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Team Leader, Evaluation of the Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP), Performance Management Support

Company Profile:
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 implements nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with more than 80 organizations across all sectors of international development with 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.

Project Summary:
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.

Position Summary:
MSI is seeking a Team Leader for a mid-term evaluation of the USAID-funded Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP). AIP works to increase agricultural productivity and incomes by building the capacity of Pakistan’s agricultural research institutions to adapt and disseminate productivity- and value-enhancing technologies and practices to farmers. AIP focuses on four sectors: cereals (wheat, maize, and rice), livestock, horticulture, and vegetables. The project partners international agricultural research institutes and universities with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and other public and private stakeholders. The international organizations introduce potential technologies and practices (e.g., genetic material) and work with PARC to do the adaptive research necessary to determine which technologies and practices are best suited to Pakistan’s various agro-economic zones. The evaluation will focus largely on assessing the extent to which the program has built the research and development capacities of partner institutions; revitalized research an innovation; and affected the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior of researchers, farmers, and others with which it has engaged. The results of the evaluation will guide the implementing partners and USAID in improving program performance.
The evaluation will begin on or about April 1, 2017 and finish by the end of July 2017. The anticipated level of effort for the Team Leader is approximately 70-80 days. The team will include at least two local agriculture sector experts and other support staff as necessary.

Responsibilities:
The Team Leader will manage the activities of the team, drawing on the strengths of individual team members, to produce the best possible evaluation report.
In collaboration with MSI staff and team members, the Team Leader will take the lead in:
Refining the evaluation design and methods and leading the team planning workshop.
Developing data collection instruments, a data collection plan, and a data analysis plan.
Briefing USAID staff prior to field work.
Guiding the fieldwork and ensuring quality of the information collected.
Conducting interviews with project stakeholders and documenting notes from interviews conducted.
Reviewing the work of assignment team members and ensuring quality of interim work products.
Guiding the qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Presenting results to USAID and implementing partners.
Writing the evaluation report and briefing papers.
The Team Leader is ultimately responsible for completing a high-quality evaluation within the stipulated timeframe and meeting key milestones during the course of the assignment.

Qualifications:
Demonstrated social science research skills and fluency in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
At least a Master’s degree in agriculture or another relevant field and 15 years of professional experience or a Ph.D. with at least 10 years of experience.
Significant evaluation experience. Specific experience with agriculture sector institutional development preferred.
Demonstrated experience evaluating USAID projects and project/team management.
Familiarity with USAID and USAID evaluation policy.
Excellent communication skills, especially in written and spoken English.
Ability/willingness to conduct field work.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com,

Organisation Management Systems International