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Disinformation and Technology Expert

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Washington, District of Columbia, United States [Telecommute]
  • WWC Global profile

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WWC Global is seeking a Disinformation and Technology Expert to work with USAID’s Democratic Resilience and Innovation (DRI) Team to support the Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Center within the Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Bureau in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/DDI/DRG) under WWC Global’s institutional support contract. In coordination with colleagues across the DRG Center and other bureaus, the consultant will support the DRG Center to develop a strategic framework to address mis/dis/malinformation. This will require ensuring synergy with USAID’s Digital Strategy, USAID/DRG’s Digital Vision and relevant interagency strategies and policy.

This is a long-term technical consultant position under our USAID DRG Center contract and is expected to last approximately 12 months.

This position will be required, but not limited, to:

  • Develop and provide training for USAID staff in the field and in Washington, to build capacity to detect, deter, and build resilience to mis/dis/malinformation and to address digital repression.
  • Provide targeted technical assistance to USAID/Washington offices and field missions to support integrated application of the Agency’s forthcoming DRG Center Policy, the new DRG Digital Vision and ongoing digital democracy work for the Summit for Democracy and the subsequent “Year of Action.”
  • Assist USAID missions in operationalizing the DRG Digital Vision, as well as the Digital Democracy and Digital Repression (D3R) Field Guide, including through the design of cutting-edge programs to address these issues.
  • Support the Agency to develop a strategic framework for addressing mis/dis/malinformation. This will involve the following steps:
    • Reviewing existing academic literature and media and conduct KIIs with external stakeholders to provide an overview of the mis/dis/malinformation problem set, with particular focus upon the role of technology.
    • Identifying and consulting existing USAID policies, products and programming approaches including the USAID Disinformation Primer and USAID Digital Vision.
    • Identifying potential programming gaps or opportunities.
    • Conducting KIIs with practitioners, key experts, Mission staff and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy or programing options.
    • Meeting biweekly with supervisor and relevant colleagues to discuss progress and ensure alignment with DRG Policy development and Summit for Democracy digital democracy work over the “Year of Action”.
    • Drafting sections of the MDM Strategic Framework, in consultation with other DRG and Agency team members o Conducting follow-up workshop for DRG Center staff on draft and next steps.
    • Developing and provide training or technical assistance to USAID field missions. This will involve:
      • Reviewing existing training materials from across USAID and inter-agency.
      • Identifying project examples, examples, and resources to share.
      • Developing the training material.
      • Providing training in Washington, DC or field mission, either in-person or virtually.

Expected salary range: $130,000 – $150,000.

Work Environment:

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone and printers) and /or occasional Loud noise (airfield, large equipment).
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to sit, stand, talk, and hear.
  • Employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers to operate a computer.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Travel:

  • 0-20% / Occasional travel.

WWC Global is a small, woman-owned business providing management consulting services to U.S. government agencies.

At WWC Global, our employees are the embodiment of our success as a firm. Our team is comprised of a tenacious group of diverse professionals located across the globe. It includes military veterans and spouses of active duty troops, former federal employees, policy experts, academics, attorneys, and technical and business experts, all of whom share a strong work ethic and the skills to succeed in both collaborative and independent environments. WWC Global is invested in the long-term success of both our clients and colleagues for the right reasons. Our dedication to putting good government into practice is underpinned by a merit-based culture that measures success by productivity and credibility.

WWC Global will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants who are unable to utilize our online application system due to a disability. Please send your request to WWC Global HR at hr@wwcglobal.com.

WWC Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer – we do not discriminate based on age, race, national or ethnic origin, gender, veterans status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Polygraph Protection Act.

WWC Global’s Affirmative Action Program is available to any employee or applicant for employment for inspection upon request, to the extent required by federal regulations. The Affirmative Action Program can be accessed during normal business hours by making an appointment with WWC Global HR at hr@wwcglobal.com.

Requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or law degree) in a related field plus eight (8) years of relevant experience, such as digital technology, political science, media, democratic development or a related field.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. (Eligible to pass Federal security clearance process. Please visit the link for FAQs: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/mbi/gicp/).
  • Experience designing and implementing programs that address mis/dis/malinformation, strengthening information integrity, countering or preventing digital repression (internet shutdowns, cyber attacks, general and targeted surveillance, social control through information operations, etc.), and/or strengthening human rights across the digital ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory frameworks governing social media, artificial intelligence, data, cybersecurity and surveillance preferred.
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrable experience working successfully as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Outstanding communication skills, influencing abilities, and client focus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using all Microsoft Office applications.
  • EO 14042, the vaccine mandate for federal contractors, is enjoined and not currently being enforced. Should enforcement resume, applicants must understand and agree to comply with the order and related guidance.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. WWC Global will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current, active Secret clearance.
  • Available to start June 2022.
  • Experience with Google Suite, Tableau or Power BI, R, SPSS, Python or other similar software.

Benefits

WWC Global offers a competitive benefits plan including:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Pet Insurance
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