Hiring Consultant/Consulting Firm Formative Research on Lived Experience of preterm birth LINC Factors& role of SBCC in reducing risk factors.

Founded over 80 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. Plan International is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations, and with a vision of a world in which all children realize their full potential, in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.Plan International works in fifty-two developing countries across Africa, Asia and the South America, and twenty-one countries raise funds to support these efforts. Plan International's stated Global Strategic Goal is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programs that deliver long-lasting benefits. Children are at the heart of everything we do.

Plan International has been operating in Bangladesh since 1994, helping children access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Currently, under Country Strategy IV Plan International Bangladesh is implementing programmes in six thematic areas: health, education, child protection, WASH, youth engagement and employment, and disaster risk management and climate change.

In that continuation, Plan International Bangladesh has launch Born On Time: A Public-Private Partnership for the Prevention of Preterm Births (Born On Time or BOT) is a five-year, CAD $30 million project that aims to reduce the number of preterm births in targeted communities in Mali, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
The Born On Time consortium has identified research as one way of knowledge contribution to the global discussion on risk factors affecting preterm birth, and has decided to pursue project research as follows:

Part A: Qualitative study on Lived Experience of preterm birth Lifestyle Risk Factors (including their gender equality dimensions)

Part B:  Mixed method study on Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC), responding to better understanding our programming under intermediate objective; increased utilization of quality, gender responsive/ adolescent-friendly maternal, newborn and reproductive health services to prevent and care for preterm births among adolescent girls and WCBA in underserved areas in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mali.  This component engages existing formal and informal community based structures to build knowledge and an enabling environment for women’s decision making.

Terms of Reference (TOR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignmentcan be downloaded from this link. For any clarification, please contact Arefin.Islam@plan-international.org

Submission of Proposal

Interested consultant/consulting firms are requested to submit a technical and a financial proposal through email at Planbd.consultant.hiring@plan-international.org with subject line - Formative Research on Lived Experience of preterm birth LINC Factors& role of SBCC in reducing risk factors. A cover letter should be given with the proposal addressing the Administrative Coordinator of Administration, Plan International Bangladesh. The deadline of proposal submission is the 10th January 2019.