In May 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five (5)-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 them to better target their programming to achieve goals and objectives.
Please note : Only citizens of Pakistan are eligible for this position.
Position Summary :
MSI is seeking three (3) experienced mid-level researchers to be part of the team that will conduct the midterm evaluation of U.
S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies project. USAID / Pakistan, in coordination with the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC), is supporting three (3) U.
S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) in energy and water that are supported by two (2) American universities. In conjunction with their U.
S. partners, the centers are developing programs that produce graduates prepared to meet the needs of industry, government, and their communities through applied research.
Project activities to support these objectives include : exchange programs, joint and applied research projects, building and equipping laboratories, developing / reforming curricula, improving university governance, and providing scholarships to support graduate and post-
graduate training programs.
The midterm evaluation will assess the performance of five (5) of the awards under the CAS project. Results will help improve the implementation of these awards for the remaining project duration.
The evaluation will assess the effectiveness of university partnerships, overall project management, and sustainability of the results, including the role of governance structures.
The mid-level researchers will assist the team in planning and conducting interviews with different stakeholders . The mid-
level researchers will accompany the team in field, record discussions with permission, take real-time notes, moderate interviews (where required), prepare interview notes / transcripts in English, and code qualitative data in MaxQDA.
The team will include a team leader, sector experts, and data analysts. The evaluation will begin on or about March 26, 2018 and finish on or about the end of June 2018.
The anticipated level of effort for each mid-level researcher is approximately 50-55 days. The Mid-Level Researcher will be required to travel to any of the assigned field locations across Pakistan to participate in interviews.Responsibilities :
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.