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Request For Proposals 2023 for Impact Mapping, Documentation And Storytelling in Nigeria. Innovative Youth can Apply now

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is inviting applicants to Request For Proposals (RFP) to engage the services of a Service Provider (from May 2023 to September 2023) to conduct impact mapping, documentation, and storytelling for Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples (SNIPS) Project with a focus on women and youths (Farmers, businesses and workers in the selected value chain) led businesses functioning in four selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in each of the four selected states of Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo in the Vitamin A Cassava, Vitamin A Maize, Rice, and Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato value chains.

The Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project is currently being 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 project was developed to add a nutrition lens and deliver an integrated suite of activities to support GIZ’s Green Innovation Centre (GIC) in Nigeria.

The Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project aims to strengthen the GIC priority value chains and improve food and nutrition security through improved diets for farmers, farm workers, other workers in businesses in these value chains, and among the wider population in Nigeria. The broad objectives for Request For Proposals program are:

  • Increasing the consumption of nutritious foods by smallholder farmers, farm workers, their households, and the wider population.
  • Strengthening the cassava, maize, sweet potato, and rice value chains in Nigeria to provide more safe nutritious foods to consumers.
  • Increasing the use of nutritious varieties of the target staples in processed foods.
    Improving the productivity & efficiency of farmers and businesses to increase the production of nutritious foods in the cassava, maize, sweet potato, and rice value chains.

Objectives

  • The main objective of the Request For Proposals is to engage a service provider to conduct an impactful mapping, documentation, and storytelling on the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples (SNIPS) project in four selected states.
  • To map out the stories of change focusing on farmers’ transition from traditional to biofortified foods, processing and commercialization of biofortified food products by MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises), and household and workplace consumption in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa, and Oyo States.
  • Conduct targeted training on storytelling for impact and document success stories on the project.
  • Translate select training manuals focused on food safety, food processing, and business sustainability into two indigenous languages, Yoruba and Hausa.
  • To promote the production, processing, and consumption of these nutrient-enriched staples through documentaries, and photo stories about the SNIPS project activities in the selected states of implementation.

Scope of Work and Deliverables
The successful applicant shall complete the following services:

  • Engage stakeholders in the food system, particularly farmers, food processors, aggregators, cooperatives, farmers associations, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers engaging in the production, processing, and commercialization of biofortified food products and some target households engaging in the consumption of biofortified foods.
  • Develop storytelling guides and templates for the project to document stories to be used till the end of the project cycle.
    Conduct training of select stakeholders, including the project team, desk officers, and extension workers, on storytelling for impact.
  • Create compelling, impact-change stories and documentaries in English, Yoruba, and Hausa (written and audio content for the podcast, video footage, and photo stories) on the SNiPS Project.
  • Translate select training manuals into Hausa and Yoruba languages.
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Evaluation Criteria
The Proposals will be reviewed by the Selection Team. The following indicates a list of the significant criteria against which the proposals will be assessed. This list is not exhaustive or 100% inclusive and is provided to enhance the applicant’s ability to respond with substance.
Applicants are required to submit the following information, conforming to the guidelines given in this section:

  • Understanding of the scope of work:
    The proposal shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the project objective and deliverables
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the technical requirements of this RFP:
    Providing detailed technical documentation of the proposed strategy.
    Evidence of experience delivering solutions using the proposed information technology platform. The creative and methodological approaches required to implement each of the parts of the scope of work.
  • The comprehensiveness of the work plan and reasonableness of the proposed time frame:
    The proposal shall include a feasible work plan to ensure the successful completion of deliverables. The work plan details how activities will be coordinated.
  • Detailed budget and cost-effectiveness of the proposed approach:
    Evidence of cost-effective approaches to undertaking the scope of work within the proposed budget. The proposal shall identify possible challenges and include creative approaches to addressing them.
  • Management and personnel plan:
    The team members working on this project shall have the relevant qualifications and overall experience required to successfully implement the project.
    The roles and responsibilities of each team member shall be clearly defined. GAIN shall have one main contact person clearly identified in the proposal.
    A duly completed offer of services.

Unacceptable Request For Proposals
The following proposals will automatically not be considered or accepted:

  • Proposals that are received after the Request for Proposals (RFP) deadline at the specified receiving office.
  • Proposals received by fax.
  • Incomplete proposals.
  • Proposals that are not signed.

