POSITION OPENING: Middle East Researcher

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. 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.


The role:

ACLED is recruiting a part-time researcher to assist in the collection, review and management of political violence and protest data in the Middle East, with focus on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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. Coders will focus on coding events to provide holistic coverage of current political violence, ranging from protests to battles.

Data is updated on a regular basis, so team members develop an excellent understanding of how past political violence in Middle Eastern countries relates to current issues and themes in political violence and conflict in the country and in the wider region. Coders will become well versed in political violence and relevant conflict actors in the Middle East during this time period.

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:

The role will require up to 20 hours per week. We ask that team members are able to commit to at least twelve months of coding, though would prefer team members who are able to commit to the project for a longer period.

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 will start at 14USD per hour depending on experience / qualifications.


Skills and competencies:

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

  • Familiarity with Excel (essential);
  • Fluency in English (essential);
  • Reading proficiency in Pashto and/or Dari (highly desirable). Reading proficiency in Arabic or in other relevant languages, including Farsi, is an asset;
  • 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;
  • Research focus or professional experience in conflict, peace-building, Middle Eastern regional or country-specific studies is a strong advantage;
  • Familiarity with conflict and actors in Afghanistan is an asset.


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, experience and language proficiency to admin@acleddata.com with the subject title ‘Researcher Application_LastName’ in the subject line. Further information on the project available online at acleddata.com.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply early.