Request for Expressions of Interest

To conduct a gender assessment in the Rohingya camps 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 GAC and PRM is conducting a gender assessment in the Rohingya camps 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 as soon as possible and completed by mid-November 2021.

Competency Required:
Qualification and Experiences

Qualification of Consultant/ Consultancy firm

The following qualification, competencies, and skills are required to successfully carry out this assignment:

Specific skills and experience sought:

Technical Proposal:

Financial proposal:

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria:

Eligible documents
  • A Certificate of updated Business Registration or Trading License in Bangladesh (Mandatory for consultancy firm/companies). For individuals, this is not mandatory, but need the profile and team details.
  • TIN (Mandatory for all)
  • with Updated Taxpayers documents in Bangladesh
  • VAT Registration Certificates/ Business Identification number (BIN)  (Mandatory for all). (Provider should have ability to process invoice in Musuk 6.3)
  • Intent to bid form, completed and signed
  • IRC Conflict of Interest & Supplier Code of Conduct, completed and signed
  • Filled Vendor Information Form, completed and signed.

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Bidders must submit above mandatory documents and other mentioned documents with necessary signature along with proposals. If in any case supplier fails to provide any of the mentioned mandatory documents, supplier may considered as disqualify for further evaluation process.


Criteria 1:
Educational qualification

Post-graduate and advanced degree in research studies, social work, public health, gender studies, development Studies and/or related field.
Highest educational qualification will be consider for highest scoring.


Criteria 2:
Past Experience and Team composition.

Refers to Bidders ability to demonstrate relevant experience and technical knowledge of the services required, experience working with UN, NGO, or GO especially in Primary Health Care, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Community Mobilization, Protection, and Inclusive WASH in Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis context and Host communities. Gender balanced team (who will be working in this project) with fluency both in Bangla and English. maximum years of working experience (preferably Primary Health Care, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Community Mobilization, Protection, and Inclusive WASH study). Only valid proof (PO/contract, project details /publications reference) of Baseline Survey or Study experience certificate/ POs for last three years will be considered for evaluation scoring.
More qualified gender balanced team with highest relevant experience/skills will be scored highest.


Criteria 3:
Time-bound work plan

Refers to availability and capacity of immediate commencement/ mobilization of resources (skilled team/materials) to start the Baseline Survey or study. With consideration of Covid-19 movement restriction Provider need to provide a detail work plan with timeline on what activity will start when and by when work will be completed. provider need to submit a details alternative plan on how provider will mitigate the risk of any movement restriction imposed by local government.
Good details with realistic timeframe will get highest score.


Criteria 4:
Detailed Methodology and proposal

Detail methodological/technical aspects of carrying out the study.
Provider need to provide details of their understanding of the work and how they will conduct the study. Committee will review their methodology and will score out of 30% marks.


Criteria 5:
Presentation of top ranking provider/ supplier

Based on the evaluation score of criteria 1, 2, 3 and 4, only the top ranking suppliers who will score 40% and above out of 65% will be invited for presentation and financial evaluation. In presentation suppliers will demonstrate their understanding on the Scope Of Service (SOS) requirements and skills, competencies and relevant experiences to deliver the work in a timely manner. Based on their presentation and ability of well demonstration evaluation committee will provide score out of 10.  


Criteria 6:
Financial proposal

Financial proposal will be open only for providers/suppliers who will successfully pass in technical evaluation. 
Consultant fees, breakdown of activity costs etc. All prices should be inclusive of Tax/Vat charges as per the government policy and rules.
Lowest price 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.

Clarification of Bidding Documents:

A prospective Bidder requiring any clarification of the Bidding Documents may notify the Purchaser in writing at The request for clarification must reach the purchaser not later than 05th September 2021 before 3.00PM. The Purchaser will respond by e-mail providing clarification on the bid documents by 05th September 2021.

A Pre-bid meeting will be held on Zoom virtual meeting (Zoom conference meeting) on 05th September 2021, starting at 2.00 pm and finishing time 03.00 pm, where all interested bidders are invited. To attend such Zoom meeting, all interested bidders are requested to send their Email address to BD.clarifications@rescue.orgby 05th September, 2021 within 1.00 pm. IRC will then send the Zoom Link through email to attend and ask for any clarification during the meeting.

Deadline of proposal offer submission:

Interested bidders are requested to submit their proposal (both financial and technical) with necessary supporting documents mentioned above as a PDF copy through email with necessary attachments before 05.00 PM of 15th September 2021. After this mentioned date and time, no bid offer will be accepted.
 Proposal Submission email address:

(email attachment document size shouldn’t be more than 20 MB, in case of     larger file, bidders can upload documents in google drive share the link in their proposal submission email:

IRC Core Values & Commitments:

The IRC workers and partners/consultants must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Adult Safeguarding, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.
IRC is committed to ensuring that consultant is suitable to work with children and women / girls and have the knowledge s/he needs to uphold and abide by the IRC’s Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy.
Level of interaction with clients: Frequent direct contact with clients
IRC recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of our organizational mission. As such, IRC is committed to the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of our operations and programs. Our organizational policies, procedures and actions demonstrate this commitment.
IRC highly expect that, the consultancy firms or freelancer consultancy teams will consider their team compositions as a diversified and gender balance team.