Researcher – The Use of Technology in Investigative Journalism

Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) is an independent non-governmental non-profit organization. We seek to build a society that guarantees freedom of expression and belief, human rights, and justice. Our vision is a democratic world based on justice, freedom, equality, and respect for human rights and dignity.

Within the framework of the work of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) in building a society based on respecting and protecting the right to free expression of opinion, supporting media work, and raising its standard, the Media and Freedoms Program at the SCM plans to implement a study that addresses:

“The use of technology in investigative journalism”

SCM is looking for a “researcher” based on the attached technical requirements and the following principles:

  • Prepare the research methodology and share it with the project team before 25th June 2024.
  • Preparing an opinion poll form directed to Syrian journalists and analyzing the data received, including samples of previous investigative reports.
  • Completing a draft of the research on the use of technology in the media (with a focus on models from the Syrian media) and submitting it for audit on 10th September 2024.
  • Review and submit the final draft at the end of November 2024.
  • Review the translated version of the research.
  • Participation in the research launch webinar.

Required documents:

  • Proof of work in similar projects that includes:
    • Excellent academic qualifications, at least bachelor’s degree or higher in Media.
    • Demonstrable experience in developing similar research for the media sector (at least five years), preferably in investigative reporting and technology.
    • Proven technical experience, especially in the use of open source.
    • Experience and understand the Syrian context and the issues stakeholders face in Syria.
    • Demonstrable extensive experience in research, research methods,
    • Excellent analytical skills – designing research questions, familiarity with (and appropriate use of) research methods, and report writing.
    •  At least 2 References from previous projects.
  • Financial offer including:
    • The Financial compensation.
    • The validity of the offer (duration- date)

Location of work:

  • Online

Evaluation criteria:

  • (70%) – Tenderer’s experience with the topic‏ ‏and the capacity for similar searches
  • (30%). Financial offer

Tender procedure:

  • For interested service providers, please send in your offer and professional portfolio in addition to a cost sheet, tenders shall be submitted by email only (with attachments) to the email address in the table below, with the following reference in the subject: Research of the use of technology in investigative journalism.
  • Tenders addressed to another email address or without attachments will be rejected, as we encourage you to send us your questions for any clarifications before submitting your proposed cost sheet.
  • Only the selected party will be notified within two weeks of the deadline below.
Deadline for submission of tenders/offers31 May 2024 (5:00 pm Paris time)
Email for submission of tenders/offersTo: [email protected]Cc: [email protected]
For any questions or explanation:To: [email protected]Cc:    [email protected]         [email protected]
Contract durationUntil complete execution of the obligations of the parties
Expected starting date of execution1st June 2024