Deeper Nutrition Programming to Improve Synergy and Collaboration for PREG Investments

Assignment: Deeper Nutrition Programming to Improve Synergy and Collaboration for PREG Investments

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Period of Performance: May to June 2018

Level of Effort: 28 days

Background

Africa Lead is USAID’s primary capacity building program in sub -Saharan Africa. The program works to help realize Feed the Future (FTF) and the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of champions, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for African-led agriculture transformation.

The Scope of Africa Lead II
Africa Lead II works with countries and regions to develop strategic long-term activities to strengthen African decision-makers, institutions, non-state actors (NSAs), including the private sector at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security. The program is organized around three strategic areas:

1. Improved institutional capacity
2. Strengthened management of policy change and alignment processes
3. Enhanced capacity and engagement of NSAs, including the private sector

The USAID Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) brings together humanitarian and development partners to build resilience among vulnerable communities in Northern Kenya. PREG targets nine arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) counties that have suffered recurrent drought, human conflict, and a legacy of marginalization by government and international investments countries. Additionally, USAID PREG works with the Kenya National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and county governments to coordinate resilience and economic growth activities under the ending drought emergencies (EDE) framework.

Nutrition remains a core component of the PREG initiative. Often, opportunities are missed to integrate nutrition into interventions within the various sectors. There are inadequate linkages between the existing USAID investments within PREG that could provide synergy to address the chronic high malnutrition levels in the Northern Kenya. Consequently there is need for closer integration between the Nutrition programs (be they nutrition specific or nutrition sensitive) to build on synergies that improve implementation and attainment of the desired results. For this a Nutrition Technical Working Group (NTWG) was established.

The a Nutrition Technical Working Group was established in October 2017, to create a platform for partners to engage, share experiences, lessons learned, identify challenges, and implement strategic interventions to address the underlying nutrition problems in the ASAL regions. Africa Lead seeks to recruit a nutrition expert to assess and make recommendations on areas of deeper nutrition programming to improve synergy and collaboration, among PREG partners to address the chronic malnutrition levels in the Northern Kenya

Objective of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct an assessment and make recommendations on areas of deeper nutrition programming to improve synergy, and collaboration among the PREG partners to address the chronic high malnutrition levels in Northern Kenya.

Specific objectives of the assignment include:

• To investigate the gaps in the current PREG nutrition specific and sensitive interventions
• To identify further opportunities for collaboration within all PREG interventions to reinforce nutrition outcomes
• To identify possible opportunities for integration of nutrition into PREG activities
• To identify and make strategic recommendations on innovative ways of integrating nutrition in to the existing PREG interventions
• To assess the role of gender in PREG nutrition programming and gauge level of mainstreaming by partners

Submission of Proposals

Interested consultants should submit their proposal (not more than 15 pages) including methodology and examples of case studies to africaleadiieaprocurementinbox@dai.com by May 24th, 2018. Only shortlisted individuals will be contacted. For more information see details of terms of reference at: http://www.africaleadftf.org/topics/opportunities

 

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