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Evaluation and Assessments Team Lead, Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan

Organization
Management Systems International
Employment Type
Full time
Description

Evaluation and Assessments Team Lead, Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan

 

Company Profile: 

MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan. MSI currently employs over 800 development experts in the fields of public sector management, monitoring and evaluation, governance, and anticorruption. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project 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) will serve as a centralized management support mechanism supporting USAID/Pakistan’s mission to increase stability, democracy, and prosperity for the men and women of Pakistan through the implementation of the Mission Strategic Framework (MSF). PERFORM will provide  data and information to help project managers improve project results through better implementation and design, as well as services that support the Mission’s learning and adaptive process, enabling it to better target its programming and achieve its goals and objectives. The performance components will include: (1) Monitoring Services; (2) Evaluation Services; (3) Assessment Services; and (4) Learning Support Services.

**Please note: Only citizens of Pakistan are eligible for this position. **

Position Summary:

The Team Leader for Evaluation and Research will support PERFORM by providing technical and managerial support to the development and execution of a wide range of research-related activities related to USAID/Pakistan’s portfolio. These may include formative evaluations, summative evaluations, impact evaluations, needs assessments, program assessments, baselines, exploratory research and special studies. The Team Leader will work with PERFORM staff, consultants and USAID/Pakistan staff to design evaluations, assessments and other research activities, and develop and finalize statements of work.  S/he will develop and refine research and data collection tools, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, provide technical inputs to evaluation reports, and provide overall quality assurance for deliverables. Reporting to the Advisor for Evaluations and Assessments, the Team Leader will work with senior management to help manage five to ten evaluation staff, assemble teams that may include sub-contractors and external data collection firms, oversee and/or participate in specific evaluations, assessments or other research activities, and ensure that high quality work is done in a timely and efficient manner.  

This is a full-time position based in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is expected to begin immediately and last through April 2020.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support for evaluation, assessments and research-related activities, including:

Work with the client to develop an overall approach and design activities.

Develop statements of work for evaluations, assessments and other research activities.

Develop evaluation/research data collection plans and analysis plans.

Design and operationalize research methodologies and tools.

Conduct data analysis. 

As necessary, serve as lead writer or as a technical reviewer of deliverables, including reports, presentations, summaries and briefs.

  • Assemble  evaluation, assessment and research teams, including:

Work with senior management to identify internal and external staffing needs.

Work with HR staff to recruit external consultants.

Identify data collection firms, thank tanks and other institutions required to complete the assignment.

Write consultant statements of work (SOWs).

Write or contribute to the writing of SOWs for RFPs and/or subcontractors to undertake data collection.

As necessary, facilitate team planning workshops prior to the commencement of field work.

  • Management of  staff and evaluation and assessment teams, including:

With the Advisor provide oversight to evaluation staff that are supervising and supporting short-term consultants, and long-term staff who are assigned to evaluations, assessments or other research activities.

Manage teams to ensure smooth workflow processes.

Work with evaluation staff to manage subcontractors to ensure the timely collection of high quality quantitative and qualitative data. 

  • As required engage with USAID/Pakistan’s Performance Management Unit, technical offices and senior management regarding current and future assignments.
  • As required, lead interim and final debriefing sessions, including the production of supporting materials such as hand-outs and power-point presentations.
  • Work with PERFORM staff, including monitoring, evaluation and GIS/IT staff  to maintain a regular flow of communication throughout the assignment.
  • Interact frequently with sector experts and other donors and implementing partners working in areas related to PERFORM’s research assignments.
  • Participate in activities to ensure research data and information contributes to USAID/Pakistan’s learning and adaptive processes.
  • Travel outside Islamabad as required.
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the Evaluation and Assessments Advisor or Chief of Party.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, sociology, or the social sciences. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience providing technical and management support to evaluations, assessments and other research studies.
  • Experience designing a variety of research-related activities, including evaluations and assessments, that encompass qualitative, quantitative and mix-method designs.
  • Experience as a team lead for external evaluations or assessments.
  • Experience designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in STATA and/or SPSS.
  • Experience in data analysis, report writing, and presenting evaluation, assessment and other research results.
  • Experience managing and assembling teams to conduct large research and evaluative studies.
  • Fluency in English and Urdu required, another local language is preferred.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

                                            Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

 

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com

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