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Forensic Evidence Advisor

Date Posted
3rd August 2017
Security & Armed Forces
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

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

Job Description

This 2-year program will involve working closely with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Department of Public Prosecution, and the 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:

  • Provide forensic training, advice, and mentoring to the JCF’s Scene of Crimes Division and to the Forensic Laboratory to develop their respective capacities to process evidence and to collaborate more efficiently and effectively, including improving the skills of the current fingerprint analysts.
  • Work with the Forensic Laboratory on issues affecting the lab in areas of process, safety, quality assurance and standardization.
  • Support the Forensic Laboratory initiative to hire a qualified individual to help create the Quality Assurance Lab Department and ensure the lab is conducting services in accordance with written policies and procedures and is aligned with international standards. 
  • Oversee the implementation of the upgrade to the current Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Examine the status of Jamaica’s DNA Act to evaluate the feasibility that the Forensic Laboratory can support the National Forensic DNA Databank.
  • Facilitate internal trainings and seminars to teach Forensic Laboratory staff current methods and knowledge, possibly through the National Forensic Science Training Center.
  • Provide periodical reports to assess the effectiveness of the advisory role toward reaching the long-term goals of the program.


Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in forensic science, criminology or related field of study; Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) 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.
  • Thoroughly understands 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 strongly 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.

Caribbean nationals are encouraged to apply.

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