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Notice for Consultancy Service

Publishing date: 21st April 2022

Closing date: 5th May 2022  5.00  pm 

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) 

Notice for Consultancy Service 

Citizen Empowerment to Improve Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Populations, Rolpa 

Baseline Study-Terms of Reference

INTRODUCTION AND CONTEXT

Country:Nepal
Project title:Citizen Empowerment to Improve Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Populations, Rolpa (Poshan Sudhar)
Project No:NPL 1078- 21
Implementing Partner:Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
Co-financer (line):BMZ/Welthungerhilfe
Project period:1.11.2021 – 31.12.2024

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) is a Nepali non-government, not for profit, human rights and social development organisation. By subscribing to the basic principles of the International Rural Reconstruction Movement, it was officially registered in 1993 as Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN). It substantially contributes to rural people’s empowerment and socio-economic reconstruction process, by embracing the rights-based approach to development. RRN also extensively engages in pro poor policy advocacy, lobbying and social campaigns at local, national and international levels to protect and promote human rights and social justice.

The project titled “Citizen Empowerment to Improve Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Populations of Rolpa” is being implemented by RRN with the support of BMZ/WHH. The project goal is to empower vulnerable populations and citizens empowerment to improve food and nutrition security and strengthen their capacity to guarantee their right to adequate food and nutrition.

The project has adopted different approaches i.e. Participatory Learning and Action for Linking Agriculture and Natural Resource Management towards Nutrition Security PLA (LANN+); child care & nursing, nutritional advice to malnourished children; and Positive Deviance (PD) and Community-based NERP for MAM children. Project has integrated crop diversification farming systems through Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) to marginalized and small farmers groups.  

The project is targeting to implement in two rural municipalities of Rolpa district i.e. Runtigadhi and Tribeni, which lie on southwest of Liwang district head quarter and adjoining with Salyan in west, south to Dang and north to Gangadev RM. The project will cover all 16 wards of the targeted areas in both RMs (Runtigadhi-9 wards and Tribeni-7 wards).  A total of 4,800 HHs with children under 5 years (child growth monitoring and rehabilitation); 2400 LANN+ women of 15-49 years including PLWs); 2400 Vulnerable Small Holder GAP-Farmers Groups (50% women) including 1000 landless and marginalized and 300 Local Authorities/Officials/CBOs/RtF Networks. The project also supports to capacitate and engage citizens to claim their rights and strengthen services of local authorities (Palikas and Health institutions) for right holders through accountability tools particularly for food and nutrition security.

BASELINE STUDY OBJECTIVES

The baseline study will focus on baseline data collection for a set of indicators outlined in the project log-frame and organizational documents. The baseline study report will be used to fine-tune the project activities and to monitor the project progress against the set of indicators over the course of the project implementation.

The objectives of the Poshan Sudhar project are:

Overall Objective (Impact): The food and nutrition security of vulnerable target population is improved through behavioral change and their right to food is promoted through citizen participation. 

Project Objective (Outcome): The vulnerable target population engages in behavioural change to improve its food and nutrition security and claims its right to food through active citizen participation at local level.   

Target Indicators: 

  • MAM rate in children aged 6 to 59 months is reduced by 20 % at the end of the project.
  • 75% of the 4,800 target households with acceptable Food Consumption Score (FCS) at the end of the project.
  • 50% of 11,231 target households in 2 municipalities exercising their rights by accessing government services.
  • 2 municipalities implementing their local food & nutritional master plan developed through a participatory process at the end of the project.

Output1: Family diet diversity and food consumption of vulnerable and marginalized households are improved

Indicators:

  • 75% of target children aged between 6 to 23 months eating the minimum acceptable diet measured through MAD
  • 65% of 2.400 target women aged 15 to 49 years consuming at least five or more food groups measured through MDD-W
  • 60% of 2,400 target households growing 3 additional food group types at the end of the project

Output2: Citizens, CBOs and networks are empowered to actively participate in planning process at local level and engage in policy advocacy.

