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Research Assistant, Evaluation of Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP), PERFORM, Pakistan

Research Assistant, Evaluation of Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP), 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 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.
**Please note: Only Pakistani citizens are eligible for this position.**

Position Summary:
MSI is seeking three (3) qualified research assistants to be part of the team that will conduct the final evaluation of USAID-funded Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP). Research assistants will help us conduct online/telephonic survey of AIP beneficiaries. 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 July 20, 2017 and finish by September 30, 2017. The anticipated level of effort for each research assistant is approximately 20-30 days. The team will include a team leader, local agricultural sector experts, and other support as necessary.

Responsibilities:
• Manage online survey.
• Make follow-up calls to survey respondents.
• Conduct telephone surveys, if necessary.
• Prepare daily data collection reports.
• Clean and prepare survey data for analysis.
• Coordinate data collection field activities.

Qualifications:
• At least three (3) years of professional experience with one (1) year of hands-on experience in monitoring/conducting field/online/telephonic surveys.
• Undergraduate or equivalent degree in social sciences.
• Experience in managing online/field/telephonic survey data.
• Excellent skills in English and Urdu.

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

*Position will be filled on a rolling basis*

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

Country Pakistan