Terms of References for Conducting an Assessment for Deeper Nutrition Programming to improve synergy and collaboration for PREG investments

Terms of References for Conducting an Assessment for

Deeper Nutrition Programming to improve synergy and collaboration for PREG investments

1. Background

In Kenya 23 of 47 counties are considered arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). Many constraints have and continue to negatively impact the resilience, food security situation, and socio-economic development of the ASALs of Kenya. Counties in the ASAL region have adversely been impacted by a legacy of marginalization by the government, drought emergencies, human conflict, and endemic poverty. Hence, USAID’s Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) brings together humanitarian and development partners to build resilience among the vulnerable pastoralist communities in the ASAL region.

The PREG model of collaboration is grounded in the approach of sequencing, layering, and integration which has enabled partners to minimize overlap, promote synergies, and achieve multi-partner collaboration. Its objective is to coordinate and harmonize resilience building among USAID direct-funded activities amongst key humanitarian and development actors, in collaboration with the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the devolved county government structures[1] to coordinate resilience and economic growth activities under the ending drought emergencies (EDE) framework. The PREG model is designed to achieve greater impact to communities through leveraging on the cumulative strength of the partnership. Under the model, PREG in collaboration with the County governments has strengthened the livestock value chain, improved access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services, increased conservation, improved governance, addressed conflict, and promoted inclusiveness and gender responsiveness. With the support of USAID investing more than $360 million to increase resilience and economic growth, PREG has contributed to notable successes in ASAL communities, since its inception, but gaps in programming still exist.

Nutrition remains a core component of the PREG initiative. Often, opportunities are missed to integrate nutrition into interventions within the various sectors and with various partners. 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. It is for this reason that the PREG Nutrition Technical Working Group (NTWG) was established.

The PREG Nutrition Technical Working Group was established in October 2017, to create a platform for partners to engage, share experiences, lessons learned, identify challenges and gaps in programming, and implement strategic interventions to address the underlying nutrition problems in the ASAL regions.

Africa Lead seeks to recruit a nutrition expert to assess the current multi-sectoral approaches and integration efforts and make recommendations on areas for deeper nutrition programming to improve synergy and collaboration, among PREG partners to address the chronic malnutrition levels in the Northern Kenya.

2. Objective

The main objective of this assignment is to assess the current multi-sectoral approaches and integration efforts and make recommendations on areas for deepening nutrition programming to improve synergy, and collaboration among the PREG partners to address the chronic high malnutrition levels in Northern Kenya. The assessment will be conducted in six PREG counties with heavy USAID investments namely: Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana.

Specific objectives include:

  • To investigate the gaps and challenges in the current PREG nutrition specific and sensitive interventions relative to the causal analysis highlighting the drivers of malnutrition
  • 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 and inclusion in PREG nutrition programming and gauge level of mainstreaming by partners

3. Scope of the Assignment

The purpose for this assignment is to conduct an assessment on current multi-sectoral approaches and integration efforts and make recommendations on areas for deeper nutrition programming to improve synergy, and collaboration among the PREG partners to address the chronic high malnutrition levels in Northern Kenya. Specific tasks include:

  1. Hold inception meetings with Africa Lead and USAID to clarify the scope, expectations, deliverables, roles, and timelines for delivery of work
  2. Prepare an inception report with a detailed outline of the assessment, the proposed methodology, and the assignment implementation plan.
  3. Review of all relevant literature, reports/ documents (including PREG Nutrition Technical Working Group minutes, partners FY18 nutrition specific/nutrition sensitive work plans, and Standardized Monitoring Assessment for Relief Transition reports for the respective counties, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) surveys, coverage surveys, nutrition causal analysis reports, etc.).
  4. Engage USAID and PREG partners in discussions to identify gaps, opportunities for collaboration and integration of nutrition into PREG activities to address the chronic high malnutrition levels in the northern Kenya through the partnership deliverables and implementation strategies.
  5. Hold consultations with USAID for their input and guidance in assessment
  6. Hold consultation with other key stakeholders such as ASAL donor group and county governments to understand their interventions and role in addressing chronic malnutrition in the PREG counties and identify possible opportunities for collaboration or leverage
  7. Synthesize the information collected from various stakeholders to produce an assessment report that includes clear gaps, opportunities for collaboration and integration of nutrition into PREG activities and strategic recommendations and actions that USAID and PREG partners will take make towards the improving of synergy and collaboration
  8. Hold meetings to present the assessment report and obtain USAID and PREG partners’ feedback
  9. Facilitate action planning workshop and/or further consultations to identify key priorities, develop clear actions and create consensus on the key strategic recommendations.
  10. Review the draft assessment report to incorporate feedback from USAID and PREG partners to produce the final report
  11. Present the final report to USAID and PREG partners and hold a debrief meeting to discuss the next step

