Research Assistants


The AWJP is an initiative dedicated to empowering women journalists by providing them with the skills and resources they need to create content that raises awareness of under-reported issues affecting women and makes a business case for sustained gender reporting. The initiative is supported by the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ). 

We are hiring 3 Research Assistants to work with our team in Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Togo on The Reporting Fellowship for Women Journalists in Francophone Africa project. You will be working to support the project Head Researcher in developing and deploying a research study that aims to advance more women’s representation in newsrooms and increase reportage on gender and under-reported issues in Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Togo. This position is 100% remote and open to individuals in Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Togo. 

Provable fluency in both English and French is a requirement for this position.


  1. Research Design and Planning:
    1. Collaborate with the lead research and the AWJP team to develop a comprehensive research plan and methodology for investigating challenges women journalists face in Francophone Africa.
    2. Contribute your expertise to refine survey questionnaires, interview protocols, and focus group discussion guidelines.
    3. Ensure the research design adheres to ethical guidelines and aligns with best practices.
  2. Data Collection:
    1. Engage in data collection activities, including interviews, surveys, and focus group discussions, in collaboration with the research team 
    2. Contact media organisations, women journalist associations, and relevant stakeholders to gather data and insights.
  3. Data Analysis:
    1. Utilise your expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis to interpret research findings.
    2. Collaborate with the data analysis team to identify patterns, key themes, and significant insights related to challenges faced by women journalists.
  4. Literature Review:
    1. Conduct an in-depth literature review to identify and synthesise existing research and studies on gender issues in the media industry within the context of the Francophone country you will be assigned to research.
    2. To inform the research project, provide critical analysis and contextual understanding of relevant literature.
  5. Report Preparation and Recommendations:
    1. Play a central role in preparing the research report, contributing to methodology descriptions, data analysis, and findings.
    2. Together with the lead researcher, develop evidence-based recommendations to address the challenges women journalists face in the region.
  6. Project Leadership:
    1. Take a leadership role in the applicant’s country of operation, especially ensuring that targeted numbers and goals are met. 
    2. Provide strategic insights and guidance to ensure the success and impact of the research project.
  7. Collaboration and Networking:
    1. Foster collaborative relationships with stakeholders, media organisations, and women journalist associations to enhance data collection and broaden the research’s reach.

 Qualifications and Experience: 

  • A bachelor’s degree, or at least 3 years of experience working as a data analyst or in research
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of media in Burkina Faso, Senegal or Togo
  • Excellent organisational and multitasking abilities
  • Strong time management skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Prior experience in media research preferred
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills. 
  • Familiarity with gender issues and challenges faced by women journalists in the context of Francophone Africa.
  • Familiarity with collaborative tools like Slack, Google Workspace, and Trello is a plus 

How to Apply:

Use this form to apply on or before 31/12/2023

AWJP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we encourage candidates of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity to apply.