Job DescriptionBlended Finance Specialist, Mid-Term Evaluation of the USAID/PCM INVEST Mechanism, Washington, DC
MSI implements USAID’s E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project, which supports the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations for USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Under this Project, the MSI team will conduct a mid-term evaluation of USAID’s INVEST mechanism (2017-2022), which is managed by USAID/E3’s Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) and implemented by Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI). USAID operating units can buy-in to INVEST to access localized expertise to support the mobilization of private capital, including support for assessments, structuring funds, and providing transaction advisory services. DAI provides knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications for INVEST while facilitating a “clearing house” function through which information and best practices are shared. DAI works with interested USAID operating units to facilitate a rapid procurement process among the INVEST network and foster new forms of collaboration with the private sector.
The mid-term evaluation is expected to take a mixed-methods, although largely qualitative, approach with data collection activities in the Washington, DC area and remotely; in-country field work is not anticipated. The evaluation will address the following questions:
How has INVEST operationalized the mobilization of private capital approach through its network of participating firms?
- How has INVEST facilitated the procurement process for Mission and Operating Unit buy-ins to the activity?
- How has the network of participating firms under INVEST expanded and changed over time?
- How has INVEST captured and validated lessons learned?
- How has INVEST acted upon captured learning and research?
- How have Missions, Operating Units and network member firms benefited from INVEST learning and research?
- How has INVEST communicated to USAID and other stakeholders about its mobilization of private capital approach?
- How have other donors, host country counterparts, targeted beneficiaries and others learned about INVEST’s mobilization of private capital approach?
- How have Missions and Operating Units modified their programmatic/strategic efforts to integrated mobilization of private capital models, particularly the level of buy-ins, the number of follow-on buy-ins and future expressions of interest?
MSI is seeking a blended finance specialist to provide input on the design, implementation, and analytical activities for the INVEST mid-term evaluation in close collaboration with the MSI team. This position will help ensure that the evaluation team provides a well-grounded and technically sound assessment of the INVEST mechanism’s support for mobilizing private capital. The blended finance specialist will have experience in blended finance, capital mobilization in emerging markets, knowledge management, or bilateral or multilateral donor funding.
The blended finance specialist is expected to be responsible for the following:
- Provide input on the draft evaluation design proposal including: data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, sampling plans, and other relevant sections.
- Provide guidance to evaluation team members in carrying out required design, data collection, and analysis tasks.
- Assist with desk research and provide inputs to inform required evaluation design documents.
- Provide input on research and analysis based on the approved evaluation design and methodology. This may include reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, quality assurance, providing internal feedback on evaluation team analyses, and ensuring that all findings are properly contextualized with respect to best practices in blended finance.
- Providing written inputs to the draft and final evaluation report.
- Assist with presentations to USAID regarding findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the evaluation.
- Provide input on dissemination materials, such as briefs and one-pagers, including text, photos, and diagrams.
- Must have at least a master’s degree in a relevant field of study with a minimum 5 years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrated expertise with blended finance, capitol mobilization in emerging markets, knowledge management, or bilateral or multilateral donor funding.
- Sound knowledge of USAID program cycle and familiarity with USAID evaluation policy and relevant Agency guidance preferred.
- Native or near-native fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading.
- Outstanding analytical and report writing skills.
 Blended finance is the strategic use of philanthropic or public resources to catalyze private capital flows in pursuit of development results and financial returns.
About the Organization
MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.