South Africa Researcher – REMOTE

  • Anywhere
Organization: Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
Closing date: 30 Nov 2023

About the Organization

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping project. The ACLED team conducts analysis to describe, explore, and test conflict scenarios, and makes both data and analysis open for free use by the public. ACLED material is regularly used to inform journalism, academic research, and public discourse on conflict, and to support the work of practitioners and policymakers. ACLED is the highest quality and most widely used real-time data and analysis source on political violence and protest around the world.

The role

ACLED is recruiting one South Africa researcher to assist in the collection, review and management of political violence and protest data in the Republic of South Africa. The researcher must be available for at least 20 hours per week. This position is fully remote and can be done from any location with reliable internet service. This role will require a researcher to submit deliverables weekly on Saturdays/Sundays. This is an entry level contractor position.

Collection of data is conducted by reviewing news, international organization, 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

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 December 2023 to June 2024. After this, continuation may be possible, pending performance and availability of funding.

Please note that this position involves working with conflict-related media and reading about violent events.


Remuneration is 20 USD per hour.

Skills and competencies:

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

  • University degree in conflict studies, peacebuilding, international development, or related field;
  • Familiarity with Excel (essential);
  • Fluency in English (essential);
  • Fluency in Setswana; siSwati; Sesotho; isiXhosa; isiZulu; isiNdebele; Xitsonga; and/or Tshivenḓa (advantage);
  • Experience conducting desk-based research (essential);
  • Research focus or professional experience in conflict research or peace-building in Southern Africa with a particular focus on South Africa (essential);
  • Research focus or professional experience in conflict research or peace-building in Southern Africa with a particular focus on Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and/or Zimbabwe (advantage);
  • Experience working to deadlines with limited supervision (essential);
  • A high level of attention to detail and ability to receive and incorporate feedback (essential);
  • Familiarity with conflict and actors in the relevant countries (essential);
  • Access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, email, and the Microsoft Office Suite (essential).

How to apply

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, experience and language proficiency to our career portal. We will only review applications received through our career portal, so please make sure to use the application form on the portal. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a two-hour exercise as part of the evaluation of their coding aptitude.

Further information on the project is available online at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply early.

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