Consultant for Start Fund Bangladesh Midterm Evaluation
PD REFERENCE – BD-DH-02743 (Midterm Evaluation)


The Start Fund Bangladesh (2017-2020) is a £10 million rapid emergency response fund set up by the Start Network with support from UK aid and hosted by ACF Bangladesh. Modelled on the successful Start Fund that activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, the fund has been setup to be accessible to both national and international member NGOs operating in Bangladesh to respond early and fast to under the radar emergencies in Bangladesh. These decisions are made by humanitarian actors within member agencies with all projects selected within the country or region of the crisis, while projects start within 7 days and finish within 45 days.

As such, the expected impact and outcome of Start Fund Bangladesh is that “Loss of lives, livelihoods and dignity are minimised”, given that the “Humanitarian responses are rapid, informed and adapted to the need of the affected communities” respectively. These are expected to be achieved as a result of the following outputs.

  • Establish a national civil society owned fund that is i) open and inclusive; ii) governed by evidence based, transparent and neutral decision making iii) rapid and iv) anticipatory
  • Expand the number of local members (actors and agencies) that can participate in strategic decision making and access funding more directly
  • Demonstrate the value and complement existing humanitarian preparedness and response to promote greater collaboration

As of December 2018, Start Fund Bangladesh has been among the first responders to address seven small/medium emergencies, reaching around 0.2 million people with cash, hygiene materials, hygiene promotion and other supports through awarding more than £2.16 million to 14 of its member agencies  and their partners. To further localize the Fund currently all allocation and project selection decisions are made in-country. Also an intensive due diligence and capacity mapping has been completed, that resulted to the inclusion of 26 N/LNGOs as Start Fund Bangladesh members along with its existing 18 I/NNGO members that are eligible to access and make decisions regarding the funding mechanism.

The Start Fund Bangladesh is currently planning to conduct an independent evaluation serving both accountability and learning purpose through assessing the progress and evaluating strategies, identifying major achievements, niche/ value addition and lessons learnt from the national funding model within the evolving humanitarian context in Bangladesh and exploring strategies to adapt with it.

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Submission of Expression of Interest (EOI)

The consultant will confirm her/ his expression of interest and submit a proposal (2 copies of both technical and financial in printed copies including work plan, CVs, past track records of max 10 pages) according to the Terms of Reference (TOR) in a closed envelope clearly marked as (EOI-SFB Midterm Evaluation, PD REF 02743) on or before 14th March 2019 at ACF Bangladesh, Orin Tower, House 23, Road 113/A, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.

In case of any query please contact Imtiaz Ahmad (email:;
Mobile: +8801882086245)