PLATFORMS FOR DIALOGUE (P4D)-Strengthening Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making and Accountability Mechanism in Bangladesh

Funded by the European Union
Implemented by British Council in partnership with Cabinet Division of GoB


Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in economic and social development since independence in 1971. Now it recognises the need to strengthen governance systems, to decentralise, and to increase citizens’ participation so as to promote both further inclusiveness in Bangladesh’s growth and to consolidate the democratic process. Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) is a three-year programme established in partnership between the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the European Union Delegation (EUD) with a value of Euro 13 million. P4D started in February 2017 and ends in January 2020.

P4D will support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in its commitments made in the 7th Five Year Plan to improve government services through strengthened accountability and engaging citizens and civil society in decision-making using the policy instruments of the National Integrity Strategy (NIS), the Right to Information Act (RTI), Citizens’ Charters (CC), the Grievance Redress System (GRS) and Annual Performance Agreement (APA). P4D also supports the EU’s Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in its development partner countries.

P4D will operate at local and national levels. At the local level P4D will engage with key players in local government and civil society in its broadest sense. The aim is to identify solutions to a range of locally identified issues which will be scaled up at regional and national level at later stage. This will involve collaborative dialogue, multi-stakeholder consultation, institutional development, capacity building of citizens, civil society actors, Grassroots Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/ Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and local government officials.

This Terms of Reference is to engage a short-term consultant to build capacity of 63 grassroots CSOs on Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI).

P4D Background

P4D’s activities are divided across three Result Areas. 

  • CSO’s ability to influence government policy and practice raised through better accountability to - and more effective representation of - citizen’s interests;
  • Accountability and responsiveness of government officials raised through enhanced capacity building of decision makers and engagement with CSOs;
  • New tools and policy platforms for more effective dialogue between citizens and government are developed and utilised.

Within Result Area 1, P4D will operate in 21 Districts across Bangladesh.  In each District it will focus on raising citizen awareness of accountability mechanisms, building the capacity of civil society (especially smaller, local and harder to reach organisations), developing and piloting CSO standards to build civil society accountability, creating Multi Actor Partnership groups (MAPs) to address local policy issues and engaging and capacity building of local government.  This work will be delivered directly by the P4D programme team working in conjunction and in collaboration with local networks and grassroots CSOs/CBOs.  The focus will be on action and learning from good practice, rather than on grant giving.  

Result Area 2 will work in parallel with Result Area 1, but with a focus on the national rather than the local level. After identifying the full range of government departments responsible for the delivery of accountability mechanisms, the programme will look to strengthen institutional capacity in line with the Financing Agreement signed between the European Union Delegation and the Government of Bangladesh on 8 December 2016.  This will involve working with the Bangladesh Civil Service training institutions – the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA) and the National Institute of Local Government (NILG) - to co-create new resources and build their capacity. 

Result Area 3 will begin after work is well underway and traction achieved on Result Areas 1 and 2. It will deliver a package of additional support to GoB including operationalization of the Grievance Redress System and third party monitoring of the accountability instruments (NIS, RTI, CC and GRS), as well as taking citizen-government engagement from the local to the national level by an informed policy dialogue.

P4D will promote Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) in all its work to help foster an environment to enable participation by marginalized citizens, including women, in democratic processes and in decision taking that affects their lives. 


The objective of this assignment is to design and deliver training on GSI for 126 representatives of 63 CSOs and, provide technical support to the CSOs to develop their GSI policy.

Scope of Work

  • Meeting with P4D staff and selected CSOs
  • Review P4D documents including its GSI strategy
  • Design 3 days training module on GSI including handouts. Field test the module and finalise.
  • Deliver the training at the divisional/district level, in 6 batches maximum.
  • Develop simple policy template on GSI, in consultation with the CSOs
  • Organise and facilitate a day long workshop with support from P4D field staff in 3 regions to orient the CSOs on the policy template.
  • Provide technical support to selected CSOs to prepare their GSI policy using the template.
  • Prepare a final report on this assignment using an agreed format with the P4D project.


  • This consultancy is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring engagement of project staff, project key stakeholders including the grassroots CSOs in 21 districts.
  • The consultants need to visit and meet with the P4D staff and the CSOs as and when required to discuss and agree the design and content of the training modules and the policy template.
  • The consultant should review the project key documents including project proposal and GSI strategic.
  • The consultant will organize and facilitate the training and workshops in coordination with and support from P4D field staff.
  • The Consultant needs to submit training and workshop plan at least two weeks before the event to ensure timely logistic support and participation of the participants.


  • Design a three(!) days training module on GSI, field test and finalise the module based on feedback.
  • Deliver the training for 126 representatives of 63 CSO in 6 batches at the divisional town/district.
  • Develop a simple policy template to use by the grassroots CSOs for development of their own policy on GSI.
  • Facilitate a day long workshop to orient CSOs on the policy template and provide backstop support to prepare their own policy document on GSI.
  • Prepare a final report on completion of this assignment using the format agreed with the P4D project.


Total inputs for the GSI consultant is 80 working days maximum, over a 4 months period, starting from signing the contract. Tentative break down of total workdays is as follows:

Key Activities
# days
Briefing from P4D
Meeting with project stakeholders including CSOs
Review project documents
Design training module including field testing and development of handouts
Training delivery including preparation and travel
Drafting and finalising the policy template
Workshop on the policy template
Distance technical support to CSOs
Report writing

Management, Logistics & Payment

  • The consultant will report to the P4D Civil Society Lead and work closely with P4D Field Training Coordinator
  • The project will provide project documents
  • The consultants will be responsible for organising meetings, training and workshop with support from P4D Regional Coordinators. Project will provide all logistics for consultants’ field visit, training and workshop based on advance plan and request submitted by the consultants.
  • The consultants are expected to use their own computers.
  • Consultancy fees will be paid after submission of time sheets and invoice after completion of each deliverables.
  • Consultant will be paid periderm and accommodation as per P4D policy and guidelines.  No advance will be paid against either consultancy fees or perdiem.

Required Skills and Experiences

Gender and Social Inclusion Expert Profile

  • Master’s degree in relevant subject
  • Good knowledge and understanding on the subject matter in Bangladesh context.
  • Proven experience of design and facilitation of Gender and Social Inclusion training
  • Proven experience of development of GSI policy and guidelines
  • Experience of working with grassroots CSOs
  • Must be fluent in both Bangla and English
  • Overseas relevant experience would be an added advantage
  • Must be fluent in both Bangla and English
  • Excellent writing skills and computer literate
  • Ability to coordinate and leading team
  • Flexible and good team player

Application Process                     

Applicants must submit following documents while apply for this position. A cover letter highlighting why they are suitable for this position and expected daily rate. Curriculum Vita (CV) – not more than 4 pages.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the next step of selection process. No hard copies of the application will be accepted. To apply, please send the above-mentioned documents to the following email address:
Please include SHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY ON GENDER AND SOCIAL INCLUSION (GSI)” inthe subject title of the email. No application will be accepted without proper subject and required updated documents.

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Closing date: 22 May 2019 at 5:00 pm