Consultancy Services for the Nutrition Supply Chain System Analysis and Design

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Terms of Reference: Consultancy Services for the Nutrition Supply Chain System Analysis and Design


1.1 WFP and UNICEF are the leading agencies in the procurement and distribution of life saving nutrition supplies including essential medicines and ready-to-use therapeutic foods to address the needs of malnourished children in Somalia. In 2017, WFP and UNICEF procured supplies, ensuring high quality and good value through fair and open procurement.

1.2 A strong and efficient nutrition supply chain is the backbone for delivering essential supplies for children. WFP and UNICEF work with the government of Somalia and partners to strengthen the national nutrition supply chain system by improving alignment, capacity and sustainability. A high-performing nutrition supply chain is critical for ensuring that lifesaving quality supplies are available at all service delivery points where targeted beneficiaries need them, including Stabilization centers, MCH centers, and mobile outreach IMAM sites. The nutrition supply chain must be dependable, flexible, adaptive, resilient and provide an end-to-end perspective, ensuring efficiencies throughout the supply chain until the supplies are delivered to the intended beneficiaries.

1.3 The design of the supply chain system is the key construct that links together the various components of a logistics system to deliver such results. System design analysis is a process which creates the plan for how the supply chain should function, including how all the components of the supply chain system (program requirements, physical network, storage, human resources, asset management, planning, monitoring, and data) work together and interact. System design is critical for the required transition to and sustainment of new supply chain models which can better meet the rapidly changing needs of current nutrition programs.


2.1 The objectives of this Request for Proposal for Services (RFPS) is to seek qualified vendor(s) who are knowledgeable about the common challenges and solutions within Somalia health supply chain system and, in particular the nutrition supply chain, and are able to translate competing technical details into intuitive and aligned proposals, and can manage large internal and external team pressures to achieve the expected deliverables within prescribed timelines and budgets.

2.2 To help navigate the complex analysis and planning processes, and to place the nutrition program in the best position to make strategic decisions concerning improvements to the nutrition supply chain system, WFP and UNICEF through the Norwegian Refugee Council wishes to hire a vendor for the provision of consultancy services for the Nutrition Supply Chain System Analysis and Design.

2.3 The scope of the contract is to work with NRC on behalf of WFP and UNICEF Somalia country offices to provide the following expertise:

2.3.1 Analyze the current in-country nutrition supply chain system design

a) Introduce system design concepts, share evidence, facilitate discussions, and build stakeholder alignment.

b) Assess the in-country nutrition supply chain system design in terms of performance standards and requirements.

c) Prepare a baseline summary report and bottleneck analysis representing the current and future performance of the baseline system design.

2.3.2 Recommend system design modifications to improve the performance of the nutrition supply chain

a) Provide technical advice on applicable best-in-class system design strategies.

b) Provide quantitative and relevant system design recommendations based on performance expectations that are specific to Somalia.

c) Prepare a costed roadmap outlining a phased implementation approach of recommended system design changes.

2.4 Deliverables

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3.1 The chosen Vendor will be required to travel to Somalia to provide support for analyzing, simulating, and recommended nutrition supply chain system design changes. As required, the Vendor may be requested to offer technical support to WFP and UNICEF country offices and/or partners in the following or similar support:

a) Needs assessment, project scoping/requirements definition and/or supply chain assessment subject to complexity or need of the nutrition program and/or partner

b) Project budget advice

c) Thorough evaluation of the existing nutrition supply chain design

d) Provide a library of proven strategies to improve the existing system for current and future needs.

e) Assist the WFP and UNICEF country offices and/or partner to develop prioritized and recommended actions to improve the system design based on evidence generated from Somalia context.


Though other approaches will be considered, it is assumed that the following general tasks will be part of the analysis.

A. Introduce the concepts of system design to stakeholders and decision-makers.

1) Communicate the concepts of system design, common strategies, where it has been applied, and the benefits it provides.

2) Apply system design analysis to the local context, identifying the key questions, challenges, and opportunities for change.

3) Prioritize and map a path forward to implement system design analysis, generating momentum for future work.

4) Outputs (including but not limited to): Opportunity landscape, Stakeholder analysis, WFP and UNICEF Country program diagrams, Budgeted next steps

B. Build a baseline model of the nutrition supply chain with existing and future demands

1) Capture and validate data inputs, gaps, and assumptions

2) Link the nutrition supply chain performance to objectives

3) Build baseline model

4) Outputs (including but not limited to): Baseline performance, Sensitivity analysis, Scenario analysis, Budgeted next steps


A. Examine, validate, cost and prepare a plan of action

1) Share relevant common system design strategies

2) Prioritize and quantify alternative scenarios

3) Finalize results with monitoring plans for implementation

4) Align stakeholders to changes, costs, timing, and direction

5) Outputs (including but not limited to): Sensitivity analysis, Scenario analysis, Costing analysis, Project plan, Partner landscape, Risk assessment and mitigation plan, Monitoring framework


All reports shall be required in English;


Assignments will be implemented mainly in Somalia and may involve remote work for preparation and report writing. After the agreement, has been signed, a detailed work schedule per location will be defined in each SoW/ToR as defined by the hosting agency"”Norwegian Refugee Council.


The selected Vendor shall demonstrate a proven experience in the successful delivery of supply chain system design analysis and related activities, including simulation, optimization, stakeholder alignment, and project planning, preferably in locations where WFP and UNICEF works.

7.0 Project Management

The Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of the nutrition cluster in collaboration with NRC shall manage the consultancy. The SAG will be responsible for the validation of deliverables but the hosting and management of the contract will be under NRC.

Note: International bidders will be expected to partner with a local consultant with presence in Somalia.

ANNEX Ia - PROPOSAL EVALUATION (download word document)


How to apply:
The Applications should be submitted not later than 31st January, 2019 and be sent to the undersigned:

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