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Field Researcher, Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Program Monitoring

MSI - Management Systems International
End Date: 31 Dec, 2017

Country :Pakistan
Positions :3
Post Type:Job
Start Date :10 Aug, 2017
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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.

Position Summary:

MSI is recruiting for three (3) short-term Field Researchers for performance monitoring of Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) to work in an eight-person team of local consultants.

The team will monitor the MNBSP that provides scholarships to academically-qualified Pakistani students who, without financial assistance, could not afford a university education. These scholarships are managed at the institutional level and provide full tuition and stipend to competitively chosen individuals to study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at one of 30 Higher Education Commission (HEC) approved Pakistani universities.

The duration of the assignment is from September 2017 through January 2020. This position will be full-time initially for six months and then will be part-time until the end of the assignment.



  • Participate in a Team Planning Workshop (TPW) in Islamabad to understand the monitoring purpose and methodology, data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans.
  • Assist in drafting data collection plans.
  • Responsible for participating in key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and completing observation checklists.
  • Responsible for taking comprehensive and high-quality notes during interviews and transcribe and translate notes in English in accordance with the required format.
  • Write minutes of the meetings wherever applicable and submit them to the assignment manager.
  • Amend/improve translations/transcriptions in line with feedback provided by the sector specialist/team leader/assignment manager.
  • Data entry within two days of data collection as per the instructions of the team leader and the assignment manager.
  • Undertake other tasks as assigned by the assignment manager and the team lead for the successful completion of the study.



  • At least a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Excellent MS Excel skills required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the country.
  • Excellent analytical and personal communication skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.



*Position will be filled on a rolling basis*


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.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.