Job Opportunity: Research and Content Intern, Just Digital Transformations (Paid Position)

Job Opportunity: Research and Content Intern, Just Digital Transformations (Paid Position)

Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a Research and Content Intern to join our Just Digital Transformations Program. We are an international non-profit “think-and-do-tank” created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and ODI. We bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to “Change the world with data” through three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies, and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries. 

DPA has partnered with organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, UN-ESCWA, GIZ (German development agency), the Vodafone Institute, Oxfam Mexico and other key international stakeholders to develop projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the MENA region and Asia. We have also deployed over 25 workshops in 10 different countries. To learn more about DPA, please visit our website or read our “Overview and Outlook 2021-2023” report here.

Dates: 3 months, full-time, with possibility of extension and growth within the organization.  

Location: Remote, ideally between UTC -1 to UTC +3 for compatibility with the team.

Scope of Work

Reporting to the Project Managers of the Just Digital Transformations Program and related projects, and also working closely with the Communications & Partnerships Officer, the Just Digital Transformation Research Intern will produce research in the fields of digital transformation, data, development, COVID-19, and other human rights topics, as well as generate content for our website. Amongst others, primary activities for the Just Digital Transformation Research Intern include:

      Qualitative Research (60%)

  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations on a variety of topics, including Ethical Digital Transformation, and Data4Development. This may include reading and summarizing external studies and reports related to our work, to include best practices and current trends in Data4Development, as well as the use of AI and Big Data in the international development field. 
  • Edit, revise and suggest revisions for ongoing research and project documentation.
  • Scope current data initiatives in the Just Digital Transformation field, particularly tied to the issues of digital strategies, digital-related policies, etc.  
  • Support the evaluation, analysis and review of policies, legal frameworks, including human rights frameworks, and strategies from a gender perspective and identify good practices and shortcomings. Support the assessment of the status of ratification of international treaties related to gender equality and their incorporation to the domestic law and to what extent gender has been mainstreamed in national policies and plans.

      Quantitative Research (40%) 

  • Support the Data Science team to gather, examine and analyze existing disaggregated data related to Ethical Digital Transformation in Latin America, Africa, and other regions (knowledge on quantitative research methodologies desired).
  • Support the Project Manager and Officers and collaborate with Government Officials, National Statistics Offices and International Organizations in gathering and analyzing relevant data.

      Participate in meetings with other DPA researchers.

      Other tasks and duties as required.


  • Recent graduate (or student in last semester of master’s degree) with a degree in International Economics, Development Economics, Political Science, Economics, and other related fields. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. French or Spanish fluency is strongly desired.
  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to multitask, while being proactive, analytical and organized.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis (proven knowledge of R and/or Python, STATA and/or WordPress are a plus).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 
  • Comfortable with remote teams and processes. 

Candidates should be able to work independently, manage their time wisely, and meet deadlines. They should be detail-focused, reliable, professional, and possess strong research, writing, editing, and analysis skills, as well as excellent communication, and interpersonal skills.


500 USD per month 

Recruitment Process

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV (one page), a cover letter (800 words max), and one writing sample (2 pages max, in English) to with the subject line “Research and Content Intern_P1” by Friday, July 13 at 6 PM EST. 

Please note that only complete applications submitted in English will be considered. 

Equal Opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Data-Pop Alliance has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of four designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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