Italy Researcher

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, Italy

Skill Required:, Project Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th July, 2020

Job Description

The project:

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes, and analyzes disaggregated data on violent political conflict. The data is publicly available along with information about the project at 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 part-time Researchers to assist in the collection, review, and management of political violence and protest data in Italy, but with possible additional assignments covering other European countries. Researchers are expected to be available for work at least 30 hours a week minimum. 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 concerning the 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 June 2020 to June 2021. After this, continuation may be possible, pending performance and availability of funding.


  • Remuneration is 14 USD per hour.

Skills and competencies:

  • Familiarity with Excel (essential);
  • Fluency in English (essential);
  • Fluency in reading Italian (essential);
  • Fluency in reading other European languages (preferred);
  • Experience conducting desk-based research;
  • Experience working to deadlines with limited supervision;
  • A high level of attention to detail and the ability to receive and incorporate feedback;
  • Access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, email, and a recent version of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with the political and societal situation in Italy;
  • Research focus or professional experience in media monitoring, political violence studies or related areas is advantageous;
  • Skills in producing quantitative and qualitative analytical pieces and visualization of data are advantageous.


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