Research Assistant, Evaluation of Health System Strengthening Project, Performance Management Support Contract

Management Systems International, Pakistan

Job Description

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.

Project Summary:

In May 2015, the United States Agency for International Development awarded a five-year contract to Management Systems International to provide performance management support to USAID-sponsored development programs throughout Pakistan. The Performance Management Support Contract serves as a centralized management support mechanism that provides services in monitoring, evaluation, assessment, and 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 two research assistants for a performance evaluation of Health System Strengthening  project. The goal of the HSS component of USAID's Maternal and Child Health Program is to develop and support innovative, cost effective, integrated, and quality programs to strengthen health systems around reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health for improved outcomes.

The primary focus of the program under the HSS project is:

  • strengthening systems that will foster improved RMNCH service delivery and outcomes, including accountability and transparency;
  • strengthening management capacity at the provincial and district levels;
  • developing innovative approaches to catalyze community outreach services and access to health services for marginalized populations (including financing schemes); and
  • strengthening private sector delivery for the urban and rural poor populations.

The research assistants will support the evaluation by analyzing data, work with other team members to fully document fieldwork, and participate in analyzing the quantitative and qualitative data. The evaluation will begin on or about June 10, 2017 and finish by the end of September 2017. The anticipated level of effort for each Research Assistant is approximately 36-40 days.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a team planning workshop (TPW) in Islamabad to understand the evaluation purpose and methodology, develop data collection instruments, and data collection and analysis plans.
  • Under the supervision of the team leader and/or sector specialists, conduct the secondary analysis of various databases and carry out field activities as per the data collection plan.
  • Take comprehensive and high quality notes during interviews and transcribe and translate notes in English in accordance with the required format.
  • Amend/improve translations in line with feedback provided by the study team, in particular by the sector specialist.
  • Participate in data analysis and report writing.
  • Undertake other tasks required for the successful completion of the study under the direction of the team leader or PERFORM staff.

Qualifications:

  • At least a master's degree in public health, social sciences, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in qualitative data collection and quantitative data analysis.
  • Experience with health projects is a plus.
  • Verifiable involvement in at least three prior projects as a researcher, preferably executed by international NGOs or donors.
  • Excellent analytical and personal communication skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

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