Senior Research Analyst - Elections


Organization Name: Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
Location: Washington DC or Remote, United States
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 20 Feb 2024, 04:14 am
Closing Date: 20 Mar 2024, 12:00 am

Job description

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.

Why work for ISD?

ISD is not your ordinary think tank. We turn research into action that changes the world. Our insights don't gather dust on shelves - they power the fight to protect democracy and human rights on the front lines. We're committed to delivering real change, from the grassroots to the highest levels of global institutions. And we're looking for passionate individuals who share our commitment to making a difference. Join us and be part of an organisation that's making an impact.

ISD's Guiding Principles of ?integrity, collaboration, agility and courage? define who we are as a team and an organisation. These principles reflect our culture and guide the way we work and the choices we make.

Our benefits

• Flexible and remote working.
• 20 days paid time off plus 11 public holidays.
• 1 week of additional paid time off over Christmas, outside of your PTO entitlement.
• Paid time off for training and life's important events.
• Health insurance policy via BCBS as well as Vision, Dental, and employer sponsored short and long-term disability policies and life insurance.
• 401k policy with company match.
• Unlimited sick leave and enhanced family friendly policies.
• Annual personal development and remote working budgets.
• Dedicated counsellors for those working with traumatic content.
• Friday 4pm finish.


$85,000 - $110,000 per annum, depending on experience.


You may work from our office in Washington DC, from home, or on a hybrid arrangement to suit you. Please note you will be required to attend the office occasionally for team meetings.


This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISD is committed to promoting diversity throughout its workforce and aims for its team to be truly representative of all sections of society. We make a concerted effort to ensure our workplace, employment policies and organisational culture creates an inclusive, positive and progressive environment in which all members of our team are treated with dignity and respect. For further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email

We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, carers, and people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

The role

The Senior Research Analyst will oversee digital research on online harm related to elections, public officials, and democratic institutions, tracking activities from over 600 hate and extremism groups. They will conduct and supervise ethnographic monitoring, draft reports, and provide strategic communications advice to officials based on ISD’s insights.

Key responsibilities include:

• 40% of your time will be focused on research and analysis: conducting and overseeing ethnographic monitoring, supporting the creation of analytical outputs and developing methodologies for both quantitative and qualitative research.
• 30% of your time will be focused on project management and delivery.
• You will also participate in day-to-day engagement with key stakeholders from state elected and public officials, civil society, and others in projects working to mitigate political violence and disinformation threats, including the escalation of specific information threats identified through ongoing ethnographic monitoring.

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Job requirements

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate should have at least 7 years professional experience in research or data analysis, particularly in campaigns or politics. They must excel in understanding US hate and extremist dynamics, possess deep knowledge of US politics and communications, and demonstrate expertise in analyzing online disinformation and extremism. Additionally, they should have strong project management skills, experience in digital policy proposals, and proven resilience in managing extremist content, including line management experience.

Please review our ?job description ( essential criteria, and keep in mind that no candidate will meet every requirement in the advert. If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified, but you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to hear from you.

How to apply

Please submit your application by March 1st 2024. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint candidates prior to the advertised closing date.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy or want to speak to a member of our recruitment team, please contact

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