Indicators:

  • 10 micro plans following inclusive participatory planning process are submitted and endorsed annually (30 total micro plans submitted and endorsed by EoP) 
  • 16 CBOs in target area with increased organizational capacity to engage in PPP process.
  • 32 women members of CBOs are able to influence decision making at the end of the project measured by their level of engagement in advocacy initiatives, their active participation in the PPP and their seniority in the CBOs
  • Four advocacy subjects related to food and nutrition security identified and advocated at local and provincial level by CBOs/networks.

Output3: Two rural municipalities are enabled to implement food and nutrition master plans

Indicators:

  • Following inclusive participatory process, 2 municipalities allocating budget in their annual plan for food and nutrition programmes at the end of third year of the project
  • In the framework of their food and nutrition master plan, 2 municipalities implementing at least two of the nutrition practices/initiatives to contribute to MSNP II in the project period
  • 16 wards and 17 health posts have improved their services (health, social protection, agriculture, vital registration) verified by Community Score Cards

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The scope of the assignment is to carry out the baseline study and develop the baseline report. The study methodology and other preparatory works will be defined jointly by the selected consultant/consulting firm and project team. The result of the baseline study will be used for steering project activities and plans. The target audience of the baseline study is RRN, funding partner-WHH and relevant local and other stakeholders. The baseline study will cover two Rural Municipalities viz. Runtigadhi and Tribeni. The consultant should apply sample size calculation considering 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error as per WHH/RRN’s sampling framework. 

BASELINE DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

Together with its funding partner-WHH, RRN shall steer and oversee the overall implementation of the study. The assignment will provide quantitative and qualitative data through the following methods:

  • Desk study of relevant project document and develop study methodology and tools:
  • Identify sampling strategy including sample size.
  • Collection of data from different sources including field work in the project areas:
  • Collect relevant quantitative data for the log-frame indicator. 
  • Collect primary data from field using different tools and techniques as agreed during the planning process.
  • Data analysis and draft report preparation.
  • Carry out data analysis in line with the project log-frame.
  • Share the findings with participation of project staff and management.
  • Prepare draft report as per the agreed reporting structure.
  • Share the draft report for comments.
  • Address the comments/suggestions from the project team and produce final report.

Please note that the consultant/consulting firm should adhere to RRN’s SOP and government protocols regarding COVID-19 prevention where applicable.

DELIVERABLES 

The consultant/consulting firm shall submit one inception report at the beginning of the assignment and one baseline report as the final delivery of the assignment to RRN. The project team will review the draft reports and the consultant/consulting firm shall incorporate the inputs in the final report. The assignment will only be closed once the baseline report is formally accepted by RRN.

TIME FRAME / SCHEDULE

The study has to be completed and the first draft report has to be submitted within 30 days of signing of the contract. The final report needs to be submitted within 15 days of inputs received in the draft report.

EXPERTISE OF THE CONSULTANT

The consultant(s)/consulting firm are required to have the following expertise and qualifications:

  • Team leader must have at least Master’s degree in development studies or equivalent degree in relevant fields.
  • The team leader must have knowledge of baseline study methods and techniques, including a thorough understanding of data collection, methodologies and design, and strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, with +5 years of similar working experiences in development project monitoring, baseline/endline study and evaluations.
  • Team leader must have prior work experience with or working for international development organizations and familiarity with development and humanitarian programmes/issues. 
  • The team leader or at least one member of the team of experts must have skills and experience in agriculture, sustainable food security and nutrition security issues.  
  • The composition of the team of experts should be balanced to enable complete coverage of the different aspects of consultancy as set out in these terms of reference. 
  • The consultant(s)/consulting firm must have good command in both writing and speaking in English languages.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL

The interested and qualified consultant(s)/consulting firm must submit their technical and financial proposal, including legal documents (registration & tax clearance in case of consulting firm and VAT registration card for individual) and CVs of key persons by 5th May, 2022 to email address hr@rrn.org.np with subject line Poshan Sudhar Project: Baseline Study. Applicants are also invited to submit similar example/s of baseline report/s already completed in the past.  Application received with incomplete documents and later than above date will be disqualified.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further evaluation process. RRN reserves all the rights to reject any or all applications without providing any reasons.