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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Jakarta
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-19

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Research Consultant, Baseline Study

Jakarta (Indonesia)

JOB TITLE:

Research Consultant, Baseline Study

TYPE OF CONTRACT:

SSA

UNIT/DIVISION:

School Meals

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Jakarta Indonesia

DURATION:

March – May 2019


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

According to Riskesdas 2013, Indonesia still faces issues of malnutrition with high prevalence of wasting (weight/Age) 11.2%, stunting (height/age) 30.7%, obesity 18,8% and anemic 26.4% among the primary school age children (6 – 12 years old).

Several factors can be determinants, such as low consumption of healthy, safe, nutritious and balanced foods. Another factor can be infection due to the low healthy living practices, hygiene and sanitation. Low availability of the food sources, low purchasing power and improper child care are some of the indirect causes.

Undernourishment in school age children may impact their education. With support from Cargill, WFP provides technical support and enhances the capacity of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC) to assist poor students across the country to enjoy healthy meals and learn about nutrition and hygiene through Indonesia’s home-grown school meals programme (known as Pro-GAS). We are leveraging school meals not only as a source of nutrition, but also as an economic opportunity for local farmers. WFP in partnership with Cargill foster sustainable school meals supply chains and at the same time promotes nutritious, balanced diets with a particular focus on primary aged students, women and youth.

Under the 2017 WFP-Cargill partnership, Pro-GAS model was replicated in three districts –- Serang, Pasuruan and Belu -- in addition to the 11 priority districts selected by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture. The WFP-Cargill partnership was extended to one primary school in Serang district, Banten province, two schools in Pasuruan district, East Java province and one primary school in Belu district, Eastern Nusa Tenggara province.

In order to measure the impact of Pro-GAS in schools that supported by Cargill, WFP will conduct a baseline and endline survey using a quasi-experimental (pre and post intervention and control groups) approach. The control schools were selected from neighboring areas of the target schools of Cargill-led school meals programmes. For the purpose of this baseline survey, Medan, Serang, Gresik, Pasuruan dan Ketapang districts were selected as locations of the population sample.

The general objective of this study is to analyse the effect of nutrition and health education as well as the provision of healthy breakfast on nutrition and health practices and the nutritional status of elementary school students who receiving the Pro-GAS intervention, before and after the program. More specifically, the baseline survey aims:
  1. Study the characteristics of students, parents, and elementary school teachers who received Pro-GAS intervention.
  2. Evaluate the implementation of Pro-GAS from preparation until implementation.
  3. Analyse the impact of nutrition education on healthy and nutritious breakfast practices of school children (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).
  4. Analyse the impact of healthy living habits education on personal hygiene practices of school children (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).
  5. Analyse the impact of the whole programme on anemic prevalence of school children (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).
  6. Analyse the impact of the whole programme on student’s concentration in class and academic achievement of school children (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).
  7. Analyse the impact of nutrition and hygiene education on teachers’s knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of nutrition, health and hygiene (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).
  8. Analyse the impact of nutrition and hygiene education on caregiver’s knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of nutrition, health and hygiene (comparing the findings between baseline and endline).

Experts with extensive research experience and expertise are required to ensure the study is scientifically sound and provides useful information for decision makers.  This TOR describes the objectives and work required for the Consultant.

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The consultant will report to the School Meals - Activity Manager. The consultant is responsible for the management and coordination of internal and external research work and for giving specialist guidance and advice to the study. Specifically, the consultant has the following responsibilities:

  • Design and develop research study including scoping the research, defining research methodology, analyses and data collection instruments,
  • Management of the research budget,
  • Develop and maintain sophisticated database structures and systems using STATA or similar kind of software and keep the database in excel format to handover to WFP,
  • Perform quality assurance and integration of multiple data streams for research studies and administrative needs,
  • Conduct multivariate statistical analyses using standard and advanced statistical techniques,
  • Develop written reports on findings/results and presentation in Bahasa and English,
  • Prepare or assist in preparation of results for publications such as infographics, and
  • Provide evidence based input or recommendations which will be used to contribute to the delivery of project strategic goals.

The consultant must adhere to the WFP Data Protection Principles and maintain confidentiality.

The consultant will be responsible for following WFP writing guidelines and latest glossaries in all given assignments for accurate translation.

COORDINATION:

The consultant shall work in close coordination with WFP, with informal updates and consultations taking place on a weekly basis. The consultant will be coordinate with the group of experts working on the study, and with the appointed study lead. In addition to informal consultations, formal progress reports shall be submitted to WFP in line with the below schedule.

This consultancy is required to begin as soon as possible at the end of February 2019 for the first baseline study in Deli Serdang. The consultant will work from their own office and meet as required with WFP and counterparts in government. 

DELIVERABLES:

Activities

Outputs/deliverables

Date

Consultation and drafting the research proposal

  • Research plan including scoping the research, defining research methodology and analyses, timetable and budget
  • Data collection instruments

Last week of February 2019 

Consultation and drafting the relevant parts of the final report

  • Preliminary findings/results report
  • Draft relevant parts of the final report including all the objectives of the research

Last week of April 2019

Final report revision and Presentation of the final results to WFP, MOEC and Cargill

  • Final report
  • Presentation of the results
  • Summary of the findings in infographics

Last week of May 2019


BUDGET AND TERMS OF PAYMENT

The total estimated cost of the consultancy is USD 7,185.27

  • 1st payment for the completion of the study design including the data collection instruments, which amounts 50% of the total cost, USD 3,592.64
  • 2nd payment for the completion of preliminary findings/results report, which amounts 25% of the total cost, USD 1,796.32 
  • 3rd payment after the completion of the research and submission of the Final Report, which amounts 25% of the total cost, USD 1,796.32

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Education:

Doctorate and/or equivalent experience with emphasis in one or more of the following disciplines: econometrics, mathematics, statistics or applied statistics

Experience:

At least 10 years related experience in quantitative and qualitative modelling, applied statics in nutrition science, social sciences, agriculture or related fields experience in working closely with partners in UN/international agencies and the Government of Indonesia

Knowledge & Skills:

Extensive knowledge of policy strategy of food and nutrition security

Languages:

Fluency in both oral and written English and Bahasa Indonesia.

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