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IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROGRAM IN ZAMBIA

The purpose of this EOI is to identify interested institutions with the necessary capacity to undertake monitoring and evaluation activities in support of programme implementation and impact assessment.

SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)
Interested suppliers/service providers are encouraged to complete and submit the EOI form below.
EOIs should be sent to Astrid Banda, e-mail: abanda@unicef.org, not later than 20 April 2012.

Please quote “EOI Impact Assessment of Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Zambia” as subject in your correspondence.

This Request for EOIs does not constitute a solicitation. We do not require bids or proposals at this stage; we merely seek your expression of interest in participating in the tender.

Your EOI should be no more than four pages long. The EOI should highlight the previous experience of your company/institution in conducting similar assignments, and the experience key personnel in your company/institution in managing similar assignments.

A response to this Request for Expression of Interest does not ensure that you will be selected to participate in the tender.

UNICEF will issue one contract only for the Impact assessment of sanitation and hygiene program. Companies/institutions with specific expertise in either component or with technical expertise supporting a substantive bid may associate for the purpose of this work.

Requests to participate in a full tender process will be sent to qualifying firms or individuals only.
UNICEF reserves the right to change or cancel the requirement at any time during the EOI and/or solicitation process. UNICEF also reserves the right to require compliance with additional conditions as and when issuing the final tender document.

If you have any additional question about this EOI, please contact Astrid Banda e-mail: abanda@unicef.org


BACKGROUND
The Government of Zambia, through the government partners with technical support from UNICEF has placed an emphasis on maximizing health benefits through promoting hand washing with soap (HWWS), construction and use of latrine to achieve open defecation free (ODF) and household water treatment (HHWT).

Zambia is one of the countries in Africa with least access to sanitation and hygiene services. Accessing clean water and adequate sanitation is a major challenge. Based on the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme 2010 report, an estimated 5 million Zambians live without access to safe water, and 6.5 million lack access to improved sanitation, of which around 2.3 million practice open defecation. This contributes to a high prevalence of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. With an estimated 2.5 billion cases of diarrhea each year, diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children under five globally, (1 in 5 deaths).

This initiative seeks to achieve a significant health impact in Zambia. Promoted effectively, the three thematic areas (HWWS, HHWT and ODF) can have the single greatest impact of all hygiene behaviors on two leading causes of illness and child mortality: diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infection (ARI).

The main goal of the initiative is to contribute to achieving the MDG target for sanitation coverage from 43% to 73%

The program will promote
• Community –wide sanitation improvements,
• Hand-washing with soap and ash
• Safe water handling and use through treatment and safe storage
• Sanitation marketing for getting people to get up the sanitation ladder.

The program will support the health systems to control diarrhea at the rural health center catchment areas. The government will monitor progress at all levels, and make the results count. The program will aim to make the prevention and treatment of diarrhea everybody’s business.

The key outcomes to be achieved during the programme timeframe of November 2011 to March 2015 are:

a) Three million (3,000,000) new people (users) consistently utilizing improved sanitation facilities and hygiene practices; and

b) 500,000 pupils use improved sanitation with hand washing facilities.

To achieve these results, the main activities will be implemented and classified under, 7 main Activity groups;

1)Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) where Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Legal enforcement will be implemented;
2)Sanitation Marketing- where demand for sanitation will be stimulated;
3)Institutional Sanitation- providing gender segregated and child friendly sanitation solutions;
4)Hygiene Promotion and Sustainability- promoting the practices of improved hygiene behaviours;
5)Communication for Development Campaign;
6)Sector Coordination-for partners and stakeholders;
7)Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management-to measure and review program results.

Organisation UNICEF Zambia

Country Zambia