In May 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five-year performance management support contract – PERFORM to Management Systems International (MSI). Under PERFORM MSI provides monitoring support, evaluations, assessments, and learning support services to USAID. These services provide evidence-based data and information and high-quality analysis that USAID program managers use to target resources and inform project design and implementation to improve project results and achieve objectives.
MSI is seeking a team lead for a midterm evaluation of the Municipal Services Program in Sindh (MSP-Sindh). MSP-Sindh is a $70 million USAID-funded government-to-government (G2G) project that has constructed and rehabilitated water, wastewater, and solid waste management infrastructure in urban Jacobabad. The evaluation will examine various aspects of project management with the objective of identifying management issues that USAID should consider in future G2G projects. The evaluation will also explore beneficiaries’ perceptions of water, wastewater, and solid waste services; estimate the impact of the project on the prevalence of diarrhea in children under five years using a quasi-experimental impact assessment design; and identify secondary effects of the project. The evaluation will focus exclusively on urban Jacobabad in Sindh Province.
The assignment team will include a team lead, subject matter experts, local researchers, and other support staff as necessary. The team lead will manage the activities of the team, drawing on the strengths of individual team members, to produce the best possible research report.
The evaluation will begin on or about March 1, 2019 and conclude on or about the end of July 2019. The anticipated level of effort for the subject matter expert (project management) is approximately 65-70 person-days.
In collaboration with MSI staff and team members, the team leader will take the lead in:
- Guide and conduct a detailed literature review on the subject.
- Refine the research design and leading a two-week team planning workshop.
- Develop data collection instruments, a data collection plan, and a data analysis plan.
- Brief USAID staff prior to beginning fieldwork.
- Guide the fieldwork (some of it remotely), e.g., key informant and group interviews and surveys, and ensuring the quality of the information collected.
- Conduct interviews with project stakeholders.
- Assign and review the work of assignment team members and ensuring the quality of interim work products.
- Guide the qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
- Present results to USAID.
- Write the research report and briefing papers.
- At least a master’s degree in social science or other relevant field and at least 10 years of professional experience.
- Demonstrated social science research skills and fluency in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Experience leading evaluation teams.
- Familiarity with G2G programming and basic service provision preferred, preferably in the context of Pakistan.
- Familiarity with USAID and USAID assessment and evaluation policy.
- Excellent communication skills, especially in written and spoken English.
- Ability/willingness to conduct fieldwork.
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
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.