Social Impact (SI) has been contracted to complete an annual Stakeholder Analysis (SHA) for the USAID/Malawi Mission. This is designed to provide USAID Malawi Mission with al learning component to gauge the effectiveness of the CDCS strategy particularly in the targeted districts of Balaka, Machinga, and Lilongwe Rural. By infusing local knowledge and stakeholder perceptions of the USAID integrated portfolio, the Mission hopes to strengthen strategic integration and harmonization of Mission investments. Through consultations with local primary and secondary stakeholders, the SHA specifically intends to identify aspects of the integration approach that are not performing as originally anticipated and suggest opportunities for improvement. SHA findings will inform the design of the next CDCS.
SI is seeking Qualitative Researchers to conduct interviews (key-informant interviews and focus group discussions) with various stakeholders. In Lilongwe city interviews will be held with USAID Mission staff and project implementers at their offices. Stakeholders to be interviewed at the district level in Lilongwe Rural, Balaka, and Machinga Districts may include development activity implementers, district government line staff and higher level officials (such as the DC, DEM, and DADO). Qualitative Researchers will be expected to travel to these districts to conduct interviews, with travel expense reimbursement provided by SI.
The Qualitative Researchers will also contribute technical and logistical expertise to finalization of data collection instruments, protocols, and the SHA report content, and may be asked to transcribe interview transcripts in English. They will also be responsible for assisting with interview scheduling. They will work on a team led by SI’s Qualitative Evaluation Specialist, to whom they will report, and other local Qualitative Researchers.
The estimated period of performance for the position is September 10, 2018- January 15, 2019. Full-time focused work is only expected from mid-September to mid- to late-October, when the Qualitative Researcher will conduct and transcribe interviews. This timeframe may fluctuate depending on availability of interviewees. The period of performance extends through January to enable involvement in final report inputs.
**Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Malawi citizenship will be considered.**
- Provide technical and strategic input into qualitative instruments, respondents to target, and logistical planning as needed
- Participate in planning meetings and training in Lilongwe City, led by Social Impact
- Assist in scheduling interviews with targeted respondents
- Conduct high quality qualitative interviews (both key-informant interviews and focus group discussions) using the discussion guide with assigned respondents, using probing techniques to ensure rich and contextualized data Interviews will be held in Lilongwe, Balaka, and Machinga
- Audio record each interview using a recording device provided by Social Impact and take organized notes on each interview
- Upload audio files and supporting notes to an SI Sharepoint site
- Transcribe qualitative interviews in English
- Provide input and, if requested by SI, short written contributions to the analysis and report
- Master’s degree in international development, social sciences, political science, or similar field
- At least 4 years of experience conducting qualitative interviews
- Availability to be 100% dedicated to this project during the anticipated timeframe for training and data collection
- Demonstrated strong understanding of processes for contracting and implementing development activities (particularly those funded by USAID) in Malawi and related terminology
- Demonstrated strong understanding of district government processes for managing development activities in Malawi
- Excellent, professional oral communication skills
- Fluent English and Chichewa speaker
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