Management Systems International (MSI)

Qualitative Methods Expert (Rural Finance Initiative Evaluation)

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

Qualitative Methods Expert – Rural Finance Initiative Evaluation, USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Bogota, Colombia Project Summary: The Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Activity provides USAID/Colombia with technical and Advisory Services related to the MEL of USAID/Colombia projects and activities. To support this purpose, Panagora Group and its subcontractor Management Systems International (MSI) will provide technical advisory MEL services to the USAID/Colombia Mission. These include monitoring support services; performance and impact evaluations, studies and assessments. These efforts will facilitate informed Program Management decisions, shape the long-term strategic direction of programs and decision-making within the Mission. MEL will conduct a final evaluation of the Rural Finance Initiative (RFI), which includes an impact and performance component. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of rural financial products provided by financial intermediaries with support from RFI and the extent to which rural and vulnerable populations increased their access to Financial Services. The evaluation will include an Analysis of factors that hampered or enhanced the cost and accessibility of financial services for municipal populations. The evaluation will also assess how the Covid-19 pandemic affected implementation of RFI's activities. As part of the evaluation team, the MEL Activity seeks a Qualitative Methods Expert. **Please note: Only Colombian citizens are eligible for this position Position Summary: The Qualitative Methods Expert will provide technical leadership in the qualitative elements of the evaluation Design, analysis, and report writing as well as of Data Collection to ensure high quality data. The key role of the Qualitative Methods Expert is to ensure that methodological rigor is adequately integrated throughout the design and implementation of the evaluation. To achieve this, the Qualitative Methods Expert will work closely with the evaluation team and will receive support from the MEL activity leads. The period of performance of this assignment will be from September 14, 2020 to March 31, 2021 with a part-time dedication. Responsibilities:
  • Evaluation design, including participatory qualitative methods

  • Utilize qualitative data collection instruments

  • Lead qualitative data collection (e.g. interviews, focus groups, group interviews, workshops) at the local, national and regional levels

  • Develop coding system and analyze qualitative data to support findings and conclusions

  • Contribute to report writing and presentations to key stakeholders

  • Master's degree in business Administration, finance, economics, the social sciences, or other relevant fields required

  • Minimum five years of experience conducting qualitative research, including designing instruments and collecting data using a variety of methods

  • Experience designing qualitative methodologies and applying differentiated qualitative approaches

  • Experience coding and analyzing qualitative data using NVivo or other software

  • Ability to work effectively in a team

  • English proficiency

  • Experience with USAID evaluations preferred but not required

Reasonable Accommodations: MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.
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