Consultancy to Conduct Mid-Term Project Review and Recommend New Strategies for Acheiving Project Investment Outcomes
Malnutrition can take many forms and it affects the global population irrespective of location, age, religion, gender etc. Two key drivers of malnutrition are the lack of funds and lack of an enabling environment for implementation of high impact nutrition interventions proven to mitigate and eliminate the menace ultimately. Other factors that contribute to malnutrition include lack of food, suboptimal diets, weak economic and political structures, socio-cultural and behavioral nuances, social and gender conditions, lack of education among women and other causes.
According to UNICEF, Malnutrition fundamentally contributes to more than 50% of deaths among children under 5 in Nigeria. The 2008, 2013 and 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) gave the overall nation-wide under-nutrition indicators among children under 5 years as 41%, 37% and 37% stunting, 14%, 18% and 7% wasting, and 23%, 29% and 23% underweight respectively. This shows no reduction in stunting rate and little reduction in the percentage of underweighted children over the period of 10 years. The 2018 National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHS) reported a slight reduction in stunting to 32.0 percent, and a reduction in underweight to 19% while wasting still remains at 7%. The slight positive changes recorded on any of the indices requires that the efforts that birthed the results be sustained in order to ensure continuous reduction.
The Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems (PINNS) project implemented by CS-SUNN is designed to strengthen the Nigeria nutrition systems to be more Result-driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET). This is to facilitate the delivery of Nutrition interventions and to hold government accountable on commitments made to allocate, release and use transparently funds for implementation of high impact Nutrition interventions in Nigeria through evidence-based advocacy. The three-year project is implemented at the National and in five states; Kano, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa and Kaduna.
Purpose of Assignment
CS-SUNN kicked off implementation of a three year-PINNS Project in April, 2018 and within this period the project has worked to improve nutrition systems at national and state levels by promoting accountability, strengthening capacity and conducting advocacies for increased funding, programme implementation specifically, domestication of the National Multisecotoral Plan of Action for Nutrition.
Mid Term Review is primarily a monitoring tool to identify challenges and outline corrective actions to ensure that a project is on track to achieve maximum results by its completion. The primary output/deliverable is the Mid Term Review report.
The specific tasks for the consultant are to:
Scope of Mid-Term Review
The Consultant will review all relevant sources of information including documents prepared during the preparation phase (i.e. Policies, the Project Document, project reports including Annual Project Report, project budget revisions, lesson learned reports, national/ subnational strategic policies and plans and any other materials that is considered useful for this evidence-based review).
The Consultant is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with the Project Team, government counterparts (Nutrition line MDAs) and other key stakeholders as engagement of stakeholders is vital to a successful review. Stakeholder involvement should include interviews with stakeholders who have project responsibilities, including but not limited to CS-SUNN project implementation team, Management team, CSOs and Government personnel. The Consultant is expected to conduct field visits to two project locations as well as Federal level and conduct telephone interviews with others; Kaduna, Niger, Kano, Nasarawa, Lagos and Federal.
The midterm review is expected to answer these questions but not limited to the following:
Type of Consultants Required
The consultant should have extensive knowledge of the Nigerian Health/Nutrition systems and policy landscape with experience in implementing public health programmes, especially MNCH and nutrition-related services. The consultant will be expected to have an advanced degree in Public Health/ Health Planning, Policy and Management/ Public Policy/ Nutrition,
Sociology or other related disciplines. S/He should have an in-depth understanding of how the Nigeria Nutrition Systems work, the challenges and how to address gaps and way forwards. S/He must also have proven quantitative and qualitative research and drafting skills with extensive experience in the development of training curricula and materials. S/he must, in addition, have a proven ability and experience in leading and facilitating training workshops on multidisciplinary and multicultural terms, multidisciplinary skills and ability to communicate effectively as well as ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. Sensitivity to regional, political, gender and cultural balance, readiness to travel across the states by road/air and a high standard of professionalism will be added advantage.
Interested consultants who meet the qualifications are to send an expression of interest by submitting a formal application with the following:
Technical offer containing work plan and methodology
Proposed budget with (a) daily consultancy fee – all taxes and duties included; (b) travel, accommodation and subsistence costs (if applicable).
Timing of Consultancy
The assignment will be carried out in Abuja and in the project states; Kaduna, Niger, Kano, Nasarawa, Lagos will last for 20 working days within the months of September and October, 2019.
Pre-planning meeting 1 day
Data Collection 12 days
Report writing 6 days
Meeting to review draft report 1 day
TOTAL days for consultant 20 days
Interested candidates should send their complete proposal via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 6th September, 2019.
Please address correspondence to:
The Executive Secretary,
Civil Society – Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN)
Plot 203 Cadastral Zone B02
Off Oladipo Diya Way (Beside Concordia Apartments)