Research Consultant with a Team
Conduct a Baseline Study for Strong Network of Care Project
Who We Are
International Justice Mission is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our global team of over 1,000 professionals are at work in over 25 countries. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice for the poor unstoppable.
Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.
About the Strong Network of Care Project
IJM has embarked on the Strong Network of Care Project, a 24-month grant funded by the United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. A Strong Network of Care will address gaps in meeting the holistic, individualized needs of child survivors of online sexual exploitation from rescue to reintegration through the development of a survivor and trauma-informed Assessment Model.
For the Philippine network of social services to have the capacity to provide a comprehensive and trauma-informed response to individual needs of child survivors of online sexual exploitation, in a way that empowers them toward restoration.
- Survivors to receive comprehensive assessments using DSWD institutionalized assessment standards as a basis for short-and long-term interventions.
- Survivors in Mindanao to receive appropriate individualized mental health services through a coordinated network of mental health service providers.
- Survivors in Mindanao to receive alternative care through foster and kinship care.
- Survivors and their families to gain access and receive timely reintegration services responsive to their specific needs.
- Survivors in the Philippines to be involved in decision-making and program development affecting them through local survivor groups.
The implementation will focus on the National Capital Region, Regions III and IV-A in Luzon, Regions VII and VIII in the Visayas, and Regions X and XIII in Mindanao. Sustainable interventions in mental health services and foster/kinship care will primarily focus on Mindanao.
IJM will actively collaborate with the government and private stakeholders in developing practice models that would meet the holistic, individualized needs of child survivors of online sexual exploitation from rescue to reintegration.
The project will mobilize and capacitate the network of government and private social service providers to facilitate a standards-based comprehensive assessment, mental health service delivery, therapeutic alternative care placements, and reintegration services to survivors.
The project will also support the development of local survivor groups that would enable survivors to be involved in decision-making and program development.
Relative to the project goal and objectives, a baseline study for the Strong Network of Care project is critical to map out and analyze the Philippine network of social service providers, existing service providers for survivors, services offered, and their capacity building needs.
The documentation and evaluation of model development and pilot activities that are connected to the baseline data are also essential components of the project.
The results of this study will significantly inform the planning and implementation of critical activities per project objective.
- Identify and describe existing networks of service providers for child survivors of online sexual exploitation.
- Map out and acquire in-depth information about each agency’s geographic information, contact information, policies, procedures, available services placement, mental health, and psychosocial services), funding streams, and collaborative practices related to service provision to child survivors of online sexual exploitation.
- Identify assessment standards and tools utilized by assessment service providers.
- Identify how many child survivors of online sexual exploitation have or are receiving assessment, mental health, placement, and community-based psychosocial services.
- Identify the capacities and capacity building needs of service providers.
- Describe how child survivors of online sexual exploitation are currently engaged in planning and decision making for programs and services concerning them.
- Provide recommendations on the processes standards to be considered in the assessment model development in Mindanao.
- Provide recommendations across agencies on the process and standards to be considered for the reintegration model development in Mindanao.
The baseline study will have the following components:
- Data gathering, mapping and analysis of existing service providers for child survivors of online sexual exploitation in key regions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
- Training needs assessment to capacitate the service providers and enable them to effectively care and provide services to child survivors of online sexual exploitation and their families.
- Analysis and recommendation for the assessment and reintegration practice model.
- Documentation and evaluation of the pilot implementation of the assessment and reintegration practice model development.
The Consultant must have a team comprised of individuals with strong technical knowledge, skills and experience in baseline study including study design, data collection, analysis, and competence in key project activities. The consultant is expected to:
- Work with IJM’s National Aftercare Development (NAD) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director, Project Coordinators and other relevant project team members to set the research objectives and create a plan of action and manage to completion.
- Collaboratively design a methodology for data collection assessing relevant indicators for each focus area.
- Implement the agreed upon methodology and collect data from the identified samples, stakeholders/audience.
- Convene and facilitate relevant research-related meetings and consultations.
- Participate in project team meetings to discuss project status and issues.
- Clean and analyze the data.
- Deliver presentations to significant audiences regarding the results of the research.
- Document the pertinent project events and processes relevant to the mid-line evaluation.
- Ensure compliance of documentations, reports to donor-required branding and markings.
The consultant will work under the overall management of IJM’s National Aftercare Development and collaborate with the IJM core team to design and implement the research on time and within budget.
Required Consultancy Skills and Experience
The consultant must meet the following requirements:
- Experience of working on similar research initiatives/demonstrated credibility with the government or non-government stakeholders
- Prior experience in child protection and working knowledge of offline and online sexual abuse issues in the Philippines
- Demonstrable research skills such as data analytics, statistics or survey design
- Impeccable writing and organizational skills
- Proficiency in research design, research report writing and source analysis
- A thorough knowledge of research procedures and best practices
- Teamwork and communication skills
- A history of published articles, studies, or research work