Consultant Opportunities

About Polaris

Named after the North Star, a historical symbol of freedom, Polaris works to reshape the systems that make sex and labor trafficking possible and profitable in North America. For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and built the largest known U.S. data set on the crime. With the guidance of survivors, and working with public and private-sector partners, we use that data to understand and improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how we can prevent this abuse at the scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide robbed of the fundamental right to choose how they live and work.

About the Opportunity

Polaris is integrating a complex systems approach into our work. Our goal is to tackle the structures, attitudes, and power dynamics that make hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking to enable us to shift the energy of the anti-trafficking movement to begin to prevent victimization before it happens.

Polaris is seeking consultants with community outreach expertise to contribute to the implementation of outreach to participants and partner organizations to encourage participation in Polaris’ first National Survivor Study (NSS).  Polaris collects data from the operation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline but is now in the process of designing and implementing a large-scale mixed-methods study (with multiple languages) that will employ trauma-informed and survivor-focused strategies to collect data from and with survivors. The Outreach Coordinator will manage an outreach strategy to survivor leaders, anti-human trafficking professionals, and aligned organizations to leverage their networks to engage survivors to participate from many previously under-represented groups. This will include identifying critical relationships needed in selected communities nationwide to achieve the goal of broad participation. The Outreach Coordinator will be the key point of contact between community leaders and the NSS team. S/he will collaborate closely with colleagues from the Learning, Innovation, and Data Systems team at Polaris as well as our Survivor Engagement Advisor and the research team. The ideal candidate is comfortable in an extremely fast-paced and dynamic environment and is a self-starter who has excellent attention to detail and organizational skills as well as a drive to excel. The Outreach Coordinator is an effective communicator, can build relationships with ease, is passionate about the fight to eradicate human trafficking, and has a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a group.

 Responsibilities

Work closely with Polaris’s Survivor Empowerment Initiative and manage outreach to a variety of partners to promote the participation of their networks of survivors in the NSS.

Develop outreach materials to reach out to different stakeholders in multiple languages.

Manage outreach to a database of interested potential participants at different stages of the data collection process.

Other tasks as required.

This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision-making authority on the final work product.

Requirements

Minimum two to three (2-3) years’ of progressively responsible professional work experience in community organizing, advocacy or social services

Experience doing outreach and/or advocacy work with survivors of trauma and/or vulnerable populations such as communities of color, immigrants, native populations, people with disabilities, or LGBTQ communities

Mandarin language fluency

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills

Emotional maturity and demonstrated discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information

Working knowledge of English

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates having lived experience with human trafficking strongly preferred

Academic or professional knowledge of human trafficking, labor rights, or related social issues

Skilled in multi-stakeholder engagement processes

Previous experience working on state- or federal-level community organizing and movement building efforts

Experience in participatory research methodologies as well as trauma-informed research strategies

Experience in developing sampling strategies for hard to reach populations

Contract Duration

This position requires approximately 5-20 days Level of Effort (LOE), from June through December 2021 The period of performance may be extended, depending on the need. The consultant can work remotely from his/her location. If conditions allow, occasional short-term travel may be required to Polaris’s office in Washington D.C.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter that includes a daily rate to LIDS@polarisproject.org.

Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.

Polaris is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity in the workplace. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the fight against human trafficking, we realize and celebrate the fact that human capital is the greatest and most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and the talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but our reputation and our organization’s achievement as well.

About Polaris

Named after the North Star, a historical symbol of freedom, Polaris works to reshape the systems that make sex and labor trafficking possible and profitable in North America. For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and built the largest known U.S. data set on the crime. With the guidance of survivors, and working with public and private-sector partners, we use that data to understand and improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how we can prevent this abuse at the scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide robbed of the fundamental right to choose how they live and work.

About the Opportunity

Polaris is integrating a complex systems approach into our work. Our goal is to tackle the structures, attitudes, and power dynamics that make hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking to enable us to shift the energy of the anti-trafficking movement to begin to prevent victimization before it happens.

Polaris is seeking a consultant with qualitative research expertise to contribute to the implementation of qualitative studies and analysis qualitative data. Polaris collects data from the operation of the Trafficking Hotline which includes narrative data that holds extensive opportunities for informing programmatic work. In addition, we are in the process of designing and implementing a large-scale mixed-methods study (with multiple languages) that will employ trauma-informed and survivor-focused strategies. Finally, we routinely conduct a variety of data collection activities as part of project implementation or routine monitoring and evaluation of these projects.  The consultant will support the Learning, Innovation and Data Systems (LIDS) team facilitating a variety of qualitative participatory action research activities, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews as well as analyzing qualitative data from multiple sources.

Responsibilities

Conduct key informant interviews, focus group discussions and other forms of qualitative interviews as determined in relevant study protocols or project documentations

Develop an analysis plan for qualitative data collected from studies and oversee coders and other analysts’ work

Develop materials for the presentation of findings to different stakeholders

Write final reports

Other tasks as required

This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision-making authority on the final work product.

Requirements

Minimum four to five (4-5) years’ of progressively responsible professional work experience in social science research and/or evaluation 

Experience conducting research with vulnerable populations and/or survivors of trauma

Skilled in group facilitation and multi-stakeholder engagement processes

Advanced qualitative analysis experience (using software such as Dedoose is a plus)

Demonstrated project management experience

Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.

Emotional maturity and demonstrated discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information

BA/BS degree, with a focus in Social Science, Anthropology, Psychology, or related field

Mandarin language fluency

Working proficiency in English

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates having lived experience with human trafficking strongly preferred

Academic or professional knowledge of human trafficking, labor rights, or related social issues

Experience in participatory research methodologies as well as trauma-informed research strategies

Experience in developing sampling strategies for hard to reach populations

Peer-reviewed publications

Master’s degree in relevant field

Contract Duration

This position requires approximately 20-40 days Level of Effort (LOE), from May through December 2021 The period of performance may be extended, depending on the need. The consultant can work remotely from his/her location. If conditions allow, occasional short-term travel may be required to Polaris’s office in Washington D.C.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter that includes a daily rate, and an example written product to LIDS@polarisproject.org.  

Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.

Polaris is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity in the workplace. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the fight against human trafficking, we realize and celebrate the fact that human capital is the greatest and most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and the talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but our reputation and our organization’s achievement as well.

Need help? Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.