Job Listing: AI-in-Media Researcher – Eastern Africa Editors’ Society (EAES)

Job Title: AI-in-Media Researcher

Organisation: Eastern Africa Editors’ Society (EAES)

Location: Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya)

Employment Type: Full-time

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Research Start Date: August 1, 2024

About the Organisation:

Eastern Africa Editors’ Society (EAES): EAES is focused on enhancing media freedom, citizen participation, and democratic processes in Eastern Africa. The organization is committed to ethical journalism and the promotion of digital rights, supported by the Africa Digital Rights Fund and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).

Job Summary:

The AI-in-Media Researcher will analyze the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in newsrooms across Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. This research will assess the prevalence, ethics, and impact of AI on media freedom and democratic processes, aligning with the Paris Charter on AI and Journalism. The aim is to empower stakeholders with knowledge to ethically harness AI for a stronger democracy.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Research Design: Develop a comprehensive research framework and methodology for exploring AI adoption in Eastern African newsrooms.
  2. Data Collection: Gather quantitative and qualitative data through surveys, interviews, case studies, and literature reviews.
  3. Mapping AI Adoption: Identify and document the extent and forms of AI technologies used by media organizations in the region.
  4. Best Practices Development: Analyze findings to recommend ethical and sustainable best practices for AI integration.
  5. Reporting: Compile a comprehensive report and presentations to communicate research findings, insights, and recommendations.


  • Academic Background: Master’s degree or higher in Media Studies, Information Technology, Data Science, or related field.
  • Research Experience: Proven experience in conducting research at the intersection of technology and media.
  • Knowledge of AI: Strong understanding of AI technologies and their applications in the media industry.
  • Analytical Skills: Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Regional Insight: Familiarity with the Eastern African media landscape and its unique challenges and opportunities.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents by June 30, 2024, to

  1. Cover Letter: Outlining interest in the position and relevant qualifications.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Highlighting academic and professional background.
  3. Research Proposal: A brief technical proposal (maximum 5 pages) outlining the approach to the study, including methodologies and potential data sources; and a financial proposal (1 page).
  4. Writing Sample: A sample of previous research work relevant to the position.

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the research by August 1, 2024.

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact

EAES is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in the media and technology sectors.

Join us in pioneering this critical study to shape the future of AI in African news media. Your expertise and insights will play a pivotal role in advancing journalistic integrity and innovation across the continent.

Industry: Research
Location: Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya)



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