Analyst to support ACAPS’ anticipatory analysis

Assessment Capacities Project

Purpose of the position

ACAPS undertakes a range of anticipatory analysis which aims to support decision-makers in planning. Internally ACAPS has created the methodology to support risk analysis and scenario-building activities. ACAPS also works with a number of partners engaged in forward-looking analysis. ACAPS is seeking an analyst to support this work stream at ACAPS and to contribute to the continuous improvement of this body of work.

ACAPS is looking for a flexible and creative analyst focused on delivering the right information required for decision-makers across the world to make rapid evidenced-based decisions. The post-holder will primarily support ACAPS’ anticipatory analysis work including methodology development, remote analysis, and contribute to the overall development of the ACAPS portfolio.

Critical interfaces

The Analyst will work closely with ACAPS technical experts (roster or consultants) and staff across ACAPS teams to ensure cross-learning and sharing of best practice.

Additionally, the Analyst will work closely with external analysis and IM colleagues and with relevant strategic partners to deliver analysis products and training programmes (UN, INGOs, national NGOs).


Education to postgraduate level in social sciences or another relevant subject or equivalent experience.

Generic professional competencies

  • At least 2 years’ experience in risk and anticipatory analysis preferably in the humanitarian sector
  • Training in and proven understanding/application of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience in working with secondary data analysis/desk reviews
  • Solid understanding of the principles of emergency preparedness, response and early recovery
  • Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced, cross-cultural teams, including working with colleagues in remote settings
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize multiple, simultaneous tasks, and deliver results within a specified period
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and written clarity, including the ability to understand complex concepts and problems and synthetize information
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and results oriented approach. Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Proven ability to work strategically to set goals, and flexibility and creativity in realizing them
  • Outstanding coordination, communication, and inter-personal skills, including capacity to persuade and influence others, convey information effectively, as well as adjust actions in relation to others’ actions
  • Demonstrated capacity for sound judgement to considerthe relative costs and benefits of each ACAPS’ risk-related activity (e.g. scenario workshop; forward-looking analysis; etc.) and ability to choose the most appropriate, in consultation with the line manager, to address information needs and analysis requests
  • Demonstrated capacity to actively learn, understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English and ideally French and/or Spanish.
  • Familiarity with R, Python, Tableau, PowerBI, or similar software

ACAPS, a project hosted by NRC, is dedicated to improving analysis of humanitarian needs in complex emergencies and crises. We are independent of specific operational and sectoral agendas or interests, and therefore guarantee objective and evidence-based analysis. Our team supports the humanitarian community by providing up-to-date information on key crises around the globe.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter in your application through the NRC platform here.

You can find the full job description here.

To be noted: For reasons related to the procedure for work permits in Switzerland, only candidates with an EU/EFTA nationality or a valid work permit for Geneva, Switzerland can be considered for this role. Kindly specify your permit in the application if relevant.