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Qualitative Researcher, USAID/Malawi CDCS Stakeholder Analysis
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Malawi
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Qualitative Researcher (multiple positions available),
USAID/Malawi CDCS Stakeholder Analysis,
Lilongwe, Malawi
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI's mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people's lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. SI's clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits.
Project Objective:
The USAID/Malawi Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) aims to improve the quality of life of Malawians through three Development Objectives (DOs): (i) improvement in social development, (ii) increase in sustainable livelihoods, and (iii) assurance that citizen rights and responsibilities are exercised. To better achieve this, the Mission has applied a hypothesis which states, if assistance is integrated then development results will be enhanced, more sustainable, and lead to achievements of our CDCS goal: Malawians' quality of life improved (USAID/Malawi, CDCS Document, 2013).
Social Impact (SI) has been contracted to complete an annual Stakeholder Analysis (SHA) for the USAID/Malawi Mission. This is designed to provide USAID Malawi Mission with al learning component to gauge the effectiveness of the CDCS strategy particularly in the targeted districts of Balaka, Machinga, and Lilongwe Rural. By infusing local knowledge and stakeholder perceptions of the USAID integrated portfolio, the Mission hopes to strengthen strategic integration and harmonization of Mission investments. Through consultations with local primary and secondary stakeholders, the SHA specifically intends to identify aspects of the integration approach that are not performing as originally anticipated and suggest opportunities for improvement. SHA findings will inform the design of the next CDCS.
Position Description:
SI is seeking Qualitative Researchers to conduct interviews (key-informant interviews and focus group discussions) with various stakeholders. In Lilongwe city interviews will be held with USAID Mission staff and project implementers at their offices. Stakeholders to be interviewed at the district level in Lilongwe Rural, Balaka, and Machinga Districts may include development activity implementers, district government line staff and higher level officials (such as the DC, DEM, and DADO). Qualitative Researchers will be expected to travel to these districts to conduct interviews, with travel expense reimbursement provided by SI.
The Qualitative Researchers will also contribute technical and logistical expertise to finalization of data collection instruments, protocols, and the SHA report content, and may be asked to transcribe interview transcripts in English. They will also be responsible for assisting with interview scheduling. They will work on a team led by SI's Qualitative Evaluation Specialist, to whom they will report, and other local Qualitative Researchers.
The estimated period of performance for the position is September 10, 2018- January 15, 2019. Full-time focused work is only expected from mid-September to mid- to late-October, when the Qualitative Researcher will conduct and transcribe interviews. This timeframe may fluctuate depending on availability of interviewees. The period of performance extends through January to enable involvement in final report inputs.
**Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Malawi citizenship will be considered.**
Responsibilities:
Provide technical and strategic input into qualitative instruments, respondents to target, and logistical planning as needed
Participate in planning meetings and training in Lilongwe City, led by Social Impact
Assist in scheduling interviews with targeted respondents
Conduct high quality qualitative interviews (both key-informant interviews and focus group discussions) using the discussion guide with assigned respondents, using probing techniques to ensure rich and contextualized data Interviews will be held in Lilongwe, Balaka, and Machinga
Audio record each interview using a recording device provided by Social Impact and take organized notes on each interview
Upload audio files and supporting notes to an SI Sharepoint site
Transcribe qualitative interviews in English
Provide input and, if requested by SI, short written contributions to the analysis and report
Qualifications:
Master's degree in international development, social sciences, political science, or similar field
At least 4 years of experience conducting qualitative interviews
Availability to be 100% dedicated to this project during the anticipated timeframe for training and data collection
Demonstrated strong understanding of processes for contracting and implementing development activities (particularly those funded by USAID) in Malawi and related terminology
Demonstrated strong understanding of district government processes for managing development activities in Malawi
Excellent, professional oral communication skills
Fluent English and Chichewa speaker
Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.
To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: ****SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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