Evaluation Leader Rural Finance Initiative Evaluation, USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Bogota, Colombia

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Evaluation Leader – 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. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

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. We seek a senior-level Evaluation Leader to lead the evaluation.

**Please note: Only Colombian citizens are eligible for this position

Position Summary:

The Evaluation Leader will lead the design, work plan, data collections and analysis and report writing of the evaluation. The Evaluation Leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the evaluation and ensuring that all expected tasks and deliverables are achieved on time and of high quality. To achieve this, the Evaluation Leader 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.


  • Ensure the timely submission of high-quality deliverables in English and Spanish

  • Manage the evaluation team, ensuring a cohesive, collaborative environment

  • Regularly communicate with the MEL activity leads and USAID

  • Provide leadership for all stages and deliverables including:

    • Work plan and evaluation design
    • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis at the local, national and regional levels

    • Draft and final report

    • Report presentations


  • Master's degree in business administration, economics, business law, project management or other relevant fields required

  • PhD in Economics, Development or other relevant fields preferred

  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience in evaluation or research required

  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills required

  • Experience in research or public policy design and implementation or programs for vulnerable populations, ethnic communities, displaced populations and Colombian peace processes preferred

  • Experience in the banking sector or in evaluating financial inclusion programs preferred

  • Experience with USAID evaluations preferred

  • Academic publications related to impact measurement required

  • Ability to work and manage teams remotely required

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