Terms of Reference (ToR)

for

Conducting Baseline Study of Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) Project

Project Background

ICCO Cooperation (ICCO) is an international development organization working across  26 countries globally. We have been working in Bangladesh for over  40 years. The European Union (EU) has recently awarded ICCO led consortium (ICCO, Max Foundation, BoP Innovation Center and RDRS Bangladesh) a five year project on local nutrition governance.

SONGO emphasizes the importance of sustained governance as a primary outcome and a precondition to achieve other outcomes that are based on three interlinked pillars or pathways (as per the UNICEF Conceptual Framework on Undernutrition and used in 2008 & 2013 Lancet Series):

  1. HH food and nutrition security (including availability, economic access and use of food)
  2. Feeding and caregiving resources and practices (including maternal, HH and community levels)
  3. Access to and use of health services as well as a safe and hygienic environment (i.e. food, care and health).

While availability and accessibility of nutritious and safe food at HH level is a precondition for improved nutrition it does not automatically lead to improved nutrition among all HH members. Lack of nutrition, health and WASH related knowledge, attitudes and practices as well as intra-HH dynamics often impede nutrition improvement. Evidence has also shown that the extent to which women have access to and control over productive resources, time, knowledge and social support networks largely determine their own nutritional status and the kind of care they provide for their children and for the rest of the HHs. The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy has a direct impact on the development and nutritional status of her baby. In order to address child undernutrition fully, the SONGO project will therefore employ nutrition-specific as well as nutrition-sensitive interventions through a lifecycle approach to deliver the right services and messages to the right person at the right time. The implementation will incorporate a Social and Behavior Change (SBC) strategy, using multiple approaches, ranging from interpersonal communication (such as counselling by health workers) to mass media (such as radio campaigns). SONGO will reach out to 112,000 HH final beneficiaries of which 95,000 HH are direct beneficiaries. The approach is based on proven and evolving experiences taking into account the importance of pre-conditions to address e.g. dimensions of availability and access to food as well as the required synergy between interventions and actors at various levels. Interventions will focus on mobilizing and coaching target groups as well as local public, private and development actors to collectively take the necessary actions towards improved nutrition.

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Proposal Submission on or before December 10, 2018