Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. With its head quarter in Ireland, Concern has been working in Bangladesh since 1972.

Concern Worldwide has been implementing a multi-country project titled ‘Empowering Women and Youth through Graduation and Financial Inclusion’; the field operation is implemented by RDRS Bangladesh, while Trickle Up is supporting the project to channelize the funding from MetLife Foundation with their technical assistance in implementation.

Concern Worldwide is inviting Expression of Interests (EOIs) from reputed and experienced consultancy firms/consultants to conduct a Research on “Understanding impact of climate change on poor and vulnerable Char people”. The research will be commissioned under the Empowering Women and Youth through Graduation and Financial Inclusion (EWYGFI)” Project of Concern Worldwide Bangladesh.

Purpose of the Consultancy: The purpose of the study is to reappraise the implications of climate change on livelihoods of the vulnerable people in Char/Kurigram district in Bangladesh. It documents the consequences of re-current flood/climate change impact and makes efforts to communicate the importance of specific actions to the policy makers.

Objective of the assignment: EWYGFI is looking to identify a consultant to conduct the research. The consultant will document the consequences of re-current flood/climate change impact and makes efforts to communicate the importance of specific actions to the policy makers. The study addresses four key objectives:

  • To understand how climate is changing in the char areas.
  • How climate change induced risks are changing in char communities.
  • To examine how climate change affects livelihood- Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Off farm options.
  • How the project interventions are addressing these changes and helping project participants to mitigate these risks.

Qualification Requirements for the consulting firm/lead consultant(s):

  • At least an advanced degree in Economics/ Development Studies/Environmental Science/ Human Geography/Anthropology/Sociology/Disaster Management or in a relevant field of climate change and socio-economic development.
  • S/he should have adequate experience in social research, particularly in proven experience of conducing climate change impact related socio-economic analytical research, multi-sectoral complex livelihood programs in rural hard to reach and climate vulnerable areas, poverty situation in Bangladesh, char context and its challenges, relevant policy, framework and institutional context, and government agencies of Bangladesh.
  • Applicant with experience in research for development projects and a track record of academic and professional publications will get preference.

Terms of Reference: Click here to download.

Interested firm/consultants with relevant experience can submit a Technical and a Financial proposal along with TIN Certificate and a cover letter, detailing the suitability for the assignment and current contact information by email to recruitment.bgd@concern.net with an email subject line “Research Proposal for Climate Change Impact on Char Livelihoods”.

Concern Code of Conduct and its Associated Safeguarding Policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Safeguarding Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Concern Worldwide, Bangladesh reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the proposals without showing any reason whatsoever.

Any form of persuasion shall result disqualification of the EOI