Midline Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA),
Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan
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.**
MSI is seeking a consultant to serve as the Deputy Assessment Team Leader (DATL) for data collection of the 2017 midline Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA). USAID/Pakistan is funding two large projects, the Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) and Sindh Reading Project (SRP), to improve early grade reading in public primary schools throughout Pakistan, except for Punjab province. A baseline EGRA was conducted in 2014, prior to the start of USAID/Pakistan project interventions. The 2017 midline will provide evidence of progress made in student test scores following the commencement of project activities in 2015.
The DATL will work from January through July 2017 in a full-time capacity, with approximately 163 days level of effort. The position may be extended to support data analysis, report writing, and findings presentations on a part time basis through the end of the year. The DATL will work under the direction of the Team Leader and in collaboration with PERFORM and the MSI Education team to provide in-country technical direction throughout the planning and execution of the EGRA Midline to ensure that the assessment generates clean, quality data.
- Support the Assessment Team Leader in all aspects of assessment planning, training, and data collection.
- Coordinate training and data collection efforts throughout Pakistan.
- Liaise with all provincial and district education authorities for the planning and authorization of the data collection and throughout implementation of the EGRA midline, as needed.
- Provide regular progress reports to PERFORM and the assessment team during data collection.
- Support the recruitment and selection of Quality Control Officers (QCOs), and Master Trainers.
- Participate in the training of QCOs, Master Trainers, Field Supervisors and data collectors.
- Assist with other tasks necessary to successfully complete the assignment.
- A Master’s degree in education or a related field preferred.
- A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with monitoring and evaluation, preferably overseeing/leading or providing technical support for student assessments at primary level, and collecting and analyzing quantitative education data. Additional experience with teaching or training also preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in educational assessment at primary grade level, including experience with the provincial education systems at the highest levels.
- Demonstrated experience with managing large data collection teams, preferably throughout all areas of Pakistan.
- Excellent analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
- Able to work effectively as part of a large team of local and expat dedicated professionals.
- Able to work under tight deadlines and produce quality work.
- Fluent in written and spoken English and Urdu. Additional fluency in Sindhi preferred.
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.