Request for Proposal (RFP)

Strengthening welfare services for migrant workers

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is looking for a qualified Consultant or a Consultancy Firm to support in “Strengthening welfare services through development of capacity building training package for protection and welfare services of migrant workers and their families including reintegration” as per below Terms of Reference (ToR):

1. Background/Context of the programme:

Bangladesh has emerged as a major labour-sending country with around 1 million Bangladeshi workers migrating in 2017, mostly concentrated in the Middle East and Arab countries. At the national level, there have been efforts by Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and related stakeholders to strengthen migration governance to protect the rights and promote the welfare of migrant workers. Among the efforts include Government enacting the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016.

In 1990, the GOB formed the "Wage Earners Welfare Fund" based on the Emigration Ordinance-1982, for the overall welfare of expatriate workers and their families. The "Wage Earners Welfare Board" has been established as a statutory body through the "Wage Earners Welfare Board Act, 2018", passed in Parliament in July 2018.

According to the WEWB Act 2018, the scope of work of the WEWB includes implementation of projects related to welfare of migrants; establishment of pre-departure centers to provide  orientation; return and socio-economic reintegration; legal and medical support to migrants in need; bringing back deceased migrants; compensation and insurance for ill migrant workers; stipend for children of migrants inter alia.

However, ensuring welfare of migrants and sustainable reintegration of returnee migrants requires holistic interventions at individual, community and at the structural levels.

While the services of the WEWB has been expanding, given the recently enacted act, enhancing capacity and understanding can lead to improvements and effectiveness of operating modalities. IOM is proposing to support the GoB with the implementation of the Wage Earners Welfare Board Act, 2018 as well as improve knowledge of various key stakeholders on reintegration. This would include a review of the progress to-date to understand the strengths, opportunities and challenges for individual tailored responses, strengthening capacity of stakeholders for ensuring the welfare of migrants including enabling an environment for sustainable reintegration after return.

2. IOM Project to which the Consultancy is contributing:

Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha), implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and funded by the European Union (EU). The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable reintegration of returnees and the Progressive achievement of Goal 10.7 to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed policies.

The specific objectives (SO) of the project are to ensure that;

  • SO 1: Irregular migrants returning to Bangladesh are sustainably reintegrated (Reintegration component)
  • SO2: The capacities of the key stakeholders are strengthened to manage migration at central and local levels and to ensure reintegration of irregular migrants (Migration Governance component)
  • SO3: The action will implement comprehensive behaviour change communication campaigns to improve awareness on safe migration processes, reintegration issues, orient community attitudes towards safe migration behaviours, and change aspirant migrant behaviours around using formal migration mechanisms. (Awareness raising component)

3. Objective:

The specific objective of the consultancy is to develop capacity building training and orientation package for protection and welfare services including reintegration for migrant workers and their families.

Key Tasks of the Consultancy:

  • Review relevant documents related to welfare, protection and reintegration services for migrant workers including policies/strategies, institutional mechanisms, modules/manuals, and good practices.
  • Design a practical methodology that collects data from key stakeholders such as the government and others.  In-depth Interviews, Key informant interviews, and other participatory approaches may be included.
  • Conduct a Scoping exercise/assessment to look into policies, practices and institutional mechanisms as well as modules (possible countries: Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Indonesia) for knowledge exchange and replication.  The assessment will enable to address the challenges and gaps with the aim to further strengthen the activities and services. In addition, the assessment will support in finding out the actual needs and Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices (KAP) of the target beneficiaries on welfare including reintegration issues.  
  • Compile report on findings including actionable recommendations for tailored interventions.
  • Develop the draft of the capacity building training package with the view to strengthen protection and welfare services of migrant workers and their families including reintegration (which includes, facilitators guide, modules, session plans for training, PowerPoint presentations, case studies, handouts materials for the beneficiaries).
  • Field test the module and the session plans to ensure its use and relevance for the target beneficiaries in Bangladesh.
  • Facilitate orientation session on migration and reintegration issues to key stakeholders at national level. The findings of the assessment will also be shared at the orientation sessions to stimulate discussions around practical interventions or replication.
  • Design and produce pre and post-training assessment/tests, post-training evaluation forms, and 3 months post-training assessment.
  • Conduct 2 Training of Trainers (ToT) on reintegration for NGO partners so as to enable them to undertake effective training for the stakeholders and the community members at the district level.
  • Facilitate orientation sessions and ToTs.
  • Submit the final training package which includes, facilitators guide, modules, session plans for training, PowerPoint presentations, case studies, handouts materials for the beneficiaries and submit to IOM.
  • Produce a policy brief summarizing the findings of the study.

