Qualitative Study Team Lead, Juvenile Justice Sector Reform Implementation Evaluation, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 8 January 2019
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Closing on 7 February 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Qualitative Study Team Lead, Juvenile Justice Sector Reform Implementation Evaluation, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Project Objective:

The purpose of this project is to conduct a qualitative implementation study of juvenile justice sector reform processes in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) countries of Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

Project Background:

SI is conducting a study of USAID-supported efforts to reduce recidivism and reintegrate justice-involved juveniles into society in the above-mentioned countries. The initiative aims to promote and achieve the passage of model laws, regulations, policies and protocols; develop and utilize diversion programs for youth in conflict with the law; work with detention centers and diversion programs to provide rehabilitative and support services; and facilitate reintegration into society. This study will build on a previous study to establish what progress government partners in the three countries have made in advancing reform efforts. Specifically, the study will look at progress in passing and implementing legislative reforms, improving inter-agency coordination, implementing diversion and alternative sentencing programs, strengthening rehabilitative programming in detention facilities, and developing and carrying out reintegration efforts. The previous study can be found here.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Qualitative Study Team Leader (TL) to lead this juvenile justice sector reform implementation study across the three ESC countries. This comparative study will address research questions around the uptake of reforms and the effectiveness, relevance, and sustainability of the reform processes within and across the country cases selected. The primary sources of data for this study will be qualitative data collection complemented by some quantitative administrative data.

The TL is responsible for reviewing relevant documentation, including the previous iteration of this study, and working with evaluation team members on developing a refined approach and updated data collection instruments. The TL will then lead data collection efforts in the field, followed by analysis, and report writing. The ideal team leader will have expertise on topics of diversion, alternative sentencing, and reintegration and have primary responsibility for these aspects of the evaluation. This individual will be supported by an expert on juvenile detention and local researchers in each country. In addition, the TL will be expected to supervise and provide technical guidance to these individuals.

It is expected that field work for this interim implementation study will take place in March 2019. In addition, a final iteration of the study will take place in early 2021, offering an exciting opportunity to observe and explain change (or the lack of change) over time. Academic publication using the data collected is strongly supported and encouraged.

The TL will report to the U.S.-based SI Technical Director and work closely with the SI management team. The evaluation period of performance is estimated to run between January 2019 and September 2021. The position will require travel to and within each study country. This year, the project will involve three weeks of fieldwork in March 2019, including one week in each of the three countries. The total level of effort for this year is anticipated to include 8 days of preparatory work, 21 days of field work, 15 days of analysis and writing, and 2 days of revisions and development of summary materials, or approximately 46 working days. Additional travel of shorter duration may be required for report dissemination and participation in learning events in the ESC.

Based on successful performance and client satisfaction, SI prefers to have the Qualitative Study Team Lead continue to work for the duration of project, including qualitative research activities during the last year of the evaluation.


  • Comparative qualitative study design refinement. Lead the refinement of the theoretical framework and drafting of the work plan to refine (a) research questions and outcomes of interest, (b) sampling strategy, and (c) data collection and analysis plans.
  • Team planning and technical guidance. Prepare for and actively participate in and lead team planning meetings, including timely desk review of assigned project documentation, appropriate delegation of tasks to other team members, and review and completion of administrative consultant onboarding documentation.
  • Data collection protocols. Contribute to developing, pre-testing and refining the data collection protocols and instruments (e.g. secondary document review, individual and group interviews, process mapping, site visits, mini-surveys, and case studies). Data collection will cover issues of juvenile justice, diversion and alternative sentencing, juvenile detention, recidivism, and reintegration.
  • Qualitative data collection. Lead qualitative data collection, ensuring team training and adherence to data collection protocols and delegation of team responsibilities. Conduct primary data collection activities according to the established protocols and schedule, including respondents at detention centers and diversion program sites. Ensure that team members are properly recording and documenting the interviews.
  • Communication and evaluation stakeholder engagement. Communicate regularly with SI staff and team members. Manage positive and collaborative relationships with field-based data collection respondents, including government and non-government intervention implementers and beneficiaries.
  • Analysis and reporting. Conduct and document analysis of qualitative data according to established analysis plan. Responsible for overall analysis and reporting quality and integrity, and for appropriately delegating responsibilities among team members. Draft assigned sections of the evaluation report, including developing findings, conclusions, and potential recommendations. Incorporate revisions to the draft as needed, based on feedback from the SI quality and management team. Incorporate any client revisions to assigned sections of the report to complete a final evaluation for client approval.


  • PhD in political science, public policy, criminal justice or other relevant fields; a master’s degree and equivalent experience will also be considered.
  • At least five years of experience leading and conducting qualitative research around topics related to juvenile justice issues and development programs.
  • Familiarity with the justice sector, youth-perpetrated crime and violence issues, and/or justice-involved youth diversion programs in the Caribbean preferred.
  • Experience effectively and appropriately communicating with a variety of respondent types, including government and non-government stakeholders, and vulnerable populations.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to high quality standards.
  • Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in the English language.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to and within the study countries as needed, including to detention centers and to diversion program sites.

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

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About the Organization

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

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