Field Researcher
30d ago

Summary : In May 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five-year contract to Management Systems International (MSI) to provide performance management support to USAID-

sponsored development programs throughout Pakistan. The Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM) serves as a centralized management support mechanism that provides services in (1) monitoring, (2) evaluation, (3) assessment, and (4) learning support.

PERFORM provides data and information to help USAID / Pakistan project managers improve results through better implementation, design, and learning, enabling it to better target its programming and achieve its goals and objectives.

Please note : Only citizens of Pakistan are eligible for this position Position Summary : MSI is seeking field researchers for a mid-

term evaluation of the USAID-funded Punjab Youth Workforce Development (PYWD) project. PYWD is a three-year project intended to enhance stability by improving employment opportunities for at-

risk youth and instilling socially constructive attitudes among youth and their communities. The project has three components : community mobilization, institutional development (of public and private sector technical and vocational training institutes), and workforce education and training.

The purposes of the assignment are to a) gauge performance to date, b) recommend areas for improvement, and c) inform a possible follow-

on project. The evaluation will focus on the districts of Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Multan, and Muzaffargarh. Field researchers will join a team of subject matter experts and a team lead.

Researchers will be involved in team planning, data collection, data management and processing, and analysis. The evaluation is expected to begin in May 2018 and conclude in August 2018.

Team activities will take place in Islamabad, Lahore, and the program districts of Punjab. The anticipated level of effort for field researcher is approximately 50 person-

days. The team will include a team leader, two sector specialists, two mid-level researchers, and other support as needed. Responsibilities :

  • Collaborate with sector specialist in conducting qualitative interviews, and taking and finalizing notes.
  • Participate in the team planning workshop and in developing data collection instruments, a data collection plan, and a data analysis plan.
  • Coordinate with implementing partner staff to organize interviews and meetings for the assigned evaluation area.
  • Report regularly to sector specialists, team lead, and MSI support staff in Islamabad on findings from the field.
  • Support analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Identify and document findings, conclusions, and recommendations on area(s) assigned in the evaluation, according to protocols established by MSI / PERFORM and the evaluation team.
  • Contribute to preparing the evaluation report and briefing papers, if required.
  • Qualifications :

  • At least a master’s degree and seven (7) years of professional experience
  • Knowledge of community development and workforce development, particularly in Pakistan and / or Punjab desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting focus groups and interviews.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in written and spoken English. Fluency in Saraiki and Punjabi and / or experience conducting fieldwork in south Punjab desired.
  • Fluent in quantitative and / or qualitative research methods.
  • Ability / willingness to conduct field work.
  • Position will be filled on a rolling basis* Candidates that have a real or potential conflict of interest in this evaluation will not be considered for this assignment.
  • MSI will require a written statement to this effect before formal engagement on this assignment. Conflict of interest in this context includes, but is not limited to : close and / or family relations with the individuals that are related to the project, financial interest in the implementing organization(s) or grantees, current or previous experience with the project being evaluated or the USAID requesting office, etc.

    Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. MSI is an EEO / AA / ADA Veterans Employer.

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