ALIVE & THRIVE PROJECT IN ETHIOPIA

Reporter Jan31,2021

ALIVE & THRIVE (A&T)

Request for proposal (RFP)

  • Date of Publication on the website:    January 28, 2021
  • Purpose of the RFP: Hire a consultant to conduct an assessment on violation of the Code of Marketing for Breast Milk Substitutes in hospitals and health centers from selected urban towns of Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Adama, Jigjiga, and Semera.
  • Anticipated Duration: March 01, 2021, to June 30, 2021
  • Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 12, 2021 

 Introduction:

Alive and Thrive (A&T) Ethiopia 3.0: Accelerating Improvements in maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) is a 5-year initiative that seeks to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) in achieving the targets and objectives of its National Nutrition Program (NNP) II and National Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Strategy (NNSAS). The project also strives to achieve the objectives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Ethiopia Integrated Health Plan (EIHP). It aims to provide greater analytical, technical, and systems-building support for the implementation of GOE’s plans by strengthening the capacity of national, regional, and zonal health and agriculture/food systems to deliver effective, comprehensive, high quality, and geographically tailored nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs and policies that contribute to positive MIYCN outcomes.

 Purpose and Scope of Work of this RFP:

 This Request for Proposals is to identify and select an individual consultant to conduct an assessment on violations of the Code of Marketing for Breast Milk Substitutes in hospitals and health centers from selected urban towns of Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Adama, Jigjiga and Semera.  The anticipated period of performance of the assignment is March 01, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

 Geographic scope: The assessment will be conducted in selected urban towns of five regions that A&T Operates-Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, and SNNP regions.

Region

Urban town

Type of Health Facility

Afar

Semera

4 facilities

1 government hospital, 1 private hospital

1 government health center and 1 private clinic

Amhara

Bahir Dar

8 facilities

2 government hospitals, 2 private hospitals

2 government health centers and 2 private MCH clinics

 

Oromia

Adama

8 facilities

2 government hospitals, 2 private hospitals

2 government health centers and 2 private MCH clinics

 

Somali

Jigjiga

4 facilities

1 government hospital, 1 private hospital

1 government health center and 1 private clinic

SNNPR

Hawassa

8 facilities

2 government hospitals, 2 private hospitals

2 government health centers and 2 private MCH clinics

 

Total

 

48

Submission Requirements:

To be considered, bidders should provide the following:

 I. Technical Proposal:

a. A description of the bidder’s experience as related to the following (not to exceed a total of 1 page):

i. Relevant experience in Ethiopia providing program and technical support and input for large scale nutrition-specific or related public health projects (at least 10 years of experience preferred).

ii. Strong knowledge of Infant and Young Child Nutrition Protocol, the code of marketing for BMS and BFHI implementation strategies. 

iii. Extensive formative assessment experience in designing, collecting, and analyzing qualitative data and reporting.  

iv. Familiarity with the national and international code of marketing for breastmilk substitutes, the national directives, and proclamations. 

v. Familiarity with nutrition indicators, especially IYCN data collection, analysis, strategic data use, and report-outs. 

b. A brief description of the bidder’s skillset and education, with preferred criteria listed below (not to exceed a total of 1 page):

i. Minimum of masters Master’s degree in Human Nutrition or Public Health with emphasis on nutrition.

ii. Strong interpersonal, supervisory, and organizational skills. 

iii. Qualitative data collection skills. 

iv. Excellent problem-solving skills. 

v. Excellent qualitative data analysis skills preferably using Atlas Ti.7.   

vi. Writing, editorial, and communication skills.

vii. Fluency in English and Amharic languages. 

c. Three references for past performance, including contact information for each.

d. CV

e. Email address to allow Alive & Thrive to confirm receipt of the submission.

 II. Cost Proposal:

a. A completed biodata form (in the application template), indicating a proposed daily rate.

 NOTE: Applications that do not include all of the above materials may not be considered.

 Criteria for Evaluation 

Bids will be evaluated and ranked by a committee composed of leadership and technical staff on a best value basis according to the criteria below.  Offerors able to provide all of requirements listed above may be considered.

 A best value selection will be made based on the following weighted categories:

1

Technical Proposal

55 points

3

Cost Proposal

 

45 points

 NOTE:  FHI SOLUTIONS will not compensate for its preparation of response to this RFP nor is the issuing of this RFP a guarantee that FHI SOLUTIONS will award a contract.  

Anticipated Contractual Mechanisms

Alive & Thrive Ethiopia anticipates issuing a Daily Rate/not-to-exceed contract in local currency (ETB) to the offeror(s) whose proposal is most advantageous.  The agreement will be issued to the responsive offer that is selected as the highest scorer on a best value basis.  Payments will be based on actual days worked on approved activities. Certified invoices will be submitted on a routine basis and payments will be contingent on timely submission and approval of deliverables.

 NB: If the individual consultant has a business Tax Identification Number (TIN), A&T will withhold 2% withholding tax and if s/he has an employee TIN, then A&T will withhold 30% withholding tax from the consultant. And the bidder MUST submit copy of his/her TIN with the proposal.

Application Instructions and Deadline

Interested applicants can collect full version of the  RFP from FHI360-Alive & Thrive project office (3rd floor) located around Meskel flower area, in-front of Adot Tina Hotel OR can request through email at atethiopia@fhi360.org  with cc to tjaishi-neupane@fhi360.org  OR can be accessed through the main procurement page at https://www.aliveandthrive.org/procurement-solicitation/ 

 Responses to this RFP should be submitted by hard copy to FHI360-Alive & Thrive project office (3rd floor) located around Meskel flower area, in-front of Adot Tina Hotel, in a sealed envelope no later than February 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (before noon).  

 Any explanation desired by a prospective offeror regarding the meaning or interpretation of this solicitation must be requested in writing only.  Questions should be submitted via email to with cc: to Ms. Tika Jaishi-Neupane at email no later than February 8, 2021 by 5 p.m. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia time.

 Withdrawal of Proposals

Proposals may be withdrawn by written notice, email or facsimile received at any time before award.

 False Statements in Offer

Offerors must provide full, accurate and complete information as required by this solicitation and its attachments. Proposals become property of FHI SOLUTIONS.

DISCLAIMERS AND FHI SOLUTIONS PROTECTION CLAUSES

  • FHI SOLUTIONS may cancel the solicitation and not make an award.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS may reject any or all responses received.
  • Issuance of a solicitation does not constitute an award commitment by FHI Solutions.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS reserves the right to disqualify any offer based on offeror failure to follow solicitation instructions.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS will not compensate offers for response to solicitation.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS reserves the right to issue an award based on initial evaluation of offers without further discussion.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS may choose to award only part of the activities in the solicitation, or issue multiple awards based on the solicitation activities.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS may request from short-listed offerors a second or third round of either oral presentation or written response to a more specific and detailed scope of work that is based on a general scope of work in the original RFP.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS has the right to rescind an RFP or rescind an award prior to the signing of a subcontract due to any unforeseen changes in the direction of FHI SOLUTIONS’s client, be it funding or programmatic.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS reserves the right to waive minor proposal deficiencies that can be corrected prior to award determination to promote competition.
  • FHI SOLUTIONS will be contacting offerors to confirm contact person, address and that bid was submitted for this solicitation.