Terms of Reference

IRC Host community Intervention feasibility study”

1. Context Overview

On August 25, 2017, violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a military counter-offensive that targeted Rohingya militants associated with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). This triggered a massive efflux of Rohingya – an estimated 725,000 have fled into Bangladesh to seek refuge from the extreme violence since August 2017. The total estimated refugee population in Cox’s Bazar district, including prior arrivals, is 919,000. The majority of Rohingya refugees live in one of three main camps of Kutupalong, Balukhali (Ukhia Upazila) and Leda (Teknaf Upazila) near the main crossing points from Myanmar. The host community surrounding camps has also suffered under the weight of the influx. Ukhiya and Teknaf by their proximity to host communities shoulder the overwhelming number of refugee.

The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in an extreme humanitarian emergency, with the previously available service providers under severe strain due to the massive increase of people in the area. Living conditions in the camp are dire, with severe overcrowding and insufficient basic facilities; with limited opportunities for income generation, refugees are reliant on humanitarian assistance for food and other life-saving services such as primary health care. Coupled with the foregoing, the mass influx of people has had a huge impact on the local surrounding hose communities that were already some of the poorest in Bangladesh. Problems include, deforestation to create the camp plots, degradation of water supply, overuse of road infrastructure, crowding at public health services, and crowding out of local unskilled labor, all of which can lead to the disintegration of good feeling and empathy that greeted the refugees on their arrival a year ago. Despite shouldering the refugee burden, very little humanitarian assistance has been targeted to the host community.

2. IRC Operations and Justification.

IRC is currently implementing an integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment (including GBV and VAWGs), sexual and reproductive health, child protection and Protection and Rule of Law. IRC plans to expand its current program geographically to include Host Community in Cox Bazar.
In order to enable IRC to prepare itself for host community operations, the IRC is seeking a consultant/ team of consultants/ organization to support study/make high level recommendation for potential host community interventions. For the purposes of this study, the IRC would like to specifically focus on host community locations close Teknaf and Ukhia

3. Objectives of the Study.

The study’s overall objective is to inform IRC design/ programming approach to Host community programme in line with it’s to the strategic intention for host community expansion.
Its specific objectives are:

Research Questions

To achieve these objectives, the study will be guided by the following thematic questions;

4. Scope of Work

A. Methodology: Working closely with the TC- The assessment will take the form of an exploratory research, focused on a review of key documentation, key informant interviews and focused group discussion with key stakeholders, supplemented by field visits in host and camp, with the goal of creating an evidence base from which IRC can make programming decisions about the specific direction and focus of programming within each sector.

The methodology proposed involves three key stages:

Consultation workshop with Technical Coordinators/ IRC Key stakeholders. 
This workshop will seek the input of TCs and Key stakeholder to the process and further share with them the finding of the study for additional technical input and Validation.

Literature review:
The literature review will aim to appraise the current status of health, child protection, and WASH needs, gaps and service provision in Cox’s Bazar camps and immediately surrounding host community areas. Key areas to review include:

Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussion:

Informed by the results of the literature review, conduct face-to-face interviews with key informants in Cox’s Bazar from district and upazila administration and union parishad; UN; INGO; and LNGO representative as well as with IRC Technical Advisors to collect relevant data to meet the objectives. Focus groups should be done in host communities, and as needed in camps.

B. Geographic Coverage:

Surrounding host communities

5. Key Competency Required:

6. Responsibilities

The IRC will be responsible for the following tasks/ assistance for smooth completion of the assessment:

The consultant/ team of consultants/ organization will be responsible for

7. Expected Deliverables

8. Timeline

The assessment is expected to be completed within a month of award
9. Guideline for Application

The proposal should comprise with the following sections and given page limit. The proposal should comprise with only the following sections and given page limit. Proposal will be accepted only through email in soft copy form (signed scanned copy). No hard copy proposal will be accepted.

Topic Maximum Page Limit
Technical Proposal
Cover Page 1
Table of Content 1
Understanding of the Assignment. This section should clearly demonstrate the:
  • List of key research questions;
  • Relevant tools to collect the key research questions;
  • Key expected source of the data;
  • Relevant stakeholder to be consulted for each of the research questions
  • Proposed methodology for data collection
Additionally the data collection strategy and geographic scope should be specified in this section. 
4 pages
Work schedule  1
Team composition (detailed CVs of the team members should be annexed) 1
List of key/similar past assignment conducted by the consultant/team/organization 1
Any other relevant information (to be determined by the consultant/team/organization) 1
Financial Proposal
The financial proposal should be inclusive of all the relevant cost for the assignment, overheads and inclusive of VAT and applicable Tax.  

10. Ownership of Materials to be developed

The IRC will have the sole ownership of all the supplies and resources and report to be produced under this assignment. It is the consultant’s responsibility to ensure that no resources can be accused for plagiarism and due acknowledgement and necessary permissions are taken from the relevant agencies as appropriate and applicable.

Application Instruction: Submit your letter of interest along with proposal to by mentioning subject line IRC Host community Intervention feasibility study, by 15th August 2019.