Hiring Consultant/Consulting Firm for Conducting Gender Equality and Child Protection Assessment in Aparajita: Combating Child Marriage in Bangladesh Project

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, Plan International Bangladesh has recently launch Aparajita: Combating Child Marriage in Bangladesh project with financial support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC). It will be a national level project covering 59 districts with special focus on Bhola and Jhalokati district. At Bhola and Jhalokati a district model will be established with an objective to reduce vulnerability of adolescents, particularly girls, to Child Early and Forced Marriage.

In order to provide a foundational and in-depth understanding of present gender relations, particularly amongst in and out-of-school adolescent beneficiaries in target communities, a gender equity and child protection (GE and CP) assessment needs to be conducted. The GE and CP assessment will be well aligned with the themes and topics covered under the baseline survey of the project but, will also include additional questions for broader learning specifically related to the barriers associated with sexual and reproductive health rights and child early and force marriage prevention.

A consultant/consulting firm will be hired carry out the baseline study.

Terms of Reference (TOR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assessment can be downloaded from this link.

For any clarification, please contact Abdullah.Mamun2@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 - GE & CP Assessment of Aparajita: Combating Child Marriage in Bangladesh. 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 15th April 2019.