1.     Context of the country


Cambodia is located in the south west of the Indochina peninsula. The country shares borders with Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam and is divided into 25 provinces. Roughly 75% of the country consists of Mekong River lowlands and the Tonle Sap Lake basin, with elevations below 100 m. The tropical climate is monsoonal: the dry season runs from December to April and the wet season from May to November.

Cambodia’s population remains predominately rural with about 77% living in rural areas and 23% in urban settlements. This distribution is currently evolving, due to a high rate of migration out of rural areas, to Phnom Penh and Thailand mainly. Cambodia’s population is young: 65% is under 30 years.

Cambodia endured the radical communist Khmer Rouge’s regime under the leadership of Pol Pot between 1975 and 1978 – when two million people died in the regime’s brutal pursuit of a rural utopia – and Vietnamese occupation between 1978 and 1992. The conflict ended in 1991 with the signing of the Paris Comprehensive Peace settlement. The country has since experienced relative stability, economic growth and some significant progress in reducing poverty and improving health, the most striking being the decline in maternal and infant mortality rates. However, Cambodia is still one of the world’s poorest countries, democracy and human rights continue to be a challenge, natural resources have been rapidly depleted through illegal logging and poaching, inadequate nutrition has stunted over 30 percent of children, human trafficking persists and corruption is a major issue (ranked 161th out of 180 countries by Transparency International).



2.     Humanity & Inclusion in Cambodia

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has been working in Cambodia since 1982. Within the past 37 years, HI has implemented a wide range of projects designed to benefit people with disabilities and their families: physical rehabilitation, community based rehabilitation, socio economic inclusion, maternal and child health, civil society strengthening, inclusive local development, humanitarian mine action, road safety.



3.     USAID call

The USAID/Cambodia Mission has developed a DRAFT Program Framework for a prospective Integrated Early Childhood Development USAID call seeking to address challenges to early childhood development, targeting vulnerable and at risk children and their families. The purpose is to address stunting through improving nutrition service delivery at public health facilities and in communities, supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture, and promoting safe and secure environments to help children meet critical development milestones for early child cognitive and social development.


Draft Objectives and Key Results mentioned in RFI (but subject to changes)

  • Objective 1: Improved cognitive skills of vulnerable and at-risk children
  • Result 1.1: Parents understand the importance of appropriate cognitive stimulation for early childhood development.
  • Result 1.2: Families have access to quality childcare and/or resources for age appropriate cognitive stimulation
  • Result 1.3: Children receive age appropriate cognitive stimulation


  • Objective 2: Decreased stunting rates for children under five
  • Result 2.1: Communities and families increase crop diversification
  • Result 2.2: Increased consumption of nutritional and diverse diets meeting the needs of pregnant mothers and children under five


  • Objective 3: Increased number of vulnerable and at-risk children in caring and safe family environment
  • Result 3.1: Increased positive parenting techniques
  • Result 3.2: Reduced exposure to domestic violence
  • Result 3.3: Increased systematic early identification of children with disabilities with clear referral pathways for service provision and support
  • Result 3.4: Decreased number of children with disabilities entering child care facilities.


The call is expected to be released on the 2nd December 2019. Project duration will be 5 years, for a total estimated cost of 10-24.99 million USD. HI is currently securing partners.


The program is seeking a consultant to draft the CN for this call (TBC as depending on what USAID indicates at the point of call)


4.     Objectives and expected outcomes of the consultancy



Develop a Concept Note on line with consortium members’ and USAID’s priorities and guidelines.



  • A participatory facilitation process, involving consortium partners and stakeholders, has been organized together with HI involved staff (at HQ, HI US and in Cambodia/Mekong region);
  • The project theory of change has been designed with HI and stakeholders;
  • A coherent CN have been developed, in line with USAID and consortium member guidelines, standards and formats
  • The budget is drafted in collaboration with the relevant financial staff (regional finance manager, HQ)
  • Documents ready for timely submission to USAID


The consultancy will take place in Cambodia


5.     Roles and responsibilities of HI and consortium partners


  • Provide the consultant with background documents relevant for the development of the proposed action and deliverables.
  • Provide and validate strategic, operational and technical inputs (Field and HQ).
  • Identify partners and set up the consortium
  • Support/facilitate the logistics of the consultant during the field visit (workshop organization, meeting with stakeholders)


HI operational coordinator in Cambodia will lead the process and be responsible of mobilizing the right persons at HI and consortium partner level, with the support of HI HQ


6.     Detailed responsibilities for the Lead consultant:


Animate the proposal writing process and provide the following deliverables:


  • Retro planning for the development of the deliverables
  • 1 concept note respecting USAID guidelines and validated by HI by January 6th (date may change according on the call guidelines)


7.     Agenda/schedule/Clauses


Broad activities split by number of days:


Literature review 4 days
Field visit (including workshop) 6 days
Designing of the intervention, development of theory of change + budget 5 day
Development of the Concept Note 6 to 9 days
Total:  27 to 30



Note that the schedule will need to be adjustable once the USAID call is published.


8.     Estimated Budget


The total budget for the all consultancy will be $US15,000 payable while all deliverables are submitted and validated (30 days @ $US500).


Expenses related to field visit, workshop organization and meetings with stakeholder in Cambodia are not part of the above mentioned budget and will be covered by HI program


9.     References and Resources


The incumbent, at the beginning of the consultancy is expected to become fully acquainted with the following documents:


  • USAID call
  • Babille & Mendes (2017) MCH project…The Happy Child Project. Final external evaluation, 2017.
  • HI & GIZ (2015) Early Childhood Disability Inclusion Manual for Health Personnel. HI & GIZ: Phnom Penh.
  • NIS/MoH/ICF (2015) Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014. National Institute of Statistics, Directorate General for Health, and ICF International: Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Rockville, Maryland.
  • RGC (2016) Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020. Quality, effective and equitable health services. Department of Planning and Health Information. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • 2017. State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World. New York: UNICEF


10.  Expected qualifications and skills

  • Having previously successfully drafted USAID proposals;
  • Relevant academic background and demonstrated field experience in ECD, nurturing care or any other related areas;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating consultations among different actors for proposal writing;
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well within a team;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Proven oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with people of different cultures; knowledge and experience of Cambodia an advantage.
  • Competencies in drafting the necessary budget and other resource needs.


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