Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert, India - PEMS
EnCompass LLC is seeking a Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert with experience in India to provide technical support for a process evaluation of the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS), with an emphasis on qualitative research methods. This position is a part-time consultancy from August 2020 to March 2021, with a total expected commitment of 48 days.
The Program to End Modern Slavery—which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office)—features a series of programs and projects designed to substantially reduce the prevalence of human trafficking/modern slavery among key targeted populations, including in parts of Vietnam, the Philippines, and India. In September 2019, the TIP Office contracted EnCompass to conduct a mixed methods and multi-country evaluation of the first tranche of PEMS funding (“PEMS 1”). This process evaluation will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to (1) understand the processes used by the implementing partner (to date) to measure the prevalence of modern slavery, including strengths, challenges, and best practices; and (2) assess how early sub-award activities have been implemented to serve human trafficking victims or individuals vulnerable to trafficking in priority countries, including how related research has influenced these activities. In India, the evaluation will focus on awards, sub-awards, and prevalence estimation research to reduce and/or study migrant labor in the construction sector and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Evaluation findings will therefore provide insight into lessons learned, programmatic performance to date, and recommendations for future efforts under PEMS.
The Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert will work closely with the India Evaluation Manager to prepare for, coordinate, and conduct interviews with key stakeholders who work at project sites across India. At this time, in light of COVID-19 safety concerns, all data collection will be conducted remotely (e.g. via internet or phone). The subject matter expert will be responsible for transcribing and cleaning completed interviews (verbatim and in standard English), and will provide input into the subsequent qualitative coding and analysis of the data. The subject matter expert may also contribute to desk/document review on issues related to prevalence of trafficking in India.
We are looking for someone who has significant experience conducting research and/or working in the field of human trafficking/modern slavery in India, with a preference for experience with commercial sexual exploitation and/or migration-related trafficking. The ideal candidate is experienced in qualitative data collection, highly organized, detail-oriented, proactive, and has experience collaborating to conduct research across diverse contexts.
*This is a local position. Only candidates residing in India with existing work authorization will be considered.
** The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide input into the PEMS evaluation field planning documents, data collection guide, and other materials to ensure they are tailored appropriately to the Indian trafficking context
- Participate in onboarding and data collection training, including pilot to test and tailor data collection tools
- Prepare for, coordinate, and conduct qualitative interviews for the PEMS evaluation through remote platforms
- Collect and manage data files (interview transcripts and recordings) as per EnCompass policy; transcribe and clean interviews into standard English in a timely manner
- Meet with civil society, government, and nongovernment representatives as needed to support evaluation
- Support qualitative coding and analysis of collected data
- Provide input into synthesized evaluation findings
- Participate in regular EnCompass evaluation team meetings, including frequent and timely meetings during project orientation and start-up
- Other duties as assigned
- At a minimum, a master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in program evaluation, humanitarian or international development, human trafficking or human rights, migration, social work, or a related field
Experience and Skills
- Significant work experience in counter-trafficking or modern slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, humanitarian or human rights, social work, migration, or related fields in India
- Strong knowledge of the field of human trafficking/modern slavery in India, including the landscape of key actors
- Strong technical and general writing skills
- Experience working with civil society organizations, government officials, and intergovernmental bodies
- Proven track record of successful teamwork experience
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Keen attention to detail and a proactive attitude
- Ability to think strategically and integrate diverse information from varied sources
- Ability to organize, manage, prioritize, and follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
- Experience with protocols for research with vulnerable populations in India
- Experience in or knowledge of applying appreciative inquiry and participatory approaches to qualitative data gathering
- Written and oral fluency in Hindi