Call for Project Proposals

Wednesday 2 January 2019






CSO partners in implementing community Nutrition and livelihood interventions under the Lishe Endelevu activity aimed at Improving Nutrition status of women of reproductive age, children under five and adolescents



Name of Project:

Lishe Endelevu(Sustainable Nutrition)

Duration of Assignment:

3 years and 3 months.   

Location of Assignment:

Rukwa, Iringa, Morogoro and Dodoma

Expected Start Date:

February 2019

Consortium Partners

Deloitte, PANITA, AAPH and The Manoff Group  


1.0.       Background

USAID Lishe Endelevu (Sustainable Nutrition) is a 4-year Activity that aims at improving nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age, children under five, and adolescents in four regions of Tanzania.  The activity, anticipates to reach over 1.5 million women of reproductive age, 1.1 million children under five, and 330,000 adolescents 15-19 years of age with improved nutrition services, social and behavior change (SBC) for optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) behaviors; promotion of nutrition-sensitive livelihoods; and positive shifts in gender norms and equitable household decision making.


Geographic coverage: 1,755 villages, 493 wards, across 22 districts in regions of Dodoma (6 districts), Morogoro (all districts), Iringa (3 districts) and Rukwa (all districts).


Target beneficiaries:  Women of reproductive age especially; Pregnant, lactating women, caregivers, adolescents and children under five

Implementation period: February 2019 – June 2022

The activity aims at reducing stunting by pursuing three key results:

·         Result 1: Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Coordination for Improved Nutrition at the Local Government Level

·         Result 2: Improving Health, Nutrition, Caregiving, and WASH Behaviors of the target beneficiaries

·         Result 3: Increasing Access and Availability of Diverse, Safe, and Nutritious Foods







2.0.        Implementation Modality  


The Activity will work closely with actors at all levels including the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) and line ministries, the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), district and ward councils, frontline workers in health and agriculture, community and religious leaders, influencers and family members to improve nutrition outcomes in Tanzania, coordinating plans and combining resources to ensure maximum impact, potential learning, and effective and efficient use of existing resources by coordinating with other implementing partners on the ground.   The activity will coordinate with private partners and stakeholders working in the same geographic area in the nutrition and livelihood activities.


3.0.       Scope and Objectives of CSOs

The overall objective is to support the implementation of nutrition-sensitive activities intervention in the target communities across the four regions by focusing on result area 2 and 3. The CSOs deliverables will be:

3.1Community mobilization, coordination and collaboration:  

Lead community consultations, mobilization and orientation activities with Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) and Village Executive Officers (VEOs) with their respective committees. CSOs will orient village government structures and target beneficiaries on intended outcomes, their roles and responsibilities, as well as delivery modalities including the mobilizing the community to support and participate in Activity interventions.

3.2Implementation of community SBC activities

CSOs will implement extensive social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) activities at the household and community levels focusing on IYCF and household nutrition, WASH, and gender dialogues. The household nutrition SBC activities will be delivered through Community Health Workers (CHWs) Support Group Model and focus on improving care, and feeding practices. These activities will link caregivers to the health facilities, thus providing them with access to various health services. CSOs will also lead facilitation of enhanced community conversations (ECC) dialogues with influential community people including community accountability meetings and dialogues

 3.3 Capacity building of CHWs/CHVs and support groups.

CSOs with technical support from Lishe Endelevu team will train 438 CHWs/CHVs to use the Mkoba wa Siku 1,000 kit. Following training, CHWs/CHVs will begin monthly meetings with support groups rolling out MIYCAN activities using Lishe Endelevu-supplied materials. Each CHW/CHV will conduct monthly meetings with four support groups in their village area and will receive supportive supervision and technical support from CSOs and Lishe Endelevu technical staff.

3.4Support the implementation of livelihood activities at community level

Livelihood activities will include promotion of diverse nutrient foods in the existing production structures. Lishe Endelevu will develop two model farmers in each village; one for livestock and one for crop production. CSO technical staff in coordination with Ward Extension Agriculture officers will directly train model farmers. The training will include context specific crop and livestock packages as well as a general set of good agricultural practices (i.e. conservation agriculture, natural resource management, and use of climate change adapted technologies/practices) appropriate to the particular agro-ecological environment


3.5  Equitable control over household resources and income generation for dietary diversity.

Activities will include linking households, community groups with financial, and agriculture services such as district loans for small business, veterinary services for small livestock and any income generating opportunities from the private sector. Specifically address household decision making through practical exercises and activities to demonstrate the importance and relevance between women’s empowerment, couples communication for better use of income, and nutrition-supportive behaviours. CSOs will be expected to support introduction or strengthen existing VSLAs/VICOBAs with support group members and initiate VSLA registrations so that groups can access district women and youth financial loans from LGAs. The activities will also include innovations that reduce women time and energy at household levels.


