In May 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five-year performance management support contract – PERFORM to Management Systems International (MSI). Under PERFORM MSI provides monitoring support, evaluations, assessments, and learning support services to USAID. These services provide evidence-based data and information and high-quality analysis that USAID program managers use to target resources and inform project design and implementation to improve project results and achieve objectives.
MSI is seeking an expert in horticulture value chains for a final evaluation of the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) project. AMD seeks to strengthen four value chains ( livestock ; high value and off-season vegetables; citrus; and mango) by providing grants to agricultural enterprises designed to improve domestic and international market linkages and increase the efficiency, quality, and profitability of production and marketing practices. In the horticulture sector, AMD supports crop irradiation, grading, cold storage and conveyance, and supply chain integration.
The sector expert will join a team of 8-10 people, including a team lead, value chain experts, and supporting field researchers and data analysts. The expert will work in consultation with and under the overall supervision of the team lead, PERFORM evaluation/assessment advisor, and PERFORM chief of party. The horticulture expert will bring technical expertise to all technical aspects of the evaluation, including document review, evaluation design, planning, implementation, and data analysis and reporting.
The evaluation will begin on or about March 1, 2019 and conclude by the end of June 2019. The anticipated level of effort for the sector expert is approximately 65-70 days.
Under guidance of the team lead and in collaboration with the evaluation team and PERFORM staff, the expert will be responsible for performing the following duties:
- Review relevant background documents to develop an understanding of the project.
- Participate in the team planning workshop to refine the evaluation design and refine data collection instruments, a data collection plan, and a data analysis plan.
- Contribute to preparing for and delivering a briefing with USAID staff prior to fieldwork.
- Schedule and conduct interviews with project stakeholders and beneficiaries and prepare detailed notes in English.
- Review the work of research assistants and assist the team lead in ensuring the quality of interim work products.
- Participate in analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
- Identify and document findings, conclusions, and recommendations on area(s) assigned in the evaluation.
- Contribute to preparing and delivering a presentation of evaluation results to USAID and implementing partners.
- Participate in validation activities with AMD stakeholders, as requested by the Mission and/or PERFORM.
- Contribute to preparing the evaluation report and briefing papers, as required.
- Other tasks as assigned by the team lead or PERFORM staff.
- At least a master’s degree in agricultural economics, agricultural supply chain management, or another relevant field with at least 10 years of professional experience; or a Ph.D. with at least 5 years of experience.
- Expertise in horticulture value chain actors, processes, technologies, and/or market linkages required. Specific expertise in mango, citrus, and/or high value or offseason vegetable value chains in Punjab and/or Sindh strongly preferred.
- Specific value chain stages or processes of interest include product irradiation, grading, cold storage and conveyance, and supply chain integration.
- Knowledge of horticulture value chain performance metrics and private sector engagement, adoption of new practices/technologies, and/or job creation in the aforementioned value chains preferred.
- Fluency in quantitative and qualitative research methods required. Knowledge of various data analysis tools such as MS Excel, SPSS, Stata, NVivo, or MaxQDA a plus.
- Demonstrated experience evaluating USAID projects strongly preferred. Experience evaluating USAID or other donor value chain interventions a plus.
- Familiarity with USAID performance management and evaluation processes preferred.
- Ability/willingness to lead a field team and collect qualitative data required. The team will identify final data collection sites during the team planning workshop. Ability to conduct fieldwork in local language (namely, Sindhi and/or Punjabi) a plus.
- Excellent communication skills, especially in written and spoken English, required.