ICCO Cooperation, Bangladesh

Terms of Reference

Scoping Study on Potential Livelihood and Enterprise Options for Host and Rohingya Communities in Cox’s Bazar


ICCO Cooperation, an international development organization, with its roots in the Netherlands, leads development efforts across 36 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Throughout our 52 years of history, ICCO has had remarkable experiences in working together with local partners for community welfare and development. Our solutions center around our twin core principle of sustainable livelihoods and dignity and justice. Our programs aim to eradicate extreme poverty from the remote grassroots through 4 themes; economic empowerment, food security and sustainable consumption, responsible business and humanitarian aid. Climate mitigation, gender, and the rights of marginalized groups are cross cutting issues. We collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including the private sector, government, partner organizations, knowledge institutes and community based organizations. Through this approach we aim to bring lasting positive changes in the lives of the communities we work with.

ICCO’s emergency response projects in Cox’s Bazar

Since August 2017, ICCO Cooperation has been in the field providing emergency and livelihood support to both the host and the Rohingya communities. ICCO has been the first organisation to get permission from CIC to provide livelihood asset support to 297 Rohingya women for their IGAs (home-based) inside the camps. In this context, we conducted two studies titled ‘Rapid Market Opportunity Survey’ and ‘Need Assessment on Livelihood Options Among Host Communities and Undocumented Myanmar Nationals’ in 2018 and based on the findings of these studies, a complete and sequential livelihood support package was designed for the Rohingyas. The support package and steps were: confidence building session, technical training, business development training, assets transfer for IGA start-up, cash stipend for protection the business for initial 2.5 months, follow-up support at door-step, market linkage, and life-skills training. We have already provided assets package support to 297 Rohingya hhs in Leda camp-24. In this IOM supported economic empowerment project called ‘Women’s Income Generation Support (WINGS)’, host community women were also included receiving livelihood support package. We are also directly implementing ‘Resilient Ecosystem and Alternative Livelihoods (REAL)’ for 900 households in the host community, with funding from ACT Alliance, providing alternative income generation for the ultra poor in the host community (support package included: direct food support, income generating assets like livestock, seeds and farming tools, sewing machines, food ingreetings & utensils for fast-food preparation, tools and seed-capitals for dry-fish production, accessories and materials for cap making), hands on coaching on business development or technical skills and stipend programme.

Objectives of the scoping study

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Review the two studies conducted by ICCO in 2018 and review the validity of the findings and recommendations of the studies
  • Measure the value for money (efficiency, effectiveness) of all the livelihood trades that the beneficiaries of WINGS project of ICCO are now engaged with and are supported by the projects
  • Measure the value for money of other popular livelihood trades prevalent in the area (atleast 5)
  • Identify at least 5 livelihood options which have the potential to become MSMEs and SMEs with employment creation potentials
  • Identify other areas of enterprise promotion with the host community
  • Identify other potential livelihood options that are preferred by the beneficiaries and measure their value for money

Scope of work

This study is to be conducted using a ‘representative sample’ from our existing beneficiaries involved in different livelihood trades along with other relevant stakeholders. The study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to address the objectives.

Working Area: Nhila Union and camp 24 of Teknaf Upazila in Cox's Bazar district

Target Group: Women from local communities and Rohingya refugees living in camp settlement

Duration and timeline

The scoping study shall be expected to complete within 17 calendar days from contract signing.
Task or output:

Suggested days
Initial briefing on WINGS and REAL, Data collection tool, sampling plan development etc
Meeting with ICCO to get feedback on work plan, questionnaire, tools etc at  ICCO office
Draft plan, tool sharing and get feedback from ICCO
Finalizing questionnaire, list of sample beneficiary households and sample size
Orientation to data enumerator
Data collection and quality assurance etc
Data cleaning, analysis and prepare draft report
Meeting with ICCO on draft findings sharing
Sharing first draft of the report with data sets (soft copies) for feedback
Submission of final report (soft copies) incorporating all attachment
Total Days

Note: The days for feedback from ICCO have excluded

The Consultant deliverables are

  • Detail activity plan
  • Review the project documents
  • Analyze the data collected from field
  • Prepare a draft report within a stipulated time period (Agreed in the contractual agreement).
  • Incorporate inputs from ICCO
  • Submit a finalized scoping study report
  • Electronic files with all raw data from the field
  • Annexes (e.g. references, questionnaire, and tools etc.)

