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Funds for NGOs: RFP- Formative Research and Trials of Improved Practices in Bihar - Last date 19 Dec

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Request for Proposals (RFP)

Issued on:  November 26, 2014

For:  Formative Research and Trials of Improved Practices in Bihar

Anticipated Period of performance:   January 2015 to April 2015

Proposal Deadline:  December 19, 2014

Background: Alive & Thrive is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development. Good nutrition in the first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to enable all children to lead healthier and more productive lives. Alive & Thrive is scaling up improved infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition through large-scale programs in several countries in Asia and Africa and through strategic technical support and the dissemination of innovations, tools, and lessons worldwide. Alive & Thrive is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the governments of Canada and Ireland. The initiative is managed by FHI 360.

Alive & Thrive is providing support to the BMGF Ananya partners in Bihar state to improve Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices, particularly complementary feeding. In this context, Alive & Thrive is looking for a research agency to conduct formative research and Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs) in Bihar with the objective of identifying specific sub optimal IYCF practices, the rationale behind these practices and the context in which these practices occur. In addition, the exercise aims to identify feasible solutions to these sub-optimal practices.

Proposal:Alive & Thrive is seeking the technical assistance of a research agency to conduct formative research and Trials of Improved Practices for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in Bihar.

Phase I: The formative research will provide an understanding of key IYCF practices and the associated barriers to and motivators for optimal IYCF practice. The formative research exercise will use the ProPAN framework on breastfeeding and complementary feeding. (ProPAN is available in English at:

Formative Research Objectives

The overall objectives are to identify specific dietary problems, the practices that have led to these problems, the reasons behind these problems and the context in which these problems occur.  The specific objectives of this research are:
1.Identify causes of suboptimal complementary feeding practices in Bihar, especially for the 6-11 month age group
2.Identify causes of suboptimal breastfeeding practices in Bihar (especially initiation of early and exclusive breastfeeding and continued BF upto 24 months)
3.Identify causes of suboptimal handwashing practices especially before preparing food and feeding children
4.Identify the barriers and facilitators for complementary feeding, breastfeeding and hand-washing practices
5.Identify the existing factors, opportunities, and resources that might facilitate the improvement of the practices and problems identified.

This formative research study is the first step in having an in-depth understanding about the underlying issues of IYCF practices in Bihar. As a lot of data is currently available, it is expected that the formative research will be conducted in two steps: a) Review & summarize secondary data along with identification of existing gaps and b) Conduct primary research to fill the data and information gaps. Findings from this first phase of the study will be used to develop and test recommendations for specific changes in behavior (including food preparation) i.e. for the Trials of Improved Practice.

Instructions and Deadline : Responses to this RFP should be submitted by email to the A&T office to Dayana González at no later than Friday December 19, 2014 at 5 p.m. New Delhi, India time. Please follow the instructions carefully.  Proposals which do not follow these instructions will not be reviewed. Offers received after this date and time will not be accepted for consideration. FHI will acknowledge receipt of your proposal by email. Proposals must be submitted in electronic format using Microsoft Office compatible software.

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