Call for Proposals for Consultants and/or Consulting Firm: Process Evaluation

  1. Introduction

 The U.S. Agency for International Development “Nurture” (USAID Nurture) project, led by Save the Children International (SCI) is aimed at contributing to a reduction in young child stunting.  Over a three-year period, USAID Nurture will be implemented in all villages of six districts of two provinces — Savannakhet and Khammouane — in the central region of Lao PDR. The approach supported by this project focuses on: improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) behaviors in households with pregnant women and children under two years; increasing access and use of quality of nutrition health services and WASH facilities and products; and strengthening the enabling environment, through human resource capacity building and strengthening multi-sectoral coordination and planning, particularly at provincial and district levels. Project efforts are underpinned by social and behavior change communication (SBCC), including addressing gender issues, and monitoring, learning and evaluation. The project works to build capacity of government at national, provincial, and district levels and non-governmental partners to ensure the ground is set for scale up within and beyond operational provinces.

An integrated delivery model will support the Lao government in its implementation of the National Nutrition Strategy to 2025, and the National Plan of Action 2016-2020.The project will use interpersonal communication approaches such as house-to-house visits and peer groups that link individuals with health services.  Additionally, a community mobilization approach that incorporates a modified form of community-led total sanitation (CLTS), integrating nutrition and WASH will be implemented. Communities will be mobilized to appraise and analyze their own nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene environment. This process is intended to spur actions to address nutrition-related issues resulting from poor infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, and inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, including environmental enteropathy, diarrhea and other conditions that limit nutrient absorption, a major cause of stunting. The project will leverage private sector relationships to facilitate supply of products needed for improved uptake of WASH practices.

  1.  Purpose

The purpose of this scope of work (SOW) is to conduct a process evaluation of the USAID Nurture project to assess the fidelity of program implementation and the quality of provider performance, and participants’ satisfaction with the project services, and to inform decisions that will improve overall program interventions and performance. The evaluation will assess how activities have been implemented with fidelity to design, quality of delivery and management, and participant responsiveness and satisfaction. This process evaluation will complement the external baseline evaluation to gain more depth and breadth into the information found from the baseline evaluation.

  1. Scope

The USAID Nurture Project is seeking a research organization/agency to design and conduct qualitative research to assess the fidelity of program implementation and the quality of provider performance, and participants’ satisfaction with the project services.

Research groups

The research will be conducted with the following groups:

  • Community facilitators, village integrated nutrition and WASH (iNuW) committee members, and other key community stakeholders;
  • Sales agents, private sector enterprise owners;
  • Management staff and key government counterparts;
  • Community/peer support group facilitators, CHC health staff, village chiefs;
  • Health facility staff; and
  • Project participants (i.e., women from different life stages, including adolescents, and first time mothers and mothers of multiple children, as well as other caregivers).


The objectives of this scope of work are to identify:

  • How activities have been implemented with fidelity to design;
  • Quality of delivery and management; and
  • Participant responsiveness and satisfaction.

 This evaluation will employ a variety of qualitative methods (see Appendix 1) and will be implemented in Savannakhet province (Phine, Xonnabouly, and Atsaphangthon districts) and in Khammouane province (Mahaxay, Yoummalah, and Xayboutathong districts). The evaluation will draw its sample from select districts and communities that are both near and far from health centers, and represent lowland Lao ethnic populations (Lao, Phoutai, Tai) and midland Lao ethnic groups (Makong, Keumu and Katang) ethnic groups. The evaluation will also sample women from different life stages, including adolescents, and first time mothers and mothers of multiple children, as well as other caregivers and community leaders.

  1.  Project Deliverables

 As a result of the process evaluation, the following deliverables are expected.

  1.  Evaluation protocol, with data collection tools, data collection and analysis plans, etc.
  2. Lao PDR IRB application submitted for approval [if necessary]
  3. Coding reports and other raw data analysis reports (in English)
  4. Approved report of study findings, recommendations, next steps, including Annex with all evaluation tools used in the study, persons contacted, logistics/scheduling, and other related documentation to the evaluation
  5. Project Timeline

 The period of performance will take place from April 23, 2018 – September 15, 2018. Dates below are approximate.

  1. Requirements from Applicants

Applicants must provide: 1) Concept Note with proposed methods and approach to carry out research; 2) CVs of key personnel who will be managing the research; 3) Costed proposal aligned with the concept note; and 4) two examples of final reports related to the proposed SOW.

Appendix 1:


Interested candidates should submit a full application (CV, cover letter, budget proposal and contact details of three professional referees. The referees should be the last line manager and HR department of the previous organization)to:

 Save the Children, HR Manager, Rue Nerhu, Unit 25, Ban Phonexay (PO Box 7475) Or email to:;; and

Please indicate the title of position in your email subject line

 Closing date for applications is: 2nd April 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer; well qualified females and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to the protection of   children from abuse”.

Save the Children has a strict Child Safeguarding Policy and conducts thorough background checks prior to any offer of employment.


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