Team Leader,Community Resilience Activity – South Monitoring, Pakistan Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan
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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.
****Please note: Only Pakistani citizens are eligible for this position. **
MSI is recruiting for a year-long intermittent short-term consultancy for the position of Team Leader to monitor implementation of the anticipated assignment to monitor activities of the Community Resilience Activity – South (CRA-S) project. CRA-S is expected to reduce marginalization and exclusion among the most vulnerable communities in Karachi, Northern Sindh, and Southern Punjab. The CRA-S activity is primarily a community-based, small grants initiative implemented in close coordination with the donor, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of Government.
The team leader will work with a multi-person team to monitor project activities and assess project outcomes that include, but are not limited to, small grants, technical assistance, and other support. The incumbent will also lead the process of securing government permissions to monitor CRA-S activities in the project areas. The project is being implemented across Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Karachi, and Multan, but also includes activities in Lahore and Bahawalpur.
The duration of the short-term technical assistance monitoring assignment is from February 2019 through February 28, 2020.
- In coordination with the assignment manager, responsible for the overall technical leadership and management of the assignment team, including any debriefs with USAID and finalizing the monitoring and assessment reports.
- Manage individual tasks among team members to ensure smooth delivery of the key deliverables to USAID;
- Take the lead in securing the permission(s) from relevant government offices, designing the monitoring, implementation and analysis plan and data collection instruments;
- Design and manage assessments, including rapid assessments, outcome level data collection, surveys, etc.
- Finalize the rapid assessment design, coordinate activities, arrange periodic meetings, consolidate individual input from team members, and coordinate the process of assembling into a high-quality document the final well-grounded findings and recommendations that meet the USAID standards.
- Design and manage all data collection activities including monitoring site visits, focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KIIs) and any other methods as required.
- Oversee pre-testing data collection instruments; and developing site visits plans;
- Provide high-level technical advice to the entire team on monitoring, applying monitoring methodology, and scheduling of respective site visits;
- Liaise with host government counterparts and KIIs with government leads in the CRA-S focused areas (as, and when, required).
- Lead quality assurance review of the final report at the end of data collection.
- Review background documents for the monitoring;
- Participate in field-staff training to understand the monitoring purpose, scope, methodology, and data collection instruments;
- Travel to the project locations and/or other offices to hold meetings as appropriate; and
- Undertake other tasks as assigned by the assignment manager for the successful completion of the assignment.
- Extensive understanding of Government of Pakistan entities and processes of implementing small scale infrastructure investments, community mobilization and ‘soft’ activities including but not limited to livelihoods, civic engagement, and youth organization, particularly in Southern Punjab, Northern Sindh, and Karachi.
- At least a master’s degree in a related field (e.g., social sciences, international development or related field);
- A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in managing USAID or other international donors funded project, preferably in Southern Punjab, Northern Sindh, and Karachi
- Experience in designing and managing evaluations and assessments, preferably of ‘soft’ activities in Southern Punjab, Northern Sindh, and Karachi
- Relevant experience in writing analytical and research reports with rigorous scientific approach.
- Experienced in preparing documents that are objective, evidence-based, and well-organized;
- Demonstrated experience of working with government offices, and thorough knowledge and understanding of related processes.
- Excellent MS Excel skills required;
- Willingness and ability to travel within Southern Punjab, Northern Sindh, and Karachi
- Excellent analytical and personal communication skills; and
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Proficiency in speaking and understanding local languages (Saraiki, Sindhi, Punjabi) is a plus.
*Position will be filled on a rolling basis*
Candidates that have a real or potential conflict of interest in this monitoring will not be considered. 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 monitored or the USAID requesting office, etc.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
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