Request for Proposal

Consultant for Midterm Evaluation of ĎResilient, Inclusive and Innovative Cities in Bangladesh (RIICB)í Project


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. Oxfamís current program focuses on Economic Justice & Resilience, Gender and Womenís 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 “Midterm Evaluation of ‘Resilient, Inclusive and Innovative Cities in Bangladesh (RIICB)’ Project”. We are inviting for proposal from interested consultancy firm/individual to undertake this assignment.

Background:

Bangladesh’s urban population of 42 million is one of the largest in the world. Cities like Dhaka and Mymensingh are experiencing exceptional urban growth rates, coupled with rising inequality and poverty. Both cities struggle with inadequate infrastructure, limited social services (particularly health, sanitation and waste management) and rapid environmental degradation. Both are highly vulnerable to natural disasters. The emerging urban economy in Bangladesh mostly relies on the growing informal sector where conditions for workers are poor, exacerbating inequality and disproportionately impacting women, un-skilled youth and ethnic minorities.

The “Resilient, Inclusive and Innovative Cities” Project aimed to support vulnerable urban communities, particularly women, youth, people with disabilities in Dhaka and Mymensingh to become more resilient to social, economic and climate shocks and stresses by 2023. The project is focusing to build a multisector model for urban resilience, primarily focusing on the key vulnerabilities and opportunities in an underserved area in Mymensingh. Specifically, by 2023 the project will:

  • Demonstrate innovative and entrepreneurial models for resilient urban WASH, including a sustainable FSM System that engages government, private sector, academia and the community;
  • Demonstrate a model for urban disaster preparedness and response based on active citizenship, with five wards better prepared in DRR through trained community and school Disaster Management Committees (DMCs);
  • Increase youth agency, voice and collective action through leadership development, life skills training and expanding access to decent work opportunities; and
  • Empower and support women working as domestic workers/home-based workers in Dhaka to fulfil their rights to decent incomes, work and social protection,

As planned and part of project monitoring strategy, the project will conduct a Midterm Evaluation to review the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency of project interventions. Moreover, this mid-term evaluation will provide the opportunity for accountability towards the project stakeholders, as well as important learning for the project teams and partners.

Objective

The mid-term evaluation has the following objectives:

  • Assessment of the contribution towards the outcomes achieved by the project so far, highlighting any unintended outcomes;
  • Review of the results against project aims, and objectives based on the indicators of the Project log-frame;
  • Generate learning on best practices for improving the influencing/advocacy strategy of the project, considering the context and the external factors affecting the project environment;
  • Provide recommendations as to how the quality and process of activities can be improved to build towards sustainability of the project outcomes
  • Review of the impact of COVID-19 on the project and make realistic recommendations on adjusting project activities to minimize negative impact.

In addition to the above analytical measures, the mid-term evaluation will provide an assessment of the following topics:

  • Review of Financial Management procedures: This should include review of a) budget spent against plan, b) how the most recent audit recommendations have been addressed, c) and Value for Money.
  • Gender and Disability inclusion and the extent to which the project has addressed access of excluded community groups to the project activities.
  • Assessment of the contribution of each partner in line with partnership approach to the program results

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 “Consultancy on Midterm Evaluation of RIICB Project” in the subject line
during application via below mentioned email submit following two separate pdf files -

i) Financial proposal
ii) Technical proposal should include Cover page, Table of content, understand of the assignment (pls. donít copy & paste), experience in handling similar assignments, a work-plan, methodology, Certificate, TIN and VAT registration to hrbd@oxfam.org.uk

Proposal submission deadline: 30 October 2020

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