Information Analyst ACAPS Colombia Bogotá

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

JOB DESCRIPTION

ACAPS is looking for a dynamic Information Analyst to join its Analysis Hub in Colombia.

COLOMBIA ANALYSIS PROJECT (MIRE)

In the framework of the MIRE consortium, ACAPS provides independent humanitarian analysis on the armed conflict, enabling evidence-based programmatic decisions.

Holistic, in-depth analysis of the armed conflict in Colombia is needed to understand crisis context and drivers as well as humanitarian needs, and to provide visibility to the humanitarian impact of the conflict. Information on the armed conflict is often fragmented and its message to humanitarian organizations unclear, while significant information and analysis gaps on under-explored issues present a further challenge for humanitarian decision-makers. Furthermore, analysis often remains on the descriptive level. What is needed is additional explanatory, interpretative, and anticipatory analysis to understand what findings mean, in which context they occur, and what is likely to happen next. ACAPS conducts thematic, regional analysis, and risk analysis including i) context analysis and analysis of the trends of humanitarian impact over time, examining drivers and root causes of humanitarian needs; ii) in-depth analysis of specific thematic issues such as access and protection, forced recruitment, impact of conflict on education, gender, ethnic peoples, etc.; iii) anticipatory and risk analysis aimed at enabling humanitarian decision makers to understand potential future changes that would likely have humanitarian consequences.

Separately, ACAPS provides technical support, capacity building and methodological advice to the consortium´s partners.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Analysis

  • Monitor humanitarian developments, review assessments, reports and information products on the armed conflict in Colombia, including but not limited to data and information collected by MIRE partners, to understand the information landscape and current gaps.
  • Support the overall informational needs of the humanitarian response through the compilation, synthesis, and analysis of relevant qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Support the development of ACAPS knowledge and guidance on better data collection, data preparedness activities, analysis, and reporting.
  • Provide support to other analysts and ACAPS colleagues on products, monitoring, and the dissemination of the findings and, within reason, attend follow-up meetings/workshops.
  • In coordination with the Team Leader and MIRE key stakeholders, design, research, and draft multi-sector and thematic analytical products, covering key thematic areas of interest.
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews with key informants to inform the research process.

Networking

  • Maintain close communication with the consortium’s IM Unit and IM units of MIRE partners to access information and stay informed about MIRE partners’ data collection activities.
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader, develop and maintain a list/informal network of key interlocutors for information (including sector and agency level, and within the MIRE consortium).
  • Prepare presentations and/or represent ACAPS in technical meetings within MIRE (such as the Technical Committee) and within the humanitarian response architecture (such as the IMWG), as needed.

Technical support to MIRE partners

  • Support the Team Leader in providing technical advice to MIRE partners on assessment and analysis workflows, methodologies, and questionnaires.

Any other tasks, which may jointly be agreed on, may be added to the job description, as per the project needs.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS 

The Analyst will work closely with all members of the ACAPS analysis team. She/he will also work closely with other teams within ACAPS, as required. She/he will coordinate with IM colleagues within MIRE, as required.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Relevant university degree or higher education, preferably in humanitarian action, social sciences, international relations or international development.
  • At least three years of work experience in the field of research, analysis, information management in the NGO/UN sector in Colombia.
  • Experience with primary and secondary data analysis processes (qualitative and quantitative) in the humanitarian sector or related fields (development, international relations, social science).
  • Experience in data collection, research, and report writing in both English and Spanish.
  • Proven ability to deliver against targets and meeting deadlines within a short timeframe.
  • Ability and confidence to make judgment calls when interpreting ambiguous data.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of emergency preparedness, response and early recovery, and needs assessments in humanitarian crises.
  • Experience in carrying out rapid evidence reviews, revising qualitative research tools, reviewing transcripts, drafting summaries, data coding and analysis
  • Cultural and political awareness and sensitivity, particularly in relation to the subject matter of the interviews

Desirable 

  • Demonstrated sectoral or thematic expertise in at least one area, for example in Protection, Health, Gender.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting training in data collection, developing relevant training materials, facilitating the training sessions, and pre-testing the tools.

Required knowledge and skills 

  • Very strong communications skills, both written and oral
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Spanish
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Proven ability to synthesize information
  • Facilitation and interviewing skills
  • Excellent computer skills (Windows, Excel spreadsheets, word-processing).

Desirable

  • Experience in data visualisation and GIS
  • Experience in statistical analysis (e.g. STATA, SPSS, R or similar)

Behavioral Competencies 

  • Result oriented and problem solving
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Flexible and creative
  • Proven ability to work in teams
  • Ability to work under pressure

About ACAPS

ACAPS, a project hosted by NRC, is dedicated to helping humanitarians make better decisions. We want to put evidence at the heart of decision-making. To achieve this, we collaborate with a variety of partners across the humanitarian sector and beyond. We strive to be an evolving platform providing:

  • Independent analysis to support evidence-based decision making for humanitarian operations.
  • Deployment of experts to support assessments and analysis in crisis.
  • Innovative approaches to collect more reliable and timely data and conduct rigorous analysis

Please send a CV and a cover letter in ENGLISH when submitting your application.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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