4. Methodology:

The consultant need to detail out methodology for the proposed activities, however, the following can be considered: 

  1. Primary Data Collection: Data collected through Key informants’ interviews and other participatory approaches. 
  2. Secondary Data Review: Review of various documents including reports to delineate good practices of other labor-sending countries (at least two countries to be prioritized in coordination with the GoB and IOM)
  3. All work submitted must be in line with the programme communication guidelines including IOM spelling list: 2013, IOM House Style Manual and IOM Brand Guidelines 2018. Consultants are encouraged to request for the guidelines before they start writing the report.

5. Deliverables

The following are the expected deliverables;

  1. Inception Report containing final Methodology, Study Protocol and Workplan.
  2. Draft Needs Assessment Report consisting of findings from the analysis and KAP with actionable recommendations.
  3. Final needs assessment report comprising of policies, practices and institutional mechanisms as well as modules for knowledge exchange and KAP of the target beneficiaries including recommendations.
  4. Publishable policy brief summarizing findings of the study.
  5. The training package for ToTs including relevant materials for the orientation sessions. The training package includes facilitators guide, modules, session plans for training and orientation, PowerPoint presentations, case studies and handouts materials for the beneficiaries.

6. Duration/ Timeline:

The total duration for this assignment is proposed to be approximately 5 months.

7. Method of Application:

The completed Proposal should be placed in a plain, sealed envelope and clearly marked:  BD/CO-2018/020: Strengthening welfare services for migrant workers to Dhaka Office by 17st December 2018 in the below address:

Procurement Department
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
House 13/A, Road 136, Gulshan-1, Dhaka 1212
Phone: +880-2-55044811 – 13;

For any queries please write to: and

8. Required Documents:

Consultancy Firm/Individual consultant need to submit technical and financial proposal.

Each Submission Must Include the Following:

  • Consultancy Firm/Consultant Profile: A brief summary of the organization and CV of the expert including records on past experience in similar assignments and name of the references.
  • Technical Proposal with detailed methodology, tools and work plan along with samples of previous work;
  • Financial Proposal listing all costs associated with the assignment. In particular, the financial proposal should itemize the following:
    1. Consultancy fees in local currency per day;
    2. Variable costs inclusive of transportation costs, printing of study tools; research team (if applicable); meeting/FGDs/KIIs costs
    3. Costs associated with the orientation sessions (venue, food and others) held in Dhaka will be borne by IOM.
  • One or two sample reports and training materials or links of recent work completed by the Consultant/Consultancy Firm.

9. Professional and Related Experiences:

The proposed team from the consultancy firms or the consultants should have following competence.

  • Must be an expert who has completed minimum Master’s degree in Social Sciences or related field with at least five years of relevant professional experience. PhD is an added advantage;
  • Sound knowledge and demonstrated capacity in conducting assessments and scoping exercises and developing training packages.
  • Solid understanding of migration sector of Bangladesh.
  • Demonstrated ability to draw lessons from relevant international, regional and national practices and processes;
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to deliver according to specified timeline while maintain quality of the output.

The Proposal should be written in English.

Any attempt for persuasion will be considered as a disqualification



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