Evaluation Expert, Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) Evaluation (Mehsud Tribe Cluster),
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 .
MSI is seeking an expatriate Evaluation Expert with excellent social science research skills and experience evaluating projects for temporarily displaced people (TDPs) to participate in an evaluation of USAID/Pakistan’s TDP return projects implemented in the South Waziristan Agency (Sararogha and Serwekai tehsils) of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Tank and Dera Ismail Khan districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The projects aim to facilitate the return of Mehsud Tribe members to their homeland areas by restoring basic living conditions through rehabilitation of physical infrastructure, basic services delivery, enhanced livelihood opportunities, and supporting operationalization of government offices to increase security and stability. With these interventions, the program hopes to improve the living conditions of TDPs, build trust, and increase positive perceptions of the government amongst the displaced communities.
The Evaluation Expert will not be able to travel in FATA/KP. MSI is therefore seeking a candidate who can participate (perhaps remotely) in evaluation design and then travel to Pakistan to participate in data analysis and report writing.
The evaluation will begin on or about first week of January 2017 and finish by the end of May 2017. The anticipated level of effort is approximately 50 days. The expert will collaborate with an evaluation team, which includes a sector specialist, an assignment manager, and may also include researchers and data analysts. The assignment will require at least one trip, and perhaps two, to Pakistan.
The Evaluation Expert will collaborate with the local evaluation team and work closely to:
- Provide evaluation expertise in the design, planning, implementation, and reporting phases.
- Participate in a team planning workshop (possibly remotely) and contribute to developing data collection instruments and a data analysis plan.
- Work closely with other team members to guide qualitative and quantitative data analysis; participate in the coding exercise for qualitative data; and work with the evaluation team during the quantitative data analysis.
- Synthesize findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on available primary and secondary information.
- Together with other team members, present evaluation results to USAID and implementing partners.
- Lead preparation of the evaluation report and briefing papers.
At least a master’s degree in social sciences with some experience with migrant populations and refugee resettlement or another relevant field and ten (10) years of professional experience, or a Ph.D. with at least five (5) years of experience.
- Experience participating in evaluations of USAID projects.
- Familiarity with USAID evaluation policy.
- Excellent analytical and personal communication skills.
- Candidates with experience using data analysis tools such as MS Excel, SPSS, Stata, NVivo, or MaxQDA preferred.
- Excellent report writing skills in English. Besides analytical skills, this is the primary skill required, and candidates should be able to demonstrate prior experience in writing high quality evaluation and research reports.
- Fluent in quantitative and qualitative research methods.