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Security & Conflict Analyst

JOB SUMMARY

Company Creative Asso...
Industry NGO/IGO/INGO
Category Security
Location Accra
Job Status Full-time
Salary GH¢ 
Education Advanced Degr...
Experience 5 years
Job Expires Feb 25, 2024
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Company Profile

Creative Associates International Inc. is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 30 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. 

Job Description

  • Department :Program 
  • Reports to :Senior Program and Research Officer
  • Location: Accra, with extensive travel
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
USAID/OTI’s Littorals Regional Initiative (LRI) program supports local counterparts in Ghana, Togo, and Benin to withstand the increasing pressures of violent extremist organizations (VEOs) by addressing instability factors including localized conflict, ethno-religious marginalization, lack of understanding of the VEO threat, local grievances against governance structures, and weak social cohesion. LRI complements the broader USAID presence in the region by providing short-term, targeted programming that reduces windows for VEO expansion and helps national governments and local communities build prevention capacity.
 
POSITION SUMMARY
The Security & Conflict Analyst collects, analyzes, and reports on complex information related to the social, political, and security context prevailing in three West African coastal countries: Benin, Ghana, and Togo. The Security Analyst will produce periodic reports (weekly or bi-weekly) based on open-source data collection and primary data collected with partners operating at the community, regional, and national levels. The Security & Conflict Analyst must demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills in English and French, be highly motivated, and be capable of rapidly producing relevant analyses. 
 
REPORTING & SUPERVISION
The Security & Conflict Analyst reports to the Senior Program and Research Officer and works in close collaboration with all members of the Senior Management Team. The Security & Conflict Analyst should expect significant direct interactions and requests for information directly from USAID and other US Government staff. The position is based in Accra, with travel expected across Benin, Ghana, and Togo, including the northern border areas of these countries.
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Collect and analyze open-source data available in media, security sources, and program activities (activity notes, final evaluation reports, background sections of grant write-ups). 
  • Communicate daily with the program’s network of field monitors and partners operating at the community, regional, and national levels to obtain primary data on security incidents, local context, and reactions by major stakeholders.  
  • Maintain a database of security incidents and other significant developments related to local conflicts, border security, preventing violent extremism, and other socio-political issues of interest. 
  • Produce periodic reports (weekly or bi-weekly), as well as ad hoc reports detailing the social, political, and security situation in the program’s area of intervention. 
  • Provide support to activity management teams to guide activity design and implementation processes.
  • Collaborate with the Analysis, Learning, and Reporting team members on drafting periodic, semi-annual, and ad-hoc reports as they relate to analytical, research pieces. 
  • Monitor the geographic footprint of the program’s activities to ensure that it stays relevant. 
  • Participate in weekly implementation meetings to determine priority tasks and provide support as necessary. 
  • Represent the program in meetings with USAID, Host Country Governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders. 
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Party-Program, develop and supervise the implementation of innovative data collection techniques and tools, including working with external service providers to develop research and learning activities.
  • At the request of USAID/OTI and the senior management team, conduct desk reviews or lead field research encompassing large, difficult, and diverse problem sets. 
  • Contribute to cluster-level or program-level strategic discussions and evaluations. 
  • Any other task at the request of the supervisor and senior management team. 

Required Skills or Experience

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, journalism, security studies, or related fields is required.
  • Five years of general work experience and three years of specific work experience required. 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English and French. 
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills and experience are required. 
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative to generate valuable findings and communicate them promptly. 
  • Ability to efficiently create and send reports during critical times or deadlines.
  • Prior work experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is desirable.
  • Prior work experience with West African security forces is desirable. 
  • Experience working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Must be a citizen of an ECOWAS member state.

 
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