Management Systems International (MSI)

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

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

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 Afghanistan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (AMELA) provides monitoring, evaluation, and learning support services/assistance to strengthen the implementation of USAID development programs in Afghanistan, and to build the technical monitoring and evaluation (M&E) knowledge and skills of USAID/Afghanistan Mission staff and stakeholders. The services provided under AMELA will contribute to supporting USAID/Afghanistan as an effective development organization with strong learning and adaptive management processes.

USAID awarded Impact Carpet Associates (ICA), a fixed amount agreement to implement the Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC) in order to generate jobs and revenue in Afghanistan's carpet sector. Strengthened by KCEC, the carpet industry can generate new employment opportunities for women, young people, both returning refugees and internally displaced Afghans who have carpet-making skills. Through the KCEC Project, USAID seeks to advance the following Economic Growth measures: accelerate private sector-driven and export-led economic growth, increase employment opportunities, increase equitable access to Financial Services, and increase regional trade.

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

The Research Assistant will work as part of an assignment team and will play an important role in collecting data, providing contextual and background knowledge during the assignment process, and assisting in the Analysis and report writing, as necessary. This evaluation will require the ability to travel to areas around Afghanistan (security permitting), and experience working as part of a multi-cultural, and multi-disciplinary team. This is a short-term position with an estimated level of effort of 39 days.


  • Design evaluation tools
  • Translate evaluation tools into local languages
  • Conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions
  • Assist in translation tasks and note taking as needed
  • Provide Technical Analysis and information as required
  • 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 as needed for the evaluation
  • Participate in presentations and dissemination efforts as needed

  • Bachelor's degree in development studies, social science, or relevant discipline required
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant experience 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
  • Knowledge of development issues in Afghanistan preferred
  • Fluency in Pashto and Dari required
  • Strong written and oral English language skills 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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