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Consultant (Assessment of Law Enforcement Support Program)

Consultant (Assessment of Law Enforcement Support Program)

Organization : Research Triangle Institute

Consultant (Assessment of Law Enforcement Support Program)

USAID Wildlife Asia Project

Bangkok, Thailand

Project – USAID Wildlife Asia

USAID Wildlife Asia is a counter wildlife trafficking (CWT) project by USAID that supports efforts to strengthen law enforcement of wildlife crimes, reduce demand for illegally traded wildlife and foster international cooperation. The project period is August 2016 – August 2021.

This consultancy is under the USAID Wildlife Asia Objective 2 which is to Strengthen regional law enforcement capacity and coordination.

The target audience under this Objective are CWT law enforcement officers and agencies including customs, police, wildlife/forestry authorities, prosecutors, and financial crime investigators in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Objective 2 is achieved through two Strategic Approaches, described below:

Strategic Approach 2.1: Institutionalization of capacity for effective enforcement

The project strengthens the ability of law enforcement officers and agencies to effectively locate, apprehend and prosecute illegal wildlife traffickers through training and capacity building activities. The efforts are further supported through introduction of new technologies such as species identification and smart phone applications. Training events include national trainings addressing country-specific needs and international trainings responding to the transnational nature of wildlife crime and fostering cooperation. Institutionalization means working with law enforcement academic institutions and helping agencies tailor and integrate CWT curricula into their capacity building programs.

Strategic Approach 2.2: Strengthen regional international and inter-institutional law enforcement cooperation and coordination

The project supports law enforcement collaboration in the region and brings together authorities in Asia and Africa to share intelligence on active investigations and collaborate in dismantling transcontinental trafficking syndicates. Specific activities to foster interagency cooperation are integrated in training and capacity building interventions. For example, the counter transnational organized crime (CTOC) course not only trains investigators to identify and disrupt wildlife crime syndicates, but also contains activities that increase and sustain transnational multi-agency coordination and information sharing.

 

Assessment to validate USAID Wildlife Asia’s law enforcement training and interagency collaboration building interventions

Assessment Target: Approximately 300 past trainees who have participated USAID Wildlife Asia’s law enforcement capacity building activities since June 2017.

Target Areas: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The consultancy is based in Bangkok and travel may be required to Lao PDR and Cambodia (all travel costs will be covered directly by USAID Wildlife Asia). A USAID Wildlife Asia local staff member will assist in collecting and translating data in Vietnam.

Assessment Objectives:

This assessment seeks to use findings from evaluations to adjust the project’s capacity and cooperation building activities. It also aims to offer recommendations on how to improve law enforcement capacity building in CWT more broadly. The assessment has the following specific objectives:

  1. Gain greater understanding of the effectiveness of USAID Wildlife Asia’s law enforcement support program by answering the evaluation questions below:
    1. Have law enforcement officers and agencies improved their knowledge and skills in CWT as a result of USAID Wildlife Asia’s assistance?
    2. To what extent have law enforcement officers and agencies applied CWT competencies imparted by USAID Wildlife Asia in their work?
    3. To what extent have law enforcement institutions and agencies institutionalized CWT competencies imparted by USAID Wildlife Asia?
    4. Has interagency collaboration in CWT law enforcement improved as a result of USAID Wildlife Asia’s assistance? How?
  2. Answer the project’s learning questions:
    1. How have our capacity building programs contributed to changes in CWT law enforcement responses (e.g., quality, frequency)?
    2. What are key factors, challenges or barriers that are important for improving and sustaining interagency collaboration and information sharing among intercontinental, regional, and national law enforcement authorities?
  3. Collect data for the law enforcement performance indicators listed below:
    1. Number of cooperative law enforcement actions on counter wildlife trafficking taken as a result of USAID Wildlife Asia assistance;
    2. Number of people that apply improved conservation law enforcement practices as a result of USG assistance; and
    3. Number of units, agencies, organizations, and/or institutions adopting improved law enforcement competencies.

Tasks

In close collaboration with the project’s Law Enforcement Support Team and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the consultant will carry out the following tasks to achieve the three objectives listed above.

  1. Review key USAID Wildlife Asia background materials to understand its law enforcement support program.
  2. Develop the assessment protocol and data collection tools based on the questionnaires and topic guide used in the assessment in 2018. This includes translation of all instruments from English into the local languages. Support will be provided by USAID Wildlife Asia staff for the Thai and Vietnamese translations. We recommend a mixed method approach including:
  1. Conducting an online survey of past trainees. We have trained more than 300 law enforcement officers and expect a survey response rate of at least 50% or 150 respondents and above.
  2. Undertaking at least 20 in-depth interviews with head of agencies or senior-level officers across the four target countries. This would involve five in-depth interviews for each target country.
  1. Collect the data within the given timeline. Enumerators must conduct informed consent procedures for both off- and online methods.
  2. Transcribe, clean and collate data. For both qualitative and quantitative data, the consultant must submit a clean dataset and interview transcriptions.
  3. Analyze the data according to the evaluation questions, learning questions and performance indicators highlighted above. At a minimum, the data must be disaggregated by country and sex (for individual data) and where possible, by agency type (wildlife and forestry, police, customs, economic crime, prosecution and training institution).
  4. Produce two reports including a PowerPoint presentation and a Word document report.
     

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (MA or higher) in statistics, environment, or a relevant social science discipline
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in conducting evaluations and research studies
  • Experience in conducting interviews to assess development interventions and a sound understanding and appreciation of the sensitivities of communicating effectively with law enforcement officials
  • Knowledge in the areas of law enforcement and/or counter wildlife trafficking preferred
  • Knowledge of evaluation policies of USAID and/or other donors desired
  • Excellent attention to detail, able to meet deadlines and produce quality deliverables

Deliverables

Deliverable

Anticipated LOE

Due Date

Phase I: Development of the assessment protocol and data collection tools

  1. Assessment protocol including:
  • Research methodology
  • Sampling strategy
  • Data collection methods
  • Data management plan
  • Data analysis plan

2 days

May 31, 2020

  1. Data collection instruments including:
  • Short online survey questionnaires in English, Khmer, Lao, and Thai
  • In-depth interview guide in English, Khmer, Lao, and Thai
  • Informed consent forms in English, Khmer, Lao, and Thai

5 days

May 31, 2020

Phase 2: Data collection

  1. Complete data collection including:
  • Final data collection agenda
  • Weekly, written updates to Law Enforcement Team Lead and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Final, cleaned quantitative dataset and any supporting files. Dataset should be formatted and cleaned as agreed in the data management plan
  • In-depth interview transcripts
  • Submission of preliminary findings based on initial data analysis as agreed upon by USAID Wildlife Asia

20 days

July 31, 2020

Phase 3: Analysis and reporting

 

 

  1. Submission of final reports using outlines agreed by the project including:
  • Final frequency distribution tables in Excel with all quantitative variables disaggregated by country and sex and other disaggregation types as agreed by USAID Wildlife Asia
  • Final presentation including methodology, findings (by assessment objectives and learning questions), and programmatic recommendations (maximum of 30 slides)
  • Final assessment report including executive summary, background, methodology, respondent profile, findings (by assessment objectives and learning questions) and recommendations (maximum of 30 pages)

7 days

August 15, 2020

To Apply: Qualified candidates are invited to apply by submitting CV, letter of interest specifying his/her daily rate to the following email address: hr@usaidwildlifeasia.org

Subject line: USAID Wildlife Asia – Law Enforcement Program Assessment Consultant

Deadline: March 06, 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Contact : hr@usaidwildlifeasia.org


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