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Local Qualitative Researcher, Juvenile Justice Sector Reform Evaluation, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Location: Latin America and the Caribbean


Local Qualitative Researcher, Juvenile Justice Sector Reform Evaluation, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

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.

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 three Local Qualitative Researchers to support this juvenile justice sector reform implementation study across the three ESC countries (Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia). 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 Local Researchers are responsible for supporting data collection efforts in the field, which will include scheduling and notetaking. The ideal researcher will have some background on topics of diversion, alternative sentencing, and reintegration. Each individual will work closely with the team leader, the research assistant, and a local field coordinator.

The Local Researchers will report to the Team Leader, as well as the U.S.-based SI Technical Director and management team. The evaluation period of performance is estimated to run between February 2019 and September 2021. The position will require travel within each study country. This year, the project will involve one week of fieldwork in each of the three countries. In each study country, the total level of effort for this year is anticipated to include 1 day of preparatory work, 5 days of field work, and 2 days of follow-up and developing summary materials, or approximately 8 working days.

A final iteration of the study will take place in early 2021. Based on successful performance and client satisfaction, SI prefers to have the Local Qualitative Researchers continue to work for the duration of project, including qualitative research activities during the last year of the evaluation.


**Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates based in Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, or St. Lucia will be considered. **



  • Prepare for and actively participate in team planning meetings, including timely completion of assigned tasks.
  • Collect contact information of targeted populations and conduct outreach to selected individuals.
  • Frequently update a shared schedule on SI’s Sharepoint platform.
  • Maintain accurate lists and contact information for study participants.
  • Other activities that might be required to facilitate data collection, such as acquiring transportation and/or lodging for the evaluation team.
  • Qualitative data collection. Participate in qualitative data collection. Support other primary data collection activities according to the established protocols and schedule, including respondents at detention centers and diversion program sites.  Properly record and document the interviews and provide comprehensive and well-written synthesis notes to the team.
  • Communication. Communicate effectively with SI staff and other team members.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in political science, public policy, or other relevant fields.
  • Five years of experience conducting and/or managing monitoring, evaluation or research activities for development programs in the Caribbean.
  • 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 within and between the country studies as needed, including detention centers and to diversion program sites.
  • Experience supporting qualitative data collection strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the justice sector, youth-perpetrated crime and violence issues, and/or justice-involved youth diversion programs in the Caribbean preferred.

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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SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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