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Research Consultancy:Inclusion of a Nutrition and Health Data Collection System within the BRCiS Shock-Responsive Safety Net Pilot Programme -Somalia

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Research Consultancy:Inclusion of a Nutrition and Health Data Collection System within the BRCiS Shock-Responsive Safety Net Pilot Programme                   

Context and purpose of assignment

The Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) Consortium was established in October 2013 with the overall objective to improving the resilience of vulnerable communities and households. Cutting across the ‘Humanitarian – Development’ spectrum, the BRCiS programme balances its response to short-term humanitarian needs with the longer-term aim of building community and household capacities to deal with the shocks and stresses. This way, the project provides a continuum of humanitarian and rehabilitation/development assistance that seeks to improve the absorptive (short-term) and adaptive (medium- and long-term) capacities of communities and households.

The BRCiS Consortium has recently launched a two-year long, shock-responsive safety net pilot serving about 2100+ Somali households and is currently in the process of preparing a research study to explore how safety nets affect the well-being and resilience capacities of participant households, with a particular focus on the health and nutritional status of child household members. Accordingly, the main objective of the assignment is to provide technical assistance to the Consortium’s M&E Team with the design, study implementation, analysis, and dissemination of the Consortium’s research and evaluation work with regard to this pilot.


The supervisor of the consultant/swill bethe BRCiS M&E Manager. More generally, the selected candidate/swill work in close collaboration with the Consortium’s M&E Team and with relevant Technical Working Groups, particularly the Consortium’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Team and Health and the Nutrition Working Group.

Major activities and tasks to be accomplished


  • Develop specific research questions and study methodology that is suitable for the Consortium’s learning needs, operational constraints, and existing data collection efforts
  • Design a monitoring system to collect high-frequency data on the health and nutritional status of beneficiary households
  • Training of the Consortium’s M&E teams and Community Health Workers (CHW) on the collection of H&N data (trainings to be delivered on a rolling basis covering various parts of Somalia including Mogadishu, Baidoa, and possibly Beletweyne and Galkayo)
  • Support the Consortium’s M&E team with collection, cleaning and analysis of H&N data
  • Preparation of rapid analytical reports of data collected and training of Consortium Members on how to prepare this analysis
  • Preparation of research reports including baseline, midline and end line assessments

Timeline and key milestones

Deliverable Other specifications if applicable Estimated number of consulting days Tentative timeline
Inception Report and Workshop Study Plan including Survey Protocol, Plans for Data Quality Assurance, Questionnaire and Data Platform Development, Data Analysis Plan, Training Materials, Timeline, etc. 12 days February-April 2020
Delivery of trainings on a rolling basis covering 4 locations in Somalia   8 days April-May 2020
Technical supervision for data collection   30 days Ongoing basis starting from May 2020
Research and data analysis This includes rapid reports of high-frequency data collected 40 days Ongoing basis starting from July 2020
Preparation of Reports Including a baseline, midline and end line assessment 30 days  

It is estimated that the contract will take approximately 120 working days between February 2020 –  January 2023. The consultancy days outlined should be treated with flexibility and are subject to change depending on arising needs and changing contexts.

Official travel involved

Flights, local and international travels, and security costs willbe covered byBRICS consortium and is exclusive of the budget proposal submitted by the consultant/s.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required


  • PhD or MSc in Nutrition and Public Health, Health Economics or a related field (PhD preferred from a globally renowned university)
  • At least 12-15 years of experience in health and nutrition research in humanitarian context
  • Previous researchexperience in H&N in the context of Somalia is a must
  • Extensive experience inadvanced research methodologies both observational and experimental methods – demonstrated through peer-reviewedpublications
  • Experience using Digital Data Collection Methods (ODK preferred)
  1. Application

We welcome applications both from individuals, partnerships, and firms please apply with:

  • Updated CVs of proposed research teamincluding their daily fee (in USD) and information on availability
  • A work-plan outlining the candidate’s approach on the proposed tasks (including a detailed budget and timeline)
  • Samples as proof of similar work undertaken – shared as attachment or hyperlinked in CV

All Applications should be submitted from 13nd to 25th January 2020 at 12:00AM and to be sent to the this email: so.procurement@nrc.noand all queries to be addressed to this:  balint.nemeth@nrc.no

NOTE: Government’s revenue tax may be applicable to this contract and NRC reserves the right to share the contract details with the authorities as and when required.

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