Security and Political Analyst

Posted 7 months ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Security, Services

Deadline: 15th of July 2020

The GIZ Iraq Risk Management Office (RMO) facilitates the work of GIZ by observing and mitigating safety and security risks that impact the operational environment. The team brings together a diversity of backgrounds and skill sets to best ensure the safety and security of GIZ staff, partners and beneficiaries. 
Within the RMO, the analyst position monitors and examines the political, economic, environmental, security and social context that GIZ is working in, highlighting trends and dynamics that may impact GIZ programming and implementation. Using this evidence, the RMO is better able to effectively adjust its policies and measures to safely facilitate the needs of staff. 


  • Context Analysis and Report Writing
  • Support the international analyst and risk management team with background information and contributing to products such as biweekly and ad-hoc analysis, security assessments, and local/national/regional foresight products in line with GIZ rules and regulations
  • Assist risk management office and project teams in conducting field analysis
  • Prepare reports for analyst, risk management office and GIZ, often in tandem with other team members
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Data collection and primarily quantitative analysis via several resources, open-source channels, and partners, compiling analysis in reports to risk management and project teams
  • Monitor and verify security, political, environmental and social dynamics from a range of sources impacting GIZ work in Iraq to advise on short-term, mid-term and long-term changes across the country
  • Liaise with internal and relevant external partners for information exchange and consultation
  • Data and Information Management
  • Maintain and update data management system to analyse incident data and monitor trends to support and enable projects to be implemented in a safe and secure manner


Required qualifications, competencies and experience 


  • University degree in political analysis, social sciences, journalism, international relations, international security or comparable studies
  • Proficiency with MS Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Professional experience 

  • Relevant experience working in an analysis function on security and political matters (ideally) for international organisations, think tanks, NGOs, journalism, or the private sector; or implementing humanitarian or development programming with data collection and reporting responsibilities
  • Work in the humanitarian or development sector is an asset.
  • Strong local experience, contextual knowledge, and information networks

Other knowledge, additional competencies

  • Highly developed communication skills, good collaboration in a team environment, presentation skills, and sensitivity for the needs of managerial decision-makers
  • Understanding of conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm principles
  • Experience with data visualisation, social media monitoring, and/or mapping GIS software and a strong grasp of IT is a plus
  • Fluency in English; a command of both Arabic and Kurdish is a plus; German would be an asset

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