EnCompass LLC seeks an experienced Jamaica Evaluation Associate to coordinate and conduct qualitative data collection for a performance evaluation of the U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact Partnership (CPC). This position is a part-time consultancy from May 2021 to November 2021, with a total expected commitment of 20 days.
Child trafficking is widely recognized as one of the worst forms of trafficking. Jamaica serves as both a source and destination country for adults and children subjected to different forms of trafficking, including sex trafficking and forced labor. The Government of Jamaica signed a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership with the United States in May 2018. Under the CPC Partnership, the U.S. Government provided funds for implementing partners to collaborate and cooperate with relevant government agencies and community stakeholders to (1) increase victim-centered investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of child trafficking cases; (2) strengthen government’s and civil society’s capacity to identify and provide comprehensive services to more child trafficking victims, from identification through protective care, community reintegration, and long-term follow-up services; and (3) increase efforts to prevent child trafficking, including by developing and strengthening community-based mechanisms.
We seek an Evaluation Associate to support an endline assessment of the CPC Partnership. This baseline assessment will use both qualitative and quantitative methods within a quasi-experimental design, to assess the performance and impact of CPC Partnership interventions and to provide recommendations that will support future efforts. The Jamaica Evaluation Associate will work closely with the Evaluation Manager and local subject matter experts to prepare for, coordinate, and conduct interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders at project sites across Jamaica. The associate will be responsible for transcribing and cleaning completed interviews, and may provide input into the subsequent qualitative coding and analysis of the data. The associate may also contribute to early desk/document review on issues related to prevalence of trafficking in Jamaica.
We are looking for someone who is experienced in and enjoys qualitative data collection—including with vulnerable or sensitive populations—and is detail-oriented, proactive, and self-motivated. The ideal candidate will have existing interest and/or experience in the field of human trafficking and modern slavery, migration, or other complex, sensitive topics.
The position is based in Kingston, Jamaica. The Evaluation Associate will be expected to travel to data collection sites across Jamaica as needed.
This position is a local position. Only candidates residing in Jamaica and with existing work authorization will be considered.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Contribute to Jamaica -related sections of an early desk and document review
- Participate in onboarding and data collection training, including pilot to test and tailor data collection tools
- Prepare for, coordinate, and conduct qualitative interviews and focus group discussions for the endline evaluation at project sites across Jamaica (including arranging all local logistics for data collection in assigned areas)
- Meet with civil society, government, and nongovernment representatives as needed to support evaluation
- Collect and manage data files (interview and focus group transcripts) according to EnCompass policy; transcribe and clean interviews; and submit cleaned English language transcripts in a timely manner
- Coordinate and conduct travel within Jamaica as needed for data collection
- Manage and submit timely invoices and receipts for time and expenses following EnCompass guidelines
- Participate in regular EnCompass evaluation team meetings, including frequent and timely meetings during project orientation and start-up
General Experience and Skills
- Strong interview and qualitative data collection skills;
- Strong technical and general writing skills;
- Experience working with civil society organizations, government officials, and intergovernmental bodies in the Jamaica;
- Proven track record of successful teamwork
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels.
- Keen attention to detail and a proactive attitude
- Work experience in counter-trafficking or modern slavery, migration, development, humanitarian or human rights, social work, or related fields in Jamaica
- Technical knowledge, skills, and expertise in evaluation design, concepts, and approaches
- Strong analytical skills to support both qualitative and quantitative research
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and local dialects
- Experience in or knowledge of applying appreciative inquiry and participatory approaches to qualitative data gathering
- Experience conducting qualitative data collection with vulnerable or sensitive populations
- Active listening, proactive learning, and time management skills with readiness to be in a learning role;
- Familiarity with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval processes and protocols in Jamaica, particularly for research with vulnerable populations
How to Apply
Please submit CV and cover letter, and complete the application.
EnCompass LLC is a progressive Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote, celebrate, and support a diverse and inclusive organizational culture and workforce. We are committed to providing all of our employees with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where all are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate, and explicitly prohibit, discrimination or harassment of any kind, at any time, in all aspects of employment. This includes recruitment, hiring, promotions, disciplinary measures, terminations, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and training. EnCompass also does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment. Our continuing commitment to the principle of Equal Opportunity Employment for all means all employment decisions are based only on the job requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the needs of EnCompass as a business—not on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status, family/marital/parental status, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where we work.
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