Terms of Reference (ToR) for

Gender role for an accountable and sustainable FSM service system considering CWIS


Fecal sludge management has been identified as a major second generation sanitation challenge in the country. Successful implementation of FSM is essential for achievement of the SDG 6.2. People’s perspective on open defecation has changed drastically in the last two decades giving the country ‘open defecation free’ status. However, the management of human waste is still inadequate posing severe threat to public health and environment. The practice of indiscriminate sludge dumping in open water bodies and illegal connections to storm drainage have created massive concerns among practitioners and policy makers. Local government institutions and general people are still unaware and lacks sensitization about the proper management of fecal sludge.

ITN-BUET, a center for water supply and waste management of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, is implementing a project on “Scaling City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS)/FSM in Bangladesh through National Level Capacity Building Program”. The major objective of this program is building the capacity of Paurashavas and DPHE to implement CWIS/FSM projects successfully in Bangladesh by increasing awareness and knowledge on CWIS and FSM. It is well recognized that for successful implementation of CWIS and FSM services, women’s participation in the CWIS/ FSM is vital.

City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) has been evolved as a new agenda to achieve SDG 6.2. The concept is used globally for ensuring access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene. The CWIS approach endorses equitable, safe and sustainable services which will ultimately result in the responsibility, accountability and resource management by the service providers. Women are often left out when it comes to granting equitable access to services or decision-making. In order to ensure sustainable FSM system marginalized people including women and children must be intentionally engaged in the decision-making process. Needs, values, constraints, and voices of women must be understood and incorporated into service design, planning process and service delivery in the entire FSM value chain.

This Terms of Reference is to engage an individual researcher/research organization to conduct an action research on to promote gender role in the CWIS/ FSM system targeting various stakeholders and age-groups at selected cities in Bangladesh.

Application process

Interested individual/agencies are requested to submit their relevant Individual/Organizational Profile, a Technical Proposal and a Financial Proposal along with a brief Expression of Interest Letter, CV of key personnel and relevant documents to the following:

ITN-BUET, ARI-ITN Building (4th Floor), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh, with the subject line “Gender role for an accountable and sustainable FSM service system considering CWIS”  

Pre-bid meeting (confirm over telephone # 02-9663693): 22 October 2019 at 11.00 am

Last date of submission: 28 October 2019

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