Request for Expression of Interest for Community Action Planning Consultant

 

Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project (CDNIP)

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Japan Social Development Fund Grant

Grant Number TF017708

 

Assignment Title: Community Action Planning Consultant 
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has received financing from the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) administered by the World Bank towards the cost of the Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project (CDNIP) of which CRS is seeking consultant(s)/firm to carry out a Community Action Planning for the CDNIP.

 

CRS now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

  1. Summary of Services Being Requested

Catholic Relief Services/Timor Leste (CRS/TL) seeks technical assistance from an International Consultant to conduct a consultancy to conduct a Community Action Planning process for the Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project (CDNIP).  The Community Action Planning process is defined in such a way that through a PRA approach the communities will identify needs, preferences and priorities that lead up to the goal of developing Community Action Plans (CAP) with identified appropriate nutrition sensitive and specific interventions to improve nutrition practices in their community targeting pregnant and lactating women and children under two.

The consultant is expected to work mainly in Baucau district at the CRS field office and communities supporting the staff from the implementing partner organizations and CDNIP staff.

 

  1. Purpose:

Catholic Relief Services/Timor Leste (CRS/TL) seeks technical assistance from an International Consultant to conduct a consultancy to conduct a Community Action Planning process for the Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project (CDNIP).  The Community Action Planning process is defined in such a way that through a PRA approach the communities will identify needs, preferences and priorities that lead up to the goal of developing Community Action Plans (CAP) with identified appropriate nutrition sensitive and specific interventions to improve nutrition practices in their community targeting pregnant and lactating women and children under two.

The consultant is expected to work mainly in Baucau district at the CRS field office and communities supporting the staff from the implementing partner organizations and CDNIP staff.

  1. Background

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is in the start-up phase of the 3-year (2014 – 2017) World Bank-funded Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project (CDNIP). CDNIP will target all communities (i.e. 250 aldeia) in 50 sucos that fall in the lowest living standard groups in two eastern districts of Timor-Leste, Baucau and Viqueque. The identification of sucos with the lowest living standards is based on an assessment conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) using asset information available from the 2010 Population and Housing Census.

The project will directly benefit an estimated 4,470 children under the age of two and 5,503[1] pregnant and lactating women by increasing demand and utilization of nutrition specific and sensitive interventions. CDNIP aims to achieve universal targeting of children under the age of two and pregnant and lactating women in targeted aldeias.

 

  1. Community Action Planning (CAP) Process Objectives

The objective of the consultancy is to complete the CAP process for the CDNIP project through community data gathering leading up to and including the development of a Community Action Plan (CAP) for each community /aldeia.

Suggested activities:

  1. Mapping (updating existing maps) the community’s infrastructure, facilities and key persons for the project such as leadership, health workers, Promotor Saude Comunitaria (PSF) and Agriculture Extension Workers (SEO)
  2. Identifying the community’s underlying causesand potential solutions related to malnutrition and child stunting through Problem Tree Analysis,
  3. Identifying community needs, preferences and priorities needed to support the identified solutions
  4. Identifying locally available household and community-level resources for overcoming those barriers.
  5. Identifying food consumption patterns in relation to yearly agriculture cycle (agriculture Calendar) highlighting times of stress on household nutrition related to production patterns
  6. The above information from actions 1-6 will inform the development of community action plans where communities identify how they would like to
  7. Additionally
  8. a)Identifying and listing the direct beneficiaries, pregnant and lactating women with children under the age of two who are participating in the care groups
  9. b)Identifying and listing the Community Nutrition Facilitators (CNFs) who will facilitate the women in the care groups

 

  1. Composition of the CAP process team

Since the CDNIP program is established outlining a community driving the process, the CAP process should involve community people/stakeholders (selected for their report building and analytical skills), staff from implementing partner organisations (who are main facilitators in the process), CDNIP staff members from CRS and an international consultant. The latter will be supported by the CDNIP staff members.

 

The International Consultant should be an expert in PRA design and facilitation as well as Community Action Planning. Logistical support will be provided by CRS and the implementing partner organizations.

