Terms of Reference (ToR)
To conduct a Situational Analysis, Prescriptions and Capacity Building on Inclusion and Gender in SONGO project


ICCO Cooperation (www.icco-cooperation.org) is an international organization, whose mission is to end poverty and injustice in the global south, in partnership with enterprising people. We invest in the power and dreams of entrepreneurial people, stimulate their entrepreneurial spirit, and connect them with businesses, governments and social organizations.

ICCO Cooperation is playing the lead role to implement EU funded “Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) project” aims to improve maternal and child nutrition in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts. The SONGO is 5 years long project with 4 inter-linked outcomes; (1) Local nutrition governance and decision-making mechanisms are strengthened (2) Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Practices are improved (3) Household WASH Practices Improved (4) Household access to nutritious food is improved. 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 three interlinked pillars or pathways (as per the UNICEF Conceptual Framework on Under nutrition and used in 2008 & 2013 Lancet Series):

  1. HH food and nutrition security (including availability, economic access and use of food)
  2. Feeding and care giving 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 counseling by health workers) to mass media (such as radio campaigns).


Interested consultant(s)/consulting firms 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:

  • Updated CV of Consultant(s) with highlighting  similar achievements
  • Introduction letter including a brief overview of the assignment
  • Technical proposal (understanding, relevant track record, methodologies, work plan, quality control etc. and plan for safe conducting of assignment during COVID-19)
  • Clear Financial proposal with detailed itemized budget (honorarium, travel, enumeration cost etc.)
  • Annexes: maximum of 1 relevant supporting document/previous assignment to showcase consultant’s relevant experience and competency of the consultant.
  • Submit the photocopy of trade license, Income tax, VAT, organization profile (for firm only).  

Prospective consultants should submit a written proposal (Technical and Financial)  soft copy duly signed by the authority to: procurement.bd@icco.nl

Any queries about the consultancy should be addressed to Md. Shariful Islam, M: +8801777743289 at s.islam@icco.nl and Pratik Patel at p.patel@icco.nl


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Deadline: 25 January 2021