Evaluation Expert, Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) Evaluation (Urban Infrastructure),
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 urban infrastructure development projects to participate in an evaluation of USAID/Pakistan’s urban infrastructure projects implemented under Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The PTI has worked to enhance the legitimacy and extend the writ of the Government of Pakistan in conflict-prone areas of the FATA and KP. The primary approach to achieving this objective has been a series of confidence-building initiatives. In late 2013, PTI began implementing infrastructure projects in selected urban areas as part of a new strategy to expand towards the KP districts and Peshawar City. The main sectors where the PTI program has carried out infrastructure projects are water and sanitation, flood protection, transportation, agriculture and livelihoods, and education and skills development. Most large infrastructure projects were in transportation, whereas smaller projects focused on water and sanitation. This evaluation will help gauge the effectiveness of these urban infrastructure development programs and inform future programming in the region.
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 work as part of the 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 of the evaluation.
- Participate in a team planning workshop (remotely) and contribute in the development of data collection instruments and 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.
- âAt least a master’s degree in social sciences with experience in urban infrastructure or another relevant field and ten (10) years of professional experience, or a Ph.D. with at least five (5) years of experience.
- Experience evaluating stabilization programs in transitional environments.
- Experience participating in evaluations of USAID projects.
- Familiarity with USAID and USAID evaluation policy.
- Excellent analytical and personal communication skills.
- Candidates with knowledge and experience in using various 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.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.