Terms of Reference for Research Consultant(s)/Consulting firm to perform and report on a community level WASH situational assessment of Tubewells and Latrines.


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ICCO Cooperation is playing the lead role to implement EU funded “Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) project” to improve maternal and child nutrition in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts. The SONGO project is 5 years duration with 4 inter-linked outcomes; (1) establishing upazila nutrition governance, (2) improving maternal and child health, nutrition (3) improving WASH practices (4) enhancing availability and access to safe and nutritious food. RDRS Bangladesh has been ICCO's long standing partner in a variety of large poverty alleviation and development projects in Bangladesh, often with food security components. RDRS will implement the project activities such as community mobilization, capacity building, committees formation, meeting organisation, workshops, monitoring, etc at a field level.

SONGO emphasizes the importance of sustained governance as a primary outcome and a precondition to achieve other outcomes that are based on NPAN2 and three interlinked pillars or pathways (as per the UNICEF Conceptual Framework on Undernutrition.

  1. HH food and nutrition security (including availability, economic access and use of food)
  2. Feeding and caregiving resources and practices (including maternal, HH and community levels)
  3. Access to and use of health services as well as a safe and hygienic environment (i.e. food, care and health).

While availability and accessibility of nutritious and safe food at HH level is a precondition for improved nutrition it does not automatically lead to improved nutrition among all HH members. Lack of nutrition, health and WASH related knowledge, attitudes and practices as well as intra-HH dynamics often impede nutrition improvement. Evidence has also shown that the extent to which women have access to and control over productive resources, time, knowledge and social support networks largely determine their own nutritional status and the kind of care they provide for their children and for the rest of the HHs. The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy has a direct impact on the development and nutritional status of her baby. In order to address child undernutrition fully, the SONGO project will therefore employ nutrition-specific as well as nutrition-sensitive interventions through a lifecycle approach to deliver the right services and messages to the right person at the right time. The implementation will incorporate a Social and Behavior Change (SBC) strategy, using multiple approaches, ranging from interpersonal communication (such as counselling by health workers) to mass media (such as radio campaigns). SONGO will reach out to 120,000 HH final beneficiaries of which 95,000 HH are direct beneficiaries. The approach is based on proven and evolving experiences taking into account the importance of pre-conditions to address e.g. dimensions of availability and access to food as well as the required synergy between interventions and actors at various levels. Interventions will focus on mobilizing and coaching target groups as well as local public, private and development actors to collectively take the necessary actions towards improved nutrition.


Kurigram district:

  • Char Rajibpur Upazila: Char Rajibpur and Mohanganj union.
  • Chilmari Upazila: Chilmari and Ramna union.
  • Rowmari Upazila: Bandaber, Dantbhanga and Jadur Char union

Gaibandha district:

  • Gaibandha Shadar Upazila: Ghagoa ,Gidari and Kamarjani Unions
  • Fulchari Upazila: Fulchhari,Udakhali and Kanchi Para Unions
  • Sundarganj Upazila: Belka, Chandipur, Haripur, Sreepur and Tarapur Unions


The primary objective of this consultancy are to achieve understanding on the following WASH situational circumstances within SONGO’s working area:

  • Condition of Household and Community tubewells, installation and maintenance history
  • Water quality testing findings, including but not limited to arsenic testing
  • Household tubewell-latrine distances and immediate environmental conditions
  • Water-points/handwashing locations and presence of handwashing agents
  • Types of latrines observed at Household and Community levels, installation and maintenance history
  • Overall Condition of latrines

The consultant(s) would be expected at a minimum to perform community water/latrine point and household sampling approaches to gauge conditions of quality and safe WASH facilities in the working area. Where possible, community points would be inclusive of facilities that are placed publically, within clinics and school environments at a minimum.

Beyond the identified incidence of each of the above, based on the findings and situational context the consultant(s) would be expected to provide recommendations on possible approaches to address the observed situation. If the above areas of interest for the community and/or macro level can be meaningfully supplemented by performing of qualitative consultations, FGDs or KIIs, the consultant(s) may justify it as a part of the proposal at the time of application.

