Management Systems International (MSI)

Research Assistant (Afghanistan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity)

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

Research Assistant, Afghanistan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (AMELA), Afghanistan Company Profile:

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of Law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities.

Project Summary: The purpose of AMELA is to provide monitoring, evaluation, and learning support services/assistance to strengthen the implementation of USAID development programs in Afghanistan, and to build the technical M&E knowledge and skills of USAID and Afghanistan Mission staff and stakeholders. The services provided under AMELA will contribute to supporting USAID and Afghanistan as an effective development organization with strong learning and adaptive management processes.

USAID and Afghanistan's Office of Economic Growth (OEG) has asked AMELA to conduct an evaluation of the GOLDOZI Activity. GOLDOZI assists women embroiderers diversify their product lines, improve marketing practices, and expand their businesses. Through this work, GOLDOZI aims to create jobs for 500 sales agents or Leader Entrepreneurs (LEs) that provide market information to Women Embroiderers (WEs) to empower them to reach Afghan and international markets. GOLDOZI seeks to improve the embroidery business while fostering the employment of 15,000 embroiderers, a majority of whom are disadvantaged women who live in and around Kabul and in another provinces.

**Please note: Only Afghan citizens are eligible for this position Position Summary:

The GOLDOZI Researcher Assistant will play an important role in collecting data and assisting in Analysis for the assessment report. The Research Assistant will report to the Chief of Party, Permanent Deputy Evaluation Lead, and the Team. This is a short-term position with an estimated level of effort of 35 days.


  • Assist evaluation managers in designing evaluation tools and translating them into local languages
  • Undertake key informant interviews and focus group discussions
  • Assist in translation tasks and note taking as needed
  • Provide Technical Analysis, and information to assist the assignment as required
  • Support the AMELA assignment team and USAID to establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
  • Facilitate and contribute to technical and Coordination meetings, workshops, and other events
  • Participate in presentations and dissemination efforts

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field is required
  • At minimum five years of relevant experience is required
  • Experience in project management, required
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation with comprehensive knowledge of the Afghan social and economic context, required
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting evaluations or research studies, required
  • General knowledge of development issues in Afghanistan, preferred
  • Fluency in written and oral English language skills, required
MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

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.

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