Quality Control Officers (QCOs), Sindh Reading Program, EGRA Endline Study, Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan

  • Posted on 11 October 2018

Job Description

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) 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.

** Only Pakistani citizens are eligible for this position. **

Position Summary:

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 Quality Control Officers (QCOs) to oversee and ensure the quality of the data collection for the 2018 endline Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) for the SRP project in Sindh. Each QCO will be responsible for ensuring the standardized administration of the EGRA tools and survey instruments for each of their assigned data collection teams. The data collection will occur throughout 8 districts in Pakistan including Dadu, Jacobabad, Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Khairpur, Larkana, Sukkur, and Karachi. QCO assignments will be made based on geographical, language, and professional experience. The anticipated duration of this assignment is approximately 5-6 weeks starting in October 2018.

Prior to data collection, the QCO will prepare for the data collection activities and support training sessions. During data collection, the QCO will oversee the implementation of tools and management of activities by locally subcontracted enumerators and field supervisors. Additionally, the QCO will be responsible for ensuring the standardized administration of the EGRA tools and survey instruments in their assigned districts. This will include organizing and securing the assessment materials, tracking enumerators in the field, liaising with government officials and school personnel, and submitting the materials to MSI at the end of the assessment fieldwork. The QCO will also participate in debriefing sessions with MSI and subcontractor technical staff, and they will be responsible for providing and implementing recommendations for improvements in field data collection activities.


  • Participate in training sessions on standardized administration of EGRA tools and survey questionnaires.
  • If required, serve as a Master Trainer to lead trainings on standardized administration of EGRA tools and survey questionnaires for enumerators and field supervisors.
  • Oversee and help organize the field administration of the operational tools.
  • Ensure compliance with standardized procedures and protocols for the administration of the EGRA tool and the survey questionnaires.
  • Serve as the contacts and point persons for EGRA’s technical staff during data collection.
  • Prepare regular report updates.
  • Participate in debriefing meetings.
  • Make recommendations on improving the assessment activities.


  • A bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or a related field;
  • At least one year of experience in assessments, surveys or quality assurance studies;
  • Prior experience with EGRA required.
  • Experience managing or conducting national or provincial level testing of primary school students 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.

*Position will be filled on a rolling basis*

Candidates that have a real or potential conflict of interest will not be considered for this position. MSI will require a written statement to this effect before formal engagement on this position. 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 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.

About the Organization

Company Profile:

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.

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