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The HATUTAN Education and Nutrition Program “Continue and Support Food for Nutrition and Education” is a five-year initiative to improve literacy, nutrition and health outcomes in the four municipalities of Ermera, Liquica, Ainaro, and Manatuto in Timor-Leste. HATUTAN works with 440 school (primary and preschool) with additional support to 219 of these schools and their surrounding communities which are considered the more rural and remote schools. The program is implemented, in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL), by a consortium of partners, with CARE as the prime awardee leading on education, commodities, and gender, with subgrantee Mercy Corps supporting on technical aspects of nutrition and agriculture implementation, and subgrantee WaterAid supporting on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
HATUTAN’s strategies are based on its results framework which comprises two strategic objectives:
1: Improved literacy of school-aged children
2: Increased use of health, nutrition, and dietary practices.
Specifically objective two activities include agriculture training as well as nutrition, health, trainings focused on the first 1,000 days approach as well as hygiene, sanitation and gender equality to Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) and Community Health Groups (CHG). Other activities include creating school gardens as learning laboratories, advocating for the improvement of school feeding preparation and cooking areas, and promoting gender equality and the reduction of sexual, domestic, school-based and gender-based violence with all program stakeholders.
Purpose / Project Description:
HATUTAN has been engaging with VSLAs through its Community Development Agent (CDA) model for four years. The CDA model has been central to the establishment of VSLAs and layering in various activities. Motivated individuals were recruited, trained, and supported to form and support VSLA groups in communities. These VSLA groups provide financial services that are often otherwise lacking in rural areas, and also serve as a platform for the delivery of other nutrition, agricultural and income generating activities. CDAs are initially paid a subsidy for their VSLA work, but are also encouraged to integrate nutrition content and develop business activities such as selling inputs and trading produce in their groups. This encourages the sustainability of their work, improves access to inputs for their groups, and provides an outlet to move group member’s produce into the wider market system, including schools.
The purpose of this consultancy is two-fold:
Mercy Corps will use the research to suggest to the donor which VSLAs (and potentially CDAs) the program should continue to engage with under HATUTAN Phase II. The findings will also be used to inform Mercy Corps’ approach to the CDA/VSLA model and support approaches across Mercy Corps’ portfolio to improve current and future programs.
The Consultant will either work remotely or travel to Timor-Leste to produce a suite of deliverables that reflect on both the CDA model and VSLA functionality. A CDA Business Case Package report will describe CDAs’ experiences, skills and activities as a result of the business trainings and mentoring program. The report will identify challenges and identify what makes for a successful CDA as well as a VSLA.
Deliverables are described in detail below and include:
Mercy Corps is seeking a consultant to:
The consultant will complete the following deliverables:
Deliverable 1: Finalized Interview Guides
Deliverable 2: Orientation to Data collection team
Milestone 1: Payment upon competition of Deliverables 1 and 2.
Deliverable 3: Draft VSLA and CDA Impact Report
Deliverable 4: Draft Report Brief
Deliverable 5: Draft CDA Business Case Package and Mentoring Program learning document
Deliverable 6: PowerPoint Presentation
Deliverable 7: Final Products: CDA/VSLA Impact report, Impact report brief, Learning Brief Mentoring program, Results PowerPoint
Milestone 2: Payment upon competition of Deliverables 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
TOTAL 31.5 days
Timeframe / Schedule:
The consultant will commit to an estimated 31.5 working days during the months of January – March. Payment will be made in two installments upon receipt of invoice and final deliverables. The Milestone 1 payment will amount to 30% of the total Consultancy fee and Milestone 2 will be the remaining 70% of the total fee.
The Consultant will report to:
Health and Nutrition Manager, HATUTAN Program
The firm will work closely with:
Market Development Senior Officer, Agribusiness Coordinator, and MERL Manager
Required Experience and Skills:
Interested qualified individual consultants are invited to submit their CVs and draft budget including budget for recruitment and oversight of enumerators by Jan 11 2023.
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