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Statement of Work

Supporting Nutrition Investments (SNI) Consultancy

Introduction

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has a requirement to develop and deploy a Nutrition Toolkit to guide MCC and host country government counterparts during compact assessment, development, and implementation, as the agency considers investments in nutrition and sectors that may have nutrition-related benefits. The toolkit should include analytical tools that will enable MCC Economists to determine if there is an economic case for the nutrition investments considered. The MCC will obtain the required services through a competitive procurement to provide professional consulting services for the Nutrition Toolkit development and deployment.

The focus of this assignment will be on how interventions in nutrition can promote improved human capital development while also considering how the four pillars of food security (availability, accessibility, utilization, and stability) can be strengthened, considering MCC’s model and ability to influence the private sector, national policy, and data quality and use. This should include exploring the best approach for addressing cost-benefit analysis for nutrition specific and sensitive interventions.

On January 23, 2003, the United States established the MCC, an innovative foreign assistance program designed to reduce poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth. MCC, a U.S. government corporation, is based on the principle that aid is most effective in countries that promote good governance, economic freedom, and investments in people. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov.

MCC’s overriding objectives are to promote economic growth and a significant reduction in poverty in our partner countries. MCC does not take it for granted that programs that stimulate growth will invariably reduce poverty. MCC looks at the likely distributive effects of projects and, to the extent that data are available to perform such an analysis, identifies the beneficiaries and estimates the impact on poverty reduction. Ultimately, MCC seeks significant and measurable increases in incomes of large numbers of poor people and significant reductions in poverty.

MCC analyzes the likely impact on economic growth of its programs by analyzing whether they are consistent with international and country evidence on drivers of economic growth and by use of economic rate of return (ERR) analysis. The essence of such an analysis is a straightforward comparison of costs and benefits, where the costs are the MCA grants, other front-end project development costs, and associated project life cycle operating and maintenance costs, and the benefits are increases in incomes in recipient countries.

B. SCOPE

The objective of this assignment is to develop and deploy a Nutrition Toolkit to guide MCC and host country government counterparts during compact assessment, development, and implementation, as the agency considers investments in nutrition or sectors that may have nutrition-related benefits.

A background on MCC’s previous work around nutrition, and the work of others which MCC could build upon is presented in Annex 1.

C. COUNTRY

MCC eligible country and/or country with on-going or recently completed MCC compact or threshold programs in development or implementation. Country eligibility to receive MCC compact or threshold programs is explained on the MCC website Selection Process page.

D. TASKS

TASK 1: Develop a Nutrition Toolkit Development that will support the design and implementation of nutrition activities in MCC selected countries.

The toolkit should provide technical expertise and guidance to host country and MCC compact development teams, MCC’s Land and Agricultural Economy (LAE), Health and Community Development (HCD) Practice Groups, and the Department of Policy and Evaluation, including both the Economic Analysis and the Monitoring and Evaluation Divisions. The toolkit should be useful during the phases of compact development. The phase of compact development are explained in depth on MCC’s Compact Development Guidance webpage and are summarized below:

Preliminary analysis, identify constraints through analysis of economic data, incorporate gender, poverty, human and community development, and health considerations into relevant analyses and initiate public consultations (see Annex 2 for economic rate of return).

Problem diagnosis, especially focused on gender, poverty, human and community development, and health issues within the root cause analysis.

Project definition, determine evidence-based investments, project activities, identify the logic.

Project development, including further due diligence, additional studies. (see Annex 3 for MCC Compact development graphic)

Within the above framework, the Nutrition Toolkit should include the following specific elements:

Economic tools that will enable MCC Economists to support the development and implementation of nutrition programs. The toolkit will provide analytical tools for the consideration of nutrition in Constraints and Root Cause Analysis, especially as aligned with health, gender, poverty, food security, and human and community development. MCC uses a modified version of the Hausmann, Rodrick and Velasco (HRV) model to conduct these analyses. Examples are located at: https://www.mcc.gov/our-impact/constraints-analysis. Analytical tools for evaluating the cost benefit of nutrition programs during and after program implementation need also be included.

An approach to clarify the relationship between agricultural systems and nutrition to help define a Nutrition-Smart Agriculture (NSA) space that can crowd-in the agricultural economy to generate more jobs and income while building a food system that contributes to positive nutrition outcomes in the population should be included.

Recommended evidence-supported nutrition investments likely to be useful within the MCC milieu, including discussion of both nutrition specific and sensitive approaches within the agriculture, climate/sustainability, WASH, energy, education, health, and institutional reform sectors, and in the context of necessary social and behavior change (see Annex 1 and 2 for examples). Discussion should include investments in animal source food safety and promotion, fortification, and biofortification. Particular attention should be given to evidence-based policies or government led initiatives/programs that have been shown to improve nutrition.

Methods for calculating BCA and ERR of nutrition investments, especially focused on identifying measurable benefit streams in both nutrition projects and as additional benefits to other projects such as those focused on agriculture, climate/sustainability WASH, energy, education, or health. These can build off the SEEMS model.

Discussion of the design and implementation of effective nutrition projects. The lessons learned should be discussed with a strong focus on incentivizing private sector involvement to reduce malnutrition globally. Furthermore, this contract will address the financing gap for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the nutritious food space since the SMEs provide most food consumed.

Consideration of key specific issues such as gender-related challenges, climate-change, poverty, and other cross-sectoral matters essential to securing measurable gains from improved nutrition outcomes. Another critical issue is understanding the intersection between nutrition and poverty reduction since MCC evaluates investments based on this criterion to find out how nutrition improvements result in reduced poverty.

As a guide, this SOW includes a suggested Toolkit outline in Annex 4. The Offeror may choose to propose an alternative outline or may propose to present the toolkit in a format other than a narrative report.

This task is not expected to require travel to MCC countries. Task 1 will require desk review and may involve interviews and discussions to identify best practices and to tailor the toolkit to the needs of MCC practice groups and host country government compact development teams. Recommendations and toolkit content should be presented and feedback solicited, this may be done virtually and/or through in-person workshops at MCC headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. MCC will provide HQ conferencing space.

Nutrition Toolkit development, iteration and finalization is expected to occur within the first twelve months of this contract.

TASK 2: Provide Nutrition Toolkit Training

Develop and deliver virtual Nutrition Toolkit trainings tailored to the following groups:

MCC’s Land and Agricultural Economy (LAE) and Health and Community Development (HCD) Practice Groups and any MCC and any host country government country teams developing or implementing MCC programs that may benefit from a training targeting LAE and HCD experts.

MCC’s Department of Policy and Evaluation (DPE), including both the Economic Analysis (EA) and the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Divisions and any host country government country teams developing or implementing MCC programs that may benefit from the training targeting DPE, EA or M&E experts.

Training format and content should be developed considering virtual training best practices. Translation services maybe required.

Nutrition Toolkit trainings should familiarize participants with the content of the Nutrition Toolkit and prepare MCC or host country government participants to use or apply the tools that are relevant to their area of expertise.

Trainings may be requested with MCC and/or host country government country teams that are considering nutrition related investments.

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