Consultancy Assignment for Conducting a Study Agriculture and Nutrition Service Delivery

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Consultancy Assignment for Conducting a Study Agriculture and Nutrition Service Delivery

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organization founded in the Netherlands in 1965 with a global presence in 30 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors with the belief that no one should have to live in poverty and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to these sectors by strengthening the capacity of targeted partners and communities at the field level to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels and expand employment; and improve food security while paying special attention to gender equity, social inclusion of marginalized groups and stakeholder accountability.

Job Description

1.      Project summary

SNV is implementing a multi-country and multi-sector program, Voice for Change Partnership’ (V4CP). The program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and is implemented in six countries, Kenya, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras and Indonesia. This five-year program 2016-2020 aims to strengthen capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate for a conducive enabling environment in WASH, Renewable Energy, Food and Nutrition Security and Resilience.

In Rwanda the project focuses on Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) with an emphasis on food security and Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains. The project is implemented in conjunction with IFPRI under the leadership of SNV.

Under the Food and Nutrition Security, the program will advocate on four issues

  • The Increased production and consumption of diverse nutritious food 
  • Increased accessibility and use of fortified crops or products
  • Improved Coordination and service delivery of agriculture, food security and nutrition actors and activities at national and district level
  • Effective allocation of the budget in relevant agriculture, food security and nutrition activities/interventions/programs

2.    The assignment

SNV Rwanda wishes to recruit a local consultant for a short time assignment to conduct a mid-term evaluation on agricultural and Nutrition service provision. The study will analyses the national agriculture and nutrition service delivery and will be conducted in 3 districts which are highly prone to food insecurity and children stunting with the rate above 40 percent (Nyabihu, Nyamagabe, and Rutsiro Districts) and 3 districts which are less food insecure and have a level of stunting less than than 40 percent (Kicukiro, Kamonyi and Huye) according to DHS 2015 and 4 other districts (Muhanga, Karongi, Ngororero and Rubavu) from which V4CP project will focus during the second term of its implementation.

The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a mid-term evaluation on

  • Current agricultural and nutrition service delivery at national and district level
  • The level of satisfaction of farmers and households with the agricultural and nutrition services provided.
  • The capacity of the districts and health facilities in terms of staffing and technical capacity/skills in the area of food security and nutrition

The Specific Objectives Of The Consultancy Include:

To conduct the analysis of specific nutrition and agriculture service delivery at both national and district level (capacity of different entities)

  • To assess the satisfaction of farmers with agriculture services
  • To assess the needs of farmers in terms of agriculture service delivery
  • To assess the needs of households in terms of nutrition services
  • To assess the satisfaction of households with nutrition services
  • To provide conclusions and recommendations for better Nutrition and agriculture service delivery

3.      Scope of work

SNV is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct a survey on agriculture and nutrition service delivery. The data generated will be used as evidences to advocacy for improvement but also show the project’s performance progress towards achieving its objectives. The study will serve as mid-term evaluation for some districts and baseline for others. The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Participate in briefing and consultative meetings on the assignment with SNV Voice4Change Partnership program team and with relevant program stakeholders including Program CSOs partners.
  • Review extensively all relevant reports, studies and surveys on the Agriculture extensions and Nutrition sectors in Rwanda, at national and district level, and synthesize the information to ensure that the survey focuses on areas not covered by current literature.
  • Design the methodology based on the objectives of the study.
  • Conduct an assessment of agriculture and nutrition service delivery at both national and district level  
  • Provide conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of the service delivery.
  • Prepare and submit comprehensive, well-structured report of the study

The consultant will be supported by SNV Voice4Change program team with technical guidance and data collection.

4.      Deliverables

The following services and outputs are expected:

  • An Inception Report prior to the commencement of the study, explaining the detailed study design, time path and the implementation plan. The Inception Report shall be approved by SNV before the assignment commences.
  • Detailed and comprehensive study tools to be used in capturing the information required. The tools should be discussed and agreed at the project level before utilization and thereafter be annexed to the study report.
  • Debrief session and power point presentation to the SNV V4CP Project team
  • Comprehensive draft and final evaluation reports.

5.      Methodology

The methodology for the assessment will further be defined and reviewed by the consultant and will include both direct and indirect data collection, analysis and cross referencing and formulating recommendations. Data collection will be done through desk research, surveys at farmer and households’ level and interview with key informants and project stakeholders. It is envisaged that the methodology used during this assessment will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Review of existing secondary information and reports relevant to the evaluation study topic
  • Discussion with key project staff of SNV and partner CSOs and other key informants
  • Interviews with stakeholders involved at district level
  • Conduct survey with farmers and households in the target areas for data collection and observations

6.     Timeline

This assignment is expected to last 50 working days from 15th November 2018 to December 2018

Qualifications

1.      Qualification Profile

The successful applicant should possess adequate expertise and experiences to conduct the assessment and meet the following requirements:

  • At least master’s degree in Social Sciences, Agricultural extension, Nutrition, Development studies, or related field relevant for the assignment study.
  • At least three years of hands-on experience in conducting assessments and studies in the development sector with specific reference to rural development. Good knowledge and experience in survey design, implementation of surveys and statistical data analysis is required, as well as demonstrated experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Strong technical background in the field of food and nutrition security  

Additional Information

Work Pattern (Full Time or Part Time): Part-Time 

Contract Duration: Consultancy contract Between November 2018 and December 2018

Expected start date: As soon as Possible

How to apply?

SNV is, therefore, seeking for technical and financial proposal from competent consultancy firm /consultant to perform the described assignment. The technical proposal should Specify:

–         Understanding the Terms of reference

–         Methodology to be used, 

–         Tentative work plan.

–         Qualifications of proposed personnel

–          summary of curriculum vitae. 

The financial proposal should include the breakdown of :

–         Daily rate of the consultant

–         Travel allowances

–         Enumerators allowances

–         Stationaries and other related consumables fees

The consultant will be fully responsible for dealing with the matter of any applicable taxes on the income from this consultancy work

Deadline:  November 12th, 2018.

Please send your application with position title as the subject

N.B: Only shortlisted candidates/firms  will be contacted

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