Job DescriptionField Monitors, Sindh Reading Program,
EGRA Endline Study,
Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan
MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC 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 UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.
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 Pakistani citizens are eligible for this position.**
USAID/Pakistan is funding the Sindh Reading Project (SRP), to improve early grade reading in public primary schools in Sindh. The 2018 endline study will provide evidence of progress made in student reading scores over the life of the program.
MSI is seeking field monitors to ensure a standardized and consistent Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) administration across sampled schools in the SRP 2018 endline study. Each field monitor, under the supervision of the field monitoring lead, will conduct daily school monitoring visits during the administration of the endline EGRA and survey instruments, and may be responsible for multiple data collection teams that will be visited on a rotational basis. Data collection will occur throughout Sindh, and field monitor assignments will be made based on geographical, language, and professional experience. This assignment is of short-term duration, expected to last between 3-5 weeks beginning in October 2018.
Prior to the monitoring exercises in the field during data collection, the field monitors will participate in a training where the field monitoring lead will outline the roles and responsibilities, lead the group through the monitoring tools that will be used during data collection, and detail some of the test administration practices that will need to be observed during monitoring visits. The field monitors will then participate in the training of enumerators, where they will learn about the 2018 EGRA in detail.
- Participate in training session of field monitors to learn and understand the field monitoring tools and role and responsibilities.
- Participate in the training session on the standardized administration of EGRA tools and survey questionnaires along with the quality control officers, supervisors, and enumerators.
- Develop field monitoring plans for school visits under the supervision of the field monitoring lead.
- Complete field travel in accordance with plans to conduct site visits at schools.
- Engage with EGRA data collection team only as directed and complete the monitoring visit protocols and checks in accordance with the field monitoring procedures introduced in training.
- Prepare regular report updates as instructed in training.
- Participate in debriefing meetings with the field monitoring lead as scheduled.
- Complete other duties as directed by the field monitoring lead.
- A bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or a related field.
- At least one year of field monitoring and/or quality assurance experience where the applicant was: a) making site visits to field locations, b) following consistent monitoring protocols and completing reports in accordance with a trained methodology/instructions, c) part of a team and reporting to a supervisor.
- Experience working in a third-party monitoring capacity preferred.
- Excellent oral and communication skills required.
- Able to work effectively as part of a large team.
- Able to work under tight deadlines and produce quality work.
- Fluency in Urdu required, and Sindhi-language skills will also be required in some areas.
Candidates that have a real or potential conflict of interest in this study 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.
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