Expressions of Interest (EoI)

Terms of Reference (ToR) to hire a consultant to conduct baseline assessment


Background and Introducing the Project

Project Name Empowering left behind minority communities to effectively participate in the development process of Bangladesh
Project Location 9 districts in Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Dhaka divisions.
Project duration February 2021 – February 2024
Donor European Commission  
Implementing agency and partners Christian Aid, Bandhu Social Welfare Society, WAVE Foundation, Nagorik Uddyog, and BLAST

Christian Aid Bangladesh is initiated a project called – “Empowering left behind minority communities to effectively participate in the development process of Bangladesh”. About 11% of the population of Bangladesh consists of minorities, who face discrimination due to their religion, ethnic, gender identity, and geographical location-based differences. The discrimination persists on the above groups on access to education, healthcare, housing, employment, and legal support. The project aims to empower these communities to improve their involvement in the development process of Bangladesh. The stakeholders of the project are Dalit rights CSOs and CBOs, Transgender rights CSOs and CBOs, Ethnic minority specifically plainland Adivasi rights CSOs and CBOs, Change agents, Upazila-level advocacy forum members, District-level advocacy forum members, Divisional LNOB coalition members.

Working Areas:

  • Dhaka district: Dhaka city
  • Rajshahi district: Rajshahi, Naogoan
  • Sylhet district: Sylhet, Moulovibazar, Hobigonj
  • Khulna district: Khulna, Jessore, Satkhira

Objectives of the project

  • To build the capacity of local and national minority rights CSOs and networks and ensure a conducive and enabling environment to promote socio-economic rights and structured participation of women and girls, transgender people, and people with disability.
  • To increase awareness on minority rights, capabilities, and contributions in society, to combat gender discrimination, stereotypes, prejudices, and harmful practices within and against minority communities. 
  • To promote inclusive policy formulation, implementation, and governance accountability by strengthening advocacy and lobbying influence of minority rights CSOs

Purpose of the work:

The consultation work will be held at 8 target districts and Dhaka with the aim of researching the following questions to inform the project on the present status of the affected population.

  • What is the percentage of left behind communities that can participate effectively in local governance and development processes?
  • What is the level of inclusion of Dalits, Adivasis, transgender groups and people with disability have into local and national governance and development processes, to reduce discrimination, violence, and exclusion?
  • What actions are taken by power holders to change national policy and its local level implementation, including planning dialogue, to be more inclusive and responsive to minority communities and persons with disability?
  • What is the level of support that the Civil Society Organizations are receiving from local authorities to uphold the rights and entitlements of minority communities?
  • What is the level of minority inclusion in minority right CSOs and advocacy forum’s membership? Is it at least 20% Dalit and indigenous women, transgender, and PwD?
  • What is the capacity of the local CSOs and advocacy networks representing the minority communities in terms of participating actively in policy dialogues and government bodies? How many of the people have such capacities?
  • What is the number of advocacy forums/coalition, change agents, and duty bearers broadcasting project messages challenging stereotypes, prejudices, and harmful practices?
  • What is the number of citizens participating in various interactive awareness campaigns promoted by the project to challenge stereotypes, prejudices, and harmful practices (disaggregated by gender, age, disability, and ethnicity)?
  • What is the level of discrimination, violence, or exclusion in the target minority communities? What types of injustices are prevalent?
  • What is the evidence of advocacy targets, change agents, duty bearers and media outlets actively speaking out on inclusive governance and minority rights awareness at local and national level?
  • What policies exist regarding the target affected population?
  • What is the state of access to basic services (agricultural, health, social, protection, and education) that these communities have?
  • What is the status of leadership position held in divisional LNOB coalitions by a) minority women b) ethnic minorities c) transgendered persons d) people with disabilities e) young people (18-25)?
  • What is the perception of the general citizens of minority rights and minority inclusion?  This will be a key component of the assessment as a campaign will be launched to improve the perception.  
  • What types of issues/topics need to be addressed for their effective participation in development process? What additional barriers exist that can be addressed within the scope of the project through training and national campaigns?

How to apply:

Please read the details terms of reference as given below. Interested companies/firms are requested to submit their technical proposal and financial proposal along with TIN certificate/VAT registration (if application), and one sample of previous work related to this assignment (Baseline assessments) on or before April 10 2021, via email:  with the subject line –

‘Hiring a consultant to conduct baseline assessment of ‘Empowering left behind minority communities to effectively participate in the development process of Bangladesh.’

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