Consultant – 5-month position with possibility of extension

About us

Elva Community Engagement ( helps peacebuilding and stabilization organizations to collect, visualize and analyse reliable field data from hard-to-reach communities in conflict-affected areas in a responsible and sustainable manner.

From Eastern Ukraine to Syria and the Sahel, our ability to provide high-resolution, real-time data and trend analysis has unlocked better targeted and effective interventions for a range of different partners, from humanitarian organizations to local governments and peacebuilders.

Project description

Elva aims to implement research to identify opportunities for conflict transformation and stabilization programming in six West African states: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.

To map relevant local trends and dynamics, the research will cover amongst others the following key topics:

  • Communities’ perspective on other population groups, potential inter-group tensions
  • Degree of satisfaction with service provision / potential local grievances
  • Degree of potential cross-border spillover of violent (extremist) activity, and other relevant cross-border dynamics
  • Relevant social and religious trends

Research data will be collected in the following ways:

  • Expert interviews: In-country interviews carried out with experts on relevant themes and geographies.
  • Key informant interviews (data collection by an external data collection firm): two waves of interviews with key informants across the target area.
  • Household surveys (data collection by an external data collection firm): two waves of household surveys).
  • Open source data (e.g. local news sources, ACLED, GDELT, etc.)

Scope of work

The Analyst will contribute to the following areas:

  • Research design and survey instruments. Review draft survey instruments with local experts and stakeholders.
  • Conduct in-country interviews with relevant local experts and stakeholders.
  • Help develop and implement a training kit for local data collectors.
  • Interpret data, analyze data collection results using statistical techniques.
  • Develop and implement databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality.

The workload is estimated at 30-35 workdays per country over the course of February to July 2020, including approx. three weeks of field research per country. In practice, this means an analyst could work on one to three countries, based on his/her availability.

Deliverables will include:

  • Contributions to two situational reports that contain detailed analysis of relevant trends as well as specific recommendations for strategic interventions to improve the resilience of communities in the target area.
  • Participation in client debriefs.

Required skills and experience:

  • You hold a Masters degree in Conflict Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Data Analysis, or any discipline relevant to the above duties.
  • A minimum of six years of relevant work experience in the fields of stabilization, peacebuilding, humanitarian action or development.
  • A minimum of four years experience in conducting research and monitoring and evaluation assignments, of which ideally at least two years in or on (one of) the following countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.
  • Ability to work with teams from a distance and meet goals and deadline independently.
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken French and English.
  • Passionate about the use of innovative approaches and new technologies in conflict transformation.

How to apply

To apply for this position, send a message to with the subject line “Analyst position”, and include:

  • Your CV.
  • A recent writing sample – e.g. a (independently written) report, article, thesis, etc.
  • Please specify West African regions/countries of particular expertise (if any), as well as your availability (i.e. number of days) during February-June 2020.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only selected candidates will be contacted.