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Research Analyst, Pakistan Fragility Assessment, Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM),

Research Analyst, Pakistan Fragility Assessment, Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan

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

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) will serve as a centralized management support mechanism supporting USAID/Pakistan’s mission to increase stability, democracy, and prosperity for the men and women of Pakistan through the implementation of the Mission Strategic Framework (MSF). PERFORM will provide data and information to help project managers improve project results through better implementation and design, as well as services that support the Mission’s learning and adaptive process, enabling it to better target its programming and achieve its goals and objectives. The performance components will include (1) Monitoring Services; (2) Evaluation Services; (3) Assessment Services; and (4) Learning Support Services.

**Please note: Only citizens of Pakistan are eligible for this position.**

Position Summary:
USAID/Pakistan will be conducting a Fragility Assessment for Pakistan (at the national level, as well as four regional/provincial levels), using the Office of Mitigation and Management’s Conflict Assessment Framework (CAF) as an analytical framework to identify and describe the dynamics of violence and instability within country. The Fragility Assessment will evaluate the risks for conflict by identifying key conflict dynamics, how programming may inadvertently be doing harm, where and how development and humanitarian assistance can most effectively support local efforts to manage conflict, and shape opportunities to build peace.

The first phase begins with a comprehensive stakeholder mapping exercise to identify the key actors in the conflict dynamics in Pakistan and the best sources of data for the identified stakeholders. The stakeholder map should be a useful descriptive representation of the range of stakeholders that influence conflict dynamics in Pakistan. Concurrently a literature review will be undertaken of similar recent conflict analysis of Pakistan, as well as other important relevant sources of information about conflict in Pakistan.
The literature review and stakeholder map will provide information as to the types of data needed, and the types of people that will be interviewed which will inform the assessment’s sampling approach for primary data collection.

MSI is seeking a Research Analyst to assist with the background work for the Assessment. S/he should have excellent research skills and familiarity with the subject matter. The stakeholder mapping exercise should begin in the second week of March 2017, and is expected to be completed by March 20th. The summary report is expected to be completed by the last week of March. The estimated period of performance is 30 LOE days.

Participate in any meetings related to the Assessment study.
Undertake literature review.
Understand the stakeholder mapping tool in full and prepare the map as per the guidelines, adhering to strict deadlines.
Prepare a brief report summarizing relevant data and background information about Pakistan and the four assessment sub study regions. The report should contain a literature review of relevant studies, reports, and sources of regular trustworthy reporting about conflict dynamics for each of the five assessment sub-studies (report outline will be provided by MSI).
Carry out any other research tasks as assigned by MSI.

At least a Master’s degree in the relevant field (Social Sciences/Political Science/Security and Conflict studies/Journalism) and at least three (3) years of work experience.
Excellent research skills.
Excellent personal communication and English writing skills.

Candidates who have a real or potential conflict of interest in this evaluation will not be considered or selected for this assignment. MSI/PERFORM 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.

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,

Organisation Management Systems International