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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 a short-term Data Analyst for performance monitoring of the Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) to work on 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 instruments, data collection plans and data analysis plan.
  • Support in document review and online research relevant to the project.
  • Participate in meetings with implementing partners and USAID.
  • Participate in key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and completing observation checklists, if required.
  • Take comprehensive and high-quality notes during interviews and transcribe and translate notes in English in accordance with the required format, if required.
  • 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 team lead/assignment manager.
  • Clean, code and analyze the data as per the instructions of the team lead and the assignment manager.
  • Co-ordinate with the field researchers and keep track of their data collection activities.
  • Participate in conducting spot-checks during data collection.
  • 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, organization and analysis.
  • Excellent MS Excel skills is required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the country.
  • Knowledge of Stata/SPSS or a statistical software package is necessary.
  • 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.