Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is currently inviting proposals from eligible organizations for projects that would help in improving maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition in Afghanistan. The agency aims to strengthen communities’ capacity to respond to the nutritional needs and priorities of women and children as part of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS). The selected project proposals are also expected to improve the quality of nutrition services provided by BPHS implementers in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
- Ultimate Outcome: Basic health needs met and reduced vulnerability of the people in Afghanistan, with a focus on women and girls.
- Intermediate Outcome 1: Enhanced healthy nutritional practices by mothers, newborns, and children under-five.
- Immediate outcomes: (a) Increased availability of nutrition-related goods and services that minimize risks and optimizes nutrition, health and survival outcomes, for men, women, and children, particularly pregnant and lactating women and children under-two; and (b) Increased awareness and knowledge among men, women and children of moderate/severe acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency at the community level.
- Intermediate Outcome 2: Increased equitable and gender-sensitive health services to mothers, newborns, and children under-five.
- Immediate outcome: Enhanced capacity of government to plan, implement, and evaluate maternal, neonatal and child health strategies and programs.
- Legal Entity: To be eligible, an Applicant must be a legal entity that has been in existence for at least three (3) years and be defined as follows:
- Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), institution, organization or agency that is a not-for-profit and be recognized as a legal entity in any jurisdiction; OR
- Any other entity that is recognized as a legal entity in any jurisdiction and is capable of delivering aid activities, or is actively engaged in development issues.
- Years of Experience in the Health Sector in the Area of Nutrition in Afghanistan: The Applicant’s organization must have at least three (3) years of experience managing and delivering health initiatives in the area of nutrition in Afghanistan.
- Sound Governance: The Applicant’s organization must be financially sound and have strong governance structures, including strong mission, strong fiscal oversight, management capacity and decision-making. To demonstrate sound governance, the Applicant’s organization must meet all of the following criteria:
- The organization must provide audited financial statements covering the past three fiscal years and a letter of representation# regarding these statements. The latest set of statements must have been completed within 18 months of the closing date specified in paragraph 2.1 of this Call for Proposals;
- The organization must have a code of ethics and anti-corruption policies and practices in place; and have completed the Anti-Corruption Declaration Form#;
- The organization must complete a Right to Set-off Declaration Form# that demonstrates it does not have any outstanding debts with the Government of Canada; and
- The organization must have the institutional capacity to manage the environmental effects of their activities. Provide supporting documentation (or an explanatory note if not applicable).
Last date for submitting the proposals is January 25, 2012.
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