The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks a Forensic Evidence Advisor for a forthcoming project focused on strengthening the forensic capabilities of Belize. This 2-year program will involve working closely with the National Forensic Science Service (NFSS), law enforcement, prosecutors, and judiciary. The Forensic Evidence Advisor will serve as a technical lead on project activities related to this subarea of expertise and will collaborate closely with other project team members and host country government staff. The position reports to the Chief of Party, based in Washington, DC.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
- Work with NFSS to reach its goal of ISO accreditation for the specialties Belize has, and wishes to build, in its forensic lab. Assist with external coordination for services that NFSS cannot provide.
- Build and strengthen the institutional capacity within NFSS to improve its effectiveness. Provide forensic training, advice, and mentoring to develop their respective capacities to process evidence, including fingerprint analysis and toxicology.
- Facilitate internal trainings and seminars to teach staff current methods and knowledge in the field of evidence collection, processing, and use as well as court testimony.
- Provide advice and assist the Government of Belize to develop interagency capacities and coordination for evidence collection, processing, and associated case management.
- Build and strengthen the NFSS capacity to collect and process narcotics-related evidence.
- Provide advisory support in the development of a Forensic Laboratory Quality Assurance Program with the aim of ensuring that the lab is conducting services in accordance with written policies and procedures that align with international standards.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to NFSS and partner staff on accountability and transparency as it applies to professional conduct, the importance of system redundancy, and expectations of partner organizations.
- Provide recommendations for INL programming and support to forensics and the larger Criminal Justice Sector. Assist the government of Belize is moving programming requests through its chain of approval and to INL Belize.
Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in forensic science, applied science or criminology; Master’s Degree is preferred.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively increasing forensic laboratory or crime scene experience. Lab-based work should be in an accredited laboratory.
- Experience should include conducting examinations on serious crimes, preparing reports and testifying as an expert witness.
- Experience teaching or providing training to, but not limited to, new analysts, investigators, university students, or other practicing forensic scientists.
- Has a thorough understanding of all the instruments and equipment relevant to their area of expertise to include maintenance and validation requirements.
- Demonstrates regular continuing education in forensic science throughout career.
- Experience as a first line supervisor of forensic examiners or as a technical leader preferred.
- Experience working in the common-law system required.
- Experience serving as a trainer, supervisor or mentor in developing countries required.
- Experience working in the Caribbean and/or Central America preferred.
- Experience working with donor-funded projects strongly preferred.
- Experience in the Westminster system of governance and justice preferred.
- Experience working as an advisor of a program funded by the U.S. Department of State strongly preferred.
- Superior interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with ability to work with a variety of counterparts, including cabinet-level officials.
- Demonstrated leadership, adaptability, and integrity.
- Proven success in managing technical and operational teams.
- Fluency in English is required.
About the Organization
Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).