Request  for  Proposal

ANALYSIS ON FUNDING FLOW RESEARCH LEARNINGS IN RELATION WITH COVID 19


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.

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Oxfam in Bangladesh is looking for a qualified Consultant or a Consultancy Firm to “Analysis on funding flow research learnings in relation with COVID 19”. We are inviting for proposal from interested consultancy firm/individual to undertake this assignment.

Background:

While some aggregated data on funding flows to local actors exists at the global level, there is limited knowledge of how much funding – and through what channels – goes to local actors at the country level, particularly funding that reaches local actors indirectly. Deeper analysis at the country level can provide useful information for humanitarian actors to make practical changes in humanitarian financing systems, and better meet commitments made through the Grand Bargain and other international agreements.

The humanitarian sector has faced challenges for decades with how best to support and fund local responders. Implementing this ‘localization’ agenda has proved an uphill battle. Despite, the Grand Bargain commitments of international non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and donors signed in 2016, the sector today is still primarily led by these actors. Local responders are often relegated to subordinate implementors.

With this rationale, Oxfam gathered financial data from 2015,2016 and2017 to assess international humanitarian funding flows to local actors in Bangladesh and Uganda. The two countries (Bangladesh and Uganda), were selected based on their engagement with Oxfam’s Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA) program, which aims at a better sharing of power and resources in the humanitarian sector between international humanitarian actors and local and national ones.

The reports assessed how much, and through which channels, direct and indirect international humanitarian funding goes to local and national humanitarian actors from international NGO’s, UN agencies, and the donor community in the financial years, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The 2015 analysis was published in the report Money Talks.

The 2016-17 analysis, also referred to as Money Talks 2, built on the 2015 report to understand trends and capture changes in funding flows through the years at the national level, based on new events. In the case of Bangladesh, the analysis specifically looked at any changes in funding flows to local actors in light of the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

Objective

The purpose of this consultancy is to complement the findings of Money Talks 2, with an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on international funding flows to local actors in Bangladesh. The premise being that the humanitarian response to Covid-19 has challenged the current system – and could prove a catalyst for reform. Since the global spread of Covid-19, local humanitarian actors are being recognized for their critical role as never before. As travel restrictions have come into force, grounding international staff and initiatives in Bangladesh, local responders have continued to fill a crucial function as those able to access people in humanitarian crises. Advocates of localization have described Covid-19 as a ‘wake-up call’ for the sector, and argue the process of localization should be accelerated to meet growing needs. This analysis will help us to advocate and influence different actors with key recommendations.

  • To conduct an analysis of the modalities used for funding and how they promoted or did not promote localization in the Rohingya response in Cox Bazar, and in other disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic; and to the extent possible, build an understanding of the funding flows and amounts from donors to local actors since the COVID-19 response began;
  • Capture any changes in funding trends from previous years in Bangladesh due to COVID-19, with a specific look at the accessibility of humanitarian funding for local women’s rights organizations, and qualitative findings on changing trends in local actors accessing international humanitarian funding, in line with COVID 19 situation.

The ultimate purpose of the research is to generate evidence for further discussion on international funding flows to local and national humanitarian actors in Bangladesh.

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

Proposal submission Instruction:

The individual/firm must submit the following documents along with Technical & Financial Proposal: 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 “Proposal for analysis on funding flow research learnings” in the subject line during application via below mentioned email submit following two separate pdf files -

  1. Financial proposal
  2. 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 hrbd@oxfam.org.uk

Proposal submission deadline: 25 September 2020

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