Specifications of  Consultancy Firm and/or Individual Consultant

  • The team leader should have an advanced university degree with experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research; and previous experience leading similar surveys for development projects
  • Clear understanding on various research methodologies and experience in using different social research tools and techniques
  • The ability to write the analytical report in fluent English and the ability to present this verbally, as and when necessary
  • Experience in conducting study for the Host Community and Rohingya Community in Bangladesh
  • Understanding of local administrative policies-practices and sectoral coordination mechanism
  • Solid understanding of knowledge and experience of sustainable livelihood interventions, business and technical skill development projects, micro enterprise grants/seed capital and/or access, household food security, and nutrition
  • Experience in managing and coordinating participatory evaluation/research exercises, and delivering agreed outputs on time and to budget
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner
  • Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English

Required M&E skills

  • Monitoring and evaluation skills on food security and livelihood programs specially in emergency response program;
  • Understanding of the applied research;
  • Planning and monitoring;
  • Effective and efficient guidance for data collection and data management
  • Data analysis;
  • Results interpretation;
  • Gender child protection sensitivity

ICCO Roles and Responsibilities

  • Communicate and coordinate with consultant
  • Design the survey tools both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Provide the field team for data collection and trained them before data collection
  • Share relevant documents related to the assignment
  • Provide timely feedback on data collection plan, tools, field plan, draft report stakeholder etc.
  • Monitor the process as and when required
  • Provide Feedback on draft report
  • Provide logistical support for data collection both quantitative and qualitative

Report structure: The scoping study report will contain the following sections

  1. Cover page
  2. Acknowledgement
  3. Table of Content
  4. List of Acronyms
  5. Executive Summary
  6. Introduction
  7. Objectives and Methodology
  8. Observations and Findings (including tables and figures)
  9. Economic models of livelihood trades/comparative analysis
  10. Recommendations
  11. Conclusion
  12. Annex- Survey tools

1. Authority

All drafts and final reports including the raw data should be submitted to ICCO Cooperation in Bangladesh in both hard copy and electronic versions. All the data and the reports including the findings and recommendations will remain the property of ICCO Cooperation in Bangladesh and must not be published or shared with a third party without a written and prior permission of ICCO Cooperation in Bangladesh.  Any changes in this regard must be approved by ICCO Cooperation in Bangladesh.

2. Key Contacts 

The consultant will report to Andrea Montenegro, Emergency Response Programme Manager, ICCO Cooperation. S/he will closely work and maintain liaison with the WINGS Technical Coordinator, M&E Expert WINGS in the Cox’s Bazar office, with the PMEL technical team at Country office, Dhaka.

3. The General Terms and Conditions

  • The eligible consultancy firm/consultant will propose study team with most relevant and appropriate skill mix.
  • All soft and hard copy of the assignment will be treated as the property of ICCO.
  • In any circumstances consultant shall have no opportunity to alter the timeline and planning of data collection and submission of first draft and final report.
  • The consultant/consulting organization must maintain the standard quality in data collection, processing and reporting
  • The consultant shall have the responsibility to rewrite the report, modification of sections until the satisfaction of quality required by ICCO.
  • In case of any deviation, ICCO shall have the right to terminate the agreement at any point of the project.
  • Consultant/consulting  firm shall be bound to pay back the full money to ICCO given as advance of payment in case of any deviation, dissatisfaction of quality and other point mentioned in the agreement.

Proposal submission instruction

The consultant/consultancy firm must submit the following documents along with Technical & Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should include 15% VAT and 10% TAX only for consulting firm. ICCO will deduct Income Tax and VAT as per government legal laws at source from the agreed consultancy amount.   

For Consultant/Consultancy Firm:

Please provide following document while submitting EOI:

  • Maximum 2 page  organization/individual  profile highlighting related assignments completed with client  name, contact person and mobile number.
  • Consultants’ (who will lead the assignment) CV of maximum 2 pages highlighting related assignment completed, role in the completed assignment.
  • Other team members’ (who will be involved in the assignment;)  one short  paragraph highlighting related completed assignments and responsibility within this.
  • Organization’s/Firm’s Certificate, TIN and VAT registration
  •  Attached documents confirming the previous relevant experiences-( document size should not exceed the size of 2 MB)
  • The firms will be assessed based on DAC evaluation criteria.

Please mention the assignment title ‘Consultancy - Scoping study on potential livelihood and Enterprise options for the host and the Rohingya Communities in Cox’s Bazar in the email subject line of your application. Applications should be sent to the below email address:  Submit following two separate pdf files -

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • Cover letter (maximum one page)
  • Technical Proposal ( Maximum 10 pages)
  • Financial Proposal (maximum one-page)

Interested and qualified consultancy firms/individual consultant may submit their proposal to the following email address to be received no later than 20th October, 2019 to: ICCO Cooperation, Bangladesh Country Office. Send your EOI in these email address: procurement.bd@icco.nl