Mali Research & Data Assistant

Part-Time Consultancy (20 hours per week) 

The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

The Carter Center works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts to build transformative and sustainable peace. The Conflict Resolution Program works toward an inclusive, holistic approach to peacebuilding – one that addresses various dimensions of the conflict – based on the belief that sustainable peace depends on engaging with everyone affected by the decisions made by the people at the peace table. The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public and private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.


Drawing on The Carter Center’s expertise in conflict resolution and health programming, the Peace through Health in Central Mali Initiative aims to reconstruct relations between deeply alienated rural communities and government officials in central Mali to decrease endemic violence and improve access to health services. This community-based, bottom-up approach focuses on organizing dialogues on conflict resolution, inclusion, and shared health concerns between communities and government officials to support sustainable peace.

The Mali Data and Analysis team tracks and analyzes data about violence in Mali, including key actors, targets, types of events, locations, and dates. An interactive dashboard and monthly reports analyzing trends and dynamics of the conflict aim to help inform programming and evaluate the impact of the Peace through Health Initiative on levels of violence and access to health in the areas targeted by the project in Central Mali. The Mali Data and Analysis team also supports data collection efforts in the field and the development of M&E tools.


Under the supervision of the Associate Director for Mali and the Sahel and the Mali Research & Data Analyst, the Mali Research & Data Assistant will: 

  • Download, re-code, and input all conflict event data from the ACLED API using NEMO.   
  • Remain up to date on all Mali news, checking both local and international sources in English and in French daily.  
  • Review ACLED data and add any additional information on existing conflict events as well as relevant conflict events from news sources and social media.  
  • Verify conflict events via regular meetings with program analysts.
  • In collaboration with the Mali Research & Data Analyst and other program analysts, regularly review methodology documents and previous decisions taken on coding/classification of data to update, as necessary. 
  • Maintain and improve data quality to support the visualization and analysis of the collected information.   
  • Contribute to research and data analysis on conflict’s trends to produce monthly reports to share with programs and external partners.  
  • Meet frequently with Mali Research & Data Analyst to discuss progress, and as needed with Peace/Health teams to keep on track with program needs. 
  • Contribute to research and production of internal and external reports as necessary. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to International Relations, Conflict Resolution, or Political Science.  
  • Strong research skills and an eye for detail.   
  • Must be able to read, write, understand, and speak French.  
  • Microsoft Excel skills are required  


  • Strong writing and communication skills, familiarity with NGOs, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge about the conflict context in Mali and the Sahel region.
  • Experience working with databases, visualizations tools, and cloud documents.    


The Mali Research & Data Assistant will be asked to commit to an 8–12-month contract, with potential for extension, and an estimated level of effort of 20 hours/week. This is a remote position with the possibility of travel to Mali if necessary. Any reasonable travel expenses incurred as a result will be covered by The Carter Center, as per policy.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to