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Lala Kasimova is an M&E specialist in MSI’s Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis practice area with ten years of research experience. Ms. Kasimova has a strong background in research methods, reporting, and managing learning outcomes. Currently she serves as evaluation specialist for a large-scale final performance evaluation of the Office of Transition Initiatives’ 10-year program in Pakistan. She supported USAID’s largest M&E support contract for USAID/Pakistan under the Evaluations and Assessments and the Performance Monitoring and Learning units, managing a range of analytical assignments and third-party monitoring activities. Prior to this, she was engaged with the firm’s third-party monitoring efforts in Sudan as M&E Knowledge Manager; this role emphasized her skills in data collection, analysis, and client reporting to support learning and evidence-based decision-making in a conflict-sensitive environment. In 2016, MSI completed the Evaluation Utilization Study for USAID’s PPL Bureau, under which she supported the study team as both researcher and team manager. She supported various USAID Missions and USAID’s strategic planning and policy guidance efforts in a program management role for various support mechanisms between 2012 and 2016. Lala is fluent in Russian and German, and has conversational Azerbaijani and Arabic. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and is pursuing a master’s degree from The George Washington University.