Consultancy on Access to Justice

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - Cox’s Bazar


Terms of Reference
Request for Quotations

Job Context

NRC in Bangladesh is in the final stages of obtaining registration as a legal entity (NGO) in Bangladesh. Once this is in place, NRC will be eligible to seek funding in-country, and to significantly scale-up programming. This consultant will ensure that ICLA is poised to start-up as soon as possible once registration is secured. The consultant will support the ICLA PDM in carrying out programmatic analysis of the situation of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar district, and in designing and implementing strategy and issue-specific institutions, systems or procedures.

The consultant will carry out an assessment on challenges and opportunities to access justice by both Rohingya refugees and host communities within the displacement context and Bangladeshi civil and administrative legal system, including statutory and traditional dispute resolution mechanisms.

Job Responsibilities

Please review the attached terms of reference for full details of the requirements

Scope of Work

  • Consultancy will be carried out in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from NRC’s base. NRC is thus requesting an individual consultant to be available in-house daily.
  • The work will be carried out in English.
  • The consultant should d provide his/her own laptop computer. NRC will provide access to printing, and a Bangladesh SIM card with Internet data for the duration of the contract. The consultant may claim reimbursement for phone credit against receipts.
  • The consultant will research, analyse and report on:
    • Contextual overview of the access to justice issues in Bangladesh, especially in Cox’s Bazar district as relate to Rohingya refugees and communities that host them;
    • Overview of the essential characteristics and relational complexities of statutory and traditional justice sectors;
    • Applicable national legal framework governing access to justice, with specific focus on housing, land and property issues as they affect women, men, girls and boys and vulnerable and marginalized groups and related civil, economic and social rights;
    • Economic, socio-cultural and institutional obstacles in resolving disputes particularly as they relate to displacement or gender;
    • Assessment of the capacities of stakeholders to address identified challenges;
    • Recommendations for addressing the observed obstacles, improving the legal and institutional framework and NRC’s programmatic response.

Specific tasks to be completed by the Consultant include:

  • Compile national and international law, regulations and practices relevant to the refugee response in Bangladesh
  • Conduct documentation, fact finding and assessment missions and prepare documentation, reports, meeting minutes, statistics and other materials
  • Facilitate knowledge management within NRC ICLA and support trainings for external stakeholders (preparing literature, materials, manuals, information and visuals)
  • Attend Protection Working Group in CXB and meet individual I/NGO counterparts to gather information about approaches to conflict dispute resolution.
  • Facilitate identifying and coordinating NRC ICLA’s strategic advocacy response to prioritized legal issues
  • Perform any other tasks as requested by ICLA Programme Development Manager


  • Drafting of the research and analysis report (20 page maximum including references)
  • Documented account of stakeholder (key informant) meetings with government, UN, INGO and partner agencies
  • Documented account of all focus group discussions and case study interviews

Employment Status: Consultant

Educational Requirements

  • LL.B from a University recognized by the Bar Standards Board

Experience Requirements

  • Experience in legal research and drafting, preferably on human rights, civil and administrative law
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge of the refugee context in Bangladesh
  • Experience from working on the similar positions in a humanitarian/recovery/development context
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Professional fluency in Bangla and English, both written and verbal
  • Good Knowledge of the software programs (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

Job Location: Cox’s Bazar


Consultants to complete the attached ‘Request for Quotation’ document. NRC will select candidates based on an evaluation of their experience, qualifications and proposed pricing for the work.