Consultant Opportunities

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 implementing a study to collect information from participants that will inform our strategies and program planning. 

We are seeking a consultant with quantitative research expertise to contribute to the design and implementation of a large scale mixed-methods study (with multiple languages) that will employ trauma-informed and survivor-focused strategies. In addition, the consultant will also support the analysis of data from various other sources.  

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to and finalize a research protocol by coordinating across several stakeholders and study team members
  • Develop instruments and facilitate review by relevant parties
  • Develop and help implement a sampling strategy collaboratively with other study team members 
  • Oversee the data collection phase of the study by data collection team including ensuring fidelity to the research protocol
  • Develop an analysis plan for data collected from the study
  • Perform advanced statistical analysis on data (this will include analysis of other data sets in addition to the study described above)
  • 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 in leading the design and implementation of large social science studies and/or evaluations
  • Advanced statistical analysis experience (using software such as SAS 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, Statistics, or related field

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 conducting research with vulnerable populations and/or survivors of trauma;
  • Experience in developing sampling strategies for hard to reach populations 
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience conducting quantitative research  
  • Quantitative analysis (using computer-assisted data analysis is a plus) 
  • Skilled in group facilitation and multi-stakeholder engagement processes
  • Masters degree in relevant field
  • Spanish language fluency

Contract Duration

This position requires approximately 30 – 40 days Level of Effort (LOE), from September through May 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 Washington DC.

To Apply

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

Background Check

All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates.

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 implementing a study to collect information from participants that will inform our strategies and program planning. 

We are seeking a consultant with qualitative research expertise to contribute to the design and implementation of a large scale mixed-methods study (with multiple languages) that will employ trauma-informed and survivor-focused strategies. In addition, the consultant may also develop and support the analysis of data from various other sources.  

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to a research protocol by working with several stakeholders and study team members
  • Develop qualitative instruments and facilitate review by relevant parties
  • Develop and help implement a participant requirement strategy collaboratively with other study team members 
  • Conduct key informant interviews, focus group discussions and other forms of qualitative interviews as determined in the protocol
  • Develop an analysis plan for qualitative data collected from the study 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  years’ of progressively responsible professional work experience in social science research and/or evaluation  
  • Experience in leading the design and implementation of large social science studies and/or evaluations
  • Experience in participatory research methodologies as well as trauma-informed research strategies
  • 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 NVivo 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
  • Spanish language fluency

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 developing sampling strategies for hard to reach populations 
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Masters degree in relevant field

Contract Duration

This position requires approximately 60-90 days Level of Effort (LOE), from September through May 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 Washington DC.

To Apply

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

Background Check

All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates.

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