Iraq Subject Matter Specialist, USAID/Iraq Performance Management and Evaluation Services (PMES), Remote Location

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Job Description

Iraq Subject Matter Specialist,

USAID/Iraq Performance Management and Evaluation Services (PMES),

Remote Location

Project Summary:

Under the recently-awarded Iraq PMES contract, MSI provides USAID/Iraq with utilization-driven support in the areas of project/activity monitoring, evaluation, research, organizational learning, and knowledge management. The primary goal of the contract is to improve performance management at all levels to help the Mission meet Agency requirements, make better informed strategic and management decisions, and advance USAID learning on effective development approaches. The project involves services across four components: (1) Performance Management, (2) Evaluation Services, (3) M&E Capacity Building, and (4) Collaboration, Learning and Adapting. The project will have offices Baghdad and Erbil.

One of the areas of PMES support is in Performance Management. Under this component, PMES has been requested by USAID/Iraq to support the development of a new strategy for the Mission by preparing a series of Situation Snapshots that succinctly describe the current situation in Iraq in the topics of political situation, democracy, human rights and governance, economic and fiscal situation, agriculture and food security, sociodemographic situation, internally-displaced persons, gender and women’s rights, vulnerable populations and social inclusion, environmental, education, COVID-19, national strategy and priorities and up to two other topics of importance, to be proposed by the Strategic Advisory Team. Understanding the current context in Iraq on the topics will provide a critical, up-to-date, and data-driven foundation upon which the Mission can begin to build its strategy.

**Please note: All citizenships are eligible for this position**

Position Summary:

MSI is seeking an Iraq Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) with a thorough, evidence-based understanding of the current situation in Iraq. The SMS will report to the PMES Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The assignment will consist of approximately 10 days of work from mid-February to mid-March. This is a remote position.


  • Develop the Situation Snapshots for the topics listed in the Project Summary

  • Ensure that each Snapshot is evidence-based and reflect the mutually agreed-upon understanding of the team

  • Prepare one to two-page Situation Snapshot for each of the topics listed in the Project Summary

  • Ensure that the Situation Snapshots highlight regional differences, including between Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

  • Prepare presentation for the entire prioritized message for USAID

  • Make a virtual presentation of the material to USAID leadership

  • Write an executive summary of the briefing for USAID management


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline required, PhD preferred

  • Minimum of fifteen years of professional experience conducting analytic work Iraq in three or more of the above-mentioned subject areas

  • Track record of published research on Iraq

  • Demonstrated ability to distill complex topics and effectively communicate the salient points

  • Knowledge of USAID and other international donors that invest in conflict and stabilization

  • Conversant in various of the above-mentioned topics listed in the Position Summary, with the ability to prepare each Situation Snapshot based on their existing knowledge, with minimal need to research secondary data sources

  • English fluency required, native or advanced language level competence in Arabic and/or Kurdish preferred

Reasonable Accommodations: MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

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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About the Organization

Company Profile:

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

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