Consultancy to conduct a nutrition mapping desk review for USAID/Hinga Weze Project

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR HINGA WEZE Nutrition Mapping Desk Review

Title

 

Consultancy to  conduct a Nutrition Mapping Desk Review for USAID/Hinga Weze Project

Client

USAID Hinga Weze Activity/Plan International

Location

Kigali

1.     Background and Rationale

a.    Summary:

USAID/Hinga Weze requires the services of a nutrition sensitive expert or firm (hereafter called the “Consultant”) that is well-versed in conducting Nutrition mapping desk review, to carry out such analysis for the Feed the future/Hinga Weze project, with the objective of assisting staff and partners to mainstream nutrition in the project. This work will include

a) Assess the nutrition sensitive related activities, tools, messaging, channels, and approaches used in Rwanda,

b) Identify and highlight key gaps and weaknesses, duplicative and complementary activities, new opportunities for partnership and collaboration for Hinga Weze activity and

c) Propose solutions/recommend on how best we can achieve targets for indicators 16-21 of MEL plan.

The nutrition mapping review findings and secondary data such as in USAID/Twiyubake and Gikuriro nutrition strategies will inform the elaboration of the Feed the future/Hinga Weze Activity nutrition mainstreaming strategy and implementation guidelines.

The nutrition desk review will inform the design of activities across technical areas by identifying ways to reduce duplication, strengthen district/national coordination of nutrition sensitive activities and collaboration with other implementing partners. The DPEMs will be a key source of information for the assessment.

The Consultant will be recruited by Plan International Rwanda, Country Office and he/she will be under Hinga Weze team supervision. The nutrition desk review is expected to take place from Novemberto December , 2017 (30 Calendar days).

Plan International Rwanda is inviting interested Individual Consultant (s) or Consultancy firm(s) to submit their expressions of interest to conduct the nutrition desk review in all 10 districts namely Nyamasheke, Nyamagabe, Karongi, Ngororero, Rutsiro, Nyabihu, Gatsibo, Bugesera, Kayonza and Ngoma.

1.2.    Background and Rationale:

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is implementing the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity and coordinating the work of a consortium of local and international partners, including Plan International, HarvestPlus, Souktel, Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and the Imbaraga Farmer Federation. Launched in June 2017, Hinga Weze will sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ incomes, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems in a changing climate. Hinga Weze is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera and Ngoma in the Eastern Province; Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyamasheke and Karongi in the Western Province; and Nyamagabe in the Southern Province.

Plan International is responsible for improving the nutrition status among beneficiaries and integrating gender across project components.

The expected results in 5 years are: i) At least 40% increase in number of women (aged 15-49) consuming targeted nutrient-rich crops or products, At least 40% increase in number of children 6-23 months consuming targeted nutrient-rich crops or products, At least 40%increase in number of children 6-23 months receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD) and At least 40% increase in women’s dietary diversity score: mean number of food groups consumed.

Plan International is a global development and humanitarian organization founded 80 years ago that is active in over 70 countries. Its mission is to advance children's rights and equality for girls (https://plan-international.org).

2.    Project Goal

To sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Specific objective 1: To increase productivity and link farmers to markets;

Specific objective 2: To strengthen business and management practices of agribusinesses;

Specific objective 3: To promote the consumption of locally-available, nutrient-rich diets; and support equitable household decision-making.

3.    Objectives of the assignement
3.1    General objective

The general objective of this assignment is to conduct the nutrition sensitive desk review  for Hinga Weze activity.

3.2       Specific objectives

The specific objectives of this assessment are to:

1) Develop nutrition sensitive agriculture dimensions’ framework for nutrition desk review .

2) Assist the Hinga Weze staff and partners to mainstream nutrition in all components of the Project.

3) Recommend on how best the Project can achieve targets for nutrition indicators (16. Women's dietary diversity score: Mean number of food group consumed by women of reproductive age; 17. Percentage of children 6-23 months receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD); 18.  Number of households increasing income for purchase of nutritious foods for women and children; 19. Prevalence of children 6-23 months consuming targeted nutrient-rich value chain crops or products; 20. Prevalence of women of reproductive age (15-49) consuming targeted nutrient-rich value chain crops or products and 21. Number of households using improved supported food safety practices as a result of USG assistance).

4.    Target groups (intended users of the report)

Multiple stakeholders including Hinga Weze activity beneficiaries, volunteers (Twigire muhinzi Farmer Promoters, FFS facilitators and CHWs), local government, local implementing partners, Donors and Hinga Weze component leads.

5.    Tasks

The Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct a nutrition desk review with key informant interviews to highlight the causes of malnutrition in Rwanda, related activities, partners, tools, messaging, channels, and approaches used to fight against it.
  • Assess the 10 District Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition (DPEM), conduct beneficiaries’ focus group discussions and lay out the key gaps and weaknesses, duplicative and complementary activities, and new opportunities for partnership and collaboration to fight against malnutrition.
  • Undertake a Nutrition gap analysis of the Feed the Future/Hinga Weze Activity, including project goals; expected results; activities/components/services; and indicators, planning and monitoring tools. Provide recommendations for implementation that will support nutrition integration across the project. This work should include not only the identification of gaps, but also recommended ways to address these gaps so that ways forward to address nutrition challenges are linked to actual activities and approaches that constitute an operational response to each challenge to improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children.

