Seeking Subject Matter Experts (SME) on countering disinformation in Ukraine
Friday, March 31 2023
CRDF Global seeks a Subject Matter Experts (SME) in the field of Counter-Disinformation to serve as an advisor, thought leader and project design specialist to support the organization in designing and delivering effective, adaptive, and innovative Ukrainian capacity-building programming to counter disinformation.
Information operations are a core feature of modern hybrid warfare, whereby malign actors seek to disrupt and destabilize populations, undermine confidence in institutions, and make it difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. Disinformation works not by creating new fears; rather it exploits and amplifies existing issues.
The challenge of disinformation is evidenced by Russia’s information operations in Ukraine, the Balkan states, Eastern Europe, and globally. CRDF Global offers trainings, grants, consulting, and technical applications to build whole-of-society capacity to counter such disinformation.
The ability to communicate effectively and to interact with subject matter experts in the field in the government, academic, non-profit, and private sectors is essential for successful performance. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of how states use information operations to achieve broader strategic and political objectives and how online networks spread false narratives.
The ideal candidate should have experience and expertise with multiple facets of countering disinformation including governmental strategic communications, developing technical applications to detect the spread of false narratives, factchecking and debunking by media and civil society, and the intersection with digital governance and cybersecurity.
The selected SME(s) are expected to provide contracted services such as, but not limited to:
1) Mapping of ongoing initiatives and actors involved in countering disinformation activities in Ukraine.
2) Serving as a technical advisor on counter-disinformation topics through strategy development, thought leadership, and policy recommendations;
3) Providing technical leadership in the design, development, planning, and implementation of counter-disinformation programs and projects in coordination with program leads in Ukraine;
4) Leading discussions with program leads in developing new business opportunities and required capabilities to expand our counter-disinformation portfolio;
5) Providing guidance to ensure that program implementation adheres to appropriate technical standards and guidelines and that programs are technically sound;
6) Developing frameworks and tools for the design, implementation, and evaluation of specific technical components including monitoring & evaluation;