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Consultancy to support the 50 Healthy School baseline evaluation


As an upper middle income country, Thailand has been experiencing the dual burden of under and over nutrition. Including a growth in a number of health and nutrition issues, usually associated with more developed countries. Over 70% of deaths are now from non-communicable diseases like heart attacks, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes. This change is noticeable in the health and nutrition status of children and adolescents. Modern supermarkets and convenience stores now control about 50% or more of the food distribution and retailing system. This has led to an increasing availability of calorie dense foods, as well as foods higher in sugar, salt and oil than raw unprocessed foods. Poor diet and nutrition along with insufficient active play and physical activity has led to problems of obesity and other diet related diseases. Today, Thailand suffers from the second highest rate of obesity in Asia.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), Thailand has successfully dropped child malnutrition from 36 per cent to approximately 8.42 per cent within 30 years. Thailand’s success stemmed from an in-depth look at growth rates, nutritional education, supplementation of iron and vitamins, as well as a focus on health coverage. However, according to the Thailand Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2015-16, undertaken by UNICEF, National Statistical Office and the National Health Security Office, it was found that 1 in 10 children in Thailand are severely or moderately stunted and 15.3 per cent of children aged 1-14 years are obese. Acute malnutrition is a serious public health concern and is known to permanently damage the cognitive development of children which decreases their overall Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021) also states that “Thai people are deemed to be more likely to be affected by non-communicable diseases and premature death as a result of inappropriate consumption behaviors and a lack of adequate physical activity.” Only 23.2 per cent of Thai children and youth aged 6 to 17 years met the Physical Activity guidelines of 60 minutes daily. In general, it was found that girls were less active than boys. There are numerous programmes, both compulsory and voluntary, that the Royal Thai Government has initiated. However, there needs to be more support in terms of promoting nutrition knowledge among school staff, children and caretakers driving good habits around nutrition and physical activity.  

To promote positive nutritional practices and physical activity among children, caretakers and communities in Thailand, Cargill, a global corporation, and Save the Children have entered a partnership. The “50 Healthy Schools” project will be implemented in Saraburi, Nakhon Rachasima and Lopburi Provinces. The project will be implemented, from September 2018 to February 2021, reaching 5,000 children, aged 7 to 12 years old. Together, and in partnership with local schools and the government, we will promote nutrition and physical activity, first in 12 existing Cargill-supported schools (6 in Saraburi, 6 in Nakhon Rachasima), so that they can be “model schools”, and then in 38 “cluster” schools in the vicinity of the existing schools. Our key objectives are to:

  1. Increase children’s knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) towards their nutrition and well-being;
  2. Increase in children’s daily physical activity.

To achieve these objectives, the project will implement activities to:

  1. Improve opportunities for children to learn about nutrition - through nutrition and wellness sessions and school wide nutrition promotion involving caretakers
  2. Improve opportunities for physical activity – through Active Play sessions and School-wide physical activity promotion
  3. Strengthen school systems to promote nutrition and physical activity – through school policies, and healthy canteens and kitchens

For more details, please request for the project’s concept note and log-frame.

Consultancy Description

  • Purpose of the consultancy

Save the Children is looking for a consultant to support a baseline survey in order to gather baseline information and data for the 50 Healthy Schools project. The data collection will take place in January 2019. We expect the consultant to work 5 days in Jan 2019 to adapt the evaluation tool to the local context, translate it into Thai, and test the tool. Additionally, the consultant is expected to work 7 days in March 2019 to analyze collected data against the project’s outcomes and output indicators and present findings in a narrative report with an expected length of approximately 20 pages.

Note that the consultant will NOT be requested to:

  • Conduct preliminary desk review (a formative nutrition and physical activity assessment was conducted in September 2018 already and will be shared with the consultant ahead of the consultancy)
  • Draft brand new evaluation tools (we will ask the consultant to adapt and translate existing tools)
  • Coordinate data collection and/or collect data in the field (Coordination by project team, only testing of the tool)
  • Scope of the consultancy

The consultant will work in close liaison with the project coordinator and technical advisor. The following is the outline of a suggested process; however, it would be expected that this would be further refined by the consultant. The research shall be undertaken based on Save the Children International requirements and must be in line with Save the Children’s ethical guidelines.

