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Data Analyst/Campaigner, Forest Campaign

Job Description: Data Analyst/Campaigner, Forest Campaign, EIA US

The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is seeking a motivated, organized and committed campaigner to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington today. EIA’s Forest Campaign documents and exposes illegal logging and associated trade and supports civil society organizations engaged in forest governance reform around the world. EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities.

Position Description

The Data Analyst/Campaigner will be responsible for supporting the EIA Forest Team’s investigations and campaigns through innovative data investigations, analysis, and communication. The Data Analyst/Campaigner will work in close collaboration with the Technologies Coordinator and the Forest Team to conduct analyses of data related to the harvesting, production, and international trade of forest products and other commodities (including palm oil, soy, and beef) that are major drivers of deforestation in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and other parts of the world. The Data Analyst/Campaigner will explore new and innovative software and technologies to expand EIA’s investigative and analytical capabilities, and engage in efforts to develop new tools bringing transparency and traceability to global commodity supply chains.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

• Conduct analyses of trade and financial data, as well as desktop and field research, to identify and support investigations into forest-related crimes and global supply chains of illegal timber and other commodities;
• Create and/or maintain analytics databases (SQL) to facilitate access and analysis by team;
• Explore new systems, software and other technologies to help EIA’s campaigners better investigate, analyze and communicate our results to the public, and facilitate occasional trainings on these technologies with relevant staff;
• Outreach to relevant stakeholders, including technical specialists, investigative and data journalists, civil society partners, and impacted communities to further EIA campaigning efforts;
• Author robust and compelling analytical memos and briefings;
• Participate in follow-up advocacy campaigns or other activities that may result from investigations, including working with journalists and civil society groups to disseminate findings;
• Maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

Essential Qualifications:

• At least 2 years of relevant experience in data analysis, advocacy and/or campaigns at the national or international level;
• Experience creating relational databases (using i.e., SQL), and/or conducting data analysis using Python, R or similar software, conducting trade network analysis, or familiarity with other relevant analytical software programs;
• Experience with geospatial analysis and mapping tools (i.e., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.);
• Possess strong research and analytical skills, detail-oriented;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, across a variety of settings;
• Comfort learning and using new software and technologies, ability and desire to take initiative to explore new tools;
• Background or experience in environmental policy, journalism, business, finance, economics, supply chain management, procurement and/or international trade policy;
• Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to take initiative to explore monitoring leads and additional topics for focus;
• Experience working with civil society, journalists, government, industry and/or local communities;
• Willingness to travel.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Strong language skills in verbal and written Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Portuguese or other languages a plus;
• Background in journalism, campaigning and/or advocacy;
• Experience in analyzing financial flows a plus;
• Experience with data visualization software;
• Prior working experience or knowledge of the forest sector, timber supply chains, and/or agricultural commodities;
• Technical experience with photographic and video equipment;

Compensation and Location: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. This position is based in EIA’s Washington, DC office.

Application: Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to hr@eia-global.org with the subject line “Data Analyst/Campaigner Application”

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

This is an immediate position and applicants must be currently legally authorized to work full time at EIA, a U.S. non-profit and be able to provide proof of same (US Citizenship, Green Card, etc.)

Additional information about the organization:

Since its founding in London in 1984, EIA has pioneered the use of innovative investigative techniques to expose environmental crimes and other abuses against the natural world—using its unique evidence to campaign against illegal logging, illegal wildlife trade
and other environmental threats. Highlights of EIA’s achievements include instigating the 1989 global ban on international elephant ivory trade; an Indonesian government operation that became the biggest crackdown on illegal logging in history; a historic global agreement signed in Montreal, Canada, to phase out greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 22 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide; and a precedent-setting U.S. ban on the import and trade of illegally logged timber and associated products.

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