Terms of Reference (ToR) for engaging a research agency to undertake Baseline survey for a project on Water, Sanitation, Agriculture, Nutrition and Education (WANE) in two villages in Nuh district in Haryana
S M Sehgal Foundation (SMSF) is a rural, grassroots implementing NGO that operates in about 1689 villages across 11 states of India. The organization’s mission is to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India. S M Sehgal Foundation has five main program areas: Agricultural Development, Water Management, Outreach for Development, Local Participation and Sustainability, and Transform Lives one school at a time.
As part of its project “Vriddhi III”, operational in Nuh district in Haryana, SMSF seeks to hire an agency to conduct baseline survey in select project villages.
Project: Vriddhi III
Implementation Partner: S M Sehgal Foundation (SMSF)
Focus Area: Water, Sanitation, Agriculture, Nutrition and Education
The intervention villages lie in the most backward district, Nuh as identified by Niti Aayog, 2018. The district lags behind the rest of the districts in various essential parameters such as health, education, income and nutrition. Water scarcity is one of major problems in the intervention region that is impeding the development indicators. Ground water is the only source for drinking and farming activities. Due to the constant reduction of rainfall and over extraction of ground water for various activities, the ground water level is depleting at a faster rate and water is becoming scarce. It is not only affecting the drinking water availability but also affecting the farming practices which are a mainstay of the people in the region. As the irrigation facilities are frugal, the dependency on rainfall crop is higher. Moreover, the application of certified quality seeds and use of advanced fertilizers is very low in the region mainly because of the low economic status which is due to their marginal and small land holding status. Animal husbandry is the secondary source of income in the region to earn income alongside agriculture. However, the scarcity of money and non-availability of veterinary services increases their burden of rearing livestock.
When water is scarce, the sewage system gets affected and creates poor sanitation in the area. garbage dispersed throughout. The socio economic and cultural practices affect the nutrition status of the population. A lack of proper awareness on healthy food habits affect the health condition of women in the region.
Against this background, SMSF is in the process of implementing a project with a holistic approach for the development of select villages.
Objective of the Study
To this end, SMSF seeks to engage an external agency to undertake baseline survey in two villages in Punhana block, district Nuh of Haryana.
The project will be implemented in two villages i.e. Sihri and Singalheri. Both the villages are located in Punhana block of Nuh district (erstwhile Mewat), Haryana.
Project Parameters against which baseline indicators will be worked out
• Water, Sanitation and Waste Management
• Agriculture and Allied Livelihoods
• Renewable Resources
Duration of the study
October 1 to 15th November 2022
Technical and financial proposal for the study should be submitted.
Technical proposal should include objectives, methodology with proposed sample, timeline, team credentials
Financial proposal should carry budget with all applicable taxes mentioned clearly. Budget line items should be clearly described followed with justification.
Interested agencies should submit their technical proposal (only outlining the methodology and approach) and financial proposal by September 30, 2022 to email@example.com