ADD International Bangladesh

Terms of Reference (ToR)

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Conducting a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the project: Promoting Representation and Participation of Persons with Disability in the Local Governance and Development in Bangladesh as a Strategy for their Social Political and Economic Empowerment

About ADD International Bangladesh:

ADD International has been working in Bangladesh since 1995. ADD is committed to work with Persons with Disability (PWD) to establish their rights and dignity by raising their voices through their own of Disabled People Organizations at the grassroots level and networks. ADD also works to implement the global and national policy instruments related to disability and development and mainstream PWD in all aspects of social, economic and political life. ADD International Bangladesh’s Country Strategy Plan (2015-20) envisions a world where all persons with disabilities are free from discrimination and oppression, enjoying equality within an inclusive society. ADD International Bangladesh Program currently operates in North, South, Coastal, and Central geographical locations. ADD works with Disabled Peoples Organization (DPOs) to strengthen their individual and organizational capacities to participate more in the disability movement and their institutional sustainability. ADD in Bangladesh is member of a number of networks and alliances with I/NGOs and Civil Society. Currently ADD International Bangladesh is implementing a number of projects with the potential to expand its engagement with PWDs and their networks.

About the Project:

ADD International Bangladesh in partnership with NGDO (National Grassroots Disabilities Organization) and NCDW (National Council of Disabled Women) is implementing the project titled: Promoting Representation and Participation of Persons with Disability in the Local Governance and Development in Bangladesh as a Strategy for their Social Political and Economic Empowerment supported by European Union.

The overall objective of the project is: Social, political and economic empowerment of women and men with disabilities in predominantly disaster-prone areas in Bangladesh.

The specific objective of the project is: Enhanced capacity of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and CSOs to influence government policy and practices for increased representation and participation of PWDs in local governance and development.

The project aims to achieve the following key results:  

  • Persons with disability are able to Represent & Participate in LG & D
  • Disable Peoples Organization (DPO’s), CSO’s and Networks are actively engaged with Local Governance
  • Accountability & Responsiveness of LGI bodies and committees & Service Providers increased and
  • Learnings & evidence generated, documented and disseminated.

The project undertakes the following key activities to achieve the results:

  • Formation and activation of self-help groups (SHGs) and Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs).
  • Development and strengthen DPOs/CSO through institutional support and learning exercise for representation and participation in the development
  • Building capacity of persons with disabilities in promoting disability rights and living conditions.
  • Community awareness on Disability Rights and Protection Act 2013, UNCRPD, SDGs and Government programs supporting promotion of disability rights
  • Strengthen LGIs and various development committees including Disability Rights and Protection related committees
  • Strengthen Government committees and DPO/CSO/Network coordination through action oriented meetings, work plan and implementation
  • Evidence based policy-influencing meetings, workshops and seminars at district and national level.
  • Learning documentation and sharing of evidence-based lessons learned

Project locations and target beneficiaries:

The project has targeted to reach 4500 persons with disability in 3 districts (Rangpur, Bogura and Patuakhali) through 31 DPOs, 3 district Federations of DPOs and 2 National Networks. In addition, the project aims to reach 6 CSOs/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who will contribute to local governance and development processes which involve the representation and/or participation of women and men with disabilities. The project also targeted to work with Local Government bodies and Disability Rights committees within the project locations.

Mid Term Review (MTR) of the project:

ADD International Bangladesh intends to conduct a MTR of the above mentioned project with the purpose to assess the effectiveness and document outcomes and possible impacts of the project.  The MTR will aim broadly to learn how disability inclusion has improved local governance and development outcomes.

The MTR expects to explore and address following two specific learning questions:

  • How DPOs’ management and leadership skills and working with local government and CSOs/NGOs created a strong institutional base to enable PWDs' representation and participation in local government bodies and committees.
  • To what extent and how far the improved skills and understanding of local government and service providers encouraged them to commit to the implementation of DR&P Act and other policy instruments contributing towards DPOs institutional sustainability. 

