Request for Expressions of Interest

To conduct a gender and GBV assessment of host communities of Cox’s Bazar


Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development. The IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since the IRC obtained registration in March 2018, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and child protection. Through 2018, the IRC’s response strategy primarily targets Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities are compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that impose additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations.

The IRC Bangladesh’s Women’s Empowerment and Protection (WPE) programming facilitates healing, dignity, and self-determination of women and girls of Rohingya and host communities who have experienced, or are at risk of, violence. In coordination with our local partners, we provide lifesaving psychosocial (PSS) and referral services, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response activities, life skills training, and promote women’s leadership through community engagement. The ultimate goals are to create opportunities for women and girls to transform their lives and to make their voices heard in pursuit of a safer, more equitable world.

Overview of the action research:

IRC with the support of BHA is implementing the project, “Emergency Health, WASH and Protection Assistance for COVID-19 Response in Underserved Areas of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh” in the host community of Cox’s Bazar. Under this project, IRC is conducting a gender and GBV assessment in Ramu, Chakaria, Teknaf and Ukhiya to better understand the needs of women and girls which will help design future programming.  The research will use both qualitative and quantitative data.

Specific Objectives:


The deliverables will clearly depend on which approach is used and the time frame needs to be negotiated and approved by IRC – but the required outputs of the consultancy IRC expects is as follows:

Indicative time frame:
The work will be carried out as soonest possible and the completion of the service should be by 10th July 2021.

Competency Required:
Qualification and Experiences

Knowledge and Skill

How to submit the proposal:
The interested consultant or consultancy firm to submit their proposal with necessary supporting documents mentioned above through email with necessary attachments on or before 10.00 AM of May 9, 2021 through

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Technical Proposal:

Financial proposal:

Evaluation process:



  • Submission of proposal:

Consultant/ organization need to provide details proposal on how they will conduct the assessment and should clear their  understanding of EoI/proposed approach (including suggestions of how the two aims of the review – evidencing and learning will be balanced)
Adaptability (based on previous track record)
Capacity of doing such type of research with tight deadlines and using remote approach if needed.


  • Time frame:

Shortest timeframe will get highest score.


  • Experience and skills of consultant/ organisation:

 Gender balanced team and team   members experience on similar work will be evaluated for scoring.


  • Presentation from consultant/organization:

Consultant/organization who will score highest on above three criteria (within 65%) will be called for presentation.


  • Financial proposal:

Lowest price offer will get highest score.


Outline of the Technical Proposal:
It is mandatory that the proposal should have the following: 

Title of the assessment

Understanding of the EoI and the task to be accomplished

Methodology (state detail about the sampling design and strategy, data collection systems/ techniques/methods, data processing & analysis, data quality)

Work/Operational plan

Proposed team with team members names and curriculum vitae

Ethical Considerations:
The assessment should be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the IRC’s ethical guidelines and enact safeguards to protect the rights and confidentiality of information providers, provisions to store and maintain security of collected information and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality.

Each potential respondent will be given full information about the book publication including the purpose and how the information collected will be used. Verbal/written consent is required from all adults who agree to participate. Participants under the age of 18 will require signed consent from a parent/guardian. All participants will be informed of their right to discontinue their participation at any point and approaches. 

Intellectual property:

All information pertaining to this assignment belongs to IRC, which the consultant may come into contact with in the performance of his/her, duties under this assignment shall remain the property of IRC who shall have exclusive rights over their use. Except for purposes of this assignment, the information shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever without written permission of IRC in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.