Call for proposals to evaluate the impact of Development Fund of Norway’s interventions on nutrition in selected project sites in Malawi


1. Background
The Development Fund (DF) of Norway supports ten organizations in Malawi. In addition, DF is a member of and secretariat to the Network for Enhanced Livelihoods (NEAL). The network consists of six organizations implementing development programs in the fields of agriculture, food security, environment and climate change management with Norwegian funding in Malawi.

The overall goal of DF’s Malawi program is to achieve sustainable food and nutrition security among smallholder farmers. DF has, in the past years, worked to increase the amount food produced by the targeted households, as well as increase the number of crop species and livestock units at household level. DF has mainly worked through the Lead Farmer Model to achieve its goal. Lead Farmers are trained in Sustainable Agriculture (SA) techniques for them to train Follower Farmers. DF has, in collaboration with its implementing partners, developed a Lead Farmer Extension and Training Guide on Sustainable Agriculture, which was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAlWD).

Various studies seem to suggest a decrease in the level of undernutrition in the country over the last two decades. However, under-nutrition still remains a persistent challenge. According to Malawi demographic and health survey 2015 -2016, 37% of the under-five children are stunted and 12% are underweight, wasting was observed in 3%. It is against this background that DF seeks to engage services of a consultant to evaluate the impact of its interventions on nutrition in Malawi.

2. Overall objective of the assignment
The overall objective of the assignment is to find out whether, and if so to what extent and how, the DF promoted interventions have had an effect on the food intake of people in the project sites, and from there develop recommendations to inform DF’s future programming.

3. Scope of work
The consultant shall:

  • Through the conceptual analysis and literature review, indicate the extent of the main undernutrition issues in the projects sites. Focus shall be on stunting, underweight, wasting and micronutrient deficiency including zinc, iron, iodine and vitamin A as the minimum.
  • Find out whether, and to what extent, the DF promoted interventions have contributed towards intake of more food groups and bettering the intake of nutritious foods in the areas.
  • If the intake of different food groups has been improved; find out in what way and through what activities has the DF contributed towards the improvement.
  • Develop recommendations on how future DF programming could strengthen DF’s work on nutrition, within the scope of DF thematic areas in Malawi. Recommend concrete and action-oriented measures to guide DF’s work as to what needs to be done more of, less of or propose other changes to DF’s work.
  • The evaluation should also suggest possible areas for learning that could be explored further in DF’s programs besides Malawi.

4. Methodology
The consultant shall view the link between changes in agricultural production and changes in food intake. The evaluation will be carried out by gathering qualitative data on people’s experienced changes in food intake. The Minimum Dietary Diversity Score food groups will be used to compare consumption some years back and today. Focus will be on women of reproductive age and under-five children, considering women and children with HIV or disabilities in particular. The consultant will develop appropriate methodologies and data collection tools to be used during the study.

5. Expected deliverables

  • A brief, maximum 2 -3 pages, inception report stating the consultants understanding of the task and detailing methodologies and data collection tools to be used in carrying out the study, all responding to the TORs.
  • A report on the main findings, suggesting appropriate options and recommendations.

 

6. Timeline
The duration of the study is estimated to a maximum of 25 working days. This includes preparations, development of data collection tools, fieldwork, data analysis and report writing. The study should commence as soon as possible, and not later than early January 2018.

7. Desired competencies and skills of the consultant

  • Advanced University Degree in the field of‘ Nutrition and experience working on dietary methods, with good understanding of agriculture and gender;
  • Experience in designing and conducting independent evaluations regarding nutrition, including qualitative research;
  • Good communication, analytical, drafting and document presentation skills;
  • Identify with DF’s values and principles;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

 

8. Selection Criteria
DF is a transparent and accountable institution and follows rigorous procedures for evaluating proposals before the contract is awarded. DF shall review all technical and financial proposals. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

9. Application procedures
interested candidates should submit their proposals not later than 11th December. 2017. The proposal shall in addition to the covering letter include: Technical proposal, suggesting .work plan and methodology Financial proposal including budget breakdown; Abridged Curriculum Vitae; Contact information of three reference institutions the consultant have been contracted by to carry out similar work.

The proposal should be sent by email to:

Email: victorkj@developmentfundmw.org


Comment on advertised Job

Angie F.

7th of December, 2017 11:29:34 am


Location: National

Employment Type: Consultancy

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 11th December, 2017

Company: Development Fund (DF) of Norway

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