Crisis Tracker Data Assistant, Part-time

By Invisible Children Organization: Invisible Children
Closing date: 02 Nov 2018

Position Title: Crisis Tracker Data Assistant

Employment Status: Part-time, hourly rate

Location: Washington, D.C. (preferred) or remote

Direct Supervisor: Director of Research and Policy

About Invisible Children and the Crisis Tracker

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violent conflict and exploitation facing our world’s most isolated and unprotected communities. We partner with local visionaries in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities have the safety they deserve. When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA and other armed groups. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the course of 12 years working with remote communities in central Africa, we have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis, while refining and adapting our programs to address violence perpetrated by a number of armed groups and other destabilizing forces threatening the central Africa region. IC’s current work focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to regional insecurity and armed group violence. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and illicit wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region.

The Crisis Tracker is a geospatial database and reporting project managed by IC which aims to track incidents of violent conflict in the tri-border region encompassing eastern Central African Republic, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and southwestern South Sudan. Launched in 2011 as the LRA Crisis Tracker, the project was renamed as the Crisis Tracker in September 2018 to better reflect the breadth of conflict dynamics covered by the project. Through publication of regular reports and sharing of collected data, the Crisis Tracker aims to help overcome the current deficit of relevant and timely information related to armed group activity and to support improved policy and protection responses.

Position Summary

Invisible Children is seeking a dynamic and detail-oriented Crisis Tracker Data Assistant to assist with gathering, entering, revamping, and analyzing conflict data so that the tool can report on violence in central Africa in a way that will lead to better humanitarian response and more accurate conflict analysis. In particular, this work will help IC securely and thoroughly document information about children and adults who are abducted by, and/or escape from, armed groups such as the LRA. This documentation will play a critical role in supporting efforts by IC and other stakeholders in the region to ensure that armed group escapees receive proper care and are safely reunited with their families. It may also contribute to future transitional justice initiatives.

Responsibilities

● Using information provided by IC’s early warning system and other sources, enter data into IC’s secure online database create incident reports for armed group attacks involving civilians, with a particular focus on incidents involving abductions and escapes;

● Evaluate data and past emails to draft profiles of individual abductees and escapees;

● Use context clues to connect incident reports with escapee and abductee records;

● Create profiles of armed group escapee/missing person profiles using historical data;

● Miscellaneous data entry and data cleaning;

● Assist in the identification of trends in violence, particularly abductions, by armed groups.

Required skills/experience

● Fluency in English (oral and written);

● Proficiency in MS Excel and/or Google Sheets;

● Attention to detail and accuracy;

● Efficient organization skills;

● Proactive;

● Ability to learn and master new software and programs;

● Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Preferred skills/experience

● Proficiency in French (written);

● Proficiency with Salesforce;

● Familiarity with humanitarian and civilian protection issues in the tri-border region of CAR, DRC, and South Sudan.

Time Commitment

5-8 hours per week. Ideally, the Data Assistant’s schedule will be flexible in order to enter data on armed group incidents soon after they are reported.

Duration

Six months with the opportunity for renewal.

Hourly rate

$20-$30/hour, depending on qualifications.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, submit your CV and a cover letter via email to agroth@invisiblechildren.com no later than November 2, 2018. Please include “Data Assistant Application” in the subject of the email.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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