Terms of Reference
Environmental Assessment for the Implementation of Faecal Sludge Management Plant

Project Background

The majority of Bangladeshi living in urban areas relies on on-site sanitation which generates 'faecal sludge' (FS). Particularly in the unplanned urban settlements of rapidly expanding cities, this FS possesses a growing challenge, generating significant public health and environmental risks and impacts. FS is often allowed to accumulate in poorly designed pits and discharged into storm drains and open water bodies, or dumped into waterways, wasteland and insanitary landfill sites. In the national sanitation survey, 2003, it was observed that only 58 per cent households had some form of latrine. It substantiates the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP)report in 2000 that shows the open defecation rate was about 19 per cent. However, due to special drives of the Government of Bangladesh and development partners, with active engagement of local government institutions, and the communities, sanitation progress has gained momentum with the focus on building different types of low-cost pit latrines. As a result, the open defecation rates have been gradually reduced to 1 per cent (JMP, 2015). The other side of the fact reveals that 5 cubic meter of FS discharge to the open environment equivalents to open defecation of 5000 people per day. Therefore, construction of thousands of pit latrines without considering proper hygienic separation of excreta from human contact and faecal sludge management (FSM) eventually emerged as a second-generation sanitation problem for Bangladesh.

Mymensingh City Corporation covers an area of 21.73 square kilometers. As of 2015, the total number of households is 83,682 with a population of 456,569 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mymensingh). Most of the households in Mymensingh City Corporation have access to latrines irrespective of their quality. Due to lack of following standard design of septic tanks and no treatment facilities, 100 percent of faecal sludge is discharged into environment. To ensure safe management of faecal sludge, a co-compost plant was designed jointly by OXFAM and NGO Forum for Public Health and it will be commissionedinMarch 2019 to tackle faecal sludge generated from pit latrines and septic tanks, and solid waste from households exploring sanitation service chain.

Evaluation Process

In response to the invitation, the consultant / consulting firm will have to submit a technical proposal as per the ‘Terms of Reference’ and a financial proposal. The selection committee will evaluate both the technical and financial proposal of the consultants / firms based on set out evaluation criteria as below-

Basic Selection Criteria
  • Technical Proposal
Expertise of the firm/organization
Understanding of the ToR
Proposed Methodology and experience in leading similar evaluation work
Management structure and qualifications of key personnel
Team composition
  • Financial Proposal

The Consultant must submit the following documents along with Technical & Financial Proposal

  • 2-page profile highlighting consultant’s related assignment completed with client names, contract persons and mobile numbers;
  • Updated TIN certificate and any other relevant document(s), (if necessary);

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