[Expired] Researcher (Part-Time): Contact-Tracing Apps

SMEX is seeking a part-time researcher to work on a project assessing the Lebanese government’s technical response, or lack thereof, to the Covid-19 crisis. The project is part of a comparative study analyzing the implications of the technical measures governments adopted, with a particular focus on the adoption of contact-tracing and immunity passport applications. The researcher does not need to be a technologist. We expect that this position will require flexible working hours of between 12-20 hours a week from August through December 2020.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with research team to produce a literature review on the effectiveness of Lebanon’s coronavirus response and the technology used
  • Document the different applications released by the Lebanese government, private sector actors, and local governments to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus
  • Assist in drafting interview questions
  • Conduct interviews with local and international public health experts
  • Contribute writing a report summarizing the findings from the literature review and interviews
  • Attend project meetings virtually


  • Academic background in public health, sociology, communications, or anthropology preferred
  • Previous experience conducting research interviews and analyzing responses
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Fluent in English and Arabic (i.e ability to conduct interviews in both languages)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with digital rights issues, particularly digital privacy and data protection
  • Based in Lebanon


  • Previous experience writing and editing published reports or longform articles

We encourage candidates who identify as women and/or LGBTQI to apply.


Beirut or remote, as agreed upon.


  • $20-30 USD/hour, contingent on experience.


To apply, please send a cover letter, your CV and a writing sample of not more than 2,000 words to grant[at]smex.org.


SMEX is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa.