Named after the North Star, a historical symbol of freedom, Polaris works to reshape the systems that make sex and labor trafficking possible and profitable in North America. For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and built the largest known U.S. data set on the crime. With the guidance of survivors, and working with public and private-sector partners, we use that data to understand and improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how we can prevent this abuse at the scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide robbed of the fundamental right to choose how they live and work.
About the Opportunity
Polaris is integrating a complex systems approach into our work. Our goal is to tackle the structures, attitudes, and power dynamics that make hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking to enable us to shift the energy of the anti-trafficking movement to begin to prevent victimization before it happens. Polaris is implementing a study to collect information from participants that will inform our strategies and program planning.
We are seeking a consultant with quantitative research expertise as well as statistical analysis skill sets to contribute to the design and implementation of a large scale mixed-methods study. In addition, the consultant will also support the analysis to answer specific research questions using various secondary data sources.
● Develop an analysis plan to answer specific research questions under the guidance of Polaris stuff
● Perform advanced statistical analysis on data (this will include analysis of other data sets in addition to the study described above)
● Develop materials for the presentation of findings to different stakeholders
● Write final reports
● Other tasks as required.
This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on the final work product.
● Advanced statistical analysis experience (using software such as SAS is a plus)
● Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.
● Emotional maturity and demonstrated discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
● BA/BS degree, with a focus in Social Science, Statistics, or related field
● Candidates having lived experience with human trafficking strongly preferred.
● Academic or professional knowledge of human trafficking, labor rights, or related social issues;
● Experience conducting research with vulnerable populations and/or survivors of trauma;
● Experience in developing sampling strategies for hard to reach populations
● Peer-reviewed publications
● Experience conducting quantitative research
● Quantitative analysis (using computer-assisted data analysis is a plus)
● Masters degree in relevant field
This position requires approximately 2-3 days per week Level of Effort (LOE), from January through May 2021. The period of performance may be extended, depending on the need. The consultant can work remotely from his/her location.
All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates that may handle data from survivors.
The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.
Polaris designs and implements data-driven strategies to prevent and disrupt human trafficking and restore freedom to survivors. Achieving this ambitious goal requires both trafficking-specific systemic interventions and broader cultural and structural shifts that reduce the inequities that lead to human trafficking. While Polaris alone cannot build a more diverse, just, equitable, and inclusive society, both the success of our work and our organizational values require modeling in the workplace the change we want to see in the world.
This means cultivating a workforce, organizational culture, and priorities that respect and celebrate a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team made up of individuals with different identities, lived experiences, and backgrounds. Within both our team and across every part of our work, we strive to integrate and elevate the full range of survivor voices.
This is a living commitment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values to be manifested daily, in the work we do, the decisions we make, and the way that we treat each other and the people we seek to serve. This means creating space where staff can be included, heard, valued, and set up for success, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, best selves to work. We will not check boxes and consider it done. We will push new innovations and different ways of thinking, and treasure the community built and strengthened by each of our contributions.