TERMS OF REFERENCE TO ENLIST THE SERVICES OF A CONSULTANT TO REVIEW CS-SUNN RESEARCH DOCUMENTS AND DEVELOP AN ENDLINE REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR ADVOCACY IN CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH (PACFaH) PROJECT SHOWING SUCCESSES, LESSONS LEARNT AND NEXT STEPS
Purpose of Assignment:
This assignment seeks to harness from the knowledge and experience of a consultant competent in the field of research to review selected CS-SUNN’s research documents designed to assess the level of impact of CS-SUNN’s activities in 3 states (Kaduna, Niger and Nasarawa state) and at the Federal level. This consultancy is expected to begin with a review of the documents produced (2015-2017) as well as undertake an End-line assessment on the level of awareness of the National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NSPAN) and implementation of the PACFaH Project showing successes, lessons learnt and next steps. The consultant is expected to carry out consultations with relevant stakeholders in order to gather relevant information that and ensure that a robust assessment tool and report are generated.
Rationale / Justification for Assignment:
The partnership for advocacy in child and family health (PACFaH) in Nigeria project is a social accountability investment implemented through the strategy of coalition building to achieve the goal of catalyzing government’s responsiveness on policies, budgets and administration on the most daunting challenges to child and family health at national and state levels in Nigeria.
With over 11 million stunted children, Nigeria is confronted with daunting challenge of malnutrition and ranks second behind India with the highest number of stunting, with the associated risk of physical disabilities and poor learning outcomes. The Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) 2013, reported that 37% of children under five were stunted, 29% were underweight and 18% were wasted (wasting increased from 14% in 2008 to 18%). Exclusive breastfeeding rate is 17%. The recent study on malnutrition by CS-SUNN (2015) correlates with the NDHS (2013) report, and confirms that rates of stunting in children 0 – 5 years in Kaduna are 57%; Nasarawa is 35%; and Niger is 34%.
Malnutrition rates among children 0-36 months and women of reproductive age in Nigeria are high and vary across rural-urban locations, geopolitical regions, and agro-ecological zones, constituting a significant public health challenge.
There is a five-year costed National Strategic Plan of Action on Nutrition (NSPAN) spanning 2014 -2019 which is the Health sector component of the National Policy on Food and Nutrition (NPFN) and addresses both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive responses. The NSPAN was adopted at the 57th National Council on Health (NCH) meeting held in October 2014, by representatives from the 36 states.
The document if implemented, will by 2019 reduce stunting by 20%, low birth weight by 15%, anemia among women of reproductive age by 50%, reduce and maintain childhood wasting by 15% and increase exclusive breast feeding in the first six months by 50%.
CS-SUNN’s thrust in the PACFaH project is to advocate for increased implementation of the NSPAN as well as increased funding and timely release of funds allocated for nutrition in the 2017 budget.
Scope of Assignment:
The consultant will review CS-SUNN documents; Baseline, Midline studies of the level of awareness of the NSPAN, policy analysis and budget analysis of funding for the Plan, KABP of policymakers and conduct an end of project report on the implementation of the PACFaH Project showing successes, lessons learnt and next steps and level of awareness of the NSPAN.
The consultant will embark on a data collection process in the 3 states, Kaduna, Niger and Nasarawa and at the Federal level then analyze data, produce a report on the findings.
Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) is a non-governmental, non-profit making coalition, made up of organizations with a passion to promote quality nutrition in Nigeria. The Coalition was formally launched on the 7th of August, 2014.
Our vision is to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen is food and nutrition secured. We pursue this lofty goal by mobilizing Non-State Actors to advocate, generate evidence, build capacity and stimulate communities to scale up nutrition in Nigeria. Since inception the Coalition has been advocating for improved nutrition in Nigeria through holding government accountable and policy implementation by all stakeholders.
The consultant will work closely with the CS-SUNN team to review CS-SUNN documents; Baseline, Midline studies of the level of awareness of the NSPAN, policy analysis and budget analysis of funding for the Plan, KABP of policymakers and conduct an end of project review on the implementation of the PACFaH Project showing successes, lessons learnt and next steps and level of awareness of the NSPAN. The consultant will take responsibility for the following Scope of Work:
• Review CS-SUNN documents as listed above
• Develop data collection tool
• Collect data for the End-line study on the level of awareness of the NSPAN
• Analyze data
• Produce report on the implementation of the PACFaH Project showing successes, lessons learnt and next steps and the level of awareness of the NSPAN.
Key Deliverables & Expected Outputs:
• Reviewed and finalized CS-SUNN documents
• Finalized CS-SUNN End-line reports
Consultancy is expected to start by July 9, 2017. The Consultant should be able to assume duties by this date.
A technical and financial proposal based on the Terms of Reference outlined above must be provided by the consultant no later than close of business on June 29, 2017. The proposal must include full Curriculum Vitae of the consultant.
Further information may be obtained from the Program Manager, CS-SUNN/ PACFaH, Mr. Sunday Okoronkwo at the CS-SUNN Secretariat.
Please send proposals to the address below:
33 Imo crescent, Area One Garki,
Or to the following email IDs: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]