Joint statement

Call for Researchers: Special Report on Access to Information in Moldova

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Our Mission:

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. Today, as more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights. We analyze the challenges to freedom; advocate for greater political and civil liberties; and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Call for Researchers:

Freedom House seeks up to two researchers to serve as co-authors for a Special Report that will serve as Moldova’s first comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the state of access to information in the country. The researchers will use qualitative and quantitative analysis to assess the extent to which Moldova has met Sustainable Development Goal 16.10.2 (number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information). Three main assessment areas for measuring implementation of this SDG will be included in the methodology, namely the extent to which a state is proactively disclosing information, the extent to which institutional measures have been put in place to assist with implementation, and the extent to which requests for information are being responded to properly.

Under the supervision of Freedom House’s Local Representative in Moldova, the co-authors will produce a report of up to 70 pages of qualitative and quantitative analysis, including annexes, according to a provided methodology. 

Procedures:

To apply for this opportunity, please submit your CV and a short, unedited writing sample (no more than 800 words) to [email protected] no later than April 12, 2021.

The proposed timeline for drafting and finalizing analysis is April – October 2021. Contracted researchers will be asked to deliver a final draft of their thematic analysis to Freedom House by November 2021. The special report will be in English, and all analysis must be drafted in English. The brief will be published by Freedom House, with the byline and affiliation of the researcher.

This research opportunity is part of the USAID and UK funded project “Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova” (MEDIA-M) and implemented by Internews and Freedom House, which aims to promote the development of an independent, professional media, and to create a media sector that is more resilient to political and financial pressures.