Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Community Strengthening for Improved Services and Alternative Livelihoods
 in Dried Fish Processing Areas in Cox’s Bazar

Application for Partnership and Small Grant Support

Deadline of EOI Submission: February 14, 2019

The Child Labor Improvements in Bangladesh (CLIMB) Project is seeking a partnership with a local Civil Society Organization (CSO)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) experienced in improving the capacity of Media, CSOs and relevant community stakeholder groups to raise awareness on Child Labor (CL) issues, strengthen community awareness and access to services, including alternative livelihoods and employment by vulnerable young people and their families. The CLIMB Project is specifically focused on reducing CL in the Dried Fish Sector (DFS) communities in and around Cox’s Bazar.

The CLIMB Project is funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDoL) and implemented by Winrock International. 

Duration of the Partnership: March 2019 - December 2020

Scope of Work (SOW): The selected partner will plan with the CLIMB team and other CSO partners activities leading to the following outcomes that improve community economic well-being and capacity to address CL in DFS in Cox’s Bazar and its causes.

  • Support community groups in focus areas to plan development and improvement plans
  • Strengthen leadership and capacity of community groups/leaders to engage government on needed services
  • Improved CSOs’ capacity for advocacy and engagement for increased opportunities for home-based livelihoods and decent work for families vulnerable to CL
    • Training of CLIMB CSO partner(s) in the referral networks on best practice to build awareness and to advocate with government agencies for market-based livelihoods services (gov’t extension services and other relevant public agencies).
    • Training of government agencies by CSO partner on the situation and needs of vulnerable.
  • Actively link communities to government agencies, NGOs, and INGOs providing skills development and livelihood services
  • Engage the private sector on low skills job opportunities and training for youth 15-17 and adult members of vulnerable families.
  • Strengthen advocacy and access of youth to the minimum level of education to access skills training and jobs for alternative livelihood
  • Advocacy to the DFS business associations on improved work conditions community engagement support
  • Link at least 150 households to government and private sector support to improve economic wellbeing through access to livelihood support, skills training, job placement and other service.

(Note: The selected partner will not deliver direct livelihood services or provide job skills training, but support linkages to such services and strengthen community capacity to access these services for vulnerable families)

Information required with application:

  • A brief description (1-2 pages) of recent experience relevant to the SOW above.
  • A brief description (1/2 to 1 page) of how the organization will staff and approach the SOW
  • In Annex, any organization reports and other documentation useful in assessing the application

Additional requirements

  • Registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau.  Please provide documentation with the application
  • Audited annual statements/reports for the last three years
  • As a recipient of a U.S. government sub-award, the selected partner must be able to register for a DUNS and SAM number and meet other requirements related to financial management and program management requirements

Interested CSOs/Organizations are requested to submit their EOI through email at no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Applicants can also deliver a hard copy of the EOI to the following address:

CLIMB Project
Winrock International
S. K. Tower (7th Floor), 201, Khuruskul Road, Uttar Tarabuniar Chara
Cox’s Bazar

Winrock International reserves the right to accept or reject any or all EOIs without assigning any reason what so ever.  Any form of solicitation to influence the process would lead to disqualification of the respective consultant/organization