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Before the start of Suaahara, an evaluation was planned and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was contracted to design the impact evaluation and lead the baseline survey of the impact evaluation in the summer of 2012. A Nepali survey firm was responsible for the baseline survey data collection and management. Additionally, in 2014 a mixed-methods process evaluation (de facto Suaahara I endline and Suaahara II) was carried out by an externally contracted principal investigator to lead the study design and locally contracted firms to carry out the quantitative and qualitative components.
The endline for the main quasi-experimental impact evaluation of Suaahara was planned to take place in the summer of 2020, but due to COVID-19 was postponed until the summer of 2021. This evaluation is to estimate the effect of Suaahara interventions on household behaviors and nutritional status, as well as on knowledge and skills among health workers and FCHVs. The primary research questions are: What is Suaahara's impact on maternal and child nutritional status and dietary diversity? Secondary questions include: 1) What is Suaahara's impact on maternal and child nutrition, health and WASH behaviors and knowledge? and 2) What is Suaahara's impact in reducing equity gaps in nutritional status, dietary diversity, and maternal and child nutrition, health and WASH behaviors and knowledge? Additionally, a sub-study will be carried out in a few areas to assess the effect of the homestead food production intervention on food security, dietary diversity, agricultural practices and production, and other outcomes. To complement this quantitative study, a qualitative evaluation focusing on the effect of Suaahara at the FLW/community level and policy levels (federal, provincial/district and local) is also planned for the summer of 2022.
The top three candidates will be shortlisted by the technical evaluation committee. Based on a review of the application materials submitted and estimated costs, the evaluation committee will make a best value trade-off evaluation of the technical quality and the consultant’s daily rate, associated travel and incidentals costs to identify the successful candidate.
This consultancy will report to the Suaahara II Sr. Technical Advisor.
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Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, per day consultancy rate and total consultancy fee both, and a recent, relevant writing sample and biographical data sheet to [email protected] noting “Quantitative Impact Evaluation Research Consultant” in the subject line. The biographical data sheet can be downloaded at the following address: http://hki.org.np/
Note: Questions on scope of work to be submitted by October 30, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Nepal Time at Email: [email protected] with subject line: “Questions for Quantitative Impact Evaluation Research Consultant.” The answers to questions on scope of work shall be posted on http://hki.org.np/ by November 6, 2020.
Applications will be accepted for four weeks from the date of posting till November 12, 2020 by COB EST.