Request for Proposal (RFP) at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) invites interested and experienced research organization (Contractor) to express interest by submitting RFP documents for the following works:

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an independent non-profit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. GAIN was developed at the UN 2002 Special Session of the General Assembly on Children.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) for EatSafe Nigeria Baseline Assessment in Kebbi and Sokoto States.

The EatSafe (Evidence and Action Towards Safe, Nutritious Food) programme aims to generate evidence and knowledge of the potential of increased consumer demand for safe food to substantially improve the safety of nutritious foods in informal market settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The five-year programme is funded by USAID and is undertaken by a consortium led by GAIN and containing the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Pierce Mill Education and Media as well as Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics (Busara). In Nigeria, where GAIN holds a country office, programme activities will be focused on different cities and markets within Kebbi and Sokoto States.

Phase 1 objectives involved conducting formative research and generating evidence on consumer and vendor knowledge, perceptions, needs, choices, and practices related to the safety of nutritious foods purchased in informal markets, as well as evidence on hazards associated with the market and the target food commodities. The project is currently on its Phase 2 activities which (amongst others) includes the implementation and rigorous testing of interventions to improve the safety of foods purchased in informal markets.

As part of Phase 2 activities of the EatSafe project, GAIN seeks to carry out baseline assessment in Kebbi and Sokoto States to better understand how consumers and vendors in the State perceive and make decisions on food safety, in the context of food purchasing or vending choices and practices. The baseline assessment will build on an already completed Focused Ethnographic Study (FES) and Cohort study carried out in Kebbi State. The baseline assessment will focus on one large target market each in Kebbi and Sokoto States and include a range of target commodities. It will cover both consumers and vendors, with clear inclusion and exclusion criteria for each group. Findings of this baseline assessment will further inform the implementation of interventions and serve as the reference point to track progress throughout the project. GAIN seeks a research organization (Contractor) to carry out this assessment.

Scope of Work
GAIN seeks a research organization (Contractor) to support the implementation of EatSafe in-country activities in Nigeria, in coordination with GAIN staff in the Nigeria country office and elsewhere and with other project partners as needed. Under the direction of GAIN staff, the broad objectives of the work to be undertaken by the Contractor are:
  • Carry out a baseline assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relevant to food safety on two cohorts, one of traditional market consumers and one of traditional market vendors, using structured surveys;
  • Conduct direct observations of vendor behaviors and practices in the market relevant to food safety;
  • Establish and maintain the data pipeline for all activities from planning and data collection throughout preliminary data analyses, including: data organizing and formatting, QA/QC, safely storing and transmitting collected data, metadata, and data collection tools to GAIN;
  • Document all activities, in particular, tool piloting, enumerator training, and data management and QA/QC;
  • Contribute to preliminary data analysis and the compilation of project reports or other knowledge products derived from the field work.
Application Closing Date

8th February, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Interested organizations should send: (a) maximum 8-page expression of interest including qualifications, prior relevant experience, available organizational structures and key staff associated with main activities, and a preliminary workplan with estimated work days and budget of daily rates; and (b) brief (<3 pages) CV for each key staff member, highlighting recent relevant experience to:

Please use the subject line "EatSafe Nigeria Baseline Assessment in Kebbi and Sokoto" when responding.

  • GAIN does not represent, warrant, or act as agent for any third party as a result of this solicitation. This solicitation does not authorise any third party to bind or commit GAIN in any way without GAIN’s express written consent.
  • GAIN reserves the right to negotiate on the final costs, and the final scope of work of the proposal.
  • GAIN reserves the right to limit or include third parties at GAIN’s sole and full discretion in such negotiations.
  • GAIN reserves the right, before awarding the consultancy, to require the applicant to submit such evidence of qualifications as it may deem necessary, and will consider evidence concerning the financial, technical and other qualifications and abilities of the applicant.
  • GAIN reserves the right to reject any or all submissions or to cancel or withdraw this RFP for any reason and at its sole discretion without incurring any cost or liability for costs or damages incurred by any applicant, including, without limitation, any expenses incurred in the preparation of the submission. The applicant acknowledges and agrees that GAIN will not indemnify the applicant for any costs, expenses, payments or damages directly or indirectly linked to the preparation of the submission.
Click Here (PDF) for a detailed description of the Request for Proposal (RFP).