Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)Vacancy for Europe Researchers -Remote Worldwide

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes and analyses disaggregated data on violent political conflict. The data is publicly available along with information about the project at www.acleddata.com. The data is 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.

The role:

ACLED is recruiting Europe Researchers to assist in the collection, review and management of political violence and protest data across Europe (countries to be covered include Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, TFYR Macedonia, Ukraine and Russia).

For those selected, the consultancy period will begin July 2018. The consultancy will continue through December 2018, pending performance.

Researchers will work 20+ hours a week.

Collection of data is conducted by reviewing news, international organisation, NGO and security reports on a list of assigned countries, and recording the incidents of political violence into an Excel template. Researchers will focus on coding events to provide holistic coverage of current political violence, ranging from protests to battles.

Review and management of data involves ensuring the quality, consistency and reliability of the data produced. The role provides team members with experience conducting detail-oriented tasks, and producing and managing quantitative data.

Specific roles and responsibility:

The roles will require 20 hours or more (depending on their availability) per week. Candidates who are selected will undergo extensive ACLED training. The training consists of several exercises. Candidates’ exercises will be scrutinized and only those who are performing at the required level will be retained as Researchers.

For those selected, the consultancy period will begin July 2018. The consultancy will continue through December 2018, pending performance.

Following initial training and periodic meetings, most work is conducted remotely (team members may work from home, the library, etc.) and at any hours which are convenient, in accordance with set submission deadlines.

Remuneration:

Remuneration starts at 12USD per hour with opportunties for increased rate based on performance.

Skills and competencies:

ACLED is seeking applicants who have the following skills and experience:

  • Familiarity with Excel (essential);
  • Fluency in English (essential);
  • Fluency in local languages especially Russian and Ukrainian (preferred)
  • Experience conducting desk-based research;
  • Experience working to deadlines with limited supervision;
  • A high level of attention to detail and ability to receive and incorporate feedback;
  • Research focus or professional experience in conflict research or peace-building in Europe generally, or country-specific studies is a strong advantage;
  • Skills to produce quantitative and qualitative analytical pieces and visualization of data (preferred);
  • Familiarity with conflict and actors in the relevant countries.

Applications:

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, experience and language proficiency.

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.