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Field Impact Evaluation Coordinator

Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits.

Project Objectives:

This position will support two evaluation projects with the objectives of conducting an impact evaluation (IE) of a juvenile justice sector reform project and an IE of USAID’s Communities, Families, and Youth Resilience Project (CFYR), a package of crime and violence prevention community prevention programs in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Both evaluations are taking place in Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Field Impact Evaluation Coordinators to manage field-based activities of the juvenile justice sector reform and CFYR impact evaluations in St. Kitts and Nevis. For the juvenile justice sector reform evaluation, the Field IE Coordinator will support activities before, during, and after each of four rounds of data collection, including a panel survey, historical and current administrative data coding, and qualitative research. The CFYR evaluation requires Field IE Coordinator assistance with youth and parent quantitative data collection monitoring and qualitative data collection at baseline, midline and endline. The position will require travel within St. Kitts and Nevis and possibly between the study countries. The evaluation period of performance is estimated to run between August 2017 and June 2021. The Field IE Coordinator will report to the U.S.-based SI Technical Director, and work closely with the evaluation Principal Investigator (PI), Research Assistant, other Field IE Coordinators, and the SI quality and management team. The anticipated level of effort over the next year is anticipated to be approximately 35% time. Given successful performance and client satisfaction, SI prefers to have Field IE Coordinators continue to work for the duration of the five-year project.

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

Responsibilities:

1.Juvenile Justice Sector Reform Evaluation:
•Historical data. Assist the Data Collection Firm, or other designated team member, in obtaining relevant historical data files from government authorities and ensuring that it is accurately captured. Work with the firm and government stakeholders to ensure access.
•Panel survey. Assist the PI in obtaining sampling frame information from government authorities. Review the survey instrument for local appropriateness. Oversee the Data Collection Firm, including participating in enumerator training, accompanying enumerators to monitor data collection. Liaise between actors to help problem solve survey challenges that arise. (Annual activity)
•Qualitative research. Plan for and coordinate qualitative research events to include individual and small group interviews. In collaboration with the PI, Research Assistant, and Qualitative Researcher, finalize the respondent list and schedule interviews. (Baseline, midline, and endline activity)
•Intervention monitoring. Conduct periodic observational visits of intervention activities and verification of select implementation M&E data, in coordination with the government and non-government intervention implementing organizations. (Ongoing activity)
•Research timeline and reporting. Develop, update and manage field-based timeline and related activities. Prepare for and participate in regular SI team meetings. Draft regular field briefs, including field-based activity details, timeline update, and any anticipated threats to the research design or timeline. Contribute to annual regional learning events as needed. (Ongoing activity)
•Communication and evaluation stakeholder engagement. Communicate regularly with the evaluation technical team and the SI quality and management team. Manage positive and collaborative relationships with field-based data collection partners and government and non-government intervention implementers. (Ongoing activity)
•Administrative data. If and when a management information system is implemented, the field coordinator will support a Data Quality Specialist prepare for and conduct an assessment of administrative data. The Field IE Coordinator will conduct follow-up work to ensure that action plans to address data quality are implemented and perform spot checks on a regular basis. (Ongoing activity)

2. CFYR Evaluation:
•Youth Survey, Quantitative Data Collection. Participate in data collection training undertaken by CFYR and conduct oversight of sampling and youth data collection (baseline, midline and endline activity)
•Observation of implementation: Participate in CFYR counselor training and conduct occasional project monitoring. Support efforts to collect administrative data from CFYR’s monitoring, schools, police records, and relevant government ministries.
•Parent Survey, Quantitative Data Collection. Assist in the testing, training and piloting of parent quantitative data collection; conduct follow-up data monitoring.
•Impact Evaluation Qualitative Data Collection. In collaboration with SI, conduct focus groups including the administration of a mini survey with counselors, youth (treatment and non-treatment) and parents (of youth receiving treatment) within two select communities (Midline activity for two cycles of intervention); support data analysis and reporting
•Endline Reporting. Participate in the preparation and presentation of endline findings at regional learning event (Endline activitiy)
•Field activity reporting. Prepare for and participate in regular SI team meetings. Draft regular field briefs, including field-based activity details, timeline update, and any anticipated threats to the research design or timeline. Contribute to annual regional learning events as needed. (Ongoing activity)
•Communication and evaluation stakeholder engagement. Communicate regularly with the evaluation technical team and the SI quality and management team. Manage positive and collaborative relationships with field-based data collection partners, the CFYR team, and government and non-government intervention implementers and stakeholders. (Ongoing activity)

Qualifications:
•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.
•Experience effectively making presentations to and communicating with client, government, and non-government stakeholders.
•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 large-scale quantitative and qualitative data collection strongly preferred.
•Familiarity with the justice sector, youth-perpetrated crime and violence issues, and/or justice-involved youth diversion programs strongly 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.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

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.

Organisation Social Impact

Country Saint Kitts and Nevis