Job DescriptionResearch Analyst,
Pakistan Electoral and Democratic Support Project (PEDS) Evaluation, 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 (5)-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 citizens of Pakistan are eligible for this position. **
MSI is seeking a research analyst to participate in the evaluation of USAID/Pakistan’s Electoral and Democratic Support Project (PEDS). PEDS is a portfolio of election programs, implemented by four (4) different partners nationwide, to promote more transparent, accountable, inclusive, and responsive electoral and democratic processes.
The project uses an integrated approach and is working with different electoral entities throughout the electoral cycle. It focuses on building the institutional capacity of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to plan and manage free and fair elections throughout Pakistan, with improved transparency. It also focuses on strengthened citizen electoral participation, paying special attention to greater inclusion of women, minorities, and people with disabilities, civil society organizations, as well as facilitating electoral reforms that have public support. Lastly, the project is working closely with Pakistan’s political parties to facilitate inter-party and parliamentary cooperation, capacity, responsiveness, and inclusion throughout the electoral cycle.
The researcher should have excellent research, and analysis skills and will be expected to participate in an extensive document review for the evaluation, together with assistance to primary data collection as note taker and/or coordinator.
This is an Islamabad-based position, with limited anticipated travel for meetings. Anticipated level of effort is approximately 66 days, for a period of performance from April – November, divided between pre-election and post-election. However, majority of the work will occur before August (approximately 48 days).
- Conduct extensive document review and analysis of all four (4) implementing partner programs, previous election reports, and other related documents.
- Document review deliverables as determined by supervisor.
- Analyze the data collected during the evaluation.
- Assist data collectors with primary data collection.
- Undertake other research and analysis tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
- At least a master’s degree in social sciences, public policy, or economics and at least three (3) years of research experience
- Fluent in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Excellent research and analysis skills
- Excellent writing skills in English
- Previous experience in elections research will be preferable
*Position will be filled on a rolling basis*
Candidates that have a real or potential conflict of interest in this evaluation 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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