Consultancy Opportunity: Community Needs Assessment


Background Information:

THE ALTERNATIVE is an initiative led by Gang Alternative, Inc. to serve youth who are gang-involved or at high-risk for gang-involvement in the Little Haiti area of Miami, Florida. This program uses an integrative approach, utilizing a collaboration of community organizations to incorporate a broad spectrum of proven, research-based interventions designed to address the full range of personal, family, and community factors that contribute to high levels of juvenile delinquency and gang activity.

The primary goal of the program is the reduction of youth gang activity through the use of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.   The Comprehensive Gang Model, which focuses resources on evidence-based primary and secondary prevention and intervention initiatives to stabilize and build pro-social influences, is used as the model for this project. Prevention and reduction programming are delivered targeting the risk and protective factors identified in the community. This 3-year project is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Purpose of The Consultancy:

The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments regarding gang activity including levels of gang activity, gang crime patterns, community perceptions and service gaps.

Scope of Work To Be Performed:

This consultancy will address specific needs of the Little Haiti community and surrounding areas with regards to gang activity and its effect on the residents in their everyday lives.

Under the guidance of the Director of Programs, the consultant is expected to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to address determining factors of gang activity using an established method.
  • Liaise with community partners to participate in information-sharing to address levels of gang activity and gang crime patterns.
  • Liaise, as necessary, with community partners to strategize on outcome measures.
  • Design on-going report/dashboard of performance outcomes.
  • Identify viable community resources to address the needs of the community with regards to all aspects of gang activity as well as community service gaps.
  • Prioritize needs of the community by using both descriptive and inferential analyses. Descriptive analyses for each aim of the assessment project should be conducted, including frequencies and means for the sample.
  • A final report will be completed that contains major findings and recommendations from analyses.

Findings and recommendation of the report will assist Gang Alternative, Inc. to lead efforts with stakeholders to address major findings of the final report and to define a plan of action.

Expected Duration of the Assignment: August 24, 2020 to September 30, 2020 Minimum

Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in related field from an accredited College/University.

10 years of experience in conducting research.

Prior demonstrated experience in conducting community needs assessments.

Experience in working in close collaboration with diverse populations.

Experience in working closely with law enforcement personnel.

Bi-lingual (English and Haitian Kreyol)


  • Strong background in research and writing.
  • Excellent command of the English language (oral and written).
  • Ability to coordinate with multi-service providers and to create new partnerships.


How to apply:

The application should include:

  1. Technical proposal (max. 2 pages) outlining the methodology/technical approach, work plan, experience with assignments of a similar nature, and the resources required.
  2. b) Financial proposal.
  3. c) Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Submit application to by August 14, 2020 with subject line: Expression of Interest-Gang Suppression Consultancy.

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