4. Approach and Methodology of the assignment

The methodology will be participatory and will involve use of mixed methods of research. The assessment can be conducted using desk reviews and analysis, workshops, conducting key informant interviews (at national and county level with USAID, PREG partners and county governments), round tables, focus group discussions and field visits. For individual interviews and consultation with PREG partners, the consultant is expected to conduct over the phone interviews or teleconference. For FGDs, Africa Lead will facilitate for one on one meeting with the county teams. It is expected that the consultant will produce a report that meets the objectives stated above.

5. Timelines 

This consultancy will take a total of thirty working days spread over a period of performance starting   1st September to 30th September 2018.  Below is a proposed activity schedule for the assignment.

Tasks
 
  • Hold consultative meetings with Africa Lead and USAID to clarify the scope, expectations, deliverables, roles, and timelines for delivery of work
  • Develop an inception report with a detailed outline, the proposed methodology, and an implementation plan.
  • Conduct a desk review of all relevant literature, reports, and documents
 
  • Conduct Interviews with USAID, PREG partners and NDMA at national level to identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration and integration of nutrition into PREG activities
  • Conduct field data collection in the targeted PREG counties  (Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana) by conducting interviews with PREG county teams, county governments, and beneficiaries through FDGs)
 
  • Synthesis the information collected and produce 1st draft assessment report
  • Submit 1st draft assessment report
  • Present the draft assessment report to USAID and PREG partners
  • Facilitate an action planning workshop
  • Review the assessment report to incorporate feedback from USAID and PREG partners
  • Produce and submit the final report (including key strategic recommendations/action plans)
  • Hold a debrief meeting to discuss the next steps

6. Deliverables

  • Inception report entailing an outline, agreed upon methodology, and an implementation plan with timelines indicated
  • 1st draft assessment report
  • Final assessment report with an action plan and feedback incorporated from USAID, Africa Lead and PREG partners
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Presentation to USAID and PREG partners
  • Facilitate action planning workshop

7. Reporting

The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Africa Lead Resilience Manager, who will provide the overall supervision of this assignment. In ensuring the quality of the work is undertaken, the consultant will continuously consultant with Africa Lead to agree on expectations, scope of the work, and a specific work plan based on the assignment’s goals and approach.

8. Application Requirements

The consultant that can deliver the assignment as per the described terms of references should submit their proposal (not more than 15 pages) including technical and financial proposal as well as a work plan to africaleadiieaprocurementinbox@dai.com by August 24, 2018. The applicant should also include a brief description of the consultant or consultancy firm with a clear outline of recent experience on a similar assignment/s; description of the methodology, and three references for similar assignments undertaken in the last three years.

9. Minimum Qualifications

This task will require a consultant who should have the following key qualifications and experience:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in public health, agriculture, nutrition, food security or related field
  • At least 5- 8 years’ experience in conducting assessments in the nutrition sector
  • Have at least three years’ experience in resilience and food security programming
  • Knowledge and experience in research and participatory methodologies and approaches for USAID and USAID implementing partners
  • Familiarity with CAADP, EDE, FNSP, Common Programme Framework, and/or other relevant development frameworks in Kenya is a plus
  • Knowledge of key policy issues within the livestock, agriculture, water and natural resource management sectors within ASALs in Kenya and PREG is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (Level IV ability), including good editing skills, strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate experience and expertise on conducting similar assessments preferably in the ASAL areas. Experience and/or training in facilitating focus group discussions, informative interviews and knowledge of ethical interviewing methodologies
  • Excellent time management skills and meeting deadlines

[1] The partnership targets nine vulnerable and high-risk counties, with heavy investments in five counties namely: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir.

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