Senior Project Design Expert, Sudan

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global
international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing
specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. Today, it has
over 100 projects under management worldwide and its technical expertise has been expanded to include implementation of a range of analytical and field projects in democracy and governance, economic growth, organizational capacity building, education, and natural resource management. At the beginning of 2008, MSI joined Coffey International, Ltd., a global multi-disciplinary professional services organization with offices in 20 countries around the world. MSI became a part of Coffey International Development (Coffey ID), one of seven divisions which comprise the Coffey Group. Together, we aspire to create extraordinary outcomes for our clients, our staff and the communities in which we work. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project/Proposal Summary:

MSI has a 3-year contract to provide mission-wide support to USAID/Sudan in program and project evaluation and designs, MIS management, translation services, facilities management, VIP hosting, and research.
An in-country team, based in Khartoum, Juba, Kurmuk, and Kadugli, will
provide these services, supplemented by short-term technical assistance.

Position Summary:

The Sudan SUPPORT Project will be conducting a feasibility analysis that will consider the lessons learned from the Diaspora Skills Transfer Program (DSTP) pilot program completed in 2007 by AED, among other examples of Diaspora initiatives, and provide clear recommendations for the design of a follow-on initiative that would be responsive to the strategic objectives of USAID/Sudan.

The team members shall prepare an analysis of the feasibility of the
program described in draft H.R. 3054. The analyses shall be undertaken
in two phases: the first in the US and the second in Juba, Southern

The team of professionals chosen to complete the analyses required will do so within three months of the task order being signed. This position is expected to begin in July/August 2008.


Phase 1:

Phase one will entail the production of a detailed analysis, to be
conducted in the United States, of the willingness of Southern Sudanese
residents in various communities throughout the U.S. to participate in a
program which would support their return to Southern Sudan to assist in
post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the education sector; the
constraints various demographic groups of Southern Sudanese face which
could inhibit their participation in such a program; what measures
(incentives) could be considered to overcome those constraints; and what
training would increase participants' effectiveness in the education
sector and facilitate their re-adjustment to life in Sudan.

Phase 2:

Phase 2 will entail a detailed analysis conducted in Southern Sudan to
ascertain the institutional capacity among the Government of Southern
Sudan (GOSS) and at the state government level, to support the
implementation and administration of a program through which Southern
Sudanese from the United States would return to apply their skills in
the post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the education sector in
Southern Sudan. The analysis should also examine the ability and
interest of non-governmental organizations and/or the private sector in Southern Sudan to support the implementation and administration of such a program.


The required qualifications for the team members are as follows:

- Education: Master's degree in social science (such as sociology).

- Experience:

Minimum of ten years experience in design, implementation, and
evaluation of overseas development projects, including at least five
years in post-conflict settings.

Knowledge and experience of different social science techniques
including focus group research, key information interviews and surveys

Experience in Southern Sudan highly desirable

Experience with Diaspora communities and/or program highly desirable.

Experience as team leader desirable

- Skills:

Proven writing skills

Ability to work on short deadlines

Adaptability to work well under difficult physical circumstances

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Cultural flexibility

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

To apply, please visit our website:

Senior Project Design Expert
Management Systems International
Location: Sudan
Last Date: August 19, 2008


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