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This job is apparently more dangerous than one might think, whether due to stress or foul play. John Marsh was found dead in his hotel room on Ethiopia Election Day morning: “June 22, 2021, ATLANTA — The Carter Center is deeply saddened to confirm that John Marsh, a contractor responsible for managing the Center’s social media monitoring project in Ethiopia, died unexpectedly Monday, June 21, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…”. See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2021/06/23/contractor-managing-carter-center-social-media-monitoring-project-in-ethiopia-found-dead-on-election-day-morning-monday-in-hotel-room/

The Carter Center gets funding from the US taxpayer, and taxpayers in numerous countries, and private donors. So, this is your tax dollars, if you are an American, if you are Irish, and if you are from some other countries.

Was he involved in the US elections? Does this mean, or include, US domestic? The Carter Center says: “we are seeking qualified candidates for inclusion on a roster of consultants to serve as Social Media Analysts in upcoming international election observation missions as well as efforts to support domestic civil society initiatives.” This is actually an ad from 2020, or before, so could include the US 2020 elections: https://web.archive.org/web/20200930224408/https://electionstandards.cartercenter.org/the-carter-center-consultant-social-media-analyst-short-term-long-term/

In 2020, for the first time, the Carter Center involved itself in US elections. Notice that what the Carter Center is saying appears to contradict what Jimmy Carter said in 2019.
Carter Center Works to Educate US Voters By Kane Farabaugh” October 31, 2020, excerpt:
We’ve always worked for peace around the world, but we’ve always ignored the United States,” Carter told Voice of America in an exclusive 2019 interview. 

That same year, during a “Conversations at the Carter Center” event, he told an Atlanta audience one country that wouldn’t qualify for his center’s election observation mission… is his own. Among the reasons:  judging the fairness of elections is a monumental task in a nation like the United States, where all 50 states have differing laws and rules for voting and counting ballots.  “The Constitution basically says that each state is independent and that’s why we have such a diverse way of conducting elections,” Carter told the crowd. “We don’t have a uniform way to mark ballots, count ballots or anything else.” That’s what Jimmy Carter said in 2019.  

Then the Carter Center – not to be confused with Jimmy Carter- jumps backward from 2019 to 2016 to focus on the 2020 election. We believe that this is because Trump wanted to cut USAID funding, and the Carter Center has received USAID funding: “But after U.S. intelligence agencies documented foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. election and predicted a repeat in 2020, the Carter Center concluded their international experience might help at home by focusing on voter education…https://www.voanews. com/2020-usa-votes/carter-center-works-educate-us-voters https://archive.is/lDz6P

This ad gives an idea of what John Marsh’s job was supposed to be. So, did these consultants work in the USA? “The Carter Center Consultant – Social Media Analyst (Short-Term / Long-Term) The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. Through this call for applications, we are seeking qualified candidates for inclusion on a roster of consultants to serve as Social Media Analysts in upcoming international election observation missions as well as efforts to support domestic civil society initiatives. By responding to this call for applications, you will be added to a roster of potential analysts that may be contacted regarding upcoming missions and initiatives in countries to be determined. 

The Analyst will liaise regularly with the Center’s headquarters in Atlanta and report directly to an Associate Director in the Center’s Democracy Program (in Atlanta).  

Responsibilities:  

Depending on the scope of the mission or initiatives, the Social Media Analyst will be responsible for the following:

Strategy Development 

* Conduct analysis of the social media landscape and relevant regulations in which specific elections are being held. This could include: concerns regarding how social media is used, extent of internet penetration, main social media platforms in use, and the regulatory environment regarding freedom of speech, disinformation, hate speech, data protection and privacy, political finance, and online advertising. 

* Contribute to overall social media analysis strategy, research tools, and reporting mechanisms and liaise with a small team to implement the project.  

* Strategize meetings to be held between country experts and relevant stakeholders to analyze situations in specific countries regarding digital communications.

Participate in meetings on behalf of the Center. This may include meeting with institutions, agencies, internet activists, academics, social media and social network companies, domestic election observer organizations, and civil society groups active in the protection of digital rights and social network monitoring. 

Training and Capacity Building

* Conduct digital literacy trainings for political and civic actors on concerns related to social media. This could include: disinformation, hate speech, online harassment, computational propaganda, and dark political advertising.