6.     Consultancy approaches and Deliverables

  • The proposed approaches include:

i)    Literature review of pertinent secondary sources
ii)    Primary sources including key informant interviews and Focus group discussions

  •      The deliverables include:

i)    Inception report with detailed methodology, including data gathering and nutrition analysis tools, High-level annotated outline of the anticipated report, supported by anticipated methodology, for approval. The anticipated report will have the following key points:

  • Table of content;
  • List of abbreviations;
  • Executive summary;
  • Background and objectives of the assessment;
  • Conceptual Framework, Methodology and limitations;
  • Findings, Analysis and Interpretation;
  • Recommendations by activity component and viii) References and Annexes.

ii)    Draft report and Stakeholders' validation workshop report to be approved by feed the future Hinga Weze Activity team.  
iii)    Nutrition sensitive agriculture mainstreaming strategy with related Implementation plan and capacity building plan.
iv)    Tools/ guidelines for nutrition sensitive implementation/integration within different project components or services including Nutrition Strategy, approved policies.
v)    List of identified key actors and their areas of interventions and where they operate.
vi)    Final report of Nutrition desk review completed to inform HW activities incorporating the feedback from feed the future Hinga weze team and recommendations on how best we can achieve targets for indicators 16-21 of MEL plan (16. Women’s dietary diversity score: Mean number of food group consumed by women of reproductive age; 17. Percentage of children 6-23 months receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD); 18.  Number of households increasing income for purchase of nutritious foods for women and children; 19. Prevalence of children 6-23 months consuming targeted nutrient-rich value chain crops or products; 20. Prevalence of women of reproductive age (15-49) consuming targeted nutrient-rich value chain crops or products and 21. Number of households using improved supported food safety practices as a result of USG assistance.

7.     Timeline

The consultancy  is expected  to  be carried out within 30calendar days in the period of November –December 2017, starting from the date of contract signature by two parties.

8.     Expertise required

The consultant/firm must have:

  • Experience of 5 yearsand expertise in nutrition sensitive activities,substintial experience in designing,implementing and analysingnutritionand health contexts required;
  • Experience in working with multi sectoral projects or programs. Demonstrated capacity in research methods including data analysis, qualitative and quantitativemethods and focus groups discussions, key informant interviews required.
  • Previsous experience in similar work will be helpful, fluency inenglish and knowledge of rwandan context are required.

9.     Instructions for the preparation of the technical and financial proposal

9.1. Technical Proposal should explain how the applicant intends to carry out the  work in detailed document with provided timeline. Pages in excess of the 4 page limit will not be read or evaluated. The technical proposal should be written in English and include the following:

i) Technical Approach (1 page): The Bidder shall demonstrate its understanding, ability and overall approach to performing the requirements described in the Statement of Work;

ii) Personnel Qualifications and Availability  (1 page): The Bidder shall identify in summary format the names, education, experience and professional qualifications of individual/firm individuals proposed for this Statement of Work.

  • Past Performance and Timeframe for completion(1 page): The Bidder shall submit a list of related contracts and subcontracts that are similar to the scope.  Bidder shall provide the contact details for reference purposes.Additionally, the Bidder shall explain the amount of time required for each element in the Statement of Work.
  • Bidder shall also provide:a profile of the consulting firm including the full names, physical addresses, telephone numbers and contact person of the firm/company; date of registration, registration number, copy of registration certificate and VAT certificate; names of directors. Copy of CVS of the consultant and his/her team who will undertake the training

9.2.    The Financial Proposal should explain the costs of the assignment (1 page):

  • Itemized consultant’s fees
  • Expected payment plan and method
  • Tax status of the Consultant/Consultancy Firm in Rwanda and legal registration

10.        How to apply

Interested bidders are requested to submit their applications in hard copies in sealed envelopes with mention “Consultancy to conduct a nutrition mapping review of Feed the Future Hinga Weze Project”and should be delivered to Plan International Rwanda, Country Office, Plot 821, Gasabo District, Kagugu Sector, Gacuriro Cell in Kigali City.

The deadline for application is scheduled on November 21, 2017 at 12 am (Kigali GMT+2).

For further details please contact the reception of Plan International Rwanda at +250 788305392. Only successful bidders will be notified and Plan International Rwanda reserves the right to reject any of the bids.

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Job summary

This job has been viewed 406 times
Location:
Kigali
Rwanda
Sector:
Consultancy, Other
Education level:
Not specified
Desired experience:
Senior (5+ years of experience)
Contrat type:
Contract
Apply before:
21-11-2017
Number of positions:
1

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