Request for Proposal – Nutrition policy Review

Welthungerhilfe

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany. It is politically independent and non-denominational. Welthungerhilfe is fighting hunger around the world and is focusing its work around the Sustainable Development Goal 2: “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since its establishment in 1962, more than 9,830 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.95 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on…

Request for Proposal – Nutrition policy Review

Advocacy and strengthening resilience through LANN+ – Linking agriculture and natural resource management towards nutrition security

Policy reviews on Nutrition – Terms of Reference

Welthungerhilfe, 22nd March 2022

INTRODUCTION

Country:Nepal
Project title:Advocacy and strengthening resilience through LANN+ – Linking agriculture and natural resource management towards nutrition security
Project No.:NPL 1068- 19
Implementing PartnerLocal Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD).Aasaman Nepal
Co-financer (line):BMZ/ Welthungerhilfe
Project period:1.11.2020 – 31.12.2023

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. is one of the largest Non-Governmental Organizations in Germany operating in the field of Humanitarian Assistance and Development. It was established in 1962 as the German section of the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”, one of the world’s first initiatives aimed at the eradication of hunger. Welthungerhilfe’s work is still dedicated to the following vision: all people have the right to a self-determined life in dignity and justice, free from hunger and poverty.

WHH is operational in Nepal since 2012 and currently manages different project in nine districts under four thematic areas (sectors): sustainable food and nutrition security, WASH, right to food and empowerment, and disaster risk reduction. WHH works in partnership with civil society in Nepal to empower socially marginalized and economically poor citizens, to strengthen their resilience and to ensure their right to adequate food and nutrition. 

The project entitled “Advocacy and strengthening resilience through LANN+ – Linking agriculture and natural resource management towards nutrition security” aims to reduce malnutrition in six municipalities through the multisectoral approach called LANN+ (Linking Agriculture, Natural Resource Management towards Nutrition Security) and to support empowered CBOs and citizens in using proven evidence about the effectiveness and efficacy of LANN+ approach for effective advocacy work. The project is implemented in Dhading district (Gangajamuna, Rubi valley and Khaniyanbas Rural Municipalities) and Salyan district (Siddhakumakh, Darma and Kumakh Rural Municipalities) through the implementing partners Aasaman Nepal and LI-BIRD. The project covers 15,000 households (7,850 households in Salyan district and 7,150 households in Dhading district) focusing on socially vulnerable and economically marginalized and poor household groups. The project works with several intermediary organizations and actors, including female health workers (FCHVs), elected local government at community and association level, leading farmers, local resource persons (LRPs), local stakeholders, agricultural advisors, government health workers, farmers’ groups, traders of agricultural goods and services such as seeds, feed, pesticides/equipment/processing. 

In the proposed project, WHH Nepal provides technical backstopping, capacity building of partners and stakeholders, ensuring compliance and shaping strategies related to advocacy in cooperation with its partners.

The objectives of the LANN+ project is:

Overall Objective (Impact): Sustainable food and nutrition security in a climate-changing context for 6 target communities in the Districts of Dhading and Salyan in Nepal.

Project Objective (Outcome): The evidence proven LANN+ approach to reduce malnutrition in six municipalities is used by empowered CBOs and citizens for effective advocacy work at local, provincial, and federal level.   

Target Indicators: 

  • 80% of the 24 strengthened CBOs and their networks have advocated for the participatory and integrated LANN+ approach in annual government planning at all levels (local, province, federal.
  • The 5400 target households no longer have a nutritional gap and nutrition is assured for 12 months per year
  • Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W): 50% of the targeted 5400 women in need of nutrition meet the minimum dietary requirements in at least 5 food groups (Increase of 35 %) 
  • A web portal for the exchange of knowledge between LANN+ practitioners (Community of Practice) has been set up, maintained, regularly updated, used for regular exchange, and taken over by the government until the end of the project.  

CONTEXT AND POLICIES RELATED TO NUTRITION IN NEPAL

Malnutrition in childhood and during pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child’s survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition are a significant concern for the Government of Nepal (GON), since an estimated 36 percent of children under five years are stunted (have low height-for-age) and 10 percent are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-height) (MOH, New ERA, and ICF 2017). Nepal has made impressive strides in reducing the prevalence of stunting nationally, which fell from 57 percent in 2001 to 36 percent in 2016 (MOH, New ERA, and ICF 2017; Family Health Division et al. 2002). Nationally, stunting is most prevalent among children aged 24–35 months (MOH, New ERA, and ICF 2017). Wasting affects around 10 percent of children under five, which is high according to the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) public health prevalence thresholds (MOH, New ERA, and ICF 2017; WHO and UNICEF 2017b).

