Request for Proposal - Abt Associates, Inc

Job Description


The market for priority health products and services in Tanzania is characterized by a high level of government and donor interventions. Recent assessments funded by the Gates Foundation, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and USAID have highlighted the degree to which condom programs rely on commodities donated by international actors such as USAID and the Global Fund. This increased reliance on subsidies in the condom market places its sustainability in jeopardy if donors make sudden changes to their donation programs.

The use of total market approaches (TMA) can help address these concerns. A TMA typically refers to efforts to coordinate strategies and investments across donors and public and private health sector actors to increase the equity, efficiency and sustainability of health markets. USAID/Tanzania engaged with the SHOPS Plus project to support the implementation of TMAs for condoms in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOH-CDGEC) and other key stakeholders.

Abt Associates Inc. (Abt) invites qualified organizations with expertise in qualitative research to submit a technical and cost proposal for the provision of qualitative data collection (focus group discussions), translation, and transcription that will be used by Abt’s SHOPS Plus project to inform total market approaches (TMAs) for condoms in Tanzania. Preference will be given to firms who can demonstrate that they can implement focus group discussions (FGDs) on family planning topics with cost-efficiency. Experience implementing market research related to health, and specifically family planning, is a plus.
  • Questions may be submitted no later than 5:00 pm (EAT) April 20, 2018
  • All responses to questions will be issued to Offerors as an amendment to this RFP no later than 5:00 pm EAT April 24, 2018
  • Interested parties should submit their final proposals no later than 5:00 pm (EAT) May 1, 2018
  • The ceiling amount for this award cannot exceed TZS45 million (inclusive of taxes).
Please send questions and proposals to [email protected]

Background on Abt Associates and SHOPS Plus

Abt Associates: Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Please refer to our web-site at for more information on our work.

SHOPS Plus: The Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus project in Tanzania is a five year (March 2016 – September 2020) initiative to increase the use of priority health products and services for family planning (FP), HIV, and malaria. The SHOPS Plus project strives to do this by strengthening the capacity of the private sector, improving the enabling environment for private sector provision of health products and services, and facilitating implementation of total market approaches within Tanzanian institutions.

Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Advisor, Tanzania

We are currently seeking a Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Support Activity (MSNA) project based in Tanzania. MSNA will provide household level support to agriculture, nutrition, family planning, and water and sanitation activities.
  • Identify and address opportunities to increase household production, purchase, and consumption of nutrient rich foods.
  • Provide technical assistance and monitoring for nutrition-sensitive agricultural activities and services.
  • Apply gender-sensitive best practices to develop innovative approaches to address barriers to intrahousehold allocation of food and decision making over household nutrition.
  • Represent ACDI/VOCA interests during meetings related to nutrition-sensitive agriculture and other subjects with USAID Mission personnel, host-country government officials, international organizations, local and international NGOs, international donors, and others interested in ACDI/VOCA activities.
  • Coordinate with relevant staff in regional offices as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree in international nutrition, health, food security or other relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience working on large donor-funded projects focusing on nutrition, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene, food security or other related technical areas.
  • Experience in private sector agricultural production, marketing, or sales preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in implementing programs aimed at improving nutrition through multi-sectoral strategies.
  • Demonstrated history of providing highly effective technical and managerial leadership on projects of similar size and scope.
  • Demonstrated understanding of nutrition-sensitive agriculture concepts in Tanzanian context.
  • Knowledge of social and behavior change communication theory and techniques.
  • Experience with USAID is preferred.
  • Willingness to travel required. Applicants may be expected to relocate to regional offices depending on solicitation requirements.
  • Fluency in English required.
Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.


Meaning-making Research Initiatives : Special call for female researchers

Established in 1973, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) promotes research by African and Diaspora scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities that can contribute to a better understanding of Africa and its place in the world. This is motivated by the belief that sound knowledge of the continent is invaluable to efforts to make Africa a better place for its peoples and societies.

In 2017 CODESRIA introduced the Meaning-making Research Initiative (MRI) as its principal tool for supporting research. Like previous tools, MRI focuses on supporting research that contributes to agendas for imagining, planning and creating African futures. MRI replaced five tools that CODESRIA had deployed in previous years to support research. These were National Working Groups (NWG), Multinational Working Groups (MWG), Comparative Research Networks (CRN), Transnational Working Groups (TWG) and postdoctoral grants. One goal of this move is to increase the legibility and visibility of the research supported by the Council by collapsing previous tools into a single initiative for supporting research.

The adoption of MRI marks a recommitment to the tasks of interpretation and explanation that saw CODESRIA produce ground-breaking work on thematic issues such as democratization and economic reform in Africa. MRI aggressively pushes scholars to build on the close observation of African social realities to grapple with the tasks of explanation and interpretation. The initiative will reinforce support for researchers. It will also better integrate these scholars into the Council’s work. Further, it will offer scholars more varied ways to present their work, including through books, journal articles and policy interventions.

