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Nov 13, 2017

KANCO Nutrition Nutrition and ECD Financing Consultancy in Kenya

KANCO Consultancy

Request for Proposals to Conduct Policy and Financial Analysis on Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Financing in Kenya

KANCO is  regional membership network of organizations including: Non - Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Faith Based Organization (FBOs), Private Sector, Research and Learning Institutions responding to HIV & AIDS and TB in Kenya. 

It is also accredited as a Linking Organization with the International HIV & AIDS Alliance. Its mission is to provide leadership, promote collaboration and enhance capacity among Civil Society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to respond to HIV & AIDS, TB other public Health concerns at community level.
Guided by the vision of healthy people, empowered communities, over time KANCO has evolved to become a premier agency for sensitizing, mobilizing and promoting collaboration among civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the region.

1.0 Introduction
The Malabo Declaration, the African Union Agenda 2063; “the Africa we want”, the Africa Regional Nutrition Strategy (ARNS) and the Africa Renewed Initiative on Stunting Elimination (ARISE) have been geared towards meeting the continental Commitment. 

There are also the global nutrition commitments on nutrition as stipulated in the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nutrition for Growth (N4G) and the World Health Assembly Nutrition Targets. Malnutrition contributes to over 50 percent of child mortality according to World Health Organization global report of 2010.

 In Kenya, malnutrition remains a big public health problem in both rural and urban settings. Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 (KDHS) shows, 26% of children under-five years are stunted, 11% underweight while 4% are wasted. 

Maternal infant and young child nutrition have been sub-optimal with Iron deficiency anemia still prevalent in pregnant women and only 22% of children 6-23 months consume the minimum acceptable diet (MAD). 

On the other hand no significant change has been made in reducing overweight and obesity among children. 

In the adult population the overweight and obesity prevalence is on the rise; women who are overweight and obese has increased from 23% in 2003 to 33% in 2014.

 Prevalence of non-communicable diseases is also on the rise according to Stepwise Survey 2015).

1.1 Policy Environment on Nutrition in Kenya

The Constitution of Kenya 2010 under the bill of rights recognizes the importance of nutrition Article 43 1(c), gives rights to be free from hunger and access to adequate food of acceptable quality including good nutrition to children 53; 1(c).Further, the Country in its Food and Nutrition security policy 2012 (FSNP) aims at improving nutritional outcomes through sustainable agricultural interventions in cognizance with the devolved system of government.  

Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal 2 (target 2.2) calls for ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030, which includes achieving, by 2025, internationally agreed upon targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and addressing the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women. 

Well-nourished women, children and adolescents live healthier lives, with greater resilience to life- threatening disease. 

Kenya has shown renewed commitment to nutrition which is well articulated in the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, Kenya Health Strategic Plan and Kenya's National Nutrition Action Plan. 

Reducing malnutrition in Kenya is not just a health priority but also a political choice that calls for a multi-sectoral focus right to good nutrition and guided to play their role towards realizing this right. 

However, nutrition programs are underfunded or not advocated for as other health issues.

2.0 Scope of work
The objectives of the assignment is to analyze the legal policy environment in relations to nutrition and assess the current funding for Nutrition in the Country at the National and County levels.
The consultant is expected to undertake an;
i) in-depth review of the Policies that support implementation of nutrition in the Country    
ii) in-depth analysis of resource needs of nutrition vis –a –vis available resources   
3.0 Duration of assignment 
It is expected that the consultancy will take a maximum of 15 days.

4.0 Expertise required
The consultant shall have the following qualifications.
  • A Master’s degree in public health, Nutrition or equivalent.
  • Five (5) year’s experience in policy analysis and a good mastery of the policy environment in respect to financing of nutrition.
  • 5 years experience in nutrition work in Kenya with a good understanding of the nutrition landscape.
  • Having worked or interacted with the nutrition sector is an added advantage.
How to Apply

Interested candidates are requested to send their the application with a 2 page Inception report with a costed financial proposal to [email protected]  by 17th November 2017 at 5.00PM

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