The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes and analyses disaggregated data on violent political conflict. These data are publicly available, along with analysis and information about the project, at www.acleddata.com. These data are used for a range of purposes, from academic research on dynamics of conflict to informing diplomatic policy, and humanitarian and development work in conflict-affected contexts.
ACLED is recruiting a full-time Research Analyst to oversee ACLED’s weekly analysis production. The candidate must have the right to work in the United States of America, although the work is fully remote. Only those with the legal authorization to work in the US (citizenship, permanent residence, or work permit) can apply, even if they do not plan to be residing in the US. Please submit your salary range for consideration. Applications without an explicitly stated salary range (including applications stating "negotiable") will not be considered. The start date for the position is August 1.
The Research Analyst will be supervised by the Analysis Coordinator. The Research Analyst will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Provide research assistance to Research Director, Executive Director, Analysis Coordinator, and others by preparing and conducting quantitative analysis (including data cleaning, prepping for analysis, etc.), conducting literature reviews/desk research, etc.
- Contribute to the writing and editing of ACLED analysis outputs around conflict trend and thematic reports, including work on creating engaging data visualizations using Tableau, through working closely with other team members including relevant Research Managers, (Senior) Researchers, and other Research Analysts.
- Support ways for ACLED staff to conduct better analysis. This includes holding internal analysis trainings on software and best practices, creating guides/videos etc.
- Support analysis by ACLED users and partners, as requested. This can include training or output products for local partners, strategic users, or media requests. This includes responding to requests for quick-turnaround data pulls, such as for media users, as well as more in-depth support, such as providing data analysis and visualization training for local or strategic partners.
- Other ad hoc research and analysis support tasks and occasional administrative and coordination tasks.
Skills and competencies
ACLED is seeking applicants who are willing to be engaged in several simultaneous projects.
The following experience and abilities are mandatory:
- Fluency in English
- Reliable with strong problem-solving skills
- Graduate degree in conflict, political violence, or related field
- 3-5 years of experience manipulating large datasets (e.g. wrangling messy data, data cleaning, prepping data for analysis, etc.) and building and testing statistical models
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Strong critical thinking and analysis skills
- An extremely high level of attention to detail
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills for engaging with third-parties on behalf of the organization
- Ability to work remotely and meet deadlines with limited supervision (experience working in a remote environment preferred)
- Flexible team player, especially across a remote, global team
The following skills are necessary to succeed in the position:
- Familiarity with the academic literature around conflict and political violence
- Knowledge of statistical packages for conducting quantitative analysis
- Experience conducting desk-based research and literature reviews
- Solid experience with Tableau software, creating engaging data visualizations
- Experience with spatial software and applications (e.g. Esri GIS suite, QGIS, Mapbox, etc.)
The following skills are preferred:
- Experience polishing visuals in Adobe Illustrator
- Familiarity and experience working with ACLED data
- Fluency in other language(s) in addition to English.
To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications and experience.
Further information on the project is available online at acleddata.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply early.