The consultant(s) must also specify at the proposal stage the precise definitions/classifications they expect to use to describe the conditions of water points and latrines


The consultant(s) will be expected to: 

  • Submit a study inception report, inclusive of a clear research methodology and detailed work plan for the consultancy period. This work plan shall be submitted for review and approval by ICCO Cooperation two (2) days after the signature of the contract and before commencement of the consultancy.
  • Oversee and follow a pre-specified enumeration format, with copies submitted for review in English and/or Bengali if necessary, sourcing own enumerators with sufficient training and meeting the proposed sample size over the consultancy period
  • Provide a formal survey report (2 hard copies and a soft copy - PDF) in English, including recommendations on strategies for alleviation based on the findings of the investigation. If qualitative methods form part of the proposal, these findings must also feature.
  • A soft copy of all relevant data collected as part of the study - quantitative in .xls format, and transcripts of any qualitative assessments conducted.
  • Delivery of a first (soft copy) draft of the findings and a preliminary dataset of quantitative findings by day 20 of the consultation period.

Delivery of the final (soft copy) draft of the findings and soft copy information within 4 days of feedback (estimated finishing date on day 25).


  • The chosen consultant will liaise with the PMEL Lead across the duration of the consultancy as the first point of call with respect to the investigation.
  • The consultant will be required to supply the expected deliverables listed below by the end of the consultancy. 
  • The consultant will complete the deliverables in a location of their choosing, with no requirement or undertaking on the part of ICCO Cooperation to transport them to project areas. Formal consent for collection of any data will be required in all cases of community and household points testing by the relevant parties.
  • All logistics will be handled by the consultant(s).


  • ICCO Cooperation will liaise regularly with the consultancy firm and work to address any arising research issues.
  • Will review any key collection/format materials prior to collection in a timely manner.
  • Provide feedback on preliminary deliverables within the stipulated timeframe
  • Brief the consultant(s) with a project based understanding of the working area, supplying other summary/research documents if necessary.
  • Ensure payments based on agreed terms


This consultancy is expected to be completed within 25 days. The consultant will be expected to start working two (2) days after the signature of the contract and before commencement of the consultancy in the 3rd week of June, 2019. The consultant will submit the first draft by day 20 of the consultancy period. Expected completion and submission of the final draft of the report and other deliverables specified will be by day 25 of the consultancy.


The Consultant(s)/Firm’s leading research team ideally should have:

  • An advanced university degree (PhD preferred) in development studies/social science/public management/Statistics/other relevant disciplines, with proven experience in the development context of Bangladesh
  • Prior WASH experience in a rural context
  • Understanding of the SONGO working area
  • Prior proven experience on leading/ conducting similar assignments (short assignment details done in the past to be shared as evidence)
  • Experience in Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience in interview design and implementation
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver in a timely manner without compromising quality standards.


Interested consultant(s) must submit the following documents for appraisal. Proposers who do not submit the below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.
The proposal should include:

  • Consultant CV including past achievements
  • Introduction letter including a brief overview of the assignment as understood by the bidder
  • Methodological outline for delivery of outputs, including clear sampling methods and sizes proposed
  • Preliminary detailed itemized work plan – including timeframes for submissions of drafts 
  • Detailed itemized budget and price justification for the entire consultancy period 
  • Annexes: Any documents, such as work samples, or other information, which the consultant feels will assist proposal review team in evaluating the proposal 

Prospective consultants should submit a written proposal both hard and soft copy (hard copy by courier and soft copy via email) to;

Martin Mondol
Head of HR & Admin
ICCO Cooperation
Bangladesh Country Office,
T: +88 (02) 9861219
E-mail: hr.bd@icco.nl

For queries, please contact Mostafa Nurul Islam at mostafa.islam@icco.nl or for short queries +88(0)1712 501810


Deadline for submitting proposal
22nd June, 2019