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.
ACLED is recruiting full-time Japan Researchers to assist in the collection, review, and management of political violence and protest data in Japan. Candidates will be expected to have a minimum availability of 30 hours/week. This position is fully remote and can be done from any location with reliable internet service.
Collection of data is conducted by reviewing news, international organization, NGO and security reports on Japan, and recording the incidents of political violence into an Excel template. Researchers will focus on coding events to provide holistic coverage of past 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 March 2020 to June 2020. After this, continuation may be possible, pending performance and availability 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 is 14USD per hour.
Skills and competencies:
ACLED is seeking applicants who have the following skills and experience:
- Familiarity with Excel (essential);
- Fluency in English and Japanese (essential);
- Research focus or professional experience in conflict research or social movements in East Asia and Japan, or country-specific studies focused on Japan;
- 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;
- Skills to produce quantitative and qualitative analytical pieces and visualization of data (preferred);
- Familiarity with social conflict and relevant actors in Japan;
- Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and the Microsoft Office Suite.