Hiring Consultant/Consulting Firm for
JANO: Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome

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. As part of its protection programme Plan International Bangladesh highly emphasises the reduction in the incidences of child and early marriage as addressing the issue of early marriage has important implications for human rights and well-being of young girls. Plan International Bangladesh has been working for a long period to address child and early marriage in the communities.

In that continuation, In that continuation, in September 2018 Plan International Bangladesh in coalition with CARE and ESDO has launched a project titled “Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome” (JANO) with financial support of the European Union. The aim of the project is to improve maternal and child nutrition through implementation of multi-sectoral approaches and strengthened nutritional governance. The project has already started to create an enabling environment for pregnant and lactating women and young people (10–19 years) to claim and access their nutrition, hygiene and gender issues (in this project gender issue basically include gender based violence, relationship among boys and girls, understanding of sexuality education in the mixed sex group, teachers and parents as well). The project is on the process to design the approach of its intervention at schools as one of its components. Therefore, project is keen to understand the present situation at its intervention areas about the following issues.

It will establish a benchmark to measure achievements and will be helpful to devise appropriate strategies to address the issues as well. The issues are :(1) perception of youth on gender based violence; relationship between boys and girls, teachers and parents as well; (2) key messages in nutrition in school gardening, messages on iron folic acid supplementation and de-worming; (3) hygiene and nutrition contents in the curriculum and current methodology to deliver those contents and check students’ perception and interest in getting above information in class sessions; (4) understand the attitudes and practice of teachers, health service providers and parents towards the provision of GEMS1 and menstrual hygiene management and hand wash behaviour of children/adolescents aged 10-19 years. In addition, it needs to know about existing student councils/clubs in intervention area and how these entities could be engaged for promoting school gardening, and how they can act as nutrition ambassadors.

To address above issues Plan International Bangladesh will conduct a formative research in project areas and a consultant/consulting firm will be engaged for this purpose as per this Terms of Reference (TOR).

Terms of Reference (TOR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be downloaded from this link. For any clarification, please contact basana.marma@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 study of JANO: Joint Action for nutrition Outcome. 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 17th January 2019.

1 Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) definition and related materials can be found from Directorate of Secondary Higher Education (DSHE).