Request for Proposal (RFP) - Market Infrastructure Audit 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) - Market Infrastructure Audit in Karu Market, Amac, Kaduna Central Market and Birnin Kebbi Central Market, Kebbi State

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.

Scope of Works
GAIN seeks to hire a consultant to assess the current physical layout and infrastructural facilities necessary for market and food safety in three designated markets in AMAC, FCT, Birnin Kebbi and Kaduna Central. This assessment is expected to examine the availability and status of key market facilities and related equipment required for the preservation of nutritious and seasonal food/vegetables largely patronized by poor and vulnerable individuals generally classified as belonging to the bottom of the pyramid (BoP). These markets are Karu market, Abuja; Birnin Kebbi central market, Kebbi; and central market, Kaduna.

Key Responsibilities
The consultant is required to carry out the following task:
  • Document available market infrastructure required to ensure food and market safety in designated markets and determine the status and functionality of these infrastructures/facilities.
  • Assess the availability of specific infrastructure/equipment required to ensure the preservation of seasonal nutritious food/vegetables largely consumed by poor and vulnerable people largely classified as the bottom of the pyramid (BoP).
  • Examine and document consumers/vendor’s access to these infrastructures/facilities.
  • Examine and document the market management team’s maintenance modalities for these facilities against the requirements of technical standards.
  • Indicate the minimum standard of facilities required for the effective management of this market (s) to guarantee market and food safety including the effective preservation of seasonal and perishable foodstuff/vegetables consumed by BoPs.
  • Liaise with the market executives to determine the market’s priority infrastructural needs within the context of market/food safety and the effective preservation of perishable and seasonal nutritious food/vegetables.
  • Review the existing market safety mechanism as it relates to COVID 19 preventive measures (Necessary for vendor/consumer’s safety/confidence) and make appropriate recommendations for improvement within the framework of the national and global guidelines.
  • Based on your assessment, personal observation and consultations with the market and local government authorities, provide informed recommendations to GAIN on what is required to maintain/improve market/food safety generally in these markets.
Qualification Requirements
  • At least, 10 (ten) years post-graduate experience in major architectural design, civil/mechanical engineering, or other relevant field of specialization.
  • Extensive knowledge, experience and background in infrastructural design and feasibility studies.
  • Demonstrable experience in the installation and maintenance of key market infrastructures including WASH, cool chain systems etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of market settings, buildings, infrastructure, and market regulations/legislation.
  • Extensive experience in participatory approaches among diverse groups and informal associations in the communities.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Ability to speak the Hausa language is necessary.
  • Proof of legal registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Evidence of a team with the required skills and professional capacity relevant to the key deliverables.
  • Previous experience conducting infrastructural assessment/audit is required.
  • Experience in preparing architectural reports and plans for similar works is required
  • Good understanding of local government authorities’ administrative structure, market associations and their governance hierarchy.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the various government agencies both at the local and federal levels responsible for market and general food safety.
Application Closing Date
5:00pm, 18th February, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Responses to this RFP must be submitted by email to: copying and with the subject line "Market infrastructure audit".

Additional Information

  • GAIN reserves the right to reject any or all submissions or to cancel or withdraw this RFP for any reason 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.