Digital Democracy Specialist- IPSA 10 – Home Based

  • Contract
  • Amman
  • Posted 1 month ago

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The Regional Electoral Support Project for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is under the framework provided by UNDP’s Governance for People and Planet (G4PP) global programme, which is one of the programmatic mechanisms for delivery of UNDP’s integrated governance offer to deliver Signature Solution 2 on governance of UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025.

The Regional Electoral Support Project for MENA is carried out with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Its overall aim is to improve accountability, participation and representation in the electoral and political processes in the Arab States by raising awareness and enhancing knowledge and capacity on elections and broader democratic governance topics throughout the region, as well as supporting civic engagement. The project provides expanded technical assistance to institutions, electoral stakeholders, and civil society on electoral issues. Some of the partners the project engages with include the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, the Organization of Arab EMBs and the Electoral Affairs Department of the League of Arab States.

While elections are critical milestones in the democratic pathway, and despite the progress made in recent years, the principle of genuine elections as the basis of democratic legitimacy is still sometimes undermined in the Arab States region by a lack of democratic culture, ineffective or inexperienced electoral institutions, under-representation of disadvantaged groups and a lack of access to information and evidence-based reporting that limit accountability. The project recognizes that a broader approach is needed that integrates a focus on electoral principles and good practices with the promotion of rights, inclusive political processes and increased democratic engagement.

The Regional Electoral Support project mainstreams the usage of social media and digital tools for positive transformational change, helping to amplify citizen voices, connecting people and providing platforms for citizens to work together towards achieving peaceful democratic transitions. It also works to guide how best to effectively use social media in electoral assistance in the Arab States. The Digital Democracy Specialist will contribute to these goals under the management of the Regional Electoral Advisor and in close and direct collaboration with OGC

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead the design and development of eMonitor+ tool to monitor and analyze political discourse on digital media globally with an emphasis on the Arab states region.
  • Develop UNDP Electoral Support social media monitoring methodologies and provide advice and support to UNDP country offices and other stakeholders on social media listening and fact- checking during elections.
  • Generate data visualization products, including dashboards and infographics, using Power BI, Tableauor other tools for UNDP regional products on information integrity in elections.
  • Facilitate dialogues, events and training on promoting information integrity in elections in the areas of combating mis/disinformation, hate speech, and violence against women in politics, among others.
  • Adapt global methodologies, tools, good practices and lessons learnt on information integrity in elections to the Arab states region.
  • Contribute to UNDP data analysis, research, policy and implementation of activities around monitoring information landscapes in elections and integrated data analytics on conflict and post-conflict settings with an emphasis on the Arab states region.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with CSOs, researchers, academics, tech firms, UN agencies, and INGOs globally and in the Arab states’ region.

Institutional Arrangement

The Digital Democracy specialist will work under the management of the Regional Electoral Advisor and the direct guidance of the Regional Electoral Policy Specialist.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects,

have lasting impact


Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex


Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to

expand horizons, diversify experiences


Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing



Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve

greater results


Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency


Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse

workforce and champion inclusivity

Technical Competencies:
Thematic Area Name Definition
Digital & Innovation Data analysis

Ability to extract, analyze and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid

effective decision making

Digital &




Skilled in computer algorithms that improve automatically

through experience and by the useof data

Digital & Innovation Misinformation

Knowledge of how misinformation works, understanding of the opportunities and challenges for governments and


Digital & Innovation Data literacy

Understand the potential as well as the limitations of using data driven innovation. Ability to use a mix of data sources (quantitative, qualitative or real-time techniques) to develop understanding, identify patterns to informdecision making or identify opportunities for further


Business Management Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methodsdepending on the audience.

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, socialmedia and other appropriate channels.


2030 Agenda:


Governance Inclusion and Participation
Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in Data Science, Information Technology, Media and Communication, or related fields

  • At least 5 years of experience working for the United Nations/ international organizations or EMBs.
  • Experience in the field of digital media monitoring.

Required skills and competencies

  • Experience and knowledge of political communication, methodologies of social media monitoring/listening and data analysis.
  • Experience and knowledge of online analytical tools and approaches, including but not limited to open-sources APIs and Crowd Tangle.
  • Experience in conflict and post-conflict settings.
  • Data visualization and mapping skills, including experience with tools such as Power BI, and Tableau.
  • Complex analytical and critical thinking skills.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of programming languages, such as Python or programming languages
  • Experience in crawling, scraping and collecting data via APIs

Required Language(s) (at working level):

Fluency in Arabic and English



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