DSW WOFAK Baseline Survey Consultancy in Homa Bay County, Kenya

Terms of Reference for Baseline Survey

Introduction: WOFAK in partnership with DSW through the support of European Union are planning to start a three year project initiative that seeks to contribute to improving the nutrition status of women and children, in line with the European Union’s Action Plan that aims at reducing the number of stunted children by more than 70 million and reducing and maintaining wasting among children under five to less than 5%.

We are seeking services of a qualified and experienced consultant(s) to conduct area specific nutrition Standardized Measurement and Assessments in Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey to determine nutrition status of children 6-59 months, crude and infant mortality rates in the population, Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) as well as practices of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Water and Sanitation and Health (WASH) practices, food security status of the area and protection and health related issues.

Working Location: Homa bay County, Kenya

Work Plan: The consultancy is for a maximum three (3) weeks to be completed before 31st August, 2016 (includes desk review, enumerators training, data collection, support to data entry/analysis and report writing). 

The consultant(s) shall work directly with the Program Coordinator.
S/he will also liaise closely with M&E officer, Nutrition and Field Coordinators.

Consultancy objectives

1. To measure the prevalence of acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months.
2. To measure the prevalence of underweight and stunting in children aged 6-59 months.
3. To estimate the retrospective Morbidity, Crude and Under five Mortality rates.
4. To determine the coverage of measles vaccination among children aged 9-59 months.
5. To determine the coverage of vitamin A supplementation received during the last 6 months among children aged 6-59 months.
6. To assess the two-week period prevalence of diarrhoea among children aged 6- 59 months.
7. To investigate maternal care practices and Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) practices among children aged 0-23 months related to:
  • Exclusive breast feeding among children 0-6 months
  • Early initiation of breastfeeding
  • Introduction of solid, semi-solid and soft foods
  • Continued breastfeeding at 1 year
  • Minimum dietary diversity
  • Minimum meal frequency
  • Minimum acceptable diet
8. To assess food security related practices related to (selected objectives related to food security as sub-objectives as above).
9. To determine the population’s access to, and use of, improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
10. To make recommendations on actions to be taken to address the situation

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Design the survey methodology, and develop comprehensive tools for data collection according to the national survey guidelines and present it to the County Health Management Team (CHMT) and Nutrition Information Working Group.
  • Train data collectors and meet with various stakeholders at sub-county and County level.
  • Organize adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field.
  • Supervise data entry and assure data entry quality. Ensure anthropometric data is entered each day and analyzed for errors. Feedback given to team on daily basis in order to ensure validity and reliability of results.
  • Overseeing data cleaning and analysis using anthropometric software (ENA) for the core anthropometric and mortality data and others e.g EPINFO, SPSS on the other indicators
  • Presentation of the results in 2006 WHO growth standard and annex analysis with NCHS Growth Standards.
  • Presentation of preliminary findings to the Project team, CHMT and Nutrition TWG.
  • Prepare and submit final survey report and the data sets to WOFAK/DSW in soft and hard copy.
Expected Output:
  • Comprehensive survey report with practical recommendations in addressing the situation in the county
  • The cleaned version of the raw data used to calculate the survey results.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Post-graduate degree in Nutrition, Public Health or related discipline.
  • 10 years experience (recent) on nutrition SMART survey implementation.
  • Methodical and thorough familiarity with SMART survey methods, including proficiency in the use of the applicable software (ENA-Epi/ ENA-SMART, or EpiInfo) and performing plausibility checks to ensure good data quality.
  • Previous good accomplishment awards and/ or certificate from an organization in Kenya with regard to SMART survey results
  • Previous SMART survey results subjected to and passed a strict validation process
  • Ability to perform standardisation tests and follow through all the important steps in SMART survey training and implementation
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences and awareness of gender issues.
  • Empathy with organizational goals and ability to motivate and develop skills of others
  • Demonstrated experience in coalition building/local partnership and relationship development 
  • Training and coaching skills in nutrition survey implementation
  • Excellent written and spoken English and ability to draft high quality reports
  • Ability to clearly and competently present findings to diverse audiences.
Application Procedure
Interested Consultants/firms are requested to send their applications via email to info@dswkenya.org by 24th July 2016 with the title ‘Consultancy: Nutrition baseline survey’ clearly indicated in the subject line. 
Applications should include the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Technical Proposal: Consultant(s) capacity statement including a minimum of three (3) samples of reports developed by the Consultant(s) addressing similar issues; Interpretation of the ToR; Outline of the methodology and tools the Consultant(s) will use to guide the process; Detailed base line analysis framework and timeframe; Proposed outline for the report.
  • Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees, training costs, accommodation; transport cost; stationeries, and supplies needed for training and administrative costs related to the participants during the exercise.
  • Detailed resume(s) highlighting the work that the Consultant(s) has undertaken, which is relevant to this assignment;
NB: Shortlisted consultants may be required to make a presentation prior to awarding of the consultancy (Tentative date – 28th July). 
The selected consultant(s) will be required to make a presentation on the agreed methodology at the National Nutrition TWG (Tentative date – 4th August)

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