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Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Digital Response Ethics in Humanitarian Emergencies

Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Digital Response Ethics in Humanitarian Emergencies


Published on 22 July 2020

Job ID: 18837

Full job title: Digital Response & Digital Ethics in Disasters & Humanitarian Emergencies Research Assistant

Eligibility Criteria:

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Application Deadline: Sunday August 9 @11:59pm

$16 per hour

5-10 hours per week

Start Date: September 7 2020

End Date: April 23 2021

Job Description

Under the supervision of Dr. James Orbinski and Dr. Jennie Phillips, the Digital Response & Digital Ethics in Disasters & Humanitarian Emergencies Research Assistant RAY student will:

  • contribute to research projects including (but not restricted to): Digital Contact Tracing during COVID19, Digital Ethics and Governance of Health Data in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Digital Response to COVID-19
  • use a multiple case study approach to generate holistic understanding of the global impacts of using digital contact tracing measures, from high-income to low-income countries, with special attention paid to vulnerable communities, like refugees and internally displaced populations, that may need these measures more but also be higher risk
  • generate insight on the risks and benefits of these contact tracing measures
  • establish a foundation for developing guidance mechanisms when digital contact tracing methodologies are deemed a viable solution
  • acquire experience in research, academic and non-academic writing, sharing of research, online website maintenance, grant writing, among other skills as opportunities emerge
  • be a part of a team of 2-4 people, with support from their supervisor (DIGHR Research Fellow) and primary research assistant

Specific research activities the student(s) be engaged in

  • Researching subject matter related to the projects of study (which could involve annotated bibliography)
  • Conducting remote interviews and/or note-taking during interviews conducted by the team
  • Contributing to writing peer-reviewed articles, practitioner guidance documentation, and online media
  • Contributing to and/or maintaining the online project page(s) for the research
  • Grant writing support
  • Supporting online workshop organization and delivery  

Type of research experience the student(s) will receive

  • Critical thinking
  • Conducting literature review
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research dissemination (preparing presentations and written outputs of research)

Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities

  • Methodological training on data analysis
  • Subject matter training on global health and humanitarianism
  • Ongoing supervision
  • Regular status meetings with your supervising full-time faculty and DIGHR Director, Professor James Orbinski and Post Doc Fellow, Dr. Jennie Phillips


  • Current undergraduate York student. We encourage applicants from diverse programs of study.
  • Demonstrated interest in digital technology use for global health and response to disasters, emergencies and complex humanitarian crisis
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews and research dissemination (peer-reviewed/non peer-reviewed writing)
  • Experience in website maintenance, and building a social media presence
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds/cultures
  • Excellent communication skills: professional email/phone correspondence, public speaking, and presentation proficiency
  • Excellent computer skills (google docs, word processing, email, database management, spreadsheets)
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take on initiative
  • Demonstrates thorough attention to detail, organization and a strong sense of pride in their work
  • Demonstrates organizational and time management skills
  • Strong ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff


Global Health & Humanitarianism



Related Work





Jennie Phillips, Research Fellow, Digital Ethics & Global Health

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