Timeline
The timeline for completion of all aspects of the Scope of Work and submission of deliverables is outlined below

  • The deadline to submit questions – 5th May 2023
  • The Request for Proposals submission deadline – 17th May 2023
  • Final response regarding the selection of Service Provider – 26th May 2023
  • The contracting process finalized – 26th May 2023
  • Submission of inception report with a detailed strategy for the impact mapping, documentary, and storytelling of the SNIPS Project – 2nd June 2023
  • Inception meeting – 5th June 2023
  • Impact mapping, documentaries, photo stories, and script writing from activities of the SNIPS project: 7th June – 5th July 2023
  • Submission of the final report (Word/PDF format) with all videos, documentaries, photo stories, and scripts annexed and recommendations from the consultation- 30th August 2023
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Requirement

  • Applicants are required to provide GAIN with a detailed budget in Nigerian Naira, fees/travel/accommodation, and any other direct costs to be incurred in the delivery of the scope of work. Include a detailed narrative justification for the line items included. The budget must be inclusive of all taxes (Withholding tax). The final budget amount will have to be approved by GAIN prior to starting the project.
  • The original proposals should be submitted in the electronic copy on or before 17th May 2023 and addressed to nquotation@gainhealth.org and rfp@gainhealth.org, copying jpilaku@gainhealth.org. Please include “Impact Mapping, Documentation and Storytelling in Nigeria” as the subject of your submission. Requests for additional information can be directed to the same e-mail addresses.
  • Proposals must be submitted on the official letterhead of the lead organization or firm and must be signed by a principal or authorized signatory of the lead firm or organization.
    – Written in English and in the 10-point Arial font; maximum of 10 pages.
    – Narratives should be prepared in Microsoft Word with print areas set to 8.5 x 11-inch, letter-sized paper, one-inch margins, left justification, and a footer on each page including page numbers, date of submission, and applicant name.
  • Spreadsheets should be prepared in Microsoft Excel with print areas set to 8.5 x 11-inch, letter sized paper.
  • Applicants must submit evidence of prior or related work on the concept being proposed and evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of the approach. We are interested in establishing that applicants have already been working in this area and have some research and knowledge that reduces the chances of failure.
  • In case of errors in calculating overall costs, the unit costs will govern.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand the requirements and instructions specified by GAIN. If clarification is necessary, applicants are advised to contact GAIN at
    nquotation@gainhealth.org, and rfp@gainhealth.org prior to making their submission. Queries must be submitted by 11th May 2023 and all responses will be publicly available on the GAIN website by 15th May 2023.
  • While GAIN has used considerable efforts to ensure an accurate representation in this Request for Proposal (RFP), the information contained in this RFP is supplied solely as a guideline. The information is not warranted to be accurate by GAIN. Nothing in this RFP is intended to relieve applicants from forming their own opinions and conclusions with respect to the matters addressed in this Request For Proposals (RFP).
  • By responding to this Request for Proposals RFP, the applicant confirms its understanding that failure to comply with any of the Request for Proposals (RFP) conditions may result in the disqualification of their submission.
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FORMAT FOR PROPOSAL
The required format for the Request For Proposals are:

1. Technical proposal
a. Description of previous work (maximum 1 page)
b. Composition of the team with names and brief biographies of all key staff (maximum 3 pages)
c. Detailed proposal explaining how the areas of work mentioned in objectives and scope of work will be addressed, including risk and mitigation strategy, sustainability, and timeline (maximum 10 pages).
d. References.

2. Financial reports
a. Description of previous work (maximum 1 page)
b. Composition of the team with names and brief biographies of all key staff (maximum 3 pages)
c. Detailed proposal explaining how the areas of work mentioned in objectives and scope of work will be addressed
d. References.

3. Offer of services

To Apply for the Request for Proposals

To apply kindly fill out the offer of service form on pages 10 & 11 

  • The original proposals should be submitted in the electronic copy on or before 17th May 2023 and addressed to nquotation@gainhealth.org and rfp@gainhealth.org, copy ingjpilaku@gainhealth.org.
  • Please include “Impact Mapping, Documentation and Storytelling in Nigeria” as the subject of your submission. Requests for additional information can be directed to the same e-mail addresses.

DEADLINE
The deadline to submit the Completed Request for Proposals should be submitted to GAIN before 5.00 pm WAT on 17th May 2023.

PROJECT STATES, LGAs, AND VALUE CHAINS
Under the guidance of, and in consultation with, the GAIN team responsible for the SNIPS project, the Consultant shall carry out the objectives outlined in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa, and Oyo states across
four LGAs and value chains as detailed below:

State /LGAs /Value Chains
1. Kaduna Lere, Giwa, Chikun, Kauru Vitamin A Maize
2. Nasarawa Kokona, Doma, Lafia, Awe, Rice
3. Benue Otukpo, Gboko, Makurdi, Gwer East Rice, Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato
4 Oyo Iseyin, Afijo, Iddo, Oyo West, Vitamin A Cassava, Orange Fleshed Sweet
Potato

Overview
Types of opportunity: Grant
Deadline: 17 May 2023
Open to: Women and youth
Location: Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue & Oyo
Organizer: Gain
Country: Nigeria

Inquiry

  • The Key programme and technical staff from GAIN are part of the selection team of the organization and will review the process. They will be available via email to respond to clarifications on solicitation.
  • Please direct all inquiries and other communication about the Request for Proposals to nquotation@gainhealth.org, and rfp@gainhealth.org with jpilaku@gainhealth.org in copy. Responses will not be confidential except in cases where propriety information is involved.
  • For more information about the Request for Proposals visit Impact Mapping, Documentation, And Storytelling.
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