Data Specialist


New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) over two decades has built a reputation for its work on the links between politics, security, and sustainable development. We are a champion for the role that global institutions can play in fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

In 2018-19, CIC will support: (i) the Secretary-General’s reforms of the United Nations (peace and security, development and management tracks); (ii) the UN’s priorities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace; (iii) the new way of working between humanitarian and development actors at country level and the 2018 Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration; (iv) and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, as they implement the 2030 Agenda targets for SDG16+, including a Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion. CIC also support country-level programs for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and for Afghanistan.

CIC is looking for a Data Specialist who is obsessed with data, who sweats the small details, and who has knowledge of international relations, in particular the United Nations. The Data Specialist (NYU designation: Researcher) will work across programs at CIC to help staff analyze and produce high quality data, graphics, insights, and evidence-based recommendations. The Data Specialist will have a key focus on the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, especially for the first year, but will need to work collaboratively with all program heads to prioritize competing demands.

The Data Specialist will:

  • Gather data and provide analysis and advice to CIC’s research programs, with a key focus over the first year on the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion. The Data Specialist will additionally work with other programs, including prevention and peacebuilding (which has a track record in data analysis relating to peace operations), multilateral reform (where CIC monitors the Secretary-General’s gender parity efforts), and other aspects of the work of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies.

  • Work with program staff to develop research questions that can be answered through statistical analysis, modeling, and experiments, using CIC data sets and external data sets

  • Assess existing data-driven research on issues relating to CIC’s work to identify gaps and possible areas of new work

  • Source, query, and clean data for CIC’s existing data sets on UN senior officials and peace operations, as well as for new datasets that may be created for CIC’s program work, especially for the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion

  • Create unique and powerful visualizations

  • Write short, descriptive pieces (such as blog posts) on key findings from CIC’s data sets

  • Provide on-demand support for help with data sourcing and visualization to CIC programs and key external partners

  • Assist as needed with programmatic tasks (such as convenings, background research, progress monitoring, and proposal writing)

  • Help to vet and manage interns contributing to data collection and cleaning


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Masters-level degree in international relations, economics, international development or an equivalent; coursework in data science and/or advanced statistics is required

  • Familiarity with key data sets for development (e.g., World Bank, OECD), peace and security (e.g., UN, ACLED, UCDP, etc.), and governance (Freedom House, Polity IV)

  • Familiarity with international relations, geopolitics, and the United Nations

  • Demonstrated skill with STATA, SPSS, R, Excel, SQL, Tableau and/or equivalents

  • A clear and concise written and oral communication style

  • Excellent problem-solving and judgment

  • Time management skills and the ability to communicate professionally on progress, obstacles, important decisions to be taken and options, within the team and to stakeholders.

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.

Deadline for applications is Monday, November 12, 2018.