Current Vacancies

Project Associate / Coordinator (seniority dependent on experience)

Division: Education
Reports to: Programme Manager
Contract: 6 months, Fixed-Term
Salary: £25,000 – £35,000 pa (pro rata for 6-month contract)

A new role has become available at ISD supporting new educational programmes to counter hate and extremism. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the day-to-day management of cross-sector projects, particularly in the French, UK and wider European contexts. This includes (but is not limited to): project design; producing cutting-edge media literacy and digital citizenship resources; converting research outputs into public education and outreach; running social media campaigns to promote core themes and building the capacity of youth and civil society to counter hate and extremism in their communities.

The Project Associate/ Project Coordinator will support the Education team in delivering and scaling their digital citizenship, media literacy, and counter-extremism work across a handful of distinct projects. This will include coordinating and working with education stakeholders, producing research and written outputs, and designing high-quality educational resources.

The successful candidate will have used project management tools to meet delivery targets on deadline and within budget, coordinating events and working with civil society partners. French language skills (native or high professional level) are essential along with good oral and written communication. For a copy of the job description, click here.

Application Process
To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) to [email protected] by 5pm UK time on Monday 14th September 2020.

Interviews are planned immediately after the close of the application period. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applications without a covering letter will not be considered. ISD reserves the right to appoint before this date where required.



Analysts, Digital Research Unit


• Location: London based organisation, currently working remotely
• Contract: Initial six month fixed term contract, consultancy also considered
• Salary: £ 25,000 – 45,000, dependent on experience.
• Start Date: Immediate

ISD is seeking to fill a number of Analyst roles in its growing and busy Digital Research Unit, sitting within the Research and Policy Division. With a series of exciting global projects in the pipeline, ISD is looking to recruit the brightest minds to support and grow its disinformation and extremism research online.

We are looking to recruit several technically competent individuals who have demonstrable experience working in the fields of quantitative or qualitative digital research. This must include experience of undertaking online analysis, as well as clear subject matter experience in working on issues of disinformation, extremism or political communications online.

Experience working on research around climate change, migration, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and/or working or native proficiency in French, Polish, Czech/Slovak, Hungarian, German would be an additional advantage for these roles. For more details and to view the Job Description, click here.

Application process

To apply please send a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in and suitability for the position, and up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages), including salary expectations, to [email protected] by 11 September 2020.

Please note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applications without a covering letter will not be considered.


Wolof-Speaking Research Consultant

Contract type: Consultancy (20 days)
Reporting to: Manager, Young Cities
Location: Remote
• Preferred Start Date: 21st September 2020
Remuneration: Competitive

About Young Cities
Young Cities is a joint effort by two of ISD’s longest-running programmes, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) and the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN), bringing youth voices to city halls across Lebanon, Kenya, Senegal and the Western Balkans. Young Cities works in partnership with both young people and local government to enhance and support youth-led solutions to community challenges such as hate, polarisation, extremism and violence.

Scope of work, timeline and deliverables
ISD is seeking to contract a Wolof-speaking research consultant to deliver specific research outputs that will contribute towards the delivery of an online extremism profile to assess the nature and extent of extremist and hateful COVID-related online narratives in Senegal.

Working in close cooperation with ISD, the successful contractor will need to produce, in priority order, key deliverables across a 2-month project timeframe, completed by November 2020. It is anticipated that the consultant will be able to produce all of the deliverables outlined below within no more than 20 days’ work over the period September to November 2020. For further details and full criteria in English please click here.

For details and full criteria in French, please click here.

How to submit applications
All applications must be submitted via email to [email protected] The deadline for this role has been extended to 17:00 UK time, Friday 25th September 2020.

All applications should include:
• Expression of interest covering the themes, geographic and linguistic focus and main online sources that the applicant suggests the research project to focus on, as well as the rationale behind those choices.
• CV
• Expected daily rate
• Names and contact details for two referees

ISD reserves the right to reject any and all proposals submitted and to request additional information from all applicants as necessary to evaluate applications. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.

Consultant Roster Application 

As a global non-profit organisation with teams in London, Beirut, Toronto and Washington D.C., ISD enjoys strategic partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies and supports more than a dozen prominent governments and institutions in stemming the rise of violent extremism and hate speech. ISD undertakes a wide range of projects and delivers cutting-edge programming in the areas of policy advisory, research, communications, technology and education.

We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments across our research and programming. We particularly welcome applications from consultants with expertise in qualitative and quantitive research, data analytics, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation.

If you would like to express an interest in working with ISD, please read the full application here and send the following to [email protected]

  • Copy of your up-to-date CV
  • Details of two employment/assignment references
  • Link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available)

Speculative Applications 

ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels – intern to senior leadership – who would like to join our global team.  If you are committed to challenging polarisation and extremism in all its forms, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your experience, ambitions and suitability to [email protected].

We are currently particularly open to receiving applications from those with:

• Marketing, communications, tech and data analysis experience
• French, German, Russian and Arabic language skills
• International capacity building and training expertise
• International policy experience (particularly in polarisation, education and counter extremism)


ISD staff receive competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including 5% pension contributions, 20 days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes and an annual individual training budget.