Request for Proposal (RFP): Situational Analysis of Salt Sector in Indonesia
Request for Proposal (RFP) Notice
Nutrition International (NI), a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies worldwide, invites proposals from competent agencies/ firms for conducting a Salt Situation Analysis as part of NI support to Universal Salt Iodization project in Indonesia.
About Nutrition International
Nutrition International (NI), a renowned international development organization based in Ottawa, Canada, has a commitment to eradicate global ‘hidden hunger’ by implementing global interventions that focus on women and children in developing countries. It aims to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce vitamin and mineral deficiencies among women, newborns, and children. It builds on robust evidence-based research and evaluation in order to demonstrate excellent return on investment in scaling-up highly cost-effective micronutrient interventions. NI aspires to be a global center of excellence in technical and programmatic support in this field.
In collaboration with key stakeholders such as governments, private sectors and civil society groups, NI seeks to tackle the aforementioned problem that affects one third of the world’s population. NI engages in tailoring health and nutrition strategies as well as up-scaling existing programs in various regions including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. NI’s international Board of Directors directs its interventions, which reach out to approximately 500 million people in more than 70 countries.
One of NI’s key strategic goals is to enhance the global impact of micronutrient interventions by generating cutting-edge knowledge and utilizing it to develop sound policies and programmes while consolidating political will to achieve its vision. NI aspires to position itself as a global center of excellence in generating scientific research in the field of micronutrient programmes. It provides quality assurance for research and programmes while disseminating and translating new knowledge to influence and improve national and global policies and programmes. NI provides guidance and support on existing and future programme evaluations and coordinates the analysis and utilization of evaluation results.
Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Program Background
NI is working with the government to promote Universal Salt Iodization (USI) in Indonesia. Since 2010, NI has been providing technical assistance to the government for salt iodization by building capacity of 165 small and medium scale salt processors on adequate salt iodization in three main producing areas i.e. Central Java, East Java and West Nusa Tenggara Province (Bima and Lombok District). Of 165 salt processors, 105 are located in Central Java where NI has provided technical assistance and supportive supervision to adequate iodization of salt, develop internal QC system, facilitate the establishment of local salt associations and iodine bank through revolving fund mechanism, assistance to industries and trade offices in monitoring and supervision of USI programs as well as support to develop and strengthen USI enforcement system. During the last seven years, progress has been made particularly in the institutionalization of USI monitoring system within local governments as well as social enforcement by local consumer protection agency and improved iodization capacity of salt processors resulting in increase of percentage of adequately iodized salt at production level from 40% in 2010 to about 75%, recently.
Background & Rationale of the Salt Industry Mapping:
· Countrywide information on the status and extent of the salt sector in Indonesia was collected sometime back. At the time of inception of USI project, major portion of salt industry was small scale, informal and widely dispersed across country. At that stage it was very challenging to implement a salt iodization project, especially providing support to the industry to build their capacity in adequate iodization of salt. This was mostly informal and not organized industry was making it difficult for the government enforcement agencies to appropriately enforce iodization of salt at specified iodization standards.
· For any small scale industry, it is true that there is always a process and trend towards more formalization and consolidation due to natural market dynamics which is good both with respect to maintaining and enhancing the quality of their products but also facilitates the monitoring and quality control by the enforcement agencies. The same is being observed and reported in the case of salt industry as well, however, a formal exercise to verify this has not happened. Therefore, it is timely, to have a fresh look at the situation and structure of the salt industry in the country by conducting a situational analysis of the salt sector throughout the country and preparing an updated and complete inventory of the salt producers and processors.
General instructions & considerations for the RFP
· This Request for Proposal (RFP) is to conduct Salt Situational Analysis in Indonesia in order to inform the Universal Salt Iodization (USI) project in Indonesia.
· A step-wise submission process will followed which will include submission of a proposals only by selected agencies or individuals.
· The instructions should be read in conjunction with information contained in the enclosed Terms of Reference (TOR) at Annex A and the budget template at Annex B, and in any accompanying documents within this package.
· NI is not bound to accept the lowest priced, or any proposal. NI reserves the right to request any (or all) Respondent(s) meet with NI to clarify their proposal(s) without commitment, and to publish on its website answers to any questions raised by any Respondent (without identifying that Respondent).
· Respondents are responsible for all costs associated with the proposal preparation and will not receive any reimbursement by NI.
Conflict of Interest
· Respondents must disclose in their proposal details of any circumstances, including personal, financial and business activities that will, or might, give rise to a conflict of interest. This disclosure must extend to all personnel proposed to undertake the work.
· Where Respondents identify any potential conflicts they must state how they intend to avoid any impact arising from such conflicts. NI reserves the right to reject any proposals which, in NI’s opinion, give rise, or could potentially give rise to, a conflict of interest.
· With respect to this condition, please be advised that the organizations that may fall within the scope of this evaluation will include those below, with which any association must be disclosed:
· Government of Indonesia
· Nutrition International
· Government of Canada
· Salt industry in Indonesia
· Any other related national or international NGO or other entity associated in any form with the salt iodization program
RFP General Disclosures
Respondents must disclose:
· If they are or have been the subject of any proceedings or other arrangements relating to bankruptcy, insolvency or the financial standing of the Respondent including but not limited to the appointment of any officer such as a receiver in relation to the Respondent personal or business matters or an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings.
· If they have been convicted of, or are the subject of any proceedings, relating to:
· Criminal offence or other offence, a serious offence involving the activities of a criminal organization or found by any regulator or professional body to have committed professional misconduct.
· Corruption including the offer or receipt of any inducement of any kind in relation to obtaining any contract, with Nutrition International, or any other contracting body or authority
· Failure to fulfil any obligations in any jurisdiction relating to the payment of taxes
This proposal will be submitted in one step in full form.
Qualified consultant/s or agency/s are encouraged to submit a full proposal including a Technical Implementation to a maximum of 15 pages and aligned with the ToR presented in Annex A AND include Annex 1-6 as listed in the full RfP.
- Organization: Nutrition International
- Location: Indonesia (Indonesia)
- Grade: Level not specified
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Closing Date: 2018-08-13