ZINC Network - Junior Digital Researcher

ZINC Network is a full-service communications agency that helps governments, communities, businesses, and NGOs address some of the most complex issues facing the world today and deliver positive social change. 

We work with global networks of influencers, including activists, NGOs, singers, sports stars, vloggers and businesses whom we partner with to deliver a broad range of campaigns. As an integrated communications agency, we are able to research, plan and execute complex multimedia campaigns using our in-house resources held within each regional office. 

ZINC Network has a global reach with offices in Tunis, Baghdad, and London, as well as team members in Tallinn and Kiev. This means we are uniquely placed to adapt our expertise to differing cultural contexts at home, and around the world. 

As a Junior Digital Researcher at ZINC Network, you are responsible for identifying, tracking, and analyzing disinformation online. Your time will be split between data collection (50%), analysis/writing (40%), and internal communication (10%). 

This is an entry-level position and suitable for recent graduates or those just starting careers in social media or digital research. 
You are expected to:

  • Perform research to identify audiences, amplifiers, and disinformation ecosystems

  • Monitor publicly available data within a specific region, across social platforms and the web

  • Track the evolution of disinformation narratives over time

  • Translate insights into clear and concise reports This will involve (but is not limited to):

  • Using tools such as TalkWalker or BrandWatch to conduct social media listening

  • Identifying suspicious accounts spreading disinformation on Facebook and Twitter

  • Creating audience maps

  • Analysing share of conversation on Twitter

  • Supporting the creation and implementation of new research methodologies

  • Performing sentiment analysis of online comments

  • Tracking stories produced by local and regional media

  • Identifying and understanding the impact of disinformation campaigns using digital metrics and analytics tools

  • Writing reports

You should have the following skills:

  • Fluent Russian Language skills

Analytics (Facebook Insights, CrowdTangle, NewsWhip, Tubular Labs) 

  • Social media listening (Brandwatch, Talkwalker)

  • Influencer identification (Tubular Labs)

  • Data analysis

  • Excellent writing

  • A thorough, analytical approach to research

It would be great if you also had:

  • Experience in international relations, journalism, fact-checking, or disinformation

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • A self-starter attitude

  • Qualitative or quantitative research experience

  • Confidence working under pressure

Lastly, we're committed to hiring a diverse workforce from different professional and cultural backgrounds, and to that end we encourage a variety of people to our company to represent the diverse range of subjects associated with our projects.

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