Consultant for Start Fund Bangladesh Evidence & Quality Mentoring Initiative
TERMS OF REFERENCE
PD REFERENCE – BD-DH-02747 (Evidence & Quality Mentoring Initiative)

Background

The Start Fund Bangladesh (2017-2020) is a £10 million rapid emergency response pool fund set up by the Start Network with support from UK aid. Modelled on the successful Start Fund that activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, reaches the beneficiaries within 7 days of the project start and finishes within 45 days. 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, while the funding decisions and governance are led by its member international, national and local NGOs.

Start Fund Bangladesh has very recently facilitated a nationwide CSO mapping exercise to expand its national and local member base. However, this exercise indicated that, among the finalist 58 organizations, only 62% have a functional M&E plan and established processes to share information to beneficiaries, 57% have trained staff for M&E, 43% regularly collect and analyse gender disaggregated data for reporting, 54% have complain response mechanism to address beneficiary level grievance, 38% seek beneficiary opinion during and after emergency projects, and only 12% have sufficient data protection measures. Thus, these findings reflects one of the commonly held perception that identified during Start Fund’s Localisation Review for Bangladesh, while the national and local NGOs are assumed to have sufficient program delivery capacity, there is still need for monitoring, evaluation and accountability support to ensure project quality. Moreover, it is also crucial to understand their MEAL competency in a rapid response mechanism as such, and how flexible there MEAL systems are to adopt some of the new compliance standards into their programming like safeguarding.

To meet new standards, organizations are expected to have higher accountability for funds and transparency regarding a program’s results, as well as the fact that the likelihood to receive future funding is perceived as correlated to the capacity to demonstrate program performance. As 26 of the 58 organisations stated above will be involved in governing, accessing and managing, the Fund as members there is a scope to strengthen the program quality and evidence management capacity. This will not only enable these agencies to further effectively manage their interventions throughout the Start Fund’s project cycle but also enable to demonstrate these strengths during due diligence assessment to access other funds more directly. Therefore, Start Fund Bangladesh is planning to roll out a comprehensive mentoring initiative as part of its capacity-building framework through an external consultant service.

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Submission of Expression of Interest (EOI)

The consultant will confirm his expression of interest and submit a proposal (2 copies of both technical and financial in printed copies including work plan, of max 10 pages) according to the Terms of Reference (TOR) in a closed envelope clearly marked as (EOI-SFB Evidence & Quality Mentoring Initiative, PD REF 02747) 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: mealco@startfundbangladesh.org;
Mobile: +8801882086245)