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ALIVE & THRIVE Request for Proposals (RFP)

ALIVE & THRIVE

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Issued on:        June 30, 2019

For: Rapid Assessment on the integration and coordination within the health system for MIYCN Implementation

Anticipated Period of Performance: August 01, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Proposal Submission Date:               July 12, 2019

Background

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.

Rationale for the Assessment

Barriers to improved nutrition coverage and implementation in Ethiopia include poor integration, collaboration and harmonization of maternal/child health and MIYCN implementing sections, programs and units among the health sector itself.  The lack of coordination results in low visibility and low prioritization of nutrition specific interventions among the health sector. 

Objective of the Assessment

The objective of this activity is to identify intersectoral integration and coordination strengths, gaps and bottlenecks in different levels of the health system that could support and implicate the implementation of MIYCN services through the health system.

Scope of the Assessment

Sector: The assessment will target national, regional, zonal, woreda, and kebele level health system structures and health facilities

Geographic scope: The assessment will be conducted at the federal level, in one pastoral region and two agrarian regions at which A&T operates. A&T Ethiopia 3.0 currently operates in six regions – Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, and SNNP, where A&T Ethiopia 3.0 currently operates.

Methodology

This study will employ qualitative study approaches. A mix of qualitative investigation tools will be used to explore in-depth information. The methods to be used are described below:

Submission Requirements of the Proposal

The RFP is open to consultants with team expertise. The proposal shall contain the following:

The firm’s ability to perform the above-mentioned tasks will be assessed based on its experience and the CVs of its employees.

Proposed Team: Expertise and Experiences of Team Members

The firm is expected to identify the structure and composition of its team, which will be assigned to complete this scope of work; list the main components of the assignment, the key expert responsible and proposed technical and support staff along with their curriculum vitae (CVs). 

Technical Proposal Submission Requirements

The technical proposal should have the following sections which will be rated independently.

A.      Capability and Experience Statements and Proposed Approach:

B.      Budget: Content of the Financial Proposal

As part of the proposal, the firm is expected to provide a clear presentation of the budget required to undertake the project activities separately. The budget breakdown should fulfil the following requirements:

•        All proposed budget must be submitted in local Ethiopian currency (ETB).

•        It must be developed and prepared in the excel sheet template provided by FHI with formulas included. The bidders can request the Budget template through mentioned email address.

NOTE:  FHI SOLUTIONS will not compensate the company 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

FHI anticipates issuing a firm fixed-price Purchase order. The purchase order will be issued in local currency (ETB) to the responsive offer that is selected as the highest scorer on a best value basis. Once an award is issued, it will include a schedule of fixed price payments based on timely completion and approval of deliverables in the scope of work.

Application Instructions and Deadline

Interested applicants can collect full version of the  RFP and Budget template-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 [email protected]  with cc to [email protected]  OR can be accessed through the main procurement page at https://www.aliveandthrive.org/procurement-solicitation/

Responses to this RFP should be submitted by email to the A&T office email address: <[email protected]> with cc: to Ms. Tika Jaishi-Neupane at email [email protected] no later than July 12, 2019 at 5 p.m. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia time. 

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 <[email protected]> with cc: to Ms. Tika Jaishi-Neupane at email <[email protected]> no later than July 08, 2019 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.

END OF RFP******