The International Consultant should meet the following qualifications and experience:

 

  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • PhD or Master’s degree in relevant social study (e.g., anthropology, community development, nutrition, demographics, rural development, etc.)
  • 5+ years of experience in applying his/her field of expertise to program design and oversight or 5+ years’ experience with information gathering and CAP development in his/her field in developing countries (Timor-Leste context preferred)
  • Experience working and traveling in rural community setting
  • Expert qualitative inquiry skills  as well as skills in FGD and mapping
  • Demonstrated exceptional report writing skills that emphasize logical flow and objective analyses
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results and meet deadlines in a demanding environment
  • Previous work experience in Timor Leste and/or proficiency in Tetun or Bahasa Indonesia preferred.

 

The International Consultant will be responsible for adhering to all terms and conditions stipulated in the contract with CRS, including but not limited to CRS’ Code of Conduct and Policy on Protection from Abuse and Exploitation.

The International Consultant is responsible for and must provide proof of emergency evacuation insurance.

CAP process International Consultant SoW

The CAP process International Consultant will lead the team of national project staff to accomplish the overall process, ensuring that all team members fulfill assigned tasks, through:

  • Review Project Documents prior to field work/data collection activity (see list below)
  • Designing the CAP process
  • Designing information gathering forms and pre-testing
  • Design skill building guide
  • Conduct training/skill building of implementing partner organization staff including field testing of tools with those collecting
  • Guide the national team in the first few weeks of the data gathering
  • Compiling information collected
  • Regularly present preliminary findings to CRS TL Country Representative and CDNIP team
  • Share challenges and suggest solutions.
  • Finalize report

 

The consultant is expected to review the original proposal and project documents, develop the data collection tools prior to the CAP process. The Consultant will be supported by the program M&E Team along with the program team and local partners’ staff.

 

The International Consultant will:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the CDNIP Management to assure adequate logistics and good adherence to local protocols
  • Lead the timely development of an appropriate CAP process in consultation with the implementing partner organisations
  • Assure rational of task forces, activities and outputs in data collection; and adequate triangulation and validation of findings.
  • Oversee data collection training for enumerators, including time for field testing qualitative tools.
  • Monitor and assure the quality of data collection and analyses
  • Oversee the compilation of qualitative findings
  • Lead a presentation of preliminary results to CRS and World Bank .
  • Assure timely submission of draft and final reports that flow logically and clearly separate findings, conclusions, and recommendations, and in which all conclusions and recommendations are based on evidence presented in the report
  • Assure timely submission of the deliverables to the appropriate recipients or entities

 

  1. The International Consultant deliverables include:

The consultant will submit a final report in hard copy and electronic form that will include data gathered and synthesized from the pre-field and field phases.

  • Develop an approved CAP process plan, to be approved by CRS
  • Qualitative data collection tools
  • Data collection guide for CAP process enumerators & supervisors
  • Providing training to implementing partner organisations’ staff  to understand the interventions of the information gathering and development of Community Action Plans
  • Completed copies of household questionnaires, consent forms, and qualitative notes
  • Soft copy of qualitative matrices
  • CRS-approved final CAP process report

 

  1. CAP process Milestones & Timeline:

Milestones for the CDNIP CAP process include:

 

Activity Estimated number of days Date Location
Review CDNIP documentation and share inputs to CDNIP management on any additional information needs 2 15-Jun Desk review (remote)
Submit final draft CAP process plan, manuals, tools, quantitative database to CRS 5 22-Jun Remote
First meeting with CRS and presentation of methodology, data collection tools, etc . 1 23-Jun Baucau
Information gathering – skill training, field testing, start data collection 15 14-Jul Baucau
Back stopping partner staff when starting CAP process in communities 16 5-Aug Remote
Submit primary raw datasets and supporting documents (soft and hard copies to CRS 5-Aug Baucau
Prepare & facilitate Debrief meeting – presentation of preliminary results to CRS and World Bank 5 12-Aug Baucau
Submit draft report to CRS 5 19-Aug Remote
Submission of final CAP process report (soft copies) incorporating CRS review comments 3 24-Aug Remote
Total # days 52

 

 

Expression of Interest Submission
The Expression of Interest with CVs of key personnel similar including list of previous assignment with your latest curriculum vitae must be delivered to the email address given below by May 22, 2015.

 The email subject heading should read:  CDNIP Community Action Planning – Timor-Leste.
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours 09:00 to 17:00 hours of local time.
Expected starting date: June 8, 2015 or soon after
Attn: Procurement Officer

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – Timor-Leste Program

Rua : Rua Dom Aleixo Corte Real, Mandarin, Dili – Timor-Leste

Email : TL_HR@global.crs.org