Request for Proposal

Consultant for Popularize Climate Insurance in Kurigram Using Folklore and Traditional Cultural Activities (Re-Advertisement)

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 “Popularize Climate Insurance in Kurigram Using Folklore and Traditional Cultural Activities”. We are inviting for proposal from interested consultancy firm/individual to undertake this assignment.


Kurigram district and surrounding areas are vulnerable to frequent flooding. Every year there is huge loss and damages caused to the livelihoods of that area. The land productivity is comparatively low in this riverine land. The poverty rate is high, and there were historical events of famine, which was known
as ‘Monga’.

WFP and Oxfam jointly implement a Climate Risk Insurance project funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) with field support of local NGO partners. The project is developing support systems to cover vulnerable people’s loss induced by climatic variances, different extreme weather events, or natural disasters. This includes working with financial institutions like insurance companies as well as research institutes to develop insurance products appropriate to the needs of the climate-vulnerable communities.

This initiative is an action of Building Resilience to Achieve Zero Hunger (BRAZH), a multi-year project that runs from October 2018 to December 2022, with the objective of improving food security of the flood-affected households in a riverine community in the northwest districts through an innovative approach to resilience building at Kurigram Sadar and Chilmari Upazila of Kurigram district. The Climate Risk Insurance project is being implemented in Raniganj and Jatrapur Union.

Several insurance products were developed and are being piloted as risk transfer solutions to protect the climate-vulnerable communities, including casual labors, fisherfolk, and farmers, prioritizing women from the catastrophic flood, cold wave, excessive rainfall, drought, and other extreme weather events. This initiative covers more than 6000 households through micro-insurance products. Many of these households offer in-kind contributions equivalent to a mutually agreed percentage of the cost of the insurance premium. This is calculated based on the value of different climate actions taken by the community. In the future, this may take the shape of in case contribution by ultimate beneficiaries of the insurance products or from other relevant sources from a climate justice perspective.

Such Climate/Disaster Risk insurance is a comparatively new intervention. The community is not well aware of this insurance. Moreover, insurance as a whole is not very popular in Bangladesh, but gradually getting acceptance. To popularize the innovation, local folk culture is a proven medium. Therefore, the project is considering a folk-tool based approach for raising awareness in the target areas. The use of traditional and indigenous folk tools of the greater Rangpur-Kurigram region is preferred


Increased understanding and awareness about climate and disaster risk insurance among vulnerable
communities of Kurigram.

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 Popularize Climate Insurance (Re-Advert)” 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. don’t copy & paste), experience in handling similar assignments, a work-plan, methodology, Certificate, TIN and VAT registration to

Proposal submission deadline: 22 November 2020

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