Risk Data Analyst

United Nations Development Programme , Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th March, 2021

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Sri Lanka, a country in transition after a 26-year-old protracted civil war and is presently threatened by the gradual spread of both ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ forms of violent extremism and prevalence of online and offline hate speech. According to some studies since the end of the war there had been more than 600 cases of extremist violence targeting minorities culminating in the April bomb attacks which killed over 290 people and wounded at least another 500. In the meantime, the spread of hate speech has been targeting ethnic or religious groups, their beliefs, culture, economic engagements etc. and has undermined the delicate post-war peacebuilding process. Online social media, in particular, has been identified as a tool used to incite violence, spread fake news, myths, anger and hatred. The current COVID-19 crisis, political and societal reaction to some of the government response may further conflagrate existent underlying conflict dynamics between ethnic and religious groups.

UNDP Sri Lanka has partnered with the Crisis Risk and Early Warning team (CREW) in the UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) Sri Lanka to build a Crisis Risk Dashboard that will provide data analytics on trends across several dimensions of vulnerability specific to the Sri Lankan context. However, more detailed insights are needed regarding the dynamics of conflict within the region. Specifically, UNDP Sri Lanka needs more information regarding the type, intensity, location, and drivers of conflict through mulit- dimensional risk analysis to further understand sub-national drivers and guide more context and conflict-sensitive interventions to mitigate conflict risks.


The analyst will be based in Colombo and work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Technical Specialist (Reconciliation and Peacebuilding). He/she will work closely with two research assistants, the UNDP CREW team in New York and the UN RCO colleagues led by the Reconciliation and Development Advisor. The analyst’s primary responsibility will be to support data analysis and generation of knowledge products through the CRD’s datasets.


Expected Outputs/Deliverables

  • Provide monthly analysis brief on risk trends through data and news reports collated by the CRD
  • In collaboration with the UN RCO and CREW teams, support the production of monthly risk indicators and bespoke knowledge products.
  • Advise on sourcing and integrating of new data sources for the CRD
  • Liaise with and support key civil society partners on a monthly basis to ensure timely access to data for analysis, support improvement of data collection methods and quality control
  • Work in partnership with the RCO and CREW team to integrate research outputs in Sri Lanka into the Crisis Risk Dashboard infrastructure.


  • The envisaged timeframe of the consultancy is 8 months, starting in March 2021


Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English, including excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as a working knowledge of Sinhala and/or Tamil will be an added advantage.


The prospective consultant should have:

  • Postgraduate Degree in a relevant field such as peace and conflict studies, risk studies, politics or international relations.
  • Strong research background with at least three years of post graduate experience in quantitative and qualitative research in the field of conflict studies, public policy, international relations or politics.
  • A deep understanding of the Sri Lanka’s national context including social, political, economic dynamics and familiarity with public policy.
  • Experience in developing analytical reports and concise briefs of complex subject matter in English.
  • Familiarity with data science products and data analysis tools (e.g. STATA, SPSS) would be an added advantage.


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