Terms of Reference (ToR)

Conduction of Baseline Survey

Project name Project 5747: Sustainable improvement of the health and living conditions of 100,000 tea plantation workers and their families and economically disadvantaged people in Srimangal, Bangladesh.
Purpose Conduct a baseline study comprising both qualitative and quantitative methods following the project’s Goal, Objectives and Targets of Project Impact Matrix.
Targeted Location Sreemongal, Rajghat, Kalighat and Asidron Union of Sreemongal Upazilla of Moulvibazar District.
Baseline Timeline September 28 – October 24, 2021
Anticipated Baseline Report Release Date Draft report by November 05, 2021
Contact Person Program Manager, BNM
Phone: 01712-542168, Email: steve@nazarene.org.bd

Bangladesh Nazarene Mission (BNM) is registered as a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organisation under the NGO Affairs Bureau of Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh under registration number 846 on 08 August 1994. BNM supports vulnerable, marginalised and economically disadvantaged people irrespective of caste, creed, religion and ethnicity. A special focus is on supporting mothers and children. The organisation is strongly committed to a just society and the empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised people.

Project Background:

This project is located in Sreemongal. Due to undulating hilly region and existence of tea-estates the atmosphere of that area is mostly hot and humidity. This is the most rainfall zone of Bangladesh which is unlikely for a healthy environment. In consequence, both the children and adult people are affected by common diseases like cold, fever, cough & cold etc. Besides, safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities are extremely worse in that area. The open defecation is seen in most of the tea garden labors’ houses. These are caused for additional diseases like diarrhea, cholera and scabies etc. Most of the children, women and adult are found malnourished due to lack of knowledge and ability for arranging nutritious food. Most of the adult people are ill health, children are stunt and underweight. The ethnic groups’ people including tea garden labors are mostly excluded from the basic health services of the government and NGOs. There is no Family Planning service and antenatal/postnatal care is available for the married couples and pregnant women. Though these services are highly demanding among them, but they can’t manage it due to their ultra-poverty and limited earnings. Tea garden authorities do not give any treatment supports to this community. There is small clinic inside the tea-estate with very limited and irregular services, but are provide only to the tea-estate workers. In addition the tea garden labors are not aware to protect themselves while spraying insecticide on the tea plants. They do it as their regular job, which is very much harmful for their lung and body and killing them slowly. Moreover, the tea labours are also addicted to the local alcohol, wine and tobacco leafs. These also affecting on their health badly and destroying their health and reduce life-span significantly. There are some government health facilities and private service providers in the central location but poor tea garden labours cannot avail those services due to time and financial constraint. 

In order to promote the living conditions, health and socio-economic development of the tea garden workers and surrounding marginalized people; BNM in partnership with German Doctors and BMZ initiated the project Sustainable improvement of the precarious health and living situation of 100,000 tea plantation workers and their families as well as economically disadvantaged people in Srimangal, Bangladesh.”

Scope of Work and Specific Tasks to be undertaken:

1. To deliver a 2-days orientation and training session on baseline survey techniques and      methodologies to 10 project staff in Sreemongal, Moulvibazar.
2. To lead the field data collection facilitating the project staff in conducting the baseline survey   following the project’s Goal, Objectives and Targets of Project Impact Matrix.
3. To deliver a draft report on the baseline study based on critical field findings
4. To produce a qualitative report after critical analysis of primary and secondary data.

Baseline Design and Methodology to Selected:

The contractor is encouraged to utilize the following methods for the baseline design:

  • Quantitative data collection method
  • Qualitative data collection method
  • House Hold survey
  • Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with the selected sample participants in 4 Unions.
  • Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with different stakeholders, Govt. Representatives and Officials, Local NGOs, CSOs, CBOs etc.

Expected Deliverables/Outputs from the Contractor

  1. Baseline Methodology, plan and tools development;
  2. Field data transcription, compilation and entry;
  3. Table manipulation and report.

Required Skills and Experience

i. Education:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or other fields related to the scope of the assignment;
  • Excellent skill on data analysis software, SPSS, excel, etc.

ii. Experience:

  • At least 15 years of proven experience in carrying out quantitative and qualitative research and publishing reports on social issues.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in carrying out health study. 

iii. Language:

  • Proficiency in Bengali language;
  • English report writing and communication skills.

iv. Other required skills and competencies are:

• Strong communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact and negotiating skills, and the ability to cope with situations which may pose conflict;
• Proven ability to work as a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations within BNM and other stakeholders that might be involved;
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
• Ability to meet deadlines and handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships;
• Strong analytical aptitude and effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
• Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, race, nationality and age sensitivity;
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Selection criteria and score for technical and financial proposal:

A. Technical Proposal
Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative baseline study on health programs (with proof of experience at least three studies)
Methodology specifying proposed sampling, tools and techniques
Time schedule to complete the study
Overall presentation of proposal
Subtotal: Technical proposal
B. Financial proposal

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the criteria must submit a proposal to procurement@nazarene.org.bd of the following:

1. A cover letter with Technical and Financial proposal and proof of similar works undertaken;
2. CVs;
3. Proposed budget; (following prescribed format)


Annex 1. Project Impact Matrix

Annex 2. Logframe

Annex 3. Baseline Budget Format

Incomplete applications will not be considered. In case you need further specification, please contact the abovementioned email address.

Proposal is due by 25th September 2021.