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Researcher/Gender Specialist, Gender Programing Priorities Study (GPPS), Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan

Location: Pakistan


Researcher/Gender Specialist, Gender Programing Priorities Study (GPPS),

Performance Management Support Contract (PERFORM), Pakistan


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 .

**Please note: Only Pakistani citizens are eligible for this position.**

Position Summary:
In August 2010, USAID/Pakistan in collaboration with a local partner, initiated the five-year Gender Equity Program (GEP) in Pakistan which aims to reduce gender inequality and gender-based violence, and enable women and girls to realize their rights, determine their life outcomes, and influence decision-making at all levels.  GEP awards sub-grants to public and private sector entities to improve attitudes and behavior towards women; expand women’s access to justice; increase women’s awareness of and opportunities to exercise their rights; strengthen the capacity of women’s rights organizations; and contribute to a productive discourse on gender equity within Pakistan. GEP is ending in August 2017 and USAID has asked MSI to conduct a study focusing on women, peace, and security (WPS), and gender based violence (GBV) to support the design of a new gender equality and social inclusion program. The gender programming priorities study will examine the constraints and opportunities for GBV and WPS programming in Pakistan, as well as assess the results of the Gender Equity Program (GEP).     

MSI is seeking two (2) Researcher/Gender Specialists to conduct a desk review of existing studies, along with conducting primary data collection and analysis related to the study’s research focus.  Findings from the GEP final evaluation, consultations with stakeholders including Government of Pakistan (GoP) representatives and donors, along with findings from a household perception survey of attitudes and perceptions about gender equality will also inform the study.  The assignment will be conducted under the direction of PERFORM staff and will continue for approximately 16 weeks between May 2017 and August 2017. 


  • Conduct a desk review of relevant documents including existing studies, reports, surveys or other data related to the research focus.
  • Assist in designing data collection instruments.
  • Assist in developing a data analysis plan.
  • Conduct key informant interviews (KIIs) according to PERFORM protocols.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data according to PERFORM protocols.
  • Prepare presentations of findings.
  • Prepare a draft final report and other briefing papers.
  • Undertake other tasks required for the successful completion of the assignment.


  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international affairs, or a related technical field.
  • At least seven (7) years of work experience evaluating and/or addressing gender issues with a particular focus on GBV and WPS, including knowledge of and country experience in conflict/post-conflict situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of gender issues in Pakistan, including relevant gender and human rights legislation in Pakistan. 
  • Excellent social science research skills with experience conducting desk research, primary data collection and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with USAID and USAID ADS 205 on Gender Integration, preferred.
  • Able to collect, manage, synthesize, and analyze large amounts of qualitative data to draw out key findings and conclusions and develop draft recommendations.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written communication.

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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