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

Posted by Future on Wed 02nd Mar, 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) - Mapping and Needs Assessment of Businesses, Business Associations and Cooperatives in the Rice, Maize, Cassava and Orange-fleshed Potato Value Chains

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) and will be the administrative lead organization for this RFP.

The purpose of this RFP is to engage the services of a Service Provider to conduct a mapping and needs assessment of businesses, business associations and cooperatives functioning in four (4) selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in each of the four selected states of Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo in the cassava, maize, rice and orange-fleshed sweet potato value chains; identify technical and non-technical gaps and limitations of these businesses in regards to accessibility, affordability, and the inclusion of women and youth in value-added agriculture; documenting to what extent those gaps can be bridged for business sustainability. This assessment will inform the implementation of the Business Support workstream on the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project in the focal states for the next four years.

The Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project is currently implemented by The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition in partnership with GIZ and the Green Innovation Centre for the Agricultural and Food Sector in Nigeria (GIC), with support from the German Government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Strengthening nutrition project will strengthen the GIC priority value chains and improve food security and safety through improved diets for farmers, farm workers, other workers in businesses in these value chains, and among the wider population in Nigeria.

The business support component will empower women and young people and unleash the creativity and energy of youth and women to support their families, succeed in agri-business and attempt to tackle malnutrition, prevent food borne illnesses as well as food and social insecurity. This workstream will increase women and youth involvement in value-added agriculture and entrepreneurship that directly addresses the specific challenges that women and rural youth face in the four focal states for this project. It will respond to opportunities to harness the political will at local, state, and national levels in Nigeria to invest in creating economic opportunities for women and youth in the production, processing, and sale of nutritious and safe foods. This will be achieved by significantly increasing the knowledge and information available to women and young people about nutrition, food safety, increasing their participation in decision-making and targeting business support and investments so they can bring forward innovations, increase livelihood opportunities and build nutrition sensitivity into the GIC value chains.

This will be carried out using three interlinked approaches:
  • Improving nutrition quality of staple foods produced by SMEs and farmers involved in GIC activities.
  • Improving the capacity of food safety and value chain actors to adhere to standards and regulations on best practice.
  • Supporting technical innovations for supply chains through innovation challenges and innovation clinics.
Scope of Work
The successful applicant shall provide the following services:
  • Develop an inception report (including detailed methodology and justification, a detailed study protocol, sampling plan where applicable, data analysis plan) interview guides, consent forms and data collection tools that align with previous GAIN programmes for review and approval by GAIN.
  • Conduct desk review of project documents and secondary data sources as appropriate.
  • Obtain relevant access and data collection permissions as appropriate, e.g., local government.
  • Carry out all primary data collection, quality assurance, data entry, cleaning, management, and analyses.
  • For any primary data collected, provide GAIN with raw and clean datasets. If quantitative data are collected, data documentation must be provided using Nesstar.
  • Develop report outline and format of the final database for review and approval by GAIN.
  • Draft full report, including literature review, methods, data collection activities, results, and conclusions/recommendations.
  • Revise and finalize report based on inputs from GAIN.
Qualification Requirements
  • The Service Provider shall be an individual consultant or institution with demonstrated experience, in-depth knowledge and understanding of Nigeria's agricultural sector, research and development, and agribusinesses.
  • The Service Provider should also have experience in Mapping and Needs assessment, including but not limited to data analysis, reporting and multicultural communication.
  • The Service Provider should have an initial network of contacts in the Agricultural industry, business ecosystem, knowledge of the activities of value chain actors in the select states and proven expertise in successfully delivering a similar activity.
Application Closing Date
5:00pm (WAT), 18th March, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Complete proposals should be submitted in electronic copy to:

Click Here (PDF) for a detailed descrition of the RFP.