TERMS OF REFERENCE to Engage Local Non-Governmental Organizations in Anticipated Health and Nutrition Projects


Save the Children is one of the world’s leading independent organizations for children. It supports various health and nutrition efforts in Ethiopia that include addressing the unique and complex causes of illness, malnutrition and deaths in mothers, newborns and young children. Save the Children collaborates with local governments, multilaterals, international NGOs, academia, private sectors, grassroots non-governmental organizations and others to strengthen health systems, support multi-sectoral coordination, and promote healthy behaviors.

Driven by key values that include ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity, Save the Children plans to continue collaborative engagement with local partners. With this advertisement, Save the Children aims to identify strong local NGOs for selected roles in health and nutrition projects it anticipates. 


The context

There was an encouraging improvement in health status of Ethiopians during the last decades. Life expectancy at birth is now higher with reduction of maternal mortality, under-5 mortality and infant mortality. Prevalence of stunting, underweight, and wasting have also diminished. However there is still a long way to go to achieve the national and global targets. There are several bottlenecks and challenges among which behavioral risk factors are very important. These include water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related and suboptimum nutrition and care practices, unsafe sex, alcohol and tobacco uses.

Save the Children recognizes people as an important consumers and producers of health and nutrition through knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and practices. Save the Children also values the importance of involving local NGOs in its work for a better reach, impact, and sustainability at community and household levels. With this request for ‘expression of interest’, Save the Children aims to identify local NGOs that have the desired capacities and experiences in implementing frontline & community level interventions in health, nutrition and WASH in various geographic areas.


Partnership Principles

Save the Children believes that good partnership encompasses the following principles:

  1. Value-driven and empowering relationships;
  2. Transparency and accountability; and
  3. Mutual benefit and complementarity. These principles inform our partnership approaches and practices.


The Scope of Engagement of Local NGOs

The engagement of local NGOs will be in social and behavioral change (SBC), community engagement and empowerment, gender transformation, strengthening community social accountability, capacity strengthening of subnational government and local CSOs to improve quality health and nutrition care and services.  Other intervention areas may include community and household nutrition sensitive livelihoods and agriculture, and private sector work, especially with small and medium enterprises or local business networks on nutrition, health, WASH and livelihoods.  

Achieving desired health and nutrition behaviors requires a mix of interventions with tailored engagements with individuals, families, groups and communities. As a diverse nation, various context specific SBC and community engagement initiatives are needed. There are several lessons from different interventions introduced by the government and by partners including by Save the Children. These efforts should be intensified and enhanced with new innovative solutions.

Community engagement, empowerment and ownership are recognized strategic priorities in the second Ethiopian health sector transformation plan (HSTP-II) as well as in the Health Extension Program (HEP) roadmap. Save the Children will continue to be a key ally in translating these strategies in to concrete actions at community and household levels by also involving local NGOs.



Submit the documents via online using the following email address:




Interested Potential local NGO’s may send their requested documents online From February 27, 2022 up to March 21, 2022 @ 05:30 PM.


Required experience and qualificatons of local NGOs

  • Proven experience in SBC, Community Engagement in health, nutrition and WASH.
  • Proven experience in areas of creating social accountability, gender transformation and empowerment, improving livelihoods,  and nutrition sensitive agriculture
  • Proven experience in engaging and working with sub-national government health offices and facilities, civil society organizations, local business networks (e.g. women business groups, ) and community gatekeepers (e.g. religious groups)


INSTRUCTIONS ON SUBMISSION of ‘Expression of Interest’(EOI)

1- Expression of Interest using ‘Expression of Interest’ template Annexed along with this ToR. The template ( EOI Template for LNGOs.docx ) can be found at the end of this page.

  • Please include recent & relevant experiences. Applications must be in English language.

2- Annual financial turnover

3- License/registration certificate and the updated organization’s profile [including guiding values] and organizational structure

4- Company profile of your organization

5- Optional- testimonials and at least one sample of previous work related to this assignment together


Evaluation Criteira

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

(a) Proven record of accomplishment of successful implementation of the program or technical areas listed above under section on ‘the scope for local NGO engagement’.

(b) Technical expertise including existing staff and equipment capacity

(c) Geographic area experience as it matches with the anticipated project. 

  • If you have any inquiry you can reach us through Save the Children Addis Ababa Country office near Bisrate Gabriel Church, Supply Chain | Procurement Office -Tel # 0113 728455/61
  • Save the Children reserves the right to accept or reject this EOI, in partial, or in its entirety.
  • Save the Children reserves the right to choose any one of those applying or reject all expressions received based on the evaluation criteria.
  • For more detail or clarification you can contact SCI offices in Addis Ababa Country office near Bisrate Gabriel Church, Supply Chain | Procurement Office -Tel # 0113 728920