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  • Consultancy to Conduct Mid-Term Project Review and Recommend New Strategies for Acheiving Project Investment Outcomes at Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN)

  • Posted on: 27 August, 2019 Deadline: 6 September, 2019
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    • The Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) is a non-governmental, non-profit making coalition, made up of organizations with a shared vision to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen is food and nutrition secured. We pursue this lofty goal by engaging government and non-state actors to raise awareness, sustain commitment and actions to effectively tackle under-nutrition in Nigeria. The coalition was formally launched on the 7th of August, 2014.
      We have a common vision with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, clear accountability and sustainability framework. The guiding principles of the alliance include; Evidence based decision making, Gender mainstreaming, Equity, Feed- back, Diversity, Value for money Transparency and Integrity.

    Consultancy to Conduct Mid-Term Project Review and Recommend New Strategies for Acheiving Project Investment Outcomes

     

    REFERENCE: CS-SUNN/2019-08/0003

    Background

    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.

    Specific Tasks

    The specific tasks for the consultant are to:

    • Develop and present an inception report
    • Facilitate a pre-activity planning meeting with CS-SUNN Project Implementation/ Management team
    • Develop stakeholders’ specific questionnaires
    • Collect data at the National and subnational levels
    • Analyze data and produce draft report with recommendations
    • Develop an aidememoire of not more than 4 pages after data analysis
    • Facilitate a meeting with CS-SUNN Project Implementation/ Management team to review findings and recommendations.
    • Finalize mid-term review report and submit to CS-SUNN

    Expected Deliverables

    • By the end of the assignment the following output will be expected:
    • An aide-memoire of not more than 4 pages
    • Detailed PINNS project Mid-Term Review report with recommendations of not more than 10 pages.

    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:

    Project strategy

    • Review the problem addressed by the project and the underlying assumptions. Review the effect of any incorrect assumptions or changes to the context to achieving the project results as outlined in the Project Document.
    • Review the relevance of the project strategy and assess whether it provides the most effective route towards expected/intended results. Were lessons from other relevant projects properly incorporated into the project design?
    • Review how the project addresses country priorities. Was the project concept in line with the national sector development priorities and plans of the country?
    • Review decision-mking processes: were perspectives of those who would be affected by project decisions, those who could affect the outcomes, and those who could contribute information or other resources to the process, taken into account during project design processes?
    • Are the project’s objectives and outcomes or components clear, practical, and feasible within its time frame?
    • Project Implementation and Adaptive Management
    • Review overall effectiveness of project management as outlined in the Project Document. Have changes been made and are they effective? Are responsibilities and reporting lines clear? Is decision-making transparent and undertaken in a timely manner? Recommend areas for improvement.
    • Review any delays in project start-up and implementation, identify the causes and examine if they have been resolved.
    • Are work-planning processes results-based? If not, suggest ways to re-orientate work planning to focus on results
    • Examine the use of the project’s results framework/ log frame as a management tool and review any changes made to it since project started.
    • Review the monitoring tools currently being used: Do they provide the necessary information? Do they involve key partners? Are they aligned or mainstreamed with national systems? Do they use existing information? Are they efficient? Are they cost-effective? Are additional tools required? How could they be made more participatory and inclusive?
    • Project management: Has the project developed and leveraged the necessary and appropriate partnerships with stakeholders?
    • Participation and public awareness: To what extent has stakeholder involvement and public awareness contributed to the progress towards achievement of project objectives?
    • Assess how adptive management changes have been reported by the project management and shared with Management/ Steering Committee/ Board of Trustees.
    • Review internal project communication with stakeholders: Is communication regular and effective? Are there key stakeholders left out of communication? Are there feedback mechanisms when communication is received? Does this communication with stakeholders contribute to their awareness of project outcomes and activities and investment in the sustainability of project results?
    • Review external project communication: Are proper means of communication established or being established to express the project progress and intended impact to the public (is there a web presence, for example?)
    • What are the likelihood of financial and economic resources not being available once the BMGF funding ends?
    • Are there any social or political risks that may jeopardize sustainability of project outcomes?
    • Are lessons learned being documented by the Project Team on a continual basis and shared/ transferred to appropriate parties who could learn from the project and potentially replicate and/or scale it in the future?

    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: 

    Curriculum Vitae

    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.

    Activities                                                    Duration

    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

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should send their complete proposal via mail to procurement@cs-sunn.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)

    Durumi District

    Abuja.

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