Competitions

Application Deadline : 14 September 2022

In collaboration with the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the University of Georgia (UG), it is planned to continue the joint educational project "Disinformation and Propaganda Studies: History, Theories and Means of Debunking" from the fall semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.   In total, 13 students passed  the certificate program during the first year, while 4 students due to different reasons will pass the course from  September. Besides the 17 students, the UG students engagement rate in the program was high: more than 20 students chose the modules as subjects, while a similar number of students attended offered workshops and conferences.   The academic program - Disinformation and Propaganda Studies: History, Theories and Ways of Debunking which is jointly organized by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the University of Georgia (UG) started on September 20, 2021. Overall, 78 applicants expressed their desire to participate in the program. After reviewing CVs and cover letters, 35 applicants moved on to the interview stage, which took place on September 13-15. Finally, 19 participants were selected to participate in the program together with the students of the School of Social Sciences and Media of the University of Georgia. Due to personal reasons, two students could not attend the courses, leading to  17 students attending the courses in the first year. The participants represent various Georgian universities, regional media outlets, civil society organizations, and public institutions. In addition, there were students of the UG, who could obtain six academic credits by choosing and passing various modules. Overall, a variety of  modules were passed by more than 20 students.   In the framework of the academic program participants had a chance to attend 6 modules and several short training seminars on disinformation and propaganda research, history, its public impacts, and the ways of debunking during two semesters. The participants also had an opportunity to develop research projects and present them at an international academic conference held on July 3-4, 2022.   The program ‘Disinformation and Propaganda Studies: History, Theories, and Means of Debunking’ is designed over two academic semesters and includes 6 study courses. Bachelor's and master's students of the University of Georgia and other universities of social sciences/humanities, as well as persons working in the public and non-governmental sector, media representatives, can participate in the program.   In the case of students of the University of Georgia, lecture courses will be available among elective subjects, and each course taken is equivalent to 6 study credits. All participants who successfully complete at least 4 training courses will receive a bilingual certificate confirming completion of the program.   In addition to standard lecture courses, participants will also be able to attend public lectures, special seminars and participate in international academic conferences. The 10 best essays/projects prepared by the participants, after the successful completion of the program, will be published/distributed on the websites and social pages (Facebook and Twitter) of the University of Georgia and IDFI.   *Language of teaching: Georgian, although a large part of reading material is presented in English. People interested in applying for the program: students (except the University of Georgia); representatives of public service and non-governmental sector and media,  should send an application to the following link by August 29, 2022: https://forms.gle/pcacP7H4o1pQaK8X8   Participants of the program are selected at the initial stage based on the application. Candidates who passed the second stage will be interviewed.   During a short interview, the readiness of the participants to fully comply with the requirements of the program will be assessed   Selected participants will be fully funded for their tuition fees.   Selection criteria:     Motivation (30);    Teamwork and presentation skills (30);    It is desirable to know the English language at the intermediate level (25).    Plan/possibility of reflecting the course in one's own activity (15) Contact us for more information: n.gozalishvili@idfi.ge

