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.
ACLED is recruiting a full-time Partnership Officer to assist with establishing partnerships at ACLED, and their subsequent management and coordination. The past decades have seen an increase in conflict observatories established at the local level as both social activism and the ability to report political violence has increased. These organizations leverage their local knowledge as they collect and obtain information through primary and/or secondary means. ACLED develops relationships with local partners to enhance the depth and quality of its data. In addition, ACLED has established relationships with a number of global organizations doing work in this space as well. Partner agreements range from formal data sharing arrangements to informal exchanges of contextual or technical knowledge.
Within this context, the candidate would be responsible for identifying new potential partners, assessing their viability, and working with Research Managers to establish the partnership, supporting logistics and administration. After partnerships have been established, the candidate would support the management of the partnership, coordinating meetings, drafting and operationalizing MOUs, etc.
The Partnership Officer will be part of both ACLED’s Research, and Programs/Operations team, and will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Work with Research Managers or other members of the Research Team to determine gaps in ACLED’s knowledge or data, and reach out to prospective partners identified to fill those gaps;
- Establish, develop, and maintain positive partner relationships;
- Serve as a liaison between prospective and established partner organizations and ACLED;
- Join meetings with prospective partners in support of both the Research and Programs/Operations team, taking notes and logging in Salesforce, as necessary;
- Serve as the main point of contact for partners regarding all questions relating to their MOUs, data access, technical issues, and coordinating the compilation of answers around ACLED methodology/coverage, etc.;
- Facilitate and support the partner organization’s access to ACLED data, in conjunction with the Data Access team
- Lead data entry, management, and maintenance of partner accounts and contact information (using Salesforce, Asana, and other tools);
- Draft and share partnership agreements (MOUs) with prospective research partners;
- Coordinate data shared by partners with relevant research desks;
- Ensure partner data is received, following up with partners as necessary;
- Other ad hoc support on administrative and coordination tasks related to partner management.
Skills and competencies
ACLED is seeking applicants who have the following skills and experience:
- Strong relationship-building skills;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Comfortable working in a start-up environment and within evolving systems and processes (dynamic and flexible);
- 1-3 years of experience in partner management or external outreach at a non-profit organization or comparable business (preferably focused on peacebuilding, conflict, human rights, and/or global affairs);
- Ability to work remotely with limited supervision;
- Excellent organization and time management skills;
- Good judgment and extremely high attention to detail;
- Experience with Salesforce (preferred);
- Familiarity with communication platforms (Slack, Asana) (preferred);
- Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace suites (essential);
- Fluency in English (essential);
- Fluency in other languages, particularly French, Spanish, and Arabic, is highly desired.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing qualifications, experience, and salary requirements.
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 early.