* Provide capacity building trainings for non-governmental organizations on how to identify election-related social media activity that warrants particular scrutiny and conduct monitoring and analysis of activity on social media platforms.

* Provide technical assistance to non-governmental organizations to use social media monitoring tools and technologies.

Monitoring and Analysis

* Monitor elections – presidential, parliamentary and local – through qualitative analysis of various social media platforms. This includes use of social media to campaign, extent of campaign advertising, disinformation efforts, illegal campaigning, and security issues; 

* Track main political and social discourses in the main social media platforms, prior to, during, and after specific election events. 

* Produce accurate and timely written reports as well as contribute to drafting of reports with findings and assessments of the use of social media during the elections and its impact, highlighting key challenges and incidents, and assessing the findings against international standards and best practices.

* Draft an internal lessons-learned document regarding the monitoring of social media in complex electoral environments, including recommendations and guidelines for future election observation missions. 

Data Management

* Create social media monitoring databases.
* Develop a database to track main political and social discourses in the main social media platforms, prior to, during, and after specific election events.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Degree in political science, journalism, international relations or related field.
* Experience conducting social media monitoring activities, notably with a focus on disinformation, hate speech or online harassment.
* Expertise in one or more of the following subject areas – disinformation, hate speech, online harassment, computational propaganda, and dark political advertising.
* Understanding of Democratic Election Standards and International Human Rights Law, particularly related to Freedom of Expression, Opinion and Participation.
* Good written and verbal communications skills.
* Understanding of R and /or Python and familiarity with APIs.
* Knowledge of data science and / or statistical principles a plus.
* Experience with CrowdTangle a plus.
* Fast learner, self-starter, adaptable.
* High level of comfort learning on the go.

Please send a CV/Resume, together with a cover letter explaining how your profile and experience match the job requirements, via email with the subject line, Social Media Analyst”.https://archive.is/QGTFm

The day after John Marsh was found dead, this job posting appeared on Relief Web. This was also the day after the Ethiopian elections. This seems to be a slightly different position. Did he hold this position, as well? This seems to involve Syria.

The Carter Center: Data Analyst, Conflict Resolution Program #65813
Organization: Carter Center Posted: 22 Jun 2021 Closing date: 21 Jul 2021

Country:
* United States of America
* City:
* Atlanta
Organization:
* Carter Center
Type:
* Job
Career Category:
* Information Management
Years of experience:
* 3-4 years

PEACE PROGRAM:
The Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored 113 elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people. When the Center first started observing elections in the late 1980s, the Cold War was ending and a wave of democratization was spreading globally. In the last 10 years, however, the trend toward greater democracy has plateaued, and citizens in many parts of the globe are now confronting challenges from authoritarian governments and narrowing political space.

Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency.

A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.

When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.

SUMMARY:
The Data Analyst provides support for data management, analysis, and visualization for Conflict Resolution Program (CRP) projects. The Data Analyst utilizes standard software requirements and design practices to create data management systems that can document all aspects of conflict, and other necessary information for CRP projects. The position also supports project teams in the life cycle of data-related projects, including planning of data collection, structure of data, maintenance of data, and more.

The Data Analyst liaises with Carter Center staff, including IT and project management, to build streamlined systems, address data management issues, and identify tools or methodologies that best support CRP’s work.

The Data Analyst also interacts with external partners as needed.

The Data Analyst will report to the Manager of the conflict mapping unit in the Syria team and work closely with other CRP project managers. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) may be required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
* A bachelor’s degree and four years of related experience OR an equivalent
* combination of education, training, and experience.
* Proficiency in coding (e.g. R, Python, or SQL) and experience with APIs and common business
* intelligence and data visualization tools.
* Strong, demonstrated skills in writing and presentation of findings and analyses.
* Experience working with conflict data, open source data, and unstructured information.
* Experience with Azure environment preferred.
* Familiarity with graph databases and/or network analysis a plus.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
* Creates and maintains a data dictionary and meta data.
* Supports efforts to ensure that data standards are developed and maintained.
* Ensures that the uses of data through reports and queries are accurate.
* Supports business and system re-engineering and architecture development to define future data needs.
* Serves as an organizational consultant on matters relating to databases by providing expertise to assist users in meeting their needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
* Two years of experience in processes and standards related to data OR a bachelor’s degree.
*
NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee
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