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Forensic Advisor

Date Posted
20th November 2017
Scientific, Security & Armed Forces
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks a Forensic Evidence Advisor for a forthcoming project focused on strengthening the criminal justice system of an OAS Member State.

Job Description

This 2-year program will involve working closely with law enforcement, forensic unit, prosecutors and judiciary. The Forensic Evidence Advisor will serve as a technical lead on project activities related to this subarea of expertise and will collaborate closely with other project team members and government staff. The position reports to the Chief of Party, based in Washington, DC.


Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Build and strengthen the institutional capacity within of the forensic unit to improve their effectiveness. Provide forensic training, advice, and mentoring to the forensic unit and laboratory to develop their respective capacities to process evidence, including improving the skills of the current fingerprint analysts.
  • Facilitate internal trainings and seminars to teach staff current methods and knowledge in the field of evidence collection, processing, and use.
  • Provide advice, and mentoring to relevant agencies to develop their respective capacities to process evidence and to collaborate more efficiently and effectively.
  • Work with the Forensic Laboratory on issues affecting the lab in areas of process, safety, quality assurance and standardization. Ensure the lab is conducting services in accordance with written policies and procedures and is aligned with international standards.
  • Ensure the effective integration of the upgrade to the current Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) into the forensic process.
  • Assess toxicology processes and capacity, and make recommendations for provision of toxicology services in the laboratory or through a lab in another country.


Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in forensic science, applied science or criminology; Master's Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively increasing forensic laboratory or crime scene experience. Lab-based work should be in an accredited laboratory.
  • Experience should include conducting examinations on serious crimes, preparing reports and testifying as an expert witness.
  • Experience teaching or providing training to, but not limited to, new analysts, investigators, university students, or other practicing forensic scientists.
  • Has a thorough understanding of all the instruments and equipment relevant to their area of expertise to include maintenance and validation requirements.
  • Demonstrates regular continuing education in forensic science throughout career.
  • Experience as a first line supervisor of forensic examiners or as a technical leader preferred.
  • Experience working in the common-law system required.
  • Experience serving as a trainer, supervisor or mentor required.
  • Experience working in the Caribbean and/or Central America preferred.
  • Experience working with donor-funded projects strongly preferred.
  • Superior interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with ability to work with a variety of counterparts, including cabinet-level officials.
  • Demonstrated leadership, adaptability, and integrity.
  • Proven success in managing technical and operational teams.
  • Fluency in English is required.

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