Research Analyst

from Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
Closing date: 04 Nov 2019

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. These data are publicly available, along with analysis and information about the project, at 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.

The role

ACLED is recruiting a Research Analyst to contribute to ACLED analysis. This is an employee position, including benefits (health insurance, pension contribution, etc.). The candidate needs to have the right to work in the United States of America.

The Research Analyst will be supervised by the Research Director. The Research Analyst will be responsible for the following core tasks:

  • Provide research assistance to Research Director, Executive Director, 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 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, Researchers, and other Research Analysts.
  • Support ways for ACLED staff to conduct better analysis.
  • Support analysis by ACLED users and partners as requested by the Research Director.
  • 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

The following skills are preferred:

  • Experience with spatial software and applications (e.g. Esri GIS suite, QGIS, Mapbox, etc.)
  • Experience polishing visuals in Adobe Illustrator
  • Fluency in other language(s) in addition to English
How to apply:

To apply, please visit ACLED's career portal to submit a CV and a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience.
Further information on the project is available online at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.