Terms of Reference (ToR)

Assignment title: Development of Sustainable fishing business plan for the Bangladesh considering the participatory fisheries management perspective.

Contract type: Consultancy Firm or Individual Consultant

Duration of the assignment: 30 days


The fisheries is one of the largest sectors of Bangladesh which have utmost economic and social importance. Approximately, 2.3 million HHs directly depend on fisheries sectors whereas about 1.3 million fishers have fisher ID cards provided by The Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh (DOF). Most of the fisherfolks are involved with artisanal fishing. Multiple sectoral complex relations are highly impacting to the current fisheries management systems. The grassroots’ marginalized fishers which are over 85% of the total fisherfolks have a greater role in the total catch but have very limited space in the power structures of the fisheries value chain.

The Government of Bangladesh has taken the initiative to conserve the Hilsa fish by implementing the Hilsa conservation and management system. Under this management system, DOF impose different bans and restrictions for fishing in different zones. The showing data from the respective department of Fisheries, Bangladesh has shown the enhancing trend of the capture fisheries production but simultaneously the efforts of the Government of Bangladesh have also increased to implementation with a high sacrifice from the grassroots fisherfolks.  Participatory fisheries management may be an option to make the effort sustainable and bring a win-win situation in the fisheries sector of Bangladesh.

This proposed assignment is having been designed to get a comprehensive and sustainable fisheries management plan for the inland capture fisheries of Bangladesh which would expected to contribute in developing wider scale Sustainable fishing business plan for the country as a whole.            

About the project

Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) programme has been initiated in 2017, with support of the Government of Sweden. Bangladesh component of the programme has been named ‘Transboundary Rivers for Our Sustainable Advancement’ with the goal of reducing poverty of river basin communities through increased access to, and control over, riverine water resources. The project works for the river governance related issues specifically – i) Erosion Control, ii) Fisheries Management, iii) Sand Mining and iv) Inland Water Transport.

Project Objectives

  • Government policies & practices at all levels in water resource management are more inclusive of community concerns and meet national & international standards
  • Practices of private sector respect community access to water resources actively contributing to reduced conflicts.
  • CSOs increasingly participate in or influence trans-boundary water governance, women’s inclusion and resolution of water conflicts.
  • River basin communities’ increasingly influence trans-boundary water governance policies and processes
  • Increased influence of women in trans-boundary water governance, policy and processes

The project locations include Brahmaputra, Teesta, Jinjiram, and Meghna river basins. Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS) is one of the National partners for implementing the project in Bangladesh along with Oxfam, Bangladesh.

Objective of the assignment

  • The objective of these consultancy service is to design a Sustainable fishing business plan for the inland capture fisheries sectors of Bangladesh considering inclusiveness and participatory fisheries management.  

Scope of Work

Under this assignment, the consultancy services are being explored for the following tasks:              

  • FAO/International Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries value chain services and management has to be addressed in the Sustainable fishing business plan.
  • Regional and international regulations for ensuring the rights of the fisherfolks should be reflected in the plan.
  • National fisheries policies and fish acts would have to be supported with clear recommendations which should be stated for policy reformation considering the participatory fisheries management approach.
  • The role of the private sectors of fisheries and the fisheries associations would have to be taken in to consideration and should be addressed in the mainstreaming process of the plan.
  • The specific recommendations for the structural changes of the functional fisher-folk associations, Fishermen Cooperative Societies (FCS) and/or project driven developed community-based organizations (CBOs) should be defined in the plan focusing how to enable these entities for effective participations in the democratic practices within the organizations including their mode of coordination.
  • The role of women in the fisheries value chain should be clearly defined and a comprehensive influencing plan for inclusion of the women in the fisheries value chain practices should be defined and recommend in place of the plan.
  • An influencing plan with the required guidelines for mainstreaming the plan shall be submitted separately with the Sustainable fishing business plan.


  • Inception Report- within 07 (Seven) days after contract signing
  • A comprehensive sustainable fishing business plan for Capture fisheries resources of Bangladesh;
  • An influencing plan with the required guidelines for mainstreaming the plan
  • Hard copies of all event-based dialogues including photo documentations must be submitted along with plan.   

Budget limit
Maximum 630,000BDT (Six hundred thirty thousand BDT only)


The consulting firm/consultant should include a timetable of activities (Technical Section) with date. The firm/consultant is expected to begin the assignment immediately after agreement signing and complete the assignment within 30 calendar days. TROSA expects to start the assignment on an urgent basis.

Key Qualification for Consultant/ consultancy firm

  • The consultant/ firm should be able to demonstrate deep understanding of rights-based approach, fisheries management system of Bangladesh and inclusive fisheries governance concepts.
  • The consultant/ firm should be able to demonstrate experience of working with Bangladeshi grassroots marginalized community, particularly with the fisherfolks.
  • The consultant/firm should have good understanding of feminist principles, safe programming and gender mainstreaming.
  • The consultant/ firm should be able to demonstrate enough human resource and supports required for delivering the assignment on time with due quality
  • Inclusion of young professionals and women in the team will be considered as an added value to the proposal
  • Must have legal permission to work in Bangladesh.

Application Procedure

Interested individual consultant or a firm must submit technical and financial proposal based on the terms of reference above clearly marked “Consultancy service for Sustainable fishing business plan development.”. The package should include:

  • Expression of interest
  • Technical proposal with clear timeline
  • Maximum 3 pager CV(s) of team members demonstrating relevant experience and academic training
  • Financial proposal (in separate file) clearly distinguishing between fees and reimbursable costs (inclusive of all applicable taxes). The financial proposal must include detailed budget lines with defined units, unit numbers, unit rates and sub-totals for each budget lines and any remarks required to clarify the basis of calculation.
  • Sample of previous similar work with contact details of client
  • Provide name and contact details of at least 2 referees who can vouch for the consultant’s previous similar work
  • Tax Identification number and other legal documents (i.e. license/registration/work-permit etc)

The submissions must reach via email at rivers.gbm@gmail.com Subject line as “Consultancy service for Sustainable fishing business plan development.”.” by November 27, 2021.

Mode of Payment

  • All payment will be made through A/C payee cheque or bank transfer
  • Vat & Tax will be deducted at source
  • The payment will be made only after formal acceptance of deliverables
  • Inability to comply with the works as per agreed timeline and quality will cause penalty from the payment. The penalty will be proportionate to the level of undelivered work.

Evaluation Criteria

The award of the contract shall be made to the consultant who has received the highest score out of pre-determined technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Area Weight
A. Technical 70%
A.1 Understanding of ToR 20%
A.2 Merit of the proposed plan and methodology 30%
A.3 Experience and expertise (including those of team members) 20%
B. Financial 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 40 points in the technical proposal will be considered for the final evaluation.