Position Description

Social Network Analysis for the Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Project
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Internews overview

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local civil society worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard

For more information about the organization please visit: www.internews.com

Project background

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Asia-Pacific project aims to boost the quantity and quality of environmental media coverage in the region, which in turn contributes to increasing the capacity of local and regional actors to promote greater accountability and sustainable development in environmental governance. Building on EJN’s past work and extensive network in Asia, the project strengthens the capacity of individual reporters, media outlets and journalism networks to cover the environment and natural resource management issues; disseminate news and information to vulnerable communities; and amplify the voices of women and marginalized groups who are disproportionately affected by environmental changes.

Funded by Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), this four-year project (Aug 2017- Dec 2021) provides a suite of activities and approaches that include, training programs, fellowships for journalists to participate in global environmental conferences such as the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference Of Parties (COP), grants for organizations and individual journalists, and the development and maintenance of GeoJournalism websites that combine stories with data visualization tools to present environmental information.  

Supporting peer to peer engagement and multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing and/or collaboration is one of the project’s main objectives. It does so by building local networks or communities, and facilitating global and multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing, via its Training of Trainers workshop, story and organizational grant opportunities, joint fundraising, journalist fellowship programs and collaborative storytelling projects.

Together, these activities are expected to result in an increased access to environmental news and information, improved environmental content, greater inclusion of women and marginalized groups in the content supported, and more knowledge exchange and collaboration among journalists as well as between journalists and other stakeholders.

Purpose and Objective

This call is opened to individual researcher as well as research orgnanizations with experience in conducting Social Network Analyses. The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a social network analysis (SNA) to map the landscape of the relationships and networks between journalists and other stakeholders, as supported by the EJN Asia-Pacific project. Through the SNA, EJN seeks to examine the type and pattern of relationships established or strengthened by the project in order to identify the impact of these relationships on the functioning of individual actors and the entire Earth Journalism Network. The SNA should address key questions which, at the end of the project, will help determine the degree to which the project succeeds in building the peer-to-peer relationships among the journalists involved in the project, and the relationships between journalists and other stakeholders, like activists, environmental scientists and researchers.

Methodology and technical approach

The consultant will develop a detailed methodology and present it to the Internews’ EJN Asia-Pacific project team for approval. Although the network to be analysed is not bounded, we expect that the target group will be the key nodes within the network, including journalists, media networks, journalist networks, NGOs, research institutions, environmental activists, donor agencies. We welcome the use of mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative) approaches that will help answer the proposed research questions.

Scope of activity

The consultant is expected to conduct one social network analysis (SNA) to determine:

  • how journalists and other stakeholders involved in this project communicate with each other
  • how often do they communicate with each other
  • what do they communicate about
  • under what circumstances, do journalists, researchers, NGO staff and other actors involved in this project reach out to others for assistance;
  • has the communication and engagement among the journalists and other actors led to any collaborative activities or outputs
  • in what ways did the project contribute or facilitate the networking and relationship building
  • what value do the journalists and other actors see in the network and relationship established through this project
  • what can improve communication and information sharing
  • other aspects of the relationship between journalists and other stakeholders which Internews and the consultant decide as pertinent to the project

Timeframe and deliverables

The SNA will be performed from late February to April 2021. The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:

  • Detailed research methodology and tools
  • Presentation to relevant project team members on the SNA methodology and work plan
  • Mentor a designated Internews M&E staff throughout the process, and guide him through the SNA methodology , especially on the data analysis
  • Draft Social Network Analysis report in English with corresponding sociograms, tables, and graphics, as well as recommendations
  • Final Social Network Analysis report in English addressing and incorporating comments from the project team
  • Presentation on the findings of the Social Network Analysis to the project team and donor, as required

Supervision of the Consultant

The consultant will be supervised by Internews’ EJN Senior Asia Program Manager and Asia Regional Research and Evaluation Manager. Internews’ EJN staff will facilitate the consultant needs for the purpose of the assignment.

Application guidelines and requirements

Interested parties should apply to info.ejn@internews.org with attention to […]. Applications should include the below documentation.

  • A 2-3 page statement of interest describing how your profile meets criteria
  • Proposed SNA methodology, including tools and software that will be used, any other resources required, and a corresponding timeline. The methodology will be refined and finalized with the project team, if selected
  • A CV and 2 references
  • At least one example of a past self-authored SNA research report in English
  • A short cost justification (not included in the 2-3 page limit) – including your salary history and/or daily rate for your last 3 consultancies 

Essential qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in research, social sciences, development, or other related fields
  • At least 5 years of practical experience conducting social network analyses and/or relevant analyses, and/or 3 unique SNAs previously conducted
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods
  • Previous experience doing SNAs for media related work in countries across Asia and the Pacific desired
  • Fluency in verbal and written English
  • Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity and the ability to forge strong cross-cultural relationships and build trust demonstrated through previous experience
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, writing and communication skills
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