  1. Contextualization and translation of the survey tools

The project team is currently working with Save the Children School Health and Nutrition team to refine evaluation tools aimed at capturing Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) regarding nutrition and physical activity of a sample of 25-30 boys and girls per schools in a total of 12 schools across two sites (Saraburi and Nakhon Rachasima). The team will use the KAP survey as well as existing data collection tools (Focus Group discussion questionnaires, Key Informant Interviews forms and school environment mapping tool) developed during the project’s formative nutrition and physical activity assessment in September 2018. The consultant is expected to:

  • Go over the evaluation tools aforementioned and adapt the tools to ensure it reflects:
    • The local context and culture
    • The latest trends and information relative to nutrition and physical activity in Thailand
  • Translate all tools in Thai. The translation will be submitted to an internal review to ensure accurate translation of technical terms and reliable results for the quantitative survey.
  1. Tool testing

The consultant and the project team will travel to the field for one day to proceed to a first pilot evaluation in one school in Saraburi. After each data collection session (KAP survey, KII and school environment mapping), the consultant and the project team will share short reflections. Upon the testing, the consultant will edit and finalize the tools and share final recommendations before the data collection starts.  

  1. Data analysis and reporting

Data will be collected by the project and Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability (MEAL) teams using Kobo and transcripts (KII, school environment mapping). The consultant will be asked to analyze the data against project outcome and output indicators and deliver the following outputs:

  • Present clean raw dataset with data breakdown by school
  • Highlight any significant correlations and present findings in a narrative report in English of approximately 10 pages and an executive summary of the report (2-4 pages)
  • Present findings to the project team at Save the Children Bangkok Office.

Objectives and deliverables


Timeframe: Start


Survey tools (English) contextualized

Jan 2019 – week 2

Jan 2019 – week 3

Survey tools translated into Thai

Jan 2019 – week 2

Jan 2019 – week 3

Field visit to test survey tools

Jan 2019 – week 4

Survey tools (English and Thai) edited and finalized following testing 

Jan 2019 – week 4

Jan 2019 – week 4

Feb 2019 – Data collection – consultant participation not required

Clean raw dataset shared to Save the Children

March 2019 – week 1

March 2019 – week 1

1st draft of the baseline narrative report to reflect data analysis

March 2019 – week 1

March 2019 – week 2

2nd draft of the baseline report

March 2019 – week 2

March 2019 – week 3

Presentation of research findings

March 2019 – week 3


The consultant will report to the “50 Healthy schools” Project Coordinator and will also work closely with the technical advisor. Save the Children will approve all plans and documents developed by the consultant.


Jan to March 2019 but the consultant is expected to be working only 12 full working days.


The applicant is requested to submit the proposal, work plan, and detailed budget (including estimated cost per day) with their application. The financial competitiveness of application will be considered in the selection process. All costs associated with delivery must be included, SCI will not pay for travel, per diem, translation, supplies, or any additional staff support time needed.



  • Proven track record on expertise in health and nutrition
  • Language proficiencies required include Thai and English
  • Proven experience with quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience in conducting consultation with children, community members and government staff
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field study areas (Nakhon Rachasima and Saraburi Provinces)

Thai applicant preferred but open to international applicants with Thai speaking competencies 

Submission for the consultancy application

Submissions for the consultancy must address the TOR and include:

  • Name and contact details of the applicant
  • Resume of the consultant
  • A cover letter outlining the relevant experience and expertise of the consultant as well as initial ideas on the approach to be taken to achieve the consultancy objectives
  • A detailed quote in THB (including travel and other costs)

Close date for submission: 6 January 2018

Submissions should be addressed to:


Please indicate in the subject as "consultancy to support the 50 Healthy School baseline evaluation_(Name of candidate)”


Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

"We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse"

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