Nepal’s commitment to improving nutrition is outlined in the following documents, which are aligned with the Government’s Vision 2030:

  • Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan II (MSNP II) 2018–2022
  • National Nutrition Strategy 2020
  • Multi-Sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (2014–2020)
  • Health Sector Strategy for Addressing Maternal Undernutrition (2013–2017)
  • Food and Nutrition Security Plan (2013) (part of the Agriculture Development Strategy)
  • Mandatory Flour Fortification (2011)
  • Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Communication Strategy (2011)
  • Five-Year Plan of Action for the Control of Anemia among Women and Children in Nepal (2006–2009)
  • National School Health and Nutrition Strategy (2006)
  • Advocacy and Communication Strategy for Multi-Sector Nutrition and Food Security (2016–2020)

Government initiatives have been underway for more than three decades, with national nutrition strategies developed in 1978, 1986, 1998, 2004, and 2020. The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan (MSNP) 2013–2017 served as a common result framework for improving nutrition outcomes and setting out plans of action for implementing nutrition-sensitive policies and strategies for key sectors, including agriculture, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and education. On December 14, 2017, the GON launched the MSNP II. The objectives of the MSNP II were to reduce the prevalence of stunting to 28 percent and of wasting to 7 percent among children under 5, and to reduce undernutrition (BMI < 18.5) to 12 percent among women 15–49 years of age.

The GON has brought several policies, strategies and plans for responding to nutrition challenges, supporting food security and promoting agricultural development. However, these policies have not sufficiently addressed the interlinkage among nutrition, food security and agriculture.

Poor understanding of the nutrition along with its multisector approach including agriculture and WASH together insufficient awareness among the law makers, policy makers and representatives from local government implementers are possibly some of the reasons for lack of coherence and integrated discourse on nutrition, agriculture, and food security. Therefore, there is a need for systematic investigation of past and present nutrition, NRM, WASH and agriculture policies, assess the linkage between these three issues and thus develop an integrated analytical framework highlighting the nexus between nutrition, food security and agriculture in the case of Nepal. In addition, whereas various capacity building activities focuses on the capacity building of the policy makers in a given bureaucratic system, meanwhile the lawmakers do not get adequate attention. The lawmakers i.e., members of parliament (MPs) in Nepal, play an important role on revision, refinement, and approval of policies, plans and resource allocations. However, the MPs in Nepal are not adequately presented with facts, evidence, and ground realities. The study document will help them to analyze the context of nutrition for program planning, budgeting as well as advocacy at all levels. 

OBJECTIVES OF NUTRITION POLICY REVIEW 

  • To analyse the previous and existing legal frameworks, policies, and national programs, including MSNP II in relation to food security and nutritional practices that also includes WASH, agriculture, NRM practices.
  • To identify how past and present legislation; policies and experience can be used to develop short and long-term scenarios for implementing food policies. 
  • To support local, provincial, and federal decision-makers and development professionals in their evidence based advocacy efforts at all levels.

The study will focus on the review of past and present nutritional policies and an inventory of prevailing nutritional practices. 

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The scope of the assignment is to carry out the review of post and present policies and inventory of prevailing nutritional practice and develop a comprehensive 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 study will be used for steering project activities and plans. The target audience of the study is WHH, Aasaman Nepal and LI-BIRD and other local, provincial, and federal policy makers and development professionals in their advocacy.

STUDY DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

  • Welthungerhilfe shall steer and oversee the overall implementation of the study together with its implementing partners. The assignment will provide report by following methods:
  • Desk review of relevant past and present policies and inventory of prevailing nutritional practice (WASH, agriculture, NRM), national nutrition programs and develop study methodology and tools 
  • Collection of nutrition, WASH, NRM and agriculture related data from different sources
  • Data analysis and draft report preparation:
    • 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 WHH SOPs for development project in context of COVID-19 and government protocols regarding COVID-19 prevention. 

DELIVERABLES 

The consultant/consulting firm shall submit one inception report at the beginning of the assignment and one report (nutrition, WASH, agriculture, NRM policy review and practices) as the final delivery of the assignment to Welthungerhilfe. The project team will review the draft report and the consultant/consulting firm shall incorporate the inputs in the final reports. The assignment will only be close once the report is formally accepted by Welthungerhilfe.

TIME FRAME / SCHEDULE

The study has to be completed and the first draft report has to be submitted within 2 months of signing of the contract. The final report needs to be submitted within fifteen 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 nutrition studies, public health, or equivalent degree. 
  • The team leader must have knowledge of policy review methods and techniques, including a thorough understanding nutrition related programs, policies, strategies of Nepal including and strong qualitative research skills, with +5 years of working experience in policy review and development project related to nutrition.
  • The 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 nutrition, sustainable food security.  
  • 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 Supplier Declaration form (link given below), legal documents, (registration & tax clearance in case of consulting firm and VAT registration card for individual) and CVs of key personals with by 17:00 hours (COB) dated 20 June  2022 via email address procurement.nepal@welthungerhilfe.de with subject line LANN+: Nutrition policy review .  Application received with incomplete documents and later than above date will be disqualified.

Please go through the link below to download the Supplier Declaration form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18UMaELYzM7fsywOJvNlGmTxfaduuyoHy/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106755148129806025610&rtpof=true&sd=true

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