TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

for developing project closure report and design of ASTHA project-ASK

Project Title : ASTHA: Strengthening Access to Multi-sectoral Public Services for GBV Survivors in Bangladesh
Implementing Organization : Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)
Technical Partner : United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Donor : Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN)

Background:

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a national legal aid and human rights organization, provides legal and social support to the disempowered people; particularly women and girls, working children and workers. Its goal is to protect and promote human rights of the disempowered and disadvantaged people through community activism and social mobilization, capacity building, legal services, advocacy and policy intervention, by using rights- based approach that encompasses the principles of human rights, equality, equity, secularism, rule of law, social justice and democracy. Aligning with the goal, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) is implementing a four year long project named, 'ASTHA: Strengthening Access to Multi-sectoral Public Services for GBV Survivors in Bangladesh' funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with technical support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

ASTHA project aims to strengthen government (GoB) and civil society organizations’ (CSOs) efforts to reduce Gender-based Violence (GBV) and increase utilization of multi-sectoral response services in four districts – Bogura, Cox’s Bazar, Jamalpur and Patuakhali of Bangladesh for nation-wide replication. To achieve the goal, ASTHA project has determined two outcomes: Increased access to multi-sectoral response services for survivors of GBV, and Increased awareness among community members on harmful gender norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence.

Purpose of the assignment:

To develop the project closure report for the year of 2021 focusing on the sustainability and mainstreaming the project’s learning of referral mechanism into the existing government structure. The key objectives of the report is to. The report will be submitted to the donor as well as will be shared with the local partners and relevant the multi-sectoral departments.

ASTHA project wants to hire an experienced consultant/firm to develop the report within the given time mention bellow. 

Method of the work

The scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables will be the following:

  • Review and analyze all the necessary documents of ASTHA project which includes:
    • Project proposal and result framework
    • eFace and MIS report of 2018-2021
    • Annual reports of ASTHA project and ASK for the years of 2018-2020
    • Case stories and event wise reports of 4 years (2018-2021)
    • Annual reports of ASTHA produced by 4 local partners- Shushilon, Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS), Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) and Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)
    • Annual reports of UNFPA of 2018-2021
  • Conduct at least four meeting with district level staff and at least one meeting with ASTHA project team at ASK in Dhaka to know about lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, case stories which required for preparing the report.
  • Conduct meetings with relevant multi-sectoral departments of the Government, Civil Society Organizations and UNFPA to prepare the report. District-level local partner team will support to organize the meetings.
  • Share the draft annual report with ASTHA team at ASK, local partner organizations and UNFPA for their feedback.
  • Finalize the report incorporating the comments.

Deliverables:

  • An inception reporting detailing out the action plan including the timeline and methodology to prepare the report
  • A full project closure report which includes the description of executive summary, report of result framework, description of achievements (section/outcome/results wise), data from the eFACE and MIS reporting, case stories, lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, and sustainability of the project. The report has to be audited by a professional copy editor and design the report with info graphics and project related photos (photos supplied by the project)

Time Frame/duration of the consultancy

The consultancy will be carried out by submitting the final report by 15th of December 2021.

Administration and Coordination

The consultant will work closely with the Team Leader and Communications Expert of ASTHA project at ASK. 

Required competency of the consultant/firm/organization:

Education: Master degree in Gender/GBV, Law, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or equivalent

Experiences: At least 7-10 years of professional expertise in one or more field of gender, gender-based violence, human rights, reproductive health, child protection and rights

  • Experience in designing coordination system, referral system, rights based programmes, multi sectoral /integrated programme approach will be an asset
  • Understands and applies survivor-centered approach; the principles of case management;
  • Skill and experience to prepare project closure report;
  • Critically analyzes context, trends and vulnerabilities of GBV survivors;

Sexual harassment and Child Protection Policy

The firm/organization/individual shall comply with the sexual harassment and child protection policy of ASK. Any violation/deviation is in complying with ASK's sexual harassment and child protection policy will result in termination of the agreement. 

Disclaimers

ASK reserves the right to accept or regret any or all proposal without any reason what so ever.

Budget and Mode of Payment

The consultant will receive the agreed amount in BDT 2,38,000 (Taka two lac and Thirty Eight thousand only) which includes VAT and Tax. The payment will be made by three installments: 1st Instalment 20% after submitting the inception report, 2nd Instalment 40% after delivering the consultation reports, and 3rd Instalment 40% following submission and acceptance of the final report.

Apply Procedure

ASK invites Proposals (A complete technical proposal and financial proposal in English) from reputed firm/agency/organization/individual consultant. Include lead consultant/team members brief CV highlighting related assignment completed and role in the completed assignments; organization’s/Firm’s Certificate, TIN and VAT registration and documents in favor of the previous relevant tasks. The technical and financial proposal should be submitted in two separate envelopes. These two envelopes are then to be put in one larger envelope, which must be sealed with a cover letter addressing the Executive Director, Ain o Salish Kendra, 2/16, Block-B, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh. The application to be submitted at ASK office not later than 30 November 2021. 5:00PM EST.

General conditions

  • ASK as well as ASTHA team will have the copyright of all the results and documents elaborated under this assignment. Any publication also in extracts needs prior approval of ASK.
  • ASK reserves the right to disagree with any incomplete work and consequently ASK may retain the last installment of the remuneration.
  • The contracting authorities also reserve the right to amend this contract at any time according to the necessity of the project given prior communication.
  • The contract may be terminated if the consultants are found non-compliant to the terms and conditions of the contract.
  • Child Protection Policy: The team/individual shall comply with the Child Protection Policy of ASK. Any violation/deviation is in complying with ASK's child protection policy will result in termination of the agreement. 
  • Terrorism and money laundering issues: If there any proof of engagement in any terrorism and money laundering issues, ASK reject the proposal without assigning any reason
  • You have to comply with the Child Protection Policy, Sexual Harassment Protection
  • Policy, Gender Policy and code of Conduct of ASK. Any violation/deviation is in Complying with Child Protection Policy, Sexual Harassment Protection Policy, Gender Policy and code of Conduct will result in termination of the Work Order.

Visit www.askbd.org to know detail about ASTHA project

Contact Person (If Needed) :  Shahanoor Akter Chowdhury, Team Leader - ASTHA Project, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), 2/16, Block-B, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207

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