Peace Accords Matrix Research Associate

Job Description

The Peace Accords Matrix Research Associate will work closely with the three other Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) Research Associates on a research project focused on the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement. She/he will report directly to the Peace Accords Matrix Associate Director of Operations. The Research Associate will assist the PAM team in maintaining and refining a system for monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement. She/he will assure the quality of the implementation information sent from different sources and enter implementation data into the PAM data collection system. The Research Associate will provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on Colombian peace accord implementation, and will assist in editing reports. The candidate must be fluent in Spanish and English, both in speaking and writing, and work experience in Colombia is preferred. Careful attention to detail and the ability to work independently are crucial to this role. 

Position located in South Bend, Indiana – United States. Applicants must already possess independent work authorization status in the United States.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Track Implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement in the Media (30%): The Research Associate will have primary responsibility for selecting articles about implementation of the Colombian peace agreement from 60 media sources each day; writing summaries about pertinent news articles; uploading and citing news articles in the Colombian Peace Accord Database; and linking each article to commitments in the Colombian Peace Accord. This could require supervision of part-time undergraduate Research Assistants.
  2. Code and Analyze Implementation Events in the Colombian Peace Accords Matrix (30%): The Research Associate will collaborate with team members in South Bend and Colombia in order to carry out research procedures and tools for measuring implementation of the Colombian Peace Accord. This includes using targets, indicators for commitments of the Colombian Accord, and coding rules to assign values to monthly coding. Coding of transversal implementation would also be done as needed and in coordination with members of the Colombian team. The Research Associate will support in documenting logic behind the quantitative analysis, specific to the Colombian Peace Agreement, in alignment with PAM methodology. She/he will also be responsible for the documentation of research processes and procedures.
  3. Edit Annual Reports and other Products for the Barometer Initiative (30%): The Research Associate will edit the annual reports to the Colombian government showing levels of implementation activity of the peace agreement and analysis on progress or setbacks. In collaboration with the report editor, she/he will contribute to the design and streamlining of the report writing process for the Barometer Project. This could include creating qualitative analysis systematization tools and procedures. For the wider dissemination of written documents, the Research Associate will coordinate the translation of documents. The information is often highly sensitive, and if not analyzed properly can lead to a disruption of the political space in Colombia between the conflicting parties. Therefore, the research associate must have a high level of discretion and proper analysis of the risks of how information is collected and disseminated. The Research Associate will assist in the writing and editing of other written products for the Barometer Initiative, which may include policy briefs, donor reports and information management manuals.
  4. Document Management for the Barometer Project (10%): The Research Assistant will work closely with the Research Associates to manage the foundational research tools for the project. This could include: 
  • Organizing/Managing/Refining documents (Word and Excel) which contains the commitments of the Colombian Peace Agreement, monthly coding, and monthly information about specific commitments in the accord
  • Conducting research about specific implementation events
  • Writing brief summaries of Institutional Reports from agencies in Colombia
  • Editing summaries of “Implementation Events” from the team of researchers in Colombia
  • Processing reports from researchers in the Colombian territories
  • Preparing training materials for other undergraduate Research Assistants.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree (5 years) or advanced certification beyond Bachelor’s. 3-4 years experience. MA in Peace Studies, Global Affairs, Political Science, or Related Field. A successful applicant will possess excellent research and organizational skills, and the ability to communicate well (in English and Spanish) and work in coordination with fellow researchers and support staff. Proven writing and editing capacity in English and Spanish will be tested as part of the application process.
Extensive knowledge of the Spanish language and the ability to translate articles written in Spanish and converse with Colombian nationals is required. Knowledge of Colombia and the current peace process context is preferred. Connections to peacebuilding networks in Colombia is preferred.

Competency in Microsoft Office – particularly Word and Excel – is required.

Knowledge and experience in using quantitative social science methodology is preferred.

Must be able and willing to travel to Colombia as needed.

Must show strong attention to detail.

Must have work authorization to work at the University of Notre Dame in the United States.

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