4.0.       Criteria for selection of CSOs for partnership in implementing Lishe Endelevu activity 


CSO selection criteria focuses on the areas of management, compliance, and program components, which will facilitate holistic understanding of the organization’s strengths and challenges for future improvement plans and ability to deliver agreed activities.

I.             Geographical location and the Organisation

·         The selected CSO should be legally registered and should have been operating for more than two years and have a physical office in the district where the program will be implemented in either Dodoma, Iringa (Kilolo or Iringa DC), Morogoro (all 9 districts) or Rukwa (all four districts).

·         Be well known by the LGA in the program area. Applicants should submit a letters of support from respective LGAs signed by the District Executive Director and sealed with an official district stamp.

·         Have a clear vision and/or mission stated description of what the organization aspires to achieve or become

·         The organization has a well-designed structure (e.g., organogram) relevant to its mission/goals and programs

·         Identified the functions and responsibilities of departments 

·         Clearly defined and appropriate lines of responsibility and communication among departments

·         Have the board drawn from a broad spectrum; all members have relevant experience and has term limits that are defined

·         A clear succession plan and would handle transition by having a senior management team fill in or one or more members of the management team would take on the CEO/ED

·         The organization has complete and appropriate operational policies and procedures including procurement, travel, child safe guarding, information system, personnel, HR and that are known and understood by staff

·         Has JDs that are respected for each staff member, have skilled staff and some clear recruitment procedures to fill in the gap where necessary

·         Has a process for assessing staff performance

·         Has setting objectives, listing responsibilities/ tasks, assessing performance on past activities, supervision and professional development


II.           Program Focus

·         The program places emphasis on interventions addressing nutrition issues in pregnant and lactating women and children under five years of age including livelihoods.

·         Have demonstrated experience in implementing community-based nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programs and activities with impact on the nutrition status of women of reproductive age and children. Previous or current experience of implementing nutrition and behaviour changing programs capacity strengthening, VSLA, facilitation in Support Groups, supportive supervision, mentoring and coaching will be an advantage in the selection process.


III.          Collaboration and engagement

·         Experience in working with multi-stakeholders including Ward and village government, other front line workers eg. CHW/CHV, UN, Donors, other CSOs and with private sector.

·         Be a reputable indigenous non-governmental organization (NGO), community-based organization (CBO) or Faith-Based Organization (FBO).

IV. Financial Management

·         Have appropriate financial System fully operational, computerized accounting system will be an added advantage, Systems that are consistently adhered to, reviewed and updated, Systems known and understood by trained staff

·         Have experience (supported by evidence) of managing grants or funding from donors. A letter of recommendation from at least one current or previous donor will be an added comparative advantage

·         Be able to implement activities covering the whole district.

·         Experience in managing over 200,000 USD Grant proposals

·         Comply with statutory and donor audit

·          Have diversified funding base with strong stakeholder relationships


V.           Management

·         The organization hasa comprehensive, written strategic plan that reflects its mission, vision and values based on the plan

·         Business plan, annual operation plan, any successful bid for resources?

·         A well-defined M&E plan, Quality monitoring toll and performance expectations  

·         Supervision plan with supportive tools



VI.         Information Technology

·         The Organization must have at least the minimum standards of systems access. System access must be protected by controls for restricted access according to staff's requirement

·         All email users are oriented to IT usage

·         Each staff provided with an official email account and internet access for exclusively official use.

·         All data that is used for official purposes for Save the Children and Partners must be backed up regularly to prevent any loss of data and ensure business continuity in the event of any serious incident.

·         Computer hardware, data and documentation must be protected from damage or problems caused by natural hazards, outside influences and theft by whatever means are considered appropriate. This includes ensuring that third parties will not be able to access data stored on IT equipment


5.0.       Ethical considerations and child safeguarding

All CSOs will be working in collaboration with Save the Children, will be required to adhere to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines as well as Save the Children’s Policy on Fraud, Bribery and Corruption. CSOs will sign both policies as part of the contracting process.

CSOs staff that will have any contact with children, must take into account all ethical and safeguarding considerations at all stages of the work (including if it involves data collection and analysis) to avoid causing harm to children and their caretakers. Particular attention must be paid to the potential to cause harm during interactions with children and their families as well as during the storing, handling, sharing and analysis of data.


6.0.       Contract, Budget and resources

CSOs applicants are expected to submit a three-page maximum technical and financial proposal including a 12 months’ work plan.  Assessment will be conducted to only successful applicants. 



7.0. Application requirements and proposal submission details

Applicants should submit their documents in sealed envelopes (separating technical and financial) marked

"Lishe endelevu project - CSO proposal"

on the envelope to the following address;


Tender Committee

Save the children International – Tanzania

Country Office, PlotNo.257 Kiko Avenue, Mwai Kibaki Road, Mikocheni

P.O. BOX 1041, Dar es Salaam - Tanzania

Or send documents to the following email address by

17th January 2019 at 4:00pm

8.0. Enquiries



For all enquiries, please contact  

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