The MTR will focus on the following key areas:

Relevance- The extent to which the objectives of the project are suited to the priorities of persons with disabilities in the Bangladesh context,
Efficiency- The dimension of how economically resources and inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) are converted to results as compared to alternative approaches to achieve the same results.
Effectiveness – The extent, to which the project’s objectives (specific objective and key result areas) are achieved with the given time or expected to be achieved.
Impact – Understanding the positive and negative changes produced by the project, especially in relation to its overall goal, specific objective and key result areas.
Equity – the extent to which gender and disability inclusion are integrated throughout the project management cycle.
Sustainability – The extent to which the results of the project are likely to continue after project funding is withdrawn.

Scope of MTR:

The scope of the MTR covers the life of the project beginning January 2018 to June 30th 2019, hence all the activities conducted, results delivered, the outcomes and impacts on the target groups, the good practices generated, the lessons learned, and the recommendations for designing future interventions based on what has changed in the given context.

The MTR process is expected to cover the following:

  • Project Document review
  • Designing methodology
  • Visit project location (Rangpur, Bogura and Patuakhali)
  • Interaction with Persons with Disabilities, Self Help Groups, DPOs, and DPO networks
  • Meeting with Local Government Institutions and committees
  • Interaction with Rights Committees (District/Upazila)
  • Other stakeholders (Government/NGO/CSO/others)
  • Discussion with Partners organizations and Field team members
  • Case study/collecting testimonies/evidence of good practices
  • Any other as comes during methodology finalization period

MTR Objectives:

The specific objectives of the evaluation are the following:

  • Using the project log frame, assess achievements of each key result area against effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, impact, equity and sustainability and determine the extent of how these results contributed to achieving specific objective and overall objective;
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of the project interventions, approaches and methodology in relation to issues, barriers and challenges to persons with disability;
  • To identify and document the lessons learnt and good practices of the project and
  • To generate recommendations for the project going forward in terms of areas of focus and improvement aiming towards phase out.

MTR Methods:

Where it is not possible to interview all stakeholders and participants, it is expected that the review will make use of appropriate representative sampling methodologies with justification. It is also expected that the review will use a suitable balance of quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches. To explore relationships between inputs and outputs and estimate impacts, it is expected that the MTR will use descriptive statistics and, where possible, inferential statistics. To understand and explore ways to enhance impacts, it is expected that the MTR will use a range of appropriate qualitative methods, including participatory methods.

4. Expected deliverables

  • Inception plan with details of activities
  • Draft Report
  • Final Report after incorporating ADD feedback (both soft and hard)

5. Time Frame

The individual/ firm will be engaged for work after signing the agreement. All procedure of the study is to be completed by 30 October 2019.

6. Ethical standard/Ethical policy:

Any interview taken from the concern PWDs/DPOs/SHGs and or others should have in agreement that none of them have any reservation or objection to use these data/information’s for the publications and share with relevant stakeholders. If necessary the individual/firm should use a concurrence form with due signature from the individual/group and or their representatives. ADD consent form should be used as appropriate.   

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Expression of Interest (EOI) along with Technical and Financial Proposal is invited for a Mid Term Review of a project from the individual/Consulting firms having experience with a • Higher university degree in social sciences or development studies. • Experience in disability and development. •Experience in institutional capacity-building / organizational development • Experience in quantitative as well as qualitative data collection and analysis. • Experience in participatory evaluation methodologies and community mobilization.
• Previous experience in consulting on Gender, Self Help Groups and Disabled People’s Organizations initiatives. • Priority will be given to persons having evaluation experience for international donor supported projects.  • Fluent in both oral and written English and Bangla.

Technical and financial proposals with legal documents (registration certificate; Vat/Tax TIN; one or two previous similar work documents; any certification from previous works etc.)  should be submitted to: infobd@add-bangladesh.org on or before September 15, 2019. ADD has the rights to accept or reject any ToR .