Key selection criteria: Projects funded under this initiative should meet most of the following criteria:
  • Propose research on important aspects of African social realities that fall under CODESRIA’s priority themes as outlined in the CODESRIA Strategic Plan;
  • Be guided by clear questions that explore puzzling aspects of the social realities of Africa and its position in the world while at the same time reflecting an interest in questions of diversity including the gendered one;
  • Be grounded in the thorough exploration of the continent’s social realities and history;
  • Engage constructively and rigorously with African futures;
  • Be theoretically ambitious with a clear goal of providing new and innovative ways of understanding and making sense of African social realities;
  • Explore multiple spatial, temporal and sectoral settings where this contributes to the process of meaning-making;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with knowledge already produced by CODESRIA on the subject researched.
Thematic priorities: All applications must engage with CODESRIA’s 2017-2021 thematic priorities and cross-cutting issues:
  1. Democratic processes, governance, citizenship and security in Africa: Security challenges and ways of grappling with them, transitional justice, democratization, citizenship and migration, the rule of law and human rights, governance processes and mechanisms at local, national and international levels, language, the changing boundaries and configurations of states and communities
  2. Ecologies, economies and societies in Africa: Land, natural resource management, climate change, demographic change, urbanization, food security and poverty in Africa and technological innovation as well as the interaction of human populations with the rest of the environment in Africa, the forms it takes, its histories and trajectories and its impact on a broad set of sectors including the continent’s burgeoning economies
  3. Higher education dynamics in a changing Africa: The role of higher education in economic and political transformation in Africa, the rapid transformation in the African higher education landscape, the reform of African higher education and innovations in higher education leadership
Cross-cutting themes: Applications should indicate the ways in which some of these cross-cutting themes are integrated in their proposals: these are gender, generations, inequality, rurality and urbanity, memory and history, as well as futures and alternatives

Special call for female scholars

Increasing the participation of female scholars in the work and governance of CODESRIA has been a long-term goal of the Council. This is because of the marginal role that women have often occupied in the African academy and research landscape. The Council has over the years made some progress in increasing the participation of female scholars in its life and work as well as the consideration of gender in the work it supports though programs like its Gender Institute and Gender Symposium. We think the Council can do more in this regard. This special MRI call is part of a package of measures deployed to build on past advances and drastically increase the involvement of female scholars in the work and life of CODESRIA during the 2017-2021 strategic cycle.

The call invites applications from groups only. No individual awards will be granted. All projects should: 1) be headed by female scholars; and 2) have only women as members. Only in exceptional cases, and with proper justification, will the Council admit a group that has a majority of female applicants with a small number of male members. The members of a group may be from one country or multiple countries. Each group should have between 3 and 5 members and should take into account CODESRIA’s core principles of linguistic, intergenerational and interdisciplinary diversity. All members of a group should have a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the work of the group. The Council will offer up to USD 35,000 for each winning project.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be discarded.
  • A proposal with the following clearly titled sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of research question; brief review of literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study; research plan and a brief summary of budget. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should not exceed 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12; line spacing: double).
  • Completed budget template: A completed version of the budget template attached to this call. Budgets should take into consideration the fact that these grants have strict 16-month lifespans.
  • Annotated plan of deliverables: One-page annotated table of contents for two scholarly articles.
  • A cover letter listing full details- names, email and physical addresses and telephone number- of the members and coordinator of the project
  • CVs of the members of the project
  • Institutional affiliation: A letter indicating institutional affiliation of each member
  • Identification sheet: A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call. Please leave the document as an Excel file.
The deadline for submission of applications for both individual and group grants is May 31, 2018. Notification of the result of the selection process will be done by July 30, 2018 and applicants who will not hear from us by then should consider their applications unsuccessful. All applications should be sent by email to “2018 Meaning-making Research Initiatives,” CODESRIA at [email protected]. When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘MRI FS 2018’ to facilitate the processing of your application.

To learn more about CODESRIA’s Meaning-making Research Initiatives please contact:

Research Program
BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 - 33 825 9822/23
Fax: +221- 33 824 1289
E-mail: [email protected]

Job: Program Manager - Public Financial Management

Cardno International Development is seeking a Program Manager - Public Financial Management to provide program management support to an external consultancy team and internal agencies working on a multi-year donor-funded PFM project in an East African nation. The position will be responsible for ensuring effective and efficient program management, accurate resource planning, effective contracts management with relevant stakeholders, and overall monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

The Program Manager – Public Financial Management will perform the following duties:
  • Fulfill a general program management role within a donor funded PFM project in an East African nation.
  • Provide support to both the program team, which will be comprised of a combination of host country nationals and foreign staff members, and to the project’s primary recipient, which will be the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Regional and Local Government.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting across in-country stakeholders and clear communication with the project and home office teams.
More info / Apply at

Job: Technical Advisor - Public Financial Management

Cardno International Development is seeking a Technical Advisor - Public Financial Management to provide technical advisory to the Ministry of Finance for an East African nation in support of a multi-year donor-funded PFM project. This is a senior position and the advisor will be responsible for providing technical advice regarding revenue mobilization, budgeting, forecasting, fiscal policy, accounting, fiscal decentralization, and internal & external audit.

