Request for Proposal (RFP) - Poultry Value Chain and HGSFP Needs Assessment at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Posted by Future on Fri 18th Feb, 2022 -

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) invites interested / eligible consultants to express interest by submitting RFP documents for the following works:

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people.

At GAIN, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to nutritious and safe food. We work to understand and deliver specific solutions to the daily challenge of food insecurity faced by poor people. By understanding that there is no “one-size-fits-all” model, we develop alliances and build tailored programmes, using a variety of flexible models and approaches.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) - Operational Needs and Capacity Assessment of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (Pan) School Feeding Program to Guide the ENSAND Project Implementation Process.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued and will be administered by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in respect of the Enhancing Access to Safe and Nutritious Diets(ENSAND) project. The project seeks to build on the lessons and progress from GAIN’s recent investments that includes creating demand for eggs (The ‘Eggs make Kids’ campaign), scaling up support for safe, nutritious food supply to traditional market (KFMW, EatSafe, SBN) through SMEs, Commercialization of Biofortified Crops (CBC) and reducing postharvest loss (PLAN). The overarching objective is to increase access to and the consumption of nutritious foods at the household levels.

The specific goal of the ENSAND project is to improve the dietary diversity of low-income (BoP) households in 3 states of Nigeria (Kaduna, Kebbi and FCT) with emphasis on children of school age and women. The ENSAND initiative is comprised of three integrated intervention pathways. These are the supply pathway that includes support for the home-grown school feeding program, market linkages, and business development support.

The demand pathway involves increased consumer demand for eggs and other diversified nutritious food while the enabling environment component is focused on critical stakeholders’ ownership/buy-in, quality service delivery, and sustainability. The purpose of this project is to ensure that children from BoP households attending government primary schools consume eggs regularly while dietary diversity is also improved in these households.

The purpose of this RFP is to engage the service of a consultant to carry out a needs and capacity assessment of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP). This assessment will focus on the agency’s core responsibilities, operational systems, institutional capacity, gaps, and priority action plan to address the gaps observed.

The purpose is to strengthen the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) capacities and ability to provide and sustain the supply side inputs required to support the objectives of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).

Scope of Work
In consultations with the GAIN team, the consultant shall adopt appropriate and context specific methodology including Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) tools/instruments for the assessment of PAN’s operational needs and institutional capacity as it relates to the home-grown school feeding programme and as detailed below:

Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Organizational Capacity Assessment:
  • Review and internalize the specific sets of questions this assessment/RFP intend to address and ensure this is explicitly analyse and approved by GAIN in the inception report before the commencement of field activities.
  • Carry out contextual analysis of PAN’s poultry value chain specific to the home-grown school feeding programme in Kaduna, Kebbi and FCT. This will focus on the general operational framework of the value chain landscape, the gaps and opportunities available.
  • Review any relevant previous value chain studies available (Either from GAIN or any other credible sources) and document essential observations and lessons that could add value to this initiative.
  • Conduct a detailed analysis of the governance structure, supply chain capacities, gender mainstreaming, access to finance, technical capacity needs, as well as access to inputs and services etc.
  • Conduct an appraisal/analyse of the stakeholders, focusing on the critical members involved in the poultry value chain from inputs to market including Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).
  • Review the operational capacities of PAN, focusing on the association’s ability to identify and support (Access to credit, input buying, vaccination, training for feeding properly, hygiene, storage, transport and sorting by size) the right cooperatives able to supply eggs for PAN’s delivery to the school feeding programme. This should also involve PAN’s plans and ability to sustain her operations and responsibilities to her members especially those directly involved in the school feeding programme.
  • In coordination with PAN and GAIN, develop a post assessment capacity building response workplan with clear roles and responsibilities including anticipated outcomes as it relates to the assigned role and desire for improved quality and sustainability of PAN’s services.
The Home-Grown School Feeding Programme:
  • Conduct a needs assessment for the home-grown school feeding program pathway with emphasis on the existing PAN facilitated Cooperatives’ current production and financial capacity including access to credit facilities.
  • Review PAN’s supply chain mechanism on the school feeding programme focusing on how schools/govt authorities order eggs from PAN, how timely are the payments PAN receives from the govt and how quickly makes payments to the egg producer/coops /farmers with a view to identify possible challenges and how best to improve the system.
  • Review and analyze operational/management knowledge gaps, operators/members literacy levels, gender distribution, and other relevant factors.
  • Recommend appropriate actions and interventions both short and long term to address the gaps/challenges observed.
Qualification Requirements
  • The lead consultant will be required to have a post graduate degree in a relevant academic area such as agricultural economics, nutrition, public health, business administration or any other related qualification.
  • A senior expert in policy formulation, influencing and analysis in nutrition, public health, business administration and governance with at least 10 years post graduate practical experience with community and government stakeholders.
  • Experience in programme/financial management is desired.
  • With extensive and demonstrable experience in value chain analysis especially the poultry value chain and familiarity with the home-grown school feeding programme.
  • Experience in organizational development and capacity building skills and methods.
  • Experience and expertise in implementing rigorous research using qualitative and/or participatory approaches.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • The team must include consultants with excellent communication skills in Hausa.
  • Ability to effectively liaise with senior government officials and a range of community level stakeholders.
  • Evidence of an organized team with demonstrable technical and administrative capacity.
Application Closing Date
5:00pm, 25th February, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Due to tight timelines, responses to this RFP must be sent by email to: copying and with the subject line "ENSAND poultry value chain and HGSFP Needs Assessment".

Please Note
  • The following proposals will automatically not be considered or accepted:
    • Proposals that are received after the RFP deadline.
    • Proposals received by fax.
    • Incomplete proposals.
    • Proposals that are not signed.
  • GAIN will not necessarily accept the lowest cost or any of the Proposals submitted. Accordingly, eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and mandatory requirements shall govern the process.
  • 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.
  • GAIN reserves the right, before awarding the Proposal, 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.
Click Here (PDF) for a detailed description of the RFP.