Mid-Level Researcher, Centers for Advanced Studies Evaluation, Performance Management Support Contract ,
34d ago

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 :
  • Prior to fieldwork
  • Prior to fieldwork
  • Review relevant documents and hold discussions with the team leader and sector experts to understand the scope and objectives of the study in general, as well as the in-depth interviews.
  • Participate in a team planning workshop (TPW) in Islamabad to understand the evaluation design.
  • Support pre-testing of data collection instruments.
  • Work with the assignment manager and sector experts to develop a schedule for in-depth interviews.
  • Support team in arranging meetings with key stakeholders.
  • During fieldwork
  • Schedule interviews with various CAS stakeholders.
  • Gather comprehensive and high-quality notes from field interviews and record discussions, with permission.
  • Listen to audio recordings and prepare high quality interview transcripts / notes.
  • Revise transcriptions based on feedback from the assignment manager.
  • Report regularly on data collection progress and quality aspects.
  • After fieldwork
  • In consultation with team lead and assignment manager, code the data in a MaxQDA
  • Address incoming queries related to the dataset and ensure high quality standards in qualitative data management.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Assist with preparations for presenting results to USAID and implementing partners.
  • Complete other tasks related to the assignment and the position as needed.
  • Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Two (2) years of relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with note-taking and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Prior experience with qualitative data analysis software like MaxQDA and NVivo is preferred.
  • Understanding of water, energy or higher education sectors, and prior working experience in these sectors, are preferred.
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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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