June 21, 2022

Program Assistant

Organisation

The Global Disinformation Index (GDI) is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to reducing online disinformation by identifying and labelling domains with a “risk of disinforming” rating. Our goal is to create a world free of disinformation and its harms.

GDI staff collaborate remotely, working together across countries and time zones. Our team culture is one of high trust and high transparency: colleagues are empowered to work flexibly, collaborate effectively, and take responsibility for high-quality outcomes.

GDI is built on 3 pillars:

  • Independent: GDI is not for profit and diversely funded.  It exists solely to assess online publishers’ risk of disinforming readers.
  • Neutral: GDI is apolitical, global, and evidence-based.
  • Transparent: GDI’s rating criteria, index methodology, and detailed assessments will all be public, auditable, and disputable.

Behaviours

We continually strive to model the following behaviours in our interactions with others: 

  • Positivity: Problem solver, not problem raiser. 
  • Responsibility: Make it your problem - if it’s not right, fix it.
  • Trustworthy: Make sure others can depend on you - If you say you are going to do it, do it.
  • Respect: treat everyone, especially those with whom we disagree, with courtesy and respect.

Main Responsibilities

The successful candidate will assist the Program Manager in one of GDI’s core programs which seeks to, among other areas, defund disinformation on the open web. We are looking for someone with experience/interest in contributing to mitigating disinformation and its harms. The ideal candidate will have experience in research, data collection and synthesis of information from different sources. 

In this role, you will provide general assistance to GDI’s Programs including monitoring ad tech, policy and regulatory trends.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Desk-based research, compilation and consolidation of knowledge products sourced across teams to be packaged for key stakeholder audiences
  • Support the updating of databases and organisational frameworks under supervision of key teams
  • Tracking media, reports and events related to defunding disinformation in key regions including US, UK and EU as well as initiatives on mitigating its key harms
  • Supporting the dissemination of knowledge products including logistical and administrative tasks for the organisation of events 
  • Attending meetings or events and taking notes for meetings where necessary

Experience and Qualifications

Essential
  • Diploma/Undergraduate degree in relevant subject
  • 1-2 years’ work experience, including at the internship level, in a similar position. Candidates without work experience should not be deterred from applying if they can demonstrate the ability to learn quickly, an inclination for research, analysis and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with issues related to disinformation, misinformation, propaganda, and hate speech
  • Knowledge/interest in learning about the role of the ad tech industry in disinformation, misinformation, propaganda and hate speech
  • Highly organised, adaptable to fast-paced and changing environment as well as an ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to join and contribute to cross-team collaborations without losing track on core deliverables or mission drift on program objectives
  • Proficiency in English is essential, fluency in other languages is advantageous 
  • Knowledge/willingness to learn new technologies for remote-working 
Preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in democracy, human rights and governance in UK, EU, US and other regions 
  • Problem solver and doer; someone who just "steps up."
  • Past experience working as part of a remote/virtual team.

DETAILS

Location: Remote – Based, and right to work, in the UK, Germany, or the USA (preferably in the following states: Texas, New York, Florida, or D.C.).

Reporting to: Program Manager

Hours: Working hours are flexible. Full-time (37.5 per week). 

As a global organisation, some flexibility for cross-time zone communication to be available for limited virtual meetings outside of office hours is required.

Terms: Competitive salary based on location and expertise.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for this role by email to: jobs@disinformationindex.org

Please state “Application for Program Assistant” in the subject line.

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