Middle East Researchers (Syria & Yemen)

Organization: Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset
Closing date: 26 Jan 2018

The project:

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 3 Yemen Researchers and 6 Syria Researchers to assist in the collection, review and management of political violence and protest data in the Middle East. All Researchers will work 20 hours a week, focusing on their respective countries (Yemen and Syria).

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 per week from January 2018. 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 initial consultancy period will be from January to June 30, 2018. After June, continuation may be possible, pending performance and availabiltiy of funding.

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 will start at 12USD per hour depending on experience / qualifications.

Skills and competencies:

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

  • Familiarity with Excel (essential);
  • Fluency in English & Arabic (essential);
  • 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 Middle East generally, or country-specific studies is a strong advantage;
  • Familiarity with conflict and actors in the relevant countries.

How to apply:

To apply, please visit ACLED’s career portal to submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, experience and language proficiency. Be sure to indicate which country you are applying for in your cover letter (Yemen or Syria). Please note that language proficiency will be tested during the interview process.

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.

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