Request  for  Proposal

Baseline Study for Securing Rights of Women Domestic Workers in Bangladesh

Oxfam employs more than six thousand people in 90 countries who share a commitment to work together to end poverty and suffering. It is committed to ensure diversity and gender equality within the organization and welcomes applications from women, person with disability and under-represented groups. Oxfam does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on their HIV/AIDS status. The organization has been working in Bangladesh since the War of Independence and has established a permanent country office in 1972. Since then it has responded to all major emergencies in the country. Oxfam’s current program focuses on Economic Justice & Resilience, Gender and Women’s Leadership and Humanitarian Capacity Building and Response.

A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not their problem. It’s ours too. And with the right support, we can stop poverty and suffering in their tracks. More than 8,000 people already commit their time and talents to our humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

Oxfam in Bangladesh is looking for a qualified Consultant or a Consultancy Firm to conduct “Baseline Study for Securing Rights of Women Domestic Workers in Bangladesh”. We are inviting for proposal from interested consultancy firm/ individual to undertake this assignment.


The Securing Rights of Domestic Workers in Bangladesh project (Securing Rights) aims to improve the well-being of women domestic workers—one of the most marginalized labour groups in Bangladesh—by enabling them to access their rights to engage in “decent work” as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) . Funded by Global Affairs Canada, this four-year project (2019-2022) will work with 16,000 women domestic workers within Dhaka city as well as influencers (community leaders, private sector, political actors, government officials, youth leaders and other duty bearers), networks and alliances working on domestic workers rights including Domestic Workers Rights Network (DWRN), organizations that provide psycho-social services for women and girls who have experienced violence, public, non-public and private technical and vocational training support providers, and key government organizations in influencing change.

The four-year project plan to build on the momentum created by the Government of Bangladesh’s approval of the Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy (DWPWP) in following four key ways: First, the project will provide women domestic workers with access to skills training and official accreditation that is expected to lead to formal employment opportunities. Second, it will increase women domestic workers’ awareness of their rights and improve their agency to claim those rights, especially the right to decent work including the living free from violence. Third, it will increase the capacity of the influential, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other key stakeholder and intermediaries to implement and monitor the DWPWP. Lastly, work towards changing attitudes, norms and behaviours of the wider Bangladeshi society regarding domestic workers and entitlements.  


The overarching goal of this study is to establish a baseline for measuring progress on project outcomes throughout the life of the project. The specific objectives of the study are as follows:

  • To establish a baseline to measure progress towards project outcomes and progress on outcome level indicators
  • Provide recommendations towards program implementation backed by evidence based research
  • To collect evidence towards testing the assumptions identified in the project theory of change

More specifically, the study will:

  • Collect evidence on the level of knowledge and perception towards domestic workers’ rights and entitlements of policy makers, employers, and domestic workers based on the Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy (DWPWP)
  • Measure attitude, norms and behaviour of policy makers, employers and the wider society on domestic work as decent work
  • Assess domestic workers agency on their ability to advocate for their rights especially their rights to live free from violence
  • Assess relevant public policies (on their content and implementation) on domestic worker protection and entitlements
  • Identify support service structures available for domestic workers
  • Identify on-going project, campaigns or other initiatives currently being implemented related to domestic workers well-being

Scope of work

Following tasks will be performed by the individual consultant or consultancy firm in close collaboration with Oxfam respective project team.

  • An Inception Report. The inception report must include the following: detailed work plan with timeline along with a RACI chart, partial literature review, data analysis plan for both qualitative and quantitative data, enumerator contract, enumerator training agenda, table of contents for the final report as well as list of annexures. This inception Report shall be submitted for review and approval by Oxfam firve (5) days after signing of the contract and before commencement of the study.
  • Translation of all data collection tools into Bangla
  • Attendance for Survey CTO training
  • Training of enumerators.
  • Pre-testing all tools and feedback report based on pre-testing for modifications. The feedback report must also contain a revised data analysis plan (for both qualitative and quantitative data)
  • Undertaking data quality checks for both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Proper uploading of completed forms for the quantitative data (F2F surveys)
  • Coordination with partners to have a joint analysis session of the data
  • Presentation of draft baseline findings
  • The first draft of the report which shall be submitted within seven (7) days after the SRDW validation workshop.
  • The final report with all agreed upon annexures
  • Presentation of findings with key stakeholders post final report submission

Please refer to the detailed ToR (Click here) for this assignment.

Project LM and PMF

SRDW Ethical Guidelines for Research and Evaluation on VAWG


Proposal submission Instruction:

The individual/firm must submit the following documents along with Technical & Financial Proposal (including VAT/TAX): The financial proposal should include 15% VAT ONLY. Oxfam will deduct Income Tax and VAT as per government rules and policy at source from the agreed consultancy amount for national consultant and firms.

For Individual Consultant

  • Maximum 2 pages’ profile highlighting related assignment completed with client name, contract person and mobile number along with detailed CV;
  • TIN certificate and any other relevant document (if necessary).

For Consultancy Firm

  • Maximum 2 pages’ Firm profile highlighting related assignment completed with client name, contract person and mobile number;
  • Lead Consultant’s (who will lead the assignment) Maximum 2 pages CV highlighting related assignment completed, role in of the completed assignment;
  • Other Team members’ (who will involve in the assignment) one paragraph short CV highlighting related assignment completed and role;
  • Firm’s Certificate, TIN and VAT registration.

Please mention the assignment title Baseline Study for Securing Rights of Women Domestic Workers in Bangladeshin the subject line during application via below mentioned email submit following two separate pdf files -

  • Financial proposal
  • Technical proposal should include Cover page, Table of content, understand of the assignment (pls. don’t copy & paste), experience in handling similar assignments, a work-plan, methodology, Certificate, TIN and VAT registration to

Proposal submission deadline: 20 June 2019

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