Research Consultant (Methodology Design)

The GDI is in the process of developing a methodological framework to assess the risk of disinformation. The focus of the index is at the domain level and assessing them for their risk of “disinforming”. The framework will have a set of discrete and vetted indicators applied at the domain level (.com, org, .net, etc) that are to be drawn from journalism, media and access to information. It will also include metadata that has been analysed using a neural network (Artificial Intelligence). This combined framework is to be piloted in the early summer of 2019.

The GDI is searching for an experienced researcher to provide methodological support in the design, development and piloting of the methodology. This will be done in collaboration with a Senior Advisor and the project team. The researcher will also use a scoping paper of potential methodologies as the basis for the work (to be ready by April 2019).

The consultant will undertake the following activities:

  • Developing a draft conceptual framework (max 10 pages) for the methodology, including proposed recommendations for designing the index.
  • Producing a short-list of proposed indicators (including their data sources and data collection methods).
  • Working with other teams to assess the selection and use of computational (machine readable) indicators.
  • Evaluating the use of a survey as part of the data collection process.
  • Proposing suggestions for data scoring, weighting and calculation methods.
  • Setting up and assisting with a technical review group to input and review the methodology and conceptual framework.
  • Setting up the piloting of the methodology in at least one country.

The work is to be completed in conjunction with the technical team and done in coordination with the rest of the organisation.

The consultancy is to run between April and July 2019. There is a possibility for extension.

This is a part-time consultancy at a maximum of three days of work per week. Flexible work schedules are possible.


  • A master’s level degree or PhD in a relevant topic (political science, international affairs, economics, statistics, computer science).
  • Demonstrated experience working on index and methodology design.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical software packages (Stata, SPSS) and analytical tools.
  • First-hand experience with multi-country, primary data collection efforts.
  • Energy and enthusiasm.
  • Problem solver and doer.
  • Experience with data visualisation and infographics.
  • Experience designing multi-country surveys.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic finance skills.
  • Comfort using Google Suite products and internal collaboration platforms.

Remote (Berlin, London or New York is an advantage)


Craig Fagan, Project Director


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