Terms of Reference (ToR)
Towards Gender Transformative Agenda, Exploring Livelihoods and Enterprise Options for the Women from the Host Community

Project: Food Security and Livelihood Support for the Host Community and the Rohingyas in Response of COVID-19.


ICCO Cooperation is a leading INGO working for securing sustainable livelihoods justice and dignity for all in Bangladesh since 1972. After the 2017 influx, an office has been established in Cox’s Bazar to respond to the emergency among the Refugees’ camps and the host communities.

ICCO Cooperation is currently implementing several  projects in Teknaf and Ukhyia for the host communities and Rohingyas on strengthening economic and social participation, food security and livelihood. Very recently  a project was launched to support Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience building for the Rohingya and the host community. Under this project ICCO will provide food security and livelihood support for the host community and the Rohingyas in response to COVID-19 pandemic situation in camp 23 (Shamlapur), camp-24 and 25 (Hnila Union) and adjoining host communities under Teknaf as well as the host communities of Ukhyia Upazila.

One of the key pillars of ICCO’s humanitarian programming is Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) where we promote and strengthen women’s leadership and voice in household income generation. In this context, we have provided skill development training in both Rohingya and host community women followed by input support. We intend to strengthen this approach further through including gender analysis in ICCO’s humanitarian programming. Moreover, ICCO has developed its gender approach globally which provides broad guidance on making ICCO’s program design more gender inclusive. We intend to contextualise ICCO’s gender approach in designing projects for the Rohingyas and the host communities.

Objectives of the TOR

The main objective of this assignment is to hire a resource person/consultant/firm to  support ICCO Cooperation in making its humanitarian programming gender transformative where in efforts will be to engage women in non-traditional activities related with their livelihoods.

Scope of Work

  • Come out with a working definition of ¨Gender Transformative¨
  • Identify various gender transformative livelihoods and enterprise promotion options which could be taken up with the host community in Coxś Bazar
  • Identify the constraints and challenges in promoting various gender transformative livelihoods and enterprise options
  • Suggestions on ways of addressing the constraints

Methodology (Proposed)

  • Desk review on literature related with Gender Transformation, Livelihoods, Enterprise promotion, Rohingya Response etc
  • Primary research in the field (light touch) with key stakeholders like the community, Donors (2), government (2), INGOs (2). The list to be provided by ICCO Cooperation
  • Interactions with some experts having a thorough understanding of gender transformative livelihoods and enterprise promotion


  • Draft report for comments to be shared with ICCO with the scope for two rounds of feedbacks
  • Final Report by the end of November 2020
  • A brief synopsis of the report (not more than two pages)
  • A short presentation (not more than 20 mins) on the study
  • All data set used to conduct the analysis of the study

Time Frame of the assignment:

This consultancy is expected to be completed within one month from the date of award. It is expected that the work will start towards the first week of November 2020.

General Instruction

It is the responsibility of the Consultant to plan and carry out the assignment. ICCO will provide financial support as agreed between ICCO and consultant and ensure timely feedback. The consultant will be responsible for maintaining correspondence and outputs in a timely and efficient manner keeping ICCO informed via written email correspondence

Eligibility Criteria

The proposed consultant(s)/firms should meet the following profile:
Master’s degree in Gender Studies/Development Studies/ Social Sciences or related field
Applicant must have experience 5 years’ experience on research / study work on gender analysis and enterprise promotion at rural level

Applicant(s) must have a solid and proven track record on research/ study of development activities at rural and urban areas as well as livelihood analysis of vulnerable poor people’s etc
Experience in study or research at Rohingya camp and adjacent areas under Cox’s Bazar district will be given preference

Please note that if any applicant does not meet the minimum eligibility criteria, the application will be disqualified without further evaluation.

Fees and mode of payment

  • The fees of the resource person/ consultant will depend on study methodology and strategy and it will include VAT and Tax
  • The payment will be made by bank cheque after submission and acceptance of the study report by ICCO.
  • VAT and Tax will be deducted at the source of payment

Schedule of Payments
Based up satisfactory completion of the Study /Services ICCO will pay for the assignment through bank transfer/cheque in the following instalments


Payment %

  • Signing of the contract between ICCO and consultant/individuals/firm


  • Submission of the final report, synopsis and the presentation

50 %

How to apply

  • Interested and qualified individuals/firms are invited to submit their Technical and Financial proposals via email to Martin Mondol, Head of HR & Admin, ICCO Cooperation, Bangladesh Country Office, House 14, Road 32, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, T: +88 (02) 9861219, E: procurement.bd@icco.nl
  • A financial proposal consisting per day rate of the proposed consultants. 
  • One –page short CV of team members highlighting relevant assignment
  • Copy of TIN certificate.
  • Copy with Bank details

Last date of submission of the bid: 20th October 2020 via email

Any queries about the consultancy should be addressed to Silvia Rovelli at S.Rovelli@icco-cooperation.org