The Technical Advisor - Public Financial Management will perform the following duties:
  1. Engage ministry officials regarding the policy and technical implementation of PFM reforms at central, regional, and local government levels;
  2. Develop and implement capacity-building strategies for MoF staff to ensure that central level staff are equipped with the requisite skills to ensure that the reforms are enacted effectively at the central, regional, and district level;
  3. Perform technical analytical work to support the MoF in strategizing and implementing PFM activities.
More info at

Job: Chief of Party – Anticipated USAID Tanzania Nutrition Project

MA World Health (IMA) is a faith-based non-profit organization that implements donor-funded health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, neglected tropical disease, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual- and gender-based violence programs in some of the most challenging settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMA maintains a diverse and complex funding portfolio that support program services globally and totals approximately $100 million annually, with support from DFID, World Bank, USAID, among others.

IMA is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded nutrition project in Tanzania. The project aims to strengthen the delivery of integrated community-based nutrition services and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in Tanzania and to build the capacity of the government and communities to sustain these activities. The COP will be responsible for ensuring the successful and timely implementation of all program activities and the achievement of all program results, and will oversee all aspects of program implementation, including technical, financial and administrative management, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting, assuring the quality, impact and cost effectiveness of the program. S/he should have effective leadership and strategic planning skills, excellent management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills, technical expertise in health and development in East Africa, and strong written and oral communication skills. S/he will have principal responsibility for representation to USAID. S/he will also have experience interacting with local governments, international organizations, other development projects and COPs, and other key stakeholders. He/She will report directly to IMA's Senior Technical Director of Programs and be based in Dar-es-Salaam. The position is contingent upon successful receipt of funding.

Essential Functions:
  • Provide leadership and overall technical and management responsibility for program implementation, including staff and program activity supervision. Support development and monitoring of annual technical work plans and budget.
  • Ensure results-oriented technical components and high-quality and timely deliverables and reports according to the cooperative agreement.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement, working with the monitoring and evaluation team.
  • Oversee implementing partners and provide technical and managerial oversight and coaching for their performance.
  • Ensure strong working relationships with implementing & technical partners, the Ministry of Health and other government stakeholders, and USAID.
  • Ensure programmatic compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Work closely with HQ staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.
  • Identify lessons learned and best practices for external dissemination. Represent the project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • A minimum of a Master's degree or higher in Public Health, Business Administration, international development, agriculture or food security, or similar field is required.
  • 10 years of demonstrated experience in implementing and/or managing large-scale donor-funded development programs is required. At least five years working on related nutrition, agriculture, food security, or MCH programs within those years is preferred.
  • Experience working in Tanzania is strongly preferred. Sub-Saharan African implementation experience required.
  • Prior experience as a COP, Deputy COP or equivalent is required.
  • Supervisory experience over multicultural teams of similar scope and size is required.
  • Extensive experience preferred with building and maintaining effective partnerships and leveraging resources with development stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills. 
  • Experience working with high-level government officials, USAID, and other key stakeholders is required.
For immediate consideration, please email your CV/resume to the following email address: [email protected]


Job: Project Director at EngenderHealth - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

EngenderHealth Tanzania is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates for the Project Director Position of an anticipated DFID funded programme - Scaling Up Family Planning in Tanzania. This 5-year programme aims to scale up access to FP in rural and urban areas, enabling women to safely plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The programme will integrate a comprehensive range of services including care for victims of sexual violence and post abortion care and will seek innovative ways to reach people with disabilities, refugees and young people with family planning (FP) services. This position is open to local and International applicants.

More info / Apply at PATH (click here)

Job: Chief of Party, Tanzania Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Support Activity

PATH is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the positon of Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming Tanzania Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Support Activity (MSNSA) program funded by USAID. The COP should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing integrated programs as well as government and private-sector relations; and a commitment to real capacity-building. This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.

  • Oversee the design and implementation of the Tanzania MSNSA program.
  • Lead and provide expertise in developing and executing sustainable, integrated nutrition practices.
  • Facilitate dialogue with all levels of government, including other sectors, outside of health, and working at the district and community level.
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards
  • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting, including annual work planning with sub recipients.
  • Develop and manage a team that includes members of diverse backgrounds in order to successfully co-create and implement a sustainable integrated design.
  • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections, and monitoring of payments.
  • Serve as the primary representative of the project to USAID.
More info / Apply at PATh (click here)