Management Systems International (MSI)

Thematic Expert (Rural Development Rural Finance Initiative Evaluation, USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

Thematic Expert in Rural Development – Rural Finance Initiative Evaluation, USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Bogota, Colombia Company Profile: MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, peace and stability, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. 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 Thematic Expert in rural development. **Please note: Only Colombian citizens are eligible for this position Position Summary: The Thematic Expert will support the evaluation design, implementation, and reporting activities for the evaluation. The key role of the Thematic expert in rural development is to ensure that sector considerations are adequately integrated in the design, instruments, Data Collection, analysis and reporting of the evaluation deliverables. The Thematic 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:
  • Provide inputs to the evaluation design and work plan

  • Provide technical inputs to draft data collection instruments

  • Participate in the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data at local, national and regional levels

  • Contribute to the writing of the final report

  • Support presentations of findings, conclusions and recommendations to key stakeholders

  • Master's degree in business Administration, finance, economics, natural resources, business law or other relevant fields

  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience

  • Expertise in Agriculture, value chains and market access, especially focused on small and medium producers in marginalized areas

  • Experience with policies and programs with a focus on the inclusion of rural populations

  • Proven ability to deliver a quality analysis, tables, and written products and explanations

  • Experience with USAID evaluations preferred but not required

  • Fluent spoken, written and reading abilities in English and Spanish

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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