Application Deadline : 25 August 2021

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) is launching its annual contest on analytical articles on the topic of Data for Change.   The goal of the contest is to encourage the use open data for government oversight activities.   Rules for participation and evaluation criteria:   1.       Submitted analytical articles must be related to public policy and public finance in Georgia. Possible topics include management of public finances, government performance in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, public administration, local government, social issues, healthcare, crime statistics, education, environment, economics, finance.   2.       Each participant may send several articles (preferably on different topics).   3.       The main part of the article must be based on public data and its analysis.   4.       The article must describe the author’s findings and analysis of important issues in Georgia.   5.       The article can be based on datasets published on Datalab ­- www.datalab.ge, an open data lab created by IDFI.   6.       Use of visualizations (e.g. graphs, diagrams, infographics, etc.) will be considered an advantage.   7.       The article must be in Georgian.   8.       The article should follow the following structure:  Title; Cover page with information about the author: name, surname, date of birth);  Key findings; Introduction; Main body; Conclusion;  and Bibliography / Annexes.   9. Technical specifications: the article must be submitted as a Word document; number of pages: 2-5 (without graphs and annexes);  font: Sylfaen, size - 12; line spacing - 1.15; and margin: Normal.   10. Any additional public information requested by the author from public institutions must be submitted together with the article.   11. The analysis included in the submitted article must belong to the author. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.   12. Articles that have already been published will not be accepted.   How to find information for the article?    - Browse datasets on Georgia’s Open Data Platform (DataLab - www.datalab.ge);   -  Look for public information published on the websites of public institutions;   - Request public information from specific public institutions.   Contest prizes : First place – GEL 1,300; Second place – GEL 1,000; and Third place – GEL 800.Three best articles will be published on IDFI’s website (www.idfi.ge) and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) with copyright protection.   Deadline for submission is July 31, 2021. Articles may only be submitted electronically to: contest@idfi.ge, by indicating ‘Data for Change’ in the subject line.   For more information about the contest contact us between 10:00 - 19:00, from Monday to Friday:   Tel: +995 32 2 921514 Email: contest@idfi.ge     The contest is organized with the framework of the project - Empowered Civil Society and Enhanced Beneficial Ownership Transparency Standards for Good Governance. The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.  

Application Deadline : 5 July 2021
Competition Title : Project Analyst

General Information    Project title: Promoting Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising   Donor organization: Deloitte Consulting LLC, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), within the auspices of the Economic Governance Program   Project goal: The project aims to evaluate the extent and quality of PPD at the central as well and municipal levels (three selected municipalities)   and raise awareness on PPD among state and non-state actors as well as the wider society. During the project implementation selected draft laws and regulations will be evaluated based on the extent and quality of inclusive consultation.   The evaluation of the extent and quality of PPD will be based on four pre-identified phases of policy development: policy design and development, legislation drafting, circulation and public comments, and ex-ante regulatory impact assessment (RIA). Based on the existing methodology, each selected draft law and regulation will be allocated relevant scores and the overall rating will be developed. The results of monitoring as well as the rating of the draft laws/regulations will be presented on an annual basis, and relevant draft laws and regulations will be awarded.   Note: for the purposes of the project the term private sector implies business sector and business associations, non-governmental and research organizations, representatives of academia and any other groups of relevant stakeholders.    Activities (start date of activities May 01, 2021):   1) Preparatory stage: elaborating a comprehensive methodology and submitting FOI requests  2) Conducting interviews and training sessions  3) Inception study of selected three municipalities  4) Preparing a monitoring report  5) Developing and finalizing PPD quality tracking report  6) Final presentation of the report and social activities   Purpose vacant position    Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) within the framework of the Project ‘Promoting Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising’ is seeking for a qualified project analyst to conduct analytical and research activities/work and facilitate the quality implementation of the project.   Major Duties and Responsibilities:   - Conducting initial selection of laws and regulations to be evaluated in terms of the extent and quality of PPD; - identifying relevant prospective stakeholders for each selected draft law and regulation; -  Communicating with the author entities of the draft laws and regulations and relevant stakeholders and conducting interviews;  - Sending freedom of information (FOI) requests to relevant entities upon such necessity; - Analyzing information received through interviews and FOI requests and producing initial evaluations of the extent and quality of PPD using the pre-developed methodology.  - Preparing quarterly and annual reports and submitting them to the project management.  - Planning and actively participating in awareness-raising activities; - Communicate with project partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries on project related issues;    Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:   - University degree in Law, Public Administration or Business and Economics;   - One year of experience of administrative work (official correspondence, communication with partners, stakeholders, service providers, planning meetings, and etc.) as major or part of the job tasks;   - At least 2 years of experience in preparing research and analysis;   - The experience of the monitoring of policy documents will be an asset;   - Fluency in English and Georgian required;   - Excellent communication and self-organization abilities;   - Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel).     How to Apply:   Interested candidates should submit their CVs and Motivation Letters in English to: vacancies@idfi.ge by July 5, 2021. In the subject note, please, indicate the job title: Project Analyst.   Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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