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I. Overview of the Consultancy
International Justice Mission seeks a qualified and experienced external consultancy team to conduct a public justice system (PJS) performance study for its Guatemala Field Office. The primary purpose of the studies will be to assess the performance of the PJS in effectively addressing child sexual assault. The overarching goal of conducting this endline study will be to assess the impact of IJM’s program activities on the crime of child sexual assault, by comparing it to the baseline study conducted in 2012-2013. The work includes key informant interviews and CSA case file reviews. IJM seeks a highly professional and reliable team of consultants who will be able to complete the study efforts as agreed, on time and within budget. The consultants can apply for one or both of the study efforts. IJM would need the consultant(s) to conduct the study and final report by 13 April 2018.
II. Study Methodology
The objectives of the PJS performance study include:
1) To assess knowledge and attitudes/perceptions of, as well as behaviors of various stakeholders around this phenomenon
2) To assess the public justice system actors’ performance (local government leaders, police, AG, judges/courts, and prosecutors) in effectively addressing cases of child sexual assault
The following data methods will be employed to achieve these objectives:
1. Key Informant Interviews (KII) in Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango, and Alta Verapaz
Investigators – from the Department of Sex Crimes Investigations from the Specialized Criminal Investigation Division of the National Police
Prosecutors – prosecutors from the Fiscalia de la Ninez, Fiscalia de la Mujer from the Public Ministry who carry out sexual assault cases
Judges – trial court and sentencing court judges from the OJ, from the specialized courts who hear cases of crimes against women and children
Officials/Assistant Prosecutors from the Procuraduría General de la Nación
Key actors from social services agencies
2. Case File Review
Court case files from CSA cases
* Case file review numbers are dependent on number of case files with closed cases within the study timeframe, but will likely be around 400 case files.
III. Roles and Responsibilities, Research Team Make-up
An IJM staff member in the Guatemala field office will be assigned to this research study and will act as the main contact for de-briefing weekly. The external consultancy team will work with the IJM study team (made up of staff from HQ and the Guatemala field office). A breakdown of the roles and responsibilities is as follows:
Key Informant Interviews
1 interview coordinator
1 translator (as needed)
Case File Reviews
2 Lawyers/Legal expert
6-8 legal fellows/law students
2 data entry clerks
The consultant will be expected to produce the following deliverables:
1. Revisions to improve the various data collection tools, and then submit final translated versions of the tools.
2. Data quality analysis plan, developed in coordination with the IJM Study Team.
3. Cleaned, coded raw data in Excel and statistical software (Stata preferred) plus codebook.
4. Draft and final comprehensive endline study data collection implementation report (in Spanish and English), including literature review, planned and actual methodology, any observations from implementation, and recommendations for future studies (no data analysis for the case file reviews).
5. Draft and final qualitative findings report with analyzed KII data, with feedback incorporated from the IJM team. The report should be available in English and Spanish.
V. Timeline & Payment Arrangements
The consultant will be paid for completion of the work listed below over the contract time period, 1 July 2017 – 13 April 2018. All deliverables must be submitted to IJM outlined in Section VI, by 13 April 2018. Consultancy team will be paid 30% immediately after consultancy commences to assist with recruitment and logistics. The next 20% will be paid when the data collection tools are developed satisfactorily and all data collection commences. The next 30% will be paid when IJM’s reviewing team deems the cleaned and coded raw data submitted and data analysis as acceptable. The final 20% will be paid to the team after the final implementation report and final report with KII findings have been submitted and approved by IJM, as laid out in the deliverables of Section V.
Timeline: Here is a tentative breakdown of the work:
Activity Date Completed By
Secure enumerators for case file review and data collection
15 July 2017
Review program documents and conduct literature review of relevant material
21 July 2017
Review and provide feedback on key informant interview and case file review forms
1 August 2017
In collaboration with IJM study team, train case file review team and key informant interviewers on the overall purpose of the study and the various data collection tools (including field testing)
1-5 August 2017
Finalize sampling strategy with IJM study team
6 August 2017
Develop data collection implementation plan (KIIs and CFR)
6 August 2017
In collaboration with IJM study team, develop plan for quality control
6 August 2017
Conduct case file reviews in Guatemala City
15 September 2017
Conduct case file reviews in Quetzaltenango
6 October 2017
Conduct case file reviews in Alta Verapaz
13 October 2017
Conduct key informant interviews with various stakeholders
13 October 2017
Clean and code all case file review data and submit for analysis
3 November 2017
Transcribe all interviews and prepare for analysis
17 November 2017
Analyze/code KII data
15 December 2017
Write and submit a draft of the endline findings report for KII and study implementation report for CFRs
28 February 2018
Translate report to English (as needed)
9 March 2018
IJM to provide feedback on draft report
30 March 2018
Submit a final, comprehensive report on the endline study
13 April 2018
VI. Request for Application
International Justice Mission (IJM) seeks a qualified consultant to conduct an endline study from 1 July 2017 to April 2018. The study will assess knowledge and attitudes/perceptions of, as well as behaviors of various stakeholders around this phenomenon. The study will also include a public justice system performance component, focusing on the systems, structures, and officials involved in the criminal prosecution of child sexual assault crimes. The study will include court case and police case file reviews and key informant interviews.
The consultant must collaborate with the IJM study team to design the methodology and implement the study on time and within budget.
Interested consultants should submit their application by close of business Monday, 22 May 2017. Applications should include the following information:
Qualifications: Consultant CV(s) and an explanation of qualifications to carry out each study specified. If applying for both aspects of the study (case file review and KIIs), a team of multi-disciplinary consultants with varying backgrounds will be necessary. Or, if applying for only one section of the study, individual applications are acceptable.
Specific skills required of consultant or team of consultants:
At least one person on the study team must have a master’s level degree in International Development, International Economics, Statistics, Public Health, or related field
At least five years of experience in research on community-based or national-scale programs
Experience working in the legal/justice sector, familiar with the public justice system in Guatemala (police, courts, etc.)
Proven performance in conducting research studies, including methodology and sampling strategy development
(KIIs) Proven performance in facilitating interviews with rigorous qualitative research methods and implementation techniques
(Case File Reviews) Familiarity and expertise in reviewing government files for data collection and interpretation
Expertise in developing data collection tools, strategies, data management systems for community-based and large-scale projects
Ability to work proficiently in all Microsoft Office programs
Team leader with written and oral capabilities in English and Spanish
Availability: The consultant’s availability for an introductory meeting in late May and to conduct the endline studies between 1 July and 13 April 2018.
Budget: Should include a high-level budget. Highlight the consultant’s daily rate, or product rate, and any other key budget details. The application should also include three previous daily/product rates.
References: List three references, including brief summary of work and client contact details.
Please submit questions/inquiries to Erin Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call IJM Guatemala at + 502 2463 5550 and ask for Cindi Mazariegos or Jacobo Mazariegos. For complete applications, submit to the email address above. List “Endline PJS Study Application” in the subject line of your electronic submission.