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Team Leader, Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Program Monitoring

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

Country :Pakistan
Positions :1
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 a Team Leader to lead an eight-member higher education monitoring team comprised of three (3) local technical specialists in higher education, three (3) field researchers and one (1) data analyst to conduct performance monitoring of the Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Program (MNBSP).

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 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.



  • Review all relevant program documents required to understand the assignment.
  • Provide technical direction throughout the planning, execution and reporting of the assignment to the team members.
  • Lead a Team Planning Workshop (TPW) in Islamabad to develop and review the assignment’s purpose and methodology.
  • Train the sector specialists and field researchers to undertake data collection during the TPW.
  • Lead the development of work plan and data collection instruments.
  • Participate in designing instruments for individual interviews, focus group discussion guides and observation checklists.
  • Conduct on-site individual interviews and focus group discussions, as well as complete observation checklists, if required.
  • Lead the data analysis.
  • Lead the report writing.
  • Conduct spot-checks to ensure good data quality.
  • Prepare for and lead a debriefing session with USAID/Pakistan on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Undertake other tasks required for the successful completion of the assessment.



  • PhD with five (5) years relevant experience or at least a Master’s degree with eight (8) years of experience as team lead of multiple USAID and other donor funded assignments
  • Experience of designing protocols for and administering/ moderating key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and observation checklists.
  • Able to work with and motivate team members to contribute their expertise to the assignment, share equitably in completing the work, and deliver high quality products on time.
  • Excellent skills in collecting managing, synthesizing, and analyzing large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data to draw out key findings and conclusions and develop recommendations.
  • Strong English verbal and writing skills.
  • Experience working in the education sector.
  • Experience working in Pakistan preferred, but not necessary.
  • Must have led similar assignments such as surveys, evaluations, or assessments.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to selected universities across Pakistan


 *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.

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