Formative Research and Design Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy Consultancy in Kenya

Feed The Future – The US government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative

Scope of Work for Consultancy to Carry Out Formative Research and Design Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy for Nutrition Sensitive Implementation of Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity

Introduction: Mercy Corps is an international NGO implementing high-quality development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley, Nairobi, Nyanza and Northern regions of Kenya.

Together with its partners ACDI/VOCA, BOMA Project and Smart Regional Consultants (SRC), Mercy Corps is currently leading the implementation of the Associate Award 2 (AA2); Strengthening Community Capacity for Resilience and Growth (SCCRG) components of a five year USAID funded Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS) in Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa counties of Northern Kenya.

The goal of LMS is to enable people, households and communities to escape poverty and chronic vulnerability and strengthen their resilience so they can do so sustainably, in the face of complex risk and recurrent shocks and stresses and by leveraging opportunities in the livestock market system.

Strengthening Community Capacities for Resilience and Growth aims at;

  • Strengthening Institutions, Systems and Governance: Under this objective, the activities are geared towards strengthening management of pasture and water, drought risk and resource based conflicts.
  • Improving human capital: Under this objective, the activities are aimed at improving and sustaining health, nutrition and hygiene practice by building robust and sustainable behavior change practices; and improving numeracy, literacy and life skills

Mercy Corps seeks to contract a qualified consultant or firm to carry out formative research and design a social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy to be used by LMS to contribute to improving and sustaining of health, nutrition and hygiene practices in Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa Counties of Kenya.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The specific objective of the consultancy is to carry out formative research and design a social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy to be used by LMS to contribute to improving and sustaining of health, nutrition and hygiene practices in Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa Counties of Kenya.

 Scope and Main Tasks

The consultant will be responsible to deliver the following specific key tasks;

  • To carry out a desk review on Nutrition, Health, and WASH contexts in Northern Kenya with linkages to livestock market systems activity components
  • To review PREG partners’ tools and existing strategies, best practices and lessons learnt for inclusion in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework of the SBCC
  • To work closely with the AA2 Nutrition/WASH advisor, Mercy Corps’ HQ Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change and key stakeholders including USAID nutrition specialist to design and carry out formative research which may include qualitative methods such as direct observations, key informant interviews, and Barrier Analysis to inform and guide the development of the program’s social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy.
  • To compile a formative research report that summarizes the findings of the field research;
  • To work closely with Nutrition/WASH advisor, Mercy Corps’ HQ Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change and key stakeholders including USAID nutrition specialist to design Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) strategy including a model for SBC, proposed communication channels and platforms for the promotion of behaviors, specific behaviors to be promoted, and effective means of appealing to and promoting behaviors among the targeted groups which include adolescent girls, women of reproductive age, men, and frontline workers. Among the social and behavior themes which the SBCC strategy must include; societal norms, including gender norms, attitudes and behaviors that affect human and animal health and nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and the nutrition of adolescent girls, animal feeding practices which may include fodder production or the purchase of fodder, and key hygiene and sanitation-related behaviors such as hand-washing at critical moments, latrine use, treatment/purification of drinking water, and limiting or mitigating exposure to animal excreta. The consultant will be required to link the SBCC strategy with different components within LMS as well as other ongoing programming and development opportunities in Northern Kenya
  • Organize adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field
  • Analyze data and compile a comprehensive coverage survey report.
  • To engage LMS partners such as ACDI/VOCA, BOMA project and Smart Regional Consultants on integration of SBCC and interventions into Associate Award 1

 Deliverables

The consultancy will result into the following key deliverables

  • Formative research report;
  • Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy for Livestock Market Systems Activity.
  • Implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework of SBCC.                                                                                                         

Ethical Standards and Intellectual Property

Applicants are required to set out their approach to ensuring complete compliance with international good practices with regards to research ethics and protocols, particularly with regards to safeguarding children, vulnerable groups and those in fragile and conflict-affected states. Consideration should be given to:

  • Administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect the confidentiality of those participating in research;
  • Physical safeguards for those conducting research;
  • Data protection and secure maintenance procedures for personal information;
  • Parental consent concerning data collection from children or collation of data about children; and
  • Age-appropriate assent processes based on reasonable assumptions about comprehension for the ages of children they intend to involve in the research.

All products arising from this evaluation will be owned by the contracting partner. The Consultant will not be allowed, without prior authorization in writing, to present any of the analytical results as his or her own or to make use of the evaluation results for private publication purposes.

Profile of the Consultant/Company

The following qualifications are essential for the consultancy firm or individual consultants to take on this assignment

The consultant shall comply with the following requirements:

  • A comprehensive understanding and experience of Social and Behavior Change as a discipline, formative research methods including the barrier analysis methodology, nutrition surveys and surveillance systems, hygiene related formative surveys, designing for social and behavior change models and frameworks,
  • Experience in strategic communication planning for development, communication in behavior development, social mobilization, and/or participatory communication, with quantitative or qualitative social sciences research skills
  • Teams with variety of skills in advanced degree in Nutrition, public health, Anthropology, Epidemiology or related discipline with at least 5 years of international and field experience preferably in northern Kenya.
  • A thorough understanding of Nutrition and WASH challenges specific to northern Kenya and the existing intervention efforts
  • Proof of similar work on conducting formative research for improving nutrition and designing social and behavior change communication strategies.

Role of Mercy Corps

The Consultant (and team), Nutrition/WASH advisor, Deputy Chief of Party and the Chief of Party will take the technical lead and coordination of the consultancy with support from Mercy Corps’ HQ Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change.

The Consultant (s) will provide managerial support and overall coordination of the consultancy.

Mercy Corps will take the following responsibilities in this consultancy.

  • Provide the necessary documents for review
  • Facilitate mobilization of required persons for interview schedules and discussions
  • Mercy Corps will provide inputs and comments to the work plan and proposal, assessment tools and reports
  • Mercy Corps will organize a workshop for presentation and feedback for preliminary findings
  • Provide flights, ground transport for field work in the five counties (A maximum of 35 days in the field)

Consultancy Work Proposal Specifications

Interested consultants for this assignment must include a detailed technical proposal and completed Timeline & LOE chart (Enclosed). The study should propose practical timeline, which includes all activities (prep, data collection, analysis & write-up).  The technical proposal should include the following components.

  • Description of the assignment
  • Approach and methodology to be used in undertaking the assignment (Including Sample Size/Region)
  • Detail implementation plan
  • Budget (see attached)
  • Organizational and personnel capacity including profile of key personnel (annex CVs) and their role
  • Previous experience of similar assignments (proves annexed)
  • Any other relevant information to the assignment
  • 3 professional references (previous clients) with email and telephone contacts

 Selection Criteria, Scoring Evaluation, Timeline and Level of Effort

CLICK HERE (Mercy Corps Consultancy) for detailed Selection Criteria, Scoring Evaluation, Timeline and Level of Effort

Proposal Submission

Interested consultants can submit their technical and financial quotations to the following address not later than July 16th 2018 at 5.00 PM.

Mercy Corps Kenya Nairobi Office
ABC Place Waiyaki Way 3rd Building, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 11868-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted to make a power point presentation of their proposals.



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