East Asia Researcher

East Asia Researcher

ACLED (The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project)
Hong Kong
0 - 5 Years
Not Specified

Job Description

The role:
ACLED is recruiting full-time East Asia Researchers (North and South Korea, China, Japan, and Mongolia specifically) to assist in the collection, review and management of political violence and protest data across East Asia. Candidates will be expected to have a minimum availability of 30 hours/week.
Collection of data is conducted by reviewing news, international organisation, 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.
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 (essential);
  • Research focus or professional experience in conflict research or peace-building in Eastern Asia generally, or country-specific studies (essential) focused on North and South Korea, China, Japan, and Mongolia specifically;
  • Fluency in reading at least one of: Mandarin (Traditional or Simplified), Japanese, Korean, or Mongolian (essential);
  • Fluency in reading other local languages, such as Cantonese (preferred);
  • 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 conflict and actors in the relevant countries.
How to apply:
To apply, please visit ACLED's career portal at: https://www.acleddata.com/careers/ to submit a CV and a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience.
Further information on the